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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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Online Classes in Partnership with PsychArmor


Online Classes in Partnership with PsychArmor

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From: October 1, 2017 at 12:00am (never ends)

Trainer(s): Conference Speakers & Presenters

Details: Click the "register" button for PsychArmor courses offered exclusively for VTSC participants!

Objectives: Course offerings include:

  • Creating a Military Friendly Culture and Onboarding Program
  • Connecting with the VA
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Developing a Military Awareness Program on Campus
  • Coming Soon! Hiring & Retaining National Guard & Reserve Members

Cost: Free!

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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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 CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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One-Stop Shop: The Veterans Benefits Conference for Providers, Educators, Veterans, & Their Families


One-Stop Shop: The Veterans Benefits Conference for Providers, Educators, Veterans, & Their Families

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Location: Bethaday Community Learning Space
605 SW 108th St
Seattle, WA 98146

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From: November 2, 2017 at 8:00am to: Friday, November 3, 2017 at 12:30pm

Trainer(s): Conference Speakers & Presenters

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Veterans Training Support Center is proud to announce the first-of-its-kind two-day conference for service providers, educators, veterans, and their families. Service providers and educators will gain the knowledge and tools to connect Veterans to resources applicable to them. Veterans and their family members will learn all of the practical information that TAPS (TGPS) did not deliver.

Objectives:

The purpose of the conference is to provide relevant professional development for providers, as well as current resources and processes for Veterans and their families. This conference has unique breakout sessions developed for providers & educators, Veterans & their families, as well as sessions suitable for all. The conference features 15 workshops topics.

Conference sessions include:

  • Inclusive Therapy and Multi-Cultural Counseling, Chalon Ervin, PsyD
  • TBI, Dan Overton, LMHC Washington Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • Getting Grounded with Ecotherapy, Jeremy Grisham of Washington Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • PTSD and Post Traumatic Growth, Mark Fischer, MA, of the Regional Education & Training Center
  • Dependable Strengths, Allen Boivin-Brown, MA, of The Center for Dependable Strengths
  • Military Culture 101, Ryan McAfee, LMSW, of the Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Katy McDermott, RN, Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act, Miranda Levy, MA, CRC Northwest ADA Center / UW
  • The Down and Dirty of Disability Claims, Wounded Warrior Project
  • Securing the Foundation for Your VA Home Loan, Gary Cashman of Wounded Warrior Project

Conference Agenda

We Can Use Your Help at the Conference: Click Here to sign up to help with set-up, registration, Q&A mics, tear down, and roving.

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Registration:

Veterans and their families register here

Providers register here

Space is limited! Online registration closes midnight, Monday, October 30th.

Keynote sponsor for this event: Wounded Warrior Project

Cost: Vets and their families: FREE, Providers: $50 for 9.5 CEs

Parking: Parking available on-site

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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Treating Men’s Trauma


Treating Men’s Trauma

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Location: South Seattle Community College, Georgetown
Building A, Computer Lab A120
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
206-934-5350
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From: November 6, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Matthew Jakupcak, Ph.D.

Details:

Although rates of PTSD are lower among men relative to women in the general US population, men are exposed to more traumatic events across their lifetime. Men may express trauma reactions in ways that differ from women, with greater tendencies toward externalized distress (i.e., substance abuse, aggression or violence, and compulsive sexual behaviors). The processes of gender role socialization operate throughout childhood and into adulthood, often overtly discouraging male expressions of distress and vulnerability, while promoting self-reliance, risk-taking, and “toughness.” Issues related to stoicism, perceived stigma associated with mental health concerns, and alexithymia (i.e., the ability to identify and communicate emotions) may obscure many men’s post-traumatic difficulties and represent barriers to help-seeking, treatment-engagement, and response to psychotherapy. As such, when men with trauma histories do present for treatment, the course of psychotherapy is often very challenging for both patients and therapists.

