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Training Customized for Your Organization


Training Customized for Your Organization

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Location: We come to you!

Anywhere in King County, Washington

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From: December 31, 2016 at 9:00am (never ends)

Trainer(s): Kimberly Hardy, LMHC | Conference Speakers & Presenters

Details:

Established in 2011 and funded in part by the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs and the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy, the purpose of the Veterans Training Support Center (VTSC), through continuing education opportunities and professional development, is to raise awareness and understanding on invisible wounds, reintegration and readjustment issues, resources, establish promising best practices that can better serve and assist veterans and their families, and to continue one's journey of veteran cultural competence.

Past trainings have included:

  • Better Serving Those Who Served
  • Supporting Our Veterans & Their Families
  • Communication that Makes a Difference
  • Helping Veterans Crack the Job Market in Difficult Times
  • Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • safeTALK
  • Understanding Military Sexual Trauma

We have the capacity and expertise to customize trainings based upon the needs of your organization.

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Contact us to arrange a training specially designed to meet the needs of your staff and clients.

Contact: Kimberly Hardy
Phone: 425-640-1327

Click the 'register' button to fill out an online training request

Cost: No charge for trainings inside King County. Beyond King County, the cost is negotiable.


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Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing Skills for Veterans with Substance Use Problems


Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing Skills for Veterans with Substance Use Problems

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Location: The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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From: August 21, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Josie Tracy, Ph.D.

Details:

Details: This is an introductory skills workshop for clinicians who want to increase their comfort and ability working with veterans with substance use problems using a Harm Reduction Psychotherapy framework. The aim of this training is not only to provide you with practical clinical tools and techniques, but also to increase your compassion and empathy for veterans struggling with issues related to substance use. You will be introduced to the philosophical framework of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, and learn clinical strategies you can use to aid treatment planning and clinical work. You will also be introduced to the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and practice MI techniques in an interactive format. Finally, you will become familiar with self-help resources for veterans and their family members to assist with a wide range of substance use goals across the change spectrum.

Training for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals: This workshop is open to professionals with mental and behavioral health-related graduate degrees (e.g., MSW, MA, MS, MSN), physicians, dentists, and psychologists (e.g., AMA, ADA, APA), and those professionals who are qualified for membership in, or are members of their respective professional organizations. Graduate students in an accredited mental or behavioral health program may also participate in this training.

Objectives:

  1.  Describe the basic tenants of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
  2.  Assess the difference between Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and the Moral and Disease Models of Addiction
  3.  Create case conceptualizations and utilize treatment planning techniques used in Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
  4.  Identify the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing
  5.  Practice Motivational Interviewing techniques in dyads
  6.  Compile self-help resources for veterans and loved ones concerned about substance use issues

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of Dr. Josie Tracy, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of her employer, the Veteran’s Health Administration.

Cost: Free!

Parking: Ample on-street parking is available at or near the 2100 Building

Lunch Options:

  • Fare Start @ 2100 Café – near the entrance to the 2100 Building
  • Borracchini’s Bakery – 2307 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Burger King – 2021 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • McDonald’s – 2336 25th Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Wendy’s – 2543 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • QFC – 2711 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Toshio’s Teriyaki – 1706 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98144

Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.


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5th Annual VA Mental Health Summit


5th Annual VA Mental Health Summit

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Location: South Seattle Community College, Georgetown Campus
Gene J. Colin Education Hall
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
206-934-5350
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From: August 23, 2017 at 8:00am to: 3:45pm

Trainer(s): Conference Speakers & Presenters

Details:

Please join us for the 5th annual VA Mental Health Summit. This event offers an opportunity for Mental Health providers to share information and resources available to the veterans we serve. We also hope to create opportunities for further collaboration. This year, we will explore services available and offer panel discussions regarding VA and community partners on the topics of: Suicide Prevention, Family Services and How to Access Care.

Agenda:

8:00-8:30 am Registration/Icebreaker

8:30-9:00 am Welcome

9:00-9:30 am Keynote

9:30-10:30 am Family/Veteran Panel

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45-12:00 pm Breakout Sessions 1

12:00-1:30 pm Networking Lunch (On own)

1:30-2:40 pm Breakout Sessions 2

2:40-2:50 pm Break

2:50-3:30 pm Call to Action

3:30-3:45 pm Closing/Evaluations

Contact Laura Merritt, LCSW for more information. Laura can be reached at: Laura.Merritt2@VA.Gov

If you are interested in hosting a table then contact Laura Merritt for more information at Laura.Merritt2@VA.Gov or 206.277.6068

Objectives:

  • To increase understanding of, and collaboration with, VA personnel and community-based providers.
  • To highlight and understand factors of accessing care, family services and suicide prevention.
  • Develop strategies and promising best practices that can be developed in the workplace and community.
  • Cost: Free!

