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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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Don’t Get Burned: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know about Washington Marijuana Laws- Part 1


Don’t Get Burned: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know about Washington Marijuana Laws- Part 1

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

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From: July 7, 2017 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): Eric Ström, JD, MA. LMHC

Details: The laws, regulations, and policies regarding the legal use of marijuana can cannabis are rapidly changing. Among the general public, there are many misperceptions and misunderstandings of the current rules. In this workshop we will examine Washington State and Federal legal standards regarding legal use of cannabis. We will also discuss legal and ethical issues relating to the use of cannabis by clinicians. Participants will gain increased understanding of the current laws regarding cannabis use to best support their veteran clients. This course is intended to meet ethics CEU requirements for mental & behavioral health providers.

Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of Federal and Washington State cannabis laws
  • Analyze the interaction between Federal and State Controlled Substance laws
  • Apply Federal and State Controlled Substance laws to decision making as a credentialed healthcare provider

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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Don’t Get Burned: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know about Washington Marijuana Laws – Part 2


Don’t Get Burned: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know about Washington Marijuana Laws – Part 2

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

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From: July 7, 2017 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Eric Ström, JD, MA. LMHC

Details: Building on the information provided in Part 1, this workshop we will review the Washington State and Federal legal standards regarding legal use of cannabis. We will then discuss legal and ethical issues relating to the use of cannabis by clients. Participants will gain increased understanding of the current laws regarding cannabis use to best support their veteran clients. This course is intended to meet ethics CEU requirements for mental & behavioral health providers.

Objectives:

  • Review Federal and Washington State cannabis laws
  • Gain an understanding of medical marijuana and clinical scope of practice
  • Recognize the potential impacts use of legal marijuana may have on clients
  • Gain awareness of cross-jurisdictional issues relating to legal use of marijuana.

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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Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy with Veterans & Their Partners


Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy with Veterans & Their Partners

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

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

Trainer(s): Catherine Caska Wallace, Ph.D.

Details: A wealth of research has documented greater rates of relationship dissatisfaction among military and Veteran couples, especially for those who also struggle with mental health problems. Relationship dysfunction is associated with a multitude of mental and physical health consequences, and research has explored treatments that may serve to improve the quality of romantic relationships in both civilian and military populations. Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) is an empirically supported couple therapy that has been endorsed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This training aims to provide an overview of the challenges facing Veterans and their partners, introduce the therapeutic elements and implementation of IBCT, and discuss practical ways in which to manage common challenges in couples therapy (e.g., intimate partner violence, high conflict). This 6-hour training is intended for mental health professionals, and a background in couple therapy is not required.

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. Increase understanding of the experience of military couples and the challenges that they may face
  2. Gain an introduction to the therapeutic elements of IBCT and learn how to implement this treatment with Veteran populations
  3. Discuss common challenges of couples therapy and how to best handle these 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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Moral Injury and Adaptive Disclosure


Moral Injury and Adaptive Disclosure

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

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From: July 28, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

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

Details:

During the morning session, Dr. Jakupcak will review the construct of Moral Injury and compare and contrast Moral Injury and PTSD. He will also review the existing research literature specific to Moral Injury and will describe a number of emerging, evidence-based treatment strategies to address Moral Injury. During the afternoon session, Dr. Jakupcak and audience members will discuss the therapeutic guide book, “Adaptive Disclosure: A New Treatment for Military Trauma, Loss, and Moral Injury” by Litz et al., 2016. Adaptive Disclosure is a specific evidence based treatment that combines cognitive behavioral and emotion-focused therapy strategies to address combat related grief and moral injury. As part of the afternoon workshop, participants will be invited to role play specific aspects of Adaptive Disclosure, as well as discuss their own challenges and successes addressing moral injury with their clients. Finally, Dr. Jakupcak will facilitate a discussion of the impact on therapists that may arise when addressing moral injury in clients.

At the time of training, participants will receive the text “Adaptive Disclosure” (Litz et al., 2017). Clinical Case Examples will be used to illustrate assessment and clinical intervention strategies and audience participation in Role-Playing and Open Discussions will be encouraged throughout the presentation.

Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able describe Moral Injury and differentiate features of Moral Injury from PTSD
  2. Attendees will be able to describe emerging evidence-based intervention strategies designed to address Moral Injury
  3. Attendees will be able to demonstrate how to apply Adaptive Disclosure strategies to treat clients with trauma-related morale injury; and
  4. To reflect on the impact of addressing Moral Injury on themselves and their practice.