This workshop is designed to be a resource for mental health therapists who interact with and treat men who are demonstrating post-traumatic symptoms (PTSD, depression, moral injury, grief, and or adjustment difficulties). Dr. Jakupcak will describe common clinical presentations and unique challenges to working with specific subgroups of trauma exposed men, including military/veteran populations, first-responders (police, firefighters, medics/EMTs), and male victims of childhood or adult sexual trauma. The workshop will incorporate information from reviews of the empirical literature, descriptions of clinical cases, as well as observations and recommendations for treatment. Open discussions and audience participation is encouraged.

Objectives:

  1. Audience members will be able to describe research findings specific to masculine gender norms and Western cultures’ prescriptions for “masculinity” that inform gender socialization and emotional development in men;
  2. Audience members will be able to recognize gender differences and specific features and clinical presentations of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), moral injury, depression, complicated grief, anger/aggression, substance use disorders, and adjustment difficulties common to men;
  3. Audience members will be ready to address the challenges of engaging and maintaining adherence to mental health treatment when working with trauma-exposed men;
  4. Audience members will be able to identify and address special challenges pertaining to different treatment formats (i.e., group psychotherapy and couples therapy), treatment-settings (outpatient and inpatient mental health treatment and primary-care based therapy), and gender-informed dynamics that can emerge for male and female therapists working with male trauma

Cost: Free!

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

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk


Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk

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

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From: November 13, 2017 at 8:45am to: 4:15pm

Trainer(s): Mark R. Hoagland, MA, LMHC, CHT

Details: Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) is a one-day workshop for health professionals that will help them better assess suicide risk, plan treatment, and manage the ongoing care of clients at-risk for suicide. Behavioral health providers play a crucial role in preventing suicides and yet, many providers report that they feel inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicidal clients. AMSR meets providers’ needs for research-informed, skills-based training. AMSR is appropriate for all mental health professionals including social workers, marriage & family therapists, psychologists, and licensed mental health counselors. AMSR meets the legislative mandate for training under ESHB 2366.

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the 24 core competencies that enable social workers and mental health professionals to assess and work effectively with individuals at risk of suicide
  2. Increase knowledge and skills in eliciting suicide ideation, behavior, plans, and intent
  3. Increase knowledge and skills in making a clinical judgment of the short and long term risks for suicide
  4. Increase knowledge and skills in developing a treatment and services plan that addresses the client’s immediate, acute, and continuing risk for suicidal behaviors


Registration Limited to 40: No walk-in registrations accepted for this workshop.

Cost: $85 to cover materials

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 CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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The Dependable Strengths Approach to Veteran Success


The Dependable Strengths Approach to Veteran Success

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Location: Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155

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From: November 14, 2017 at 8:45am to: 4:15pm

Trainer(s): Allen Boivin-Brown, MA

Details: There is excellence in everyone! Each Veteran has a unique pattern of core strengths that can be identified and be the foundation for success in civilian work and life. Uncover the Dependable Strengths® of your Veterans while building self-worth, confidence, hope and employability through use of the Dependable Strengths Articulation Process (DSAP). The DSAP was originated during WWII to assist returning Veterans transition successfully to civilian life. It has been researched and refined at the University of Washington and proven effective for over 50 years. This engaging, peer-group process builds supportive connections among Veterans while identifying individual strengths and providing a proven job-finding alternative, the Job Magnet System. Come experience the strengths-based approach to improving Veterans' lives.

As one Veteran said: “You guys gave me the tools to successfully sell myself in an interview with passion and confidence. I started believing in myself. The military instills certain qualities in you, and a strong work ethic, but most Vets don’t know or appreciate their own real value to civilian employers. I am very thrilled by my success and it is attributable to the work I put into Dependable Strengths. It gave me the confidence to persevere. Vets of any age or experience level can benefit from the Dependable Strengths workshop, and I wish that all Vets could participate.”

Objectives:

  1. How to uncover individual strengths and hidden abilities
  2. How to find work using the non-traditional Job Magnet System
  3. How to translate military experience to civilian employers
  4. How to overcome isolation and disconnectedness
  5. How to conduct a “strengths-based” job interview
  6. How to demonstrate one's value to an employer
  7. How to build self-worth, confidence, and motivation

Cost: No Cost!

