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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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How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses


How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses

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Location: South Seattle College, Georgetown Campus
Gene J. Colin Education Hall
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
206-934-5350
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From: April 25, 2019 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: $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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Hospice, Palliative Care & Bereavement Support: A Philosophy & Integration of Compassionate Care


Hospice, Palliative Care & Bereavement Support:  A Philosophy & Integration of Compassionate Care

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Location: South Seattle College, Georgetown Campus
Gene J. Colin Education Hall
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
206-934-5350
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From: May 3, 2019 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Candace Hammer Chaney RN-CHPN, PhD | Melissa Layer, MA, LMHC-A

Details: Research reveals that 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home, pain-free and with dignity. Often, family members and friends express a desire to be included in this significant transition. Established over 50 years ago, hospice (and palliative care, its newer companion) have not been fully understood or utilized until recently. Increasingly recognized and endorsed in mainstream healthcare