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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.

Objectives:

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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Civilians serving Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Civilians serving Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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

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

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

Details:

What is PTSD? As a civilian, is it possible to understand the traumatic experiences of my Veteran clients? How common is PTSD among Veterans? What types of therapies are best suited to treat PTSD among Veterans? This 6-hour workshop provides guidance to civilian clinicians interested in delivering care to Veteran clients. Particular emphasis is given to the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Our workshop will combine educational resources, clinical vignette discussion, and practical examples to explore how civilian providers may navigate themes of trauma with respect and openness.

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 role play with colleagues.

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

  1. Identify 3 resources where one may learn about military themes, terminology and events.
  2. Identify 3 clinical techniques for connecting with a client whose experience is highly divergent from one’s own.
  3. Identify the diagnostic concerns most commonly relevant to Veterans outside of PTSD.
  4. Identify the 8 diagnostic criteria associated with PTSD in DSM 5.
  5. Identify 3 evidence based therapies demonstrated to treat PTSD.
  6. Identify 3 resources in the community for active military and Veterans with PTSD.

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 Mandatory Reporting and Duty to Warn


Law and Ethics of Mandatory Reporting and Duty to Warn

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

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From: March 16, 2018 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): Eric Ström, JD, MA. LMHC

Details:

For many clinicians, client lethality and mandatory reporting are some of the most difficult topics to navigate. In this workshop we will examine the applicable Washington State and Federal laws regarding mandatory reporting obligations with a specific focus on how these rules apply to mental health clinicians. 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 CE requirements.

Objectives:

After taking part in this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Washington state legal standards regarding duty to warn/duty to protect
  • Locate and compare legal and ethical standards regarding mandatory reporting obligations
  • Create and evaluate strategies to minimize exposure to liability while maximizing client support
  • Apply legal and ethical standards regarding mandatory reporting and the duty to warn to clinical
  • work with veterans

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 Online Communication and Social Media


Law and Ethics of Online Communication and Social Media

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

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From: March 16, 2018 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Eric Ström, JD, MA. LMHC

Details: In this workshop we will address the legal and ethical implications of online communication and social media use by mental health professionals. We will identify and discuss the evolving standards found in state law and in the professional codes of ethics. Participants will gain the ability to identify and implement a legally and ethically sound approach to online communications and social media use – with particular application to work with veterans. This course is intended to meet Law and Ethics CE requirements.

Objectives:

After taking part in this training, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the legal and ethical standards regarding clinicians’ use of social media
  • Describe the legal and ethical standards regarding clinicians’ use of online communication
  • Explain the connection between professional advertising and protection of client confidentiality
  • Create strategies for effective and ethical online communication and social media use
  • Apply legal and ethical standards regarding online communications to clinical work with veterans

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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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Serious Mental Illness


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Serious Mental Illness

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

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From: March 23, 2018 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Janelle Painter, PhD

Details:

This is an introductory skills workshop for providers who want to increase their comfort and ability working with Veterans with serious mental illness (SMI). Schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are chronic and recurrent mental health conditions that significantly impact the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) offers skills to become more cognitively flexible, to change the way a person thinks about and evaluates symptoms, and to consider alternative explanations for symptom experiences. CBT has been shown effective in the treatment of many complex and highly distressing symptoms, including command auditory hallucinations, grandiosity and paranoia. In this 6-hour training, participants will explore the fundamental components of CBT interventions for people with psychosis and bipolar disorders and gain knowledge in addressing common barriers to treatment engagement in this population. The aim of this training is to provide participants with practical clinical tools and techniques to further assist Veterans with SMI in leading meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Training for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals:

This workshop is open to professionals who are licensed or have mental and behavioral health-related graduate level degrees. Students in a mental or behavioral health program may also participate in this training. Exceptions may be made after receiving permission from the training manager/director. Please e-mail vtsc@dva.wa.gov for more information.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the theory underlying CBT interventions for psychosis and bipolar disorders
  • Conceptualize how to best utilize CBT interventions to assist Veterans with SMI
  • Learn basic information regarding the implementation of CBT interventions in this population
  • Identify and address barriers to treatment engagement in this population

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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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing


Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

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Location: Renton Library
Meeting Room
100 Mill Avenue S.
Renton, WA, 98057

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From: March 30, 2018 at 10:30am to: 5:30pm

Trainer(s): Ann Marie Roepke, PhD

Details:

How can we help our clients/patients make positive changes in their behavior -- without nagging, shaming, persuading, or arguing? Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based counseling approach that can help individuals change behaviors they might feel ambivalent about, such as exercising, changing their diet, quitting alcohol/drugs, adopting safer sex practices, taking important medications, or starting psychotherapy. In this 6-hour training, participants will learn the fundamentals of motivational interviewing, including the MI spirit, the four processes of MI, use of the core techniques (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, summaries), the strategic use of different types of reflective listening, how to evoke and strengthen motivation for change, and how to roll with difficulty and discord within the helping relationship. Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and experiential learning activities designed to give them a richer understanding of the use of motivational interviewing in therapeutic and healthcare settings.

This introductory workshop is for professionals providing direct services to Veterans in therapeutic, healthcare, and other supportive settings. It is appropriate for mental health professionals (e.g. psychologists, social workers, marriage & family therapists, counselors), medical professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists), and professionals in other supportive roles (e.g., case managers, employment specialists, coaches, probation/parole officers).

Objectives:

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

  • Define motivational interviewing (MI), change talk, and sustain talk
  • Explain the fundamental spirit and guiding principles of MI
  • List two ways to evoke change talk
  • Demonstrate use of MI-consistent reflective listening
  • Assess how, where, and when MI may be beneficial in the participant’s clinic/work setting

Cost: Free!

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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What Kind of Dog is That? Law and Ethics of Service, Support & Therapy Animals


What Kind of Dog is That? Law and Ethics of Service, Support & Therapy Animals

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

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From: April 27, 2018 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): Eric Ström, JD, MA. LMHC

Details:

****This event was rescheduled from its previous date of February 16th.****

Federal and State regulations regarding service animals can seem complicated, confusing, and contradictory. In this workshop we will highlight the key legal distinctions between service animals, support animals, therapy animals, and pets. We will then discuss the legal and ethical implications of each category with a specific focus on how these laws apply to mental health clinicians working with Veteran clients. Participants will improve their ability to implement strategies to minimize professional liability while maximizing clinical effectiveness and support to clients with animal support. This course is intended to meet ethics CEU requirements.

Objectives: This workshop is designed to equip you to:

  1. Describe Federal and Washington State legal standards regarding service animals
  2. Recognize legal differences between service animals and support animals
  3. Summarize ethical standards relating to the use of animals in therapy
  4. Create and evaluate strategies to minimize liability while maximizing clinical effectiveness and client support
  5. 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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Don’t Get Burned: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know about Washington Marijuana Laws


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

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

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From: April 27, 2018 at 1:00pm to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Eric Ström, JD, MA. LMHC

Details:

****This event was rescheduled from its previous date of February 16th.*****

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.

Training for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals: This workshop is open to professionals who are licensed or have mental and behavioral health-related graduate level degrees. Students in a mental or behavioral health program may also participate in this training. Exceptions may be made after receiving permission from the training manager/director. Please e-mail vtsc@dva.wa.gov for more information.

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 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.