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Online Classes in Partnership with PsychArmor


Online Classes in Partnership with PsychArmor

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From: January 1, 2018 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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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: January 1, 2018 at 9:00am (never ends)

Trainer(s): John Phillips, M.A.Ed. | 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.

Objectives:

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

Contact: John Phillips
Phone: (206) 375-0784

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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Moral Injury and Adaptive Disclosure


Moral Injury and Adaptive Disclosure

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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: October 26, 2018 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.

Objectives: 1) Describe Moral Injury and differentiate features of Moral Injury from PTSD 2) Describe emerging evidence-based intervention strategies designed to address Moral Injury 3) Demonstrate how to apply Adaptive Disclosure strategies to treat clients with trauma-related morale injury 4) Reflect on the impact of addressing Moral Injury on themselves and their practice

Cost: None

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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Veteran and Military Mental Health First Aid


Veteran and Military Mental Health First Aid

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

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From: November 2, 2018 at 8:00am to: 5:00pm

Trainer(s): Shaida Hossein, OTD

Details: Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource that can make a difference in the lives of the more than 22 million veterans, their families, and the communities they live in. Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. In addition to the impact of military service on the veteran, each has a circle of family (significant other, children, parents, siblings, etc.) and friends who are also impacted by their military service.

Objectives: 1. A discussion of military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health 2. A discussion of the specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such as trauma, both mental and physical, stress, separation, etc. 3. Applying the ALGEE action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for service members, their families and those that support them 4. A review of common mental health resources for service members, their families and those who support them

Cost: None

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


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How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses


How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses

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Location: Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
19010 1st Ave South
Burien, WA 98148
206.835.7348
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From: November 9, 2018 at 9:00am to: 1:00pm

Trainer(s): Dan Overton, MA LMHC

Details: Although prevalence estimates vary, there is consensus that high percentages of justice-involved women and men have experienced serious trauma throughout their lifetime. The reverberating effects of trauma experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services, often resulting in an increase risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system. How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses is a training program for criminal justice professionals to: Increase understanding of trauma Create an awareness of the impact of trauma on behavior Develop trauma-informed responses. Trauma-informed criminal justice responses can help to avoid re-traumatizing individuals, and thereby increase safety for all, decrease recidivism, and promote and support recovery of justice-involved women and men with serious mental illness. Partnerships across systems can also help to link individuals to trauma-informed services and treatment for trauma. Program Participants This highly interactive training is specifically tailored to community-based criminal justice professionals including: Community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services officers) Court personnel Police Other human service providers

Objectives: 1. Engage in a positive interactive process 2. Feel safe and comfortable in the learning environment 3. Discuss why criminal justice system professionals should learn about trauma 4. List examples of traumatic events 5. Define trauma 6. Discuss how trauma is often ongoing for many individuals involved in the criminal justice system 7. Describe the pervasive impact trauma can have on an individual’s life 8. Describe how the impact of trauma can be experienced throughout life and affect various aspects of functioning and behavior 9. Describe how trauma relates to mental health and substance use disorders 10. Describe how certain behaviors may reflect a person’s attempt to survive 11. Discuss how a history of trauma may result in problematic behavior, poor relationships, and justice involvement 12. Describe the cycle of violence as a response to childhood physical abuse 13. List examples of individual differences that may lead to resilience or increased vulnerability to trauma 14. List four things people need in their interpersonal interaction with officers: respect, information, safety, and choice 15. List approaches to responding to behavior 16. In response to “who is likely,” reply with “there should be a universal assumption of trauma” 17. List and describe ways in which the criminal justice system may re-traumatize 18. Discuss how to improve policies and procedures to make them trauma-informed 19. List three key steps for moving toward trauma-informed policies and procedures

Cost: None

Parking: FREE

Lunch Options:

Academy Cafe​

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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Resilience for Mental Health Providers


Resilience for Mental Health Providers

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Location: The NVC Memorial Hall
1212 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 322-1122
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From: November 14, 2018 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Ann Marie Roepke, PhD

Details: Caring for others is a rewarding profession – and a demanding one. As providers in helping professions, how can we prevent burnout and attend to our own wellness? Resilience-based approaches can help. In this 6-hour training, participants will explore strategies for fostering resilience and preventing burnout, including rediscovering meaning and purpose in our work, boosting positive emotions, building high-quality connections, bringing mindfulness into daily life, and identifying opportunities to advocate for environmental/systemic changes. Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and experiential learning activities designed to provide a richer understanding of strategies to foster resilience and prevent burnout in therapeutic and healthcare settings. Audience: Professionals providing direct services to Veterans and family members in therapeutic, healthcare, and other supportive settings. Although core components of this training will be applicable to a range of healthcare/helping professions, this training is designed primarily for mental health professionals (e.g. clinical social workers, marriage & family therapists, mental health counselors, psychologists, etc.).