Parking: Ample parking in parking lot; closest to the Senior Center

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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Into The Depths: Integrative Approaches To Helping People With Complex Trauma Histories


Into The Depths: Integrative Approaches To Helping People With Complex Trauma Histories

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

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From: November 20, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Jack Ringel, LICSW

Details:

Many people who seek out psychotherapy and other forms of mental health care have a complex history of trauma experience. One example (of many) of this complexity is a veteran who experienced childhood abuse as well as trauma in her adult life, such as harrowing combat experiences. Often times, trauma experiences can become compounding, and finding healing can be a circuitous and uncertain path that requires patience, compassion, and flexibility on behalf of providers. This training will explore ways to effectively work with such patients/clients. Special attention will be paid to the therapeutic relationship, including how to work more effectively with powerful transference and counter-transference phenomena.

The first half of the day will mostly be spent covering some of the major theories of trauma recovery, which will be used to help orient us to the material. The second half of the day will mostly be focused on practice. Clinical vignettes, case conceptualizations, and other interactive strategies will be used throughout the day to help engage your minds and hearts in the topic at hand.

This training is intended for those that provide direct services to clients/patients (such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, MDs, case managers, ARNPs, peer counselors, etc.), but may also be useful for other interested parties who provide services to people with complex histories of trauma.

Objectives:

  1. To better understand how trauma across the lifespan can contribute to someone’s current experience
  2. To better understand clinical approaches to working with clients/patients with histories of complex trauma
  3. To better understand how childhood experience may influence a person’s present experience and course of treatment
  4. To be better understand how to work effectively with the therapeutic relationship to enhance and evoke positive change

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 CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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Law and Ethics of Effective Clinical Documentation


Law and Ethics of Effective Clinical Documentation

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Location: Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155

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From: December 1, 2017 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): Eric Ström, JD, MA. LMHC

Details: Effective recordkeeping is vital to effective clinical work and is a key part of sound professional practice. In this workshop we will examine Washington State and Federal legal standards regarding clinical documentation. We will also discuss documentation best-practices to support effective clinical work while minimizing risk of liability. Participants will gain increased understanding of the current standards regarding clinical documentation. This course is intended to meet ethics CE requirements.

Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of legal standards relating to clinical documentation
  2. Explore strategies to use clinical documentation to best support effective work with clients
  3. Apply best practice standards to clinical documentation of work with veteran clients

Cost: Free!

Parking: Ample parking in parking lot; closest to the Senior Center

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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Caring for Women Veterans


Caring for Women Veterans

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

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From: December 1, 2017 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): M.J. Mariano, Ph.D

Details: The training would present information about women veterans, including demographic characteristics, common clinical problems, and experiences during military service and civilian life that may bear of these clinical issues. Gender-specific care issues and the importance of trauma-sensitivity will be addressed. Somatic distress among women veterans and strategies for addressing these problems will be highlighted.

Objectives: TBA

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 CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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Law & Ethics of Lethality & Mandatory Reporting (2017)


Law & Ethics of Lethality & Mandatory Reporting (2017)

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Location: Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155

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From: December 1, 2017 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Eric Ström, JD, MA. LMHC

Details: For many clinicians, client lethality and mandatory reporting are some of the most difficult aspects of working in the mental health profession. In this workshop we will examine the applicable Washington State and Federal laws regarding mandatory reporting obligations. We will also discuss the boundaries and standards of clinician liability for client harm to self or others (the Tarasoff rule). Participants will gain increased ability to implement strategies to minimize risk and to limit liability to best support their veteran clients. This course is intended to meet ethics CEU requirements.

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. Understand the Washington state legal standards regarding duty to warn/duty to protect
  2. Understand the legal and ethical standards regarding mandatory reporting obligations
  3. Explore strategies to minimize clinician liability for client harm to self and others

Cost: Free!

Parking: Ample parking in parking lot; closest to the Senior Center

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.