    Parking: $3/day on campus (pay at the Kiosk in front of the Colin Education Hall)

    Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.


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Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders


Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders

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Location: The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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From: August 31, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Scott Michael, Ph.D.

Details:

Most treatment protocols for emotional disorders are designed to be specific to a single diagnosis and yet many people who present to therapy experience a combination of mood and anxiety disorders. Within the Veteran population, there are high levels of comorbid mood and anxiety disorders. At the vanguard of treatment approaches, transdiagnostic treatments identify the commonalities among disorders and present a therapeutic approach tailored to the Veteran rather than one single disorder s/he presents to treatment with. The Unified Protocol brings together the most effective Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy strategies into one protocol to tailor to the Veterans you treat.

Training for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals: This workshop is open to professionals with mental and behavioral health-related graduate degrees. Students in a mental or behavioral health program may also participate in this training.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to explain the theory underlying the unified protocol
  2. Participants will be able to discuss 3 treatment strategies presented for addressing mood and anxiety disorders
  3. Participants will be able to conceptualize how to best utilize this treatment to aid the Veterans they treat

Cost: Free!

Parking: Ample on-street parking is available at or near the 2100 Building

Lunch Options:

  • Fare Start @ 2100 Café – near the entrance to the 2100 Building
  • Borracchini’s Bakery – 2307 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Burger King – 2021 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • McDonald’s – 2336 25th Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Wendy’s – 2543 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • QFC – 2711 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Toshio’s Teriyaki – 1706 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98144

Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.


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Exploring Concepts in Post Traumatic Growth


Exploring Concepts in Post Traumatic Growth

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Location: The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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From: September 5, 2017 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): Mark Fischer, MS | Keith Meyer, MS, LMHC; Trainer and PTG Advisory Committee Member

Details: During this half day training participants will explore the differences and links between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) and learn about the trainers’ experiences of over thirty years each with these concepts. Much has been written and discussed about PTSD, however there is a dearth of information and discussion regarding the very important therapeutic concept of PTG. Why do some combat veterans (and other trauma experiencers) find a theoretical and practical way to see themselves and others that allows for self-efficacy and a more robust life path than their peers with PTSD? Symptoms may always be present for these individuals, but the core “self” finds another way to integrate those trauma experiences into a personal development and growth approach. We will present descriptions from veterans who have exhibited PTG, review some of the research in this area, and ask participants to learn about skills in terms of working with trauma survivors regarding PTG. We will also present several cases for participants to practice those skills and come up with their own theoretic approach.

For Counselors and First-Line Case Managers Only

Objectives:

  1. Be familiar with some of the more prominent researchers in PTG
  2. Become aware of some of the commonalities and differences that veterans describe about their path to PTG from the trauma experience
  3. Be able to share with others their own experiences with trauma survivors who exhibit PTG in order to develop or enhance their theoretical and pragmatic approach to PTG
  4. Develop & integrate tools that might foster PTG in their client base
  5. Learn some of the more common precursors for the potential of PTG
  6. Explore how PTS could lead to certain career choices and relationship choices that will assist with and enhance their PTG

Cost: Free!

Parking: Ample on-street parking is available at or near the 2100 Building

Lunch Options:

  • Fare Start @ 2100 Café – near the entrance to the 2100 Building
  • Borracchini’s Bakery – 2307 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Burger King – 2021 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • McDonald’s – 2336 25th Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Wendy’s – 2543 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • QFC – 2711 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Toshio’s Teriyaki – 1706 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98144

Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.


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Empower or Enable: it's all in your approach


Empower or Enable: it's all in your approach

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Location: The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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From: September 5, 2017 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Mark Fischer, MS | Keith Meyer, MS, LMHC; Trainer and PTG Advisory Committee Member

Details:

This workshop will differentiate "help" vs "assist" when is comes to working with veterans or other traumatized groups.  The importance of these two terms will become clear as we outline the methods to avoid enabling individuals who are seeking counseling or services from a provider.  No one can empower another human being, but an individual can set the stage for the client to find their own power and maintain control of their life.  We will examine several cases where both events happen, i.e. "enabled or empowered", and tease out some of the communications that may have caused either to occur.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the importance of assisting traumatized individuals vs. helping.
  2. There will be a discussion of when it might be important to "help" temporarily, rather than "assist", to differentiate the reasons to "help"
  3. Through case studies the participants will learn about communication processes that may move a client towards being enabled and vice versa, communications that would hopefully lead to empowerment.
  4. Participants will learn about certain client profiles that would make them more susceptible to enabling or empowerment.
  5. Participants will be asked to share their own cases in order to further illuminate the processes the have been helpful to empowering a client and those that have not been as helpful.