Objectives: 1) Describe the three key components of burnout 2) Explain three strategies for fostering resilience in the face of work-related stressors 3) Assess how, where, and when resilience strategies could be usefully applied in the participant’s own professional setting

Cost: None

Parking: Free

Lunch Options:

There are several restaurants within walking distance​

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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Creating a Culture of Hope: Training for Caregivers


Creating a Culture of Hope: Training for Caregivers

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Location: King County Veterans Program Tukwila
645 Andover Park West, Suite 100,
Tukwila, WA 98188
(206)477-7022
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From: November 16, 2018 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): Cal Crow, Ph.D.

Details: Relatives and friends often become caregivers for veterans, yet receive little preparation for such a role. Dealing daily with loved ones who are angry, sad, depressed, traumatized, suicidal and often unpredictable, they frequently feel isolated and alone. To address this need, VTSC is offering a three-hour workshop designed specifically for “non-professional” caregivers. We call it “Creating a Culture of Hope,” which addresses veterans’ concerns as well as those of individuals who care for them. If you know caregivers who could benefit from this training, please let them know about it.

Objectives: Participants will learn: • How trauma affects veterans and caregivers • How to increase veteran self-efficacy and resiliency • How to create and use a support system • How to create a culture of hope

Cost: None

Parking: Free


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Couples-Based PTSD Treatment: An Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD


Couples-Based PTSD Treatment: An Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD

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

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From: December 5, 2018 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

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

Details: A wealth of research has documented the interpersonal effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), where Veterans with PTSD and their loved ones interact to have an effect on one another’s emotional and relationship health. Most prior evidence-based treatments for PTSD have been individual therapies, which may have less direct impact on the Veteran’s romantic relationship and home environment. Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD is an evidence-based psychotherapy that addresses the interpersonal nature of PTSD. CBCT for PTSD uses cognitive-behavioral principles to reduce PTSD symptoms, improve relationship satisfaction, and reduce distress in partners. This training will provide an introduction to this innovative treatment, beginning with background on the rationale for couples-based PTSD treatment, providing an overview of the therapy, and discussing the considerations of utilizing this therapy with Veterans and their loved ones. Case examples and group exercises will be used to illustrate the use of this therapy. Participants will leave the training with a better understanding of the interpersonal effects of PTSD and the manner in which relationships can be strengthened and used to improve PTSD symptoms.

Objectives: 1. Participants will learn how to conceptualize PTSD from an interpersonal framework and how to assess for the interactive effects of PTSD and relationship functioning 2. Participants will be able to describe the primary components of CBCT for PTSD 3. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of how CBCT for PTSD can be used with Veteran populations.

Cost: None

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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Complex Post Traumatic Stress & Dissociation in Clinical Practice


Complex Post Traumatic Stress & Dissociation in Clinical Practice

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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: December 7, 2018 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): Michael Lillie, LMFT, MHP

Details: Complex Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD) involves individuals who have been exposed to prolonged acute and relational trauma over an extended period of time. Complex Post Traumatic Stress often involves a disrupted-disorganized attachment style, other co-occurring mental health issues, and elements of dissociation than can hinder regular trauma therapy. This course is designed to help therapists understand aspects of basic attachment theory, and dissociation in addition to assessments and interventions to help clients heal past trauma.

Objectives: 1. Understand C-PTSD and related co-occurring issues. 2. Understand role of disorganized attachment and C-PTSD 3. Gain a working knowledge of types of dissociation and how it can affect therapy process. 4. Learn about assessments for low levels of dissociation with clients. 5. Learn interventions for low levels of dissociation with clients.

Cost: None

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.