Cost: $38 for workshop 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 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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Military & Veteran Culture 202: Building Supportive Services for Military Brats


Military & Veteran Culture 202: Building Supportive Services for Military Brats

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

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From: August 8, 2017 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): Kimberly Hardy, LMHC

Details:

Some have referred to military children as a hidden minority or labeled them as third-culture kids, mainly because the majority of educational and sociological research regarding military families focuses almost exclusively on service-members and their spouses. Military children are one of this country’s oldest, though somewhat invisible, subcultures. These youth experience the same developmental patterns and processes as other children, but their development plays out in a unique context that often differs dramatically from that of their civilian counterparts. This workshop will aim to translate experiences of military youth into practical information & tools for providers of various disciplines to use when interacting with military brats (a term military youth tend to call themselves).

Objectives:

  1. Understand the role that military culture plays in military families; and the effect on the kids.
  2. Identify life events & stressors unique to military kids.
  3. Differentiate between common characteristics and pathological features.
  4. Develop tools to ensure accommodations, when needed, are available to military kids.
  5. Utilize existing strengths to improve resiliency, growth and success.

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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safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone


safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

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

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From: August 8, 2017 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Kimberly Hardy, LMHC

Details:

The half-day safeTALK training program equips participants with four basic steps to connect people at risk of suicide to life-saving resources. This safeTALK workshop is customized to meet the needs of professionals and members of the general public working with military members, veterans, and/or their family members (including adolescent military dependents).There are 20 suicides on average among U.S. veterans every day.The safeTALK workshop invites participants to become more alert to the possibility of suicide and how to prevent it. Suicide-alert people are better prepared to connect persons with thoughts of suicide with life-affirming help.

This workshop is open to the public: safeTALK meets the Washington DoH legislative mandate for ESHB 2366, RCW 43.70.442 & Professional Educators Standard Board, for the following occupations:

  • Certified Counselors & Advisers
  • Chemical Dependency Professionals
  • Chiropractors
  • Occupational Therapists & Assistants
  • Physical Therapists & Assistants
  • School Nurses
  • School Counselors, Psychologists, & Social Workers

Objectives:

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn the following within a cultural context:

  1. Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts may be present
  2. Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  3. Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  4. Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe
  5. Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further suicide-safer help.
  6. safeTALK Information Sheet

    Cost: $8 for workshop 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 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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Guaranteeing Success for Student Veterans


Guaranteeing Success for Student Veterans

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Location: Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133

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From: August 9, 2017 at 9:30am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Samantha Powers, Ph.D.

Details:

This training will help higher education institution faculty and staff learn about student Veterans and learn how to better serve them in their classrooms and/or workspaces.

Training for higher education professionals who work with/teach student Veterans: This workshop is open to higher education professionals (administrative staff, classified staff and faculty members) who interact with students.  More than likely, even if you think you may not be, you are interacting with student Veterans.

Objectives:

  1. Define veteran - national, state, local and other definitions - clarify YOUR institution's definition and how to use your own data
  2. Take a journey through the military service member's experience - develop military cultural competency
  3. Develop an understanding of transitions - what they are, how they might look in student veterans, and how they are different from developed barriers
  4. Learn the difference between enabling and empowering, identify your own behavior, and methods for moving to a place of empowerment
  5. Survey methods for classroom/workspace activities to better serve student veterans - identify low-hanging fruit, methods that will take time and/or approval, and methods that will take significant time and potentially school/state legislation to enact
  6. Identify best practices at national, state, county and local levels - samples from the state for services, programs, and activities to assist in student veteran transition into higher education

Cost: Free!

Parking: See the college website for information on parking: https://www.shoreline.edu/safetyandsecurity/parking.aspx

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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Mindfulness in Behavioral Health


Mindfulness in Behavioral Health

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

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From: August 18, 2017 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Sara Smucker Barnwell, Ph.D.

Details:

This 6-hour workshop provides guidance to providers interested in learning about mindfulness and its applications in behavioral health care. This introductory workshop will address core principles such as the basics of mindfulness, applications of mindfulness in behavioral health care, a general review of several therapies which utilize mindfulness, and practical examples of how mindfulness may be incorporated into diverse clinical work. Particular emphasis will be given on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques. Attendees will be asked to participate in several mindfulness exercises with the goal of replicating these exercises in their own practice. This workshop aims to orient attendees to the general principles of mindfulness and its application across therapies.

From an interactive base, the presenter provides practical demonstrations of the objectives through the utilization of technological media within an interactive attendee-centered PowerPoint presentation style. Attendees will be asked to participate in experiential exercises, including relaxation breathing, mindful eating, and mindfulness meditation.

Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define mindfulness
  2. Identify three client populations that mindfulness may help
  3. Identify three diagnoses that may be treated through mindfulness-based interventions
  4. Identify three popular therapies that rely heavily on mindfulness
  5. Learn basic information regarding Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  6. Experience a mindfulness meditation exercise
  7. Lead a mindfulness exercise in their own practice

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

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 day long 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.