Cost: Free!

Parking: Ample on-street parking is available at or near the 2100 Building

Lunch Options:

  • Fare Start @ 2100 Café – near the entrance to the 2100 Building
  • Borracchini’s Bakery – 2307 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Burger King – 2021 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • McDonald’s – 2336 25th Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Wendy’s – 2543 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • QFC – 2711 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Toshio’s Teriyaki – 1706 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98144

Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.


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Traumatic Brain Injury among Veterans


Traumatic Brain Injury among Veterans

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Location: The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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From: September 22, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Brett Parmenter, Ph.D.

Details:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been called the “signature injury” of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been estimated that approximately 20% of Veterans who were deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan sustained at least one mild TBI (mTBI), and many individuals sustained multiple mTBI’s over the course of one or more deployments. This presentation will address several topics related to TBI, including diagnostic criteria, factors that can contribute to persisting symptoms, and treatment options for cognitive difficulties.

Objectives:

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the three levels of severity of traumatic brain injury (mild, moderate, severe) and common symptom patterns after this type of injury
  • Understand the overlap between post-concussive symptoms and symptoms associated with psychiatric conditions such as PTSD and depression
  • Understand cognitive compensatory strategies that can be used by Veteran’s with persisting cognitive difficulties
  • Cost: Free!

    Parking: Ample on-street parking is available at or near the 2100 Building

    Lunch Options:

    • Fare Start @ 2100 Café – near the entrance to the 2100 Building
    • Borracchini’s Bakery – 2307 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
    • Burger King – 2021 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
    • McDonald’s – 2336 25th Ave South, Seattle 98144
    • Wendy’s – 2543 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
    • QFC – 2711 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
    • Toshio’s Teriyaki – 1706 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98144

    Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.


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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An experiential introduction to application and case conceptualiz


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An experiential introduction to application and case conceptualiz

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Location: CityU, Renton Campus
555 S Renton Village Pl
Renton, WA, 98057

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From: October 16, 2017 at 9:00am to: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Alycia Zink, PhD

Details: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an Evidence Based Psychotherapy shown to be effective in treating a number of conditions including depression, chronic pain, and OCD. It can be delivered in individual and group formats and can be adapted to time-limited treatment or expanded to fit the needs of more complex client presentations. This three day workshop is designed to provide a strong foundational understanding of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and its theoretical underpinnings (Relational Frame Theory, Functional Contextualism) while moving clinicians from theory into application through experiential exercises, role plays, and video demonstrations. A particular emphasis will be placed on developing strong case conceptualization skills that will allow clinicians to tailor and adapt treatment to the needs of a broad range of presenting problems and populations. Specific adaptations for Veterans will be highlighted.

Objectives: As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the theoretical underpinnings of ACT.
  • Identify ACT core processes.
  • Select and apply experiential exercises and metaphors targeting each core process.
  • Utilize a case conceptualization approach to apply ACT core processes to the treatment of different presenting problems and patient populations.
  • Cost: 209.00

    Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.


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Positive psychology: Helping our Veterans shift from surviving to thriving


Positive psychology: Helping our Veterans shift from surviving to thriving

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Location: The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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From: October 27, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Ann Marie Roepke, PhD

Details:

How can we best assist our clients in not only overcoming their symptoms and problems, but also in crafting rewarding, meaningful lives? Positive psychology, the scientific study of human flourishing, offers helpful tools for this endeavor. In this 6-hour training participants will explore foundational concepts from the field of positive psychology including flow, positive emotion, grit, capitalization, and meaning in life. With this foundation in place, we will then learn about effective positive psychology intervention practices, evaluating their evidence base and learning how to use relevant exercises in clinical practice. Participants will take part in experiential activities designed to give them a rich understanding of the use and impact of positive psychology intervention techniques.

This training is intended for: practitioners who provide direct services, primarily in the fields of psychology, social work, marriage & family therapy, counseling, coaching, and allied fields. Case managers, physicians, nurses, other medical professionals, & educators may also be interested in this seminar.

Objectives: At the end of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast different approaches to achieving “the good life”
  2. Describe the evidence base for positive psychology interventions
  3. Facilitate multiple brief positive psychology interventions
  4. Generate ideas for how to integrate positive psychology approaches with other interventions they already use

Cost: Free!

Parking: Ample on-street parking is available at or near the 2100 Building

Lunch Options:

  • Fare Start @ 2100 Café – near the entrance to the 2100 Building
  • Borracchini’s Bakery – 2307 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Burger King – 2021 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • McDonald’s – 2336 25th Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Wendy’s – 2543 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • QFC – 2711 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Toshio’s Teriyaki – 1706 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98144

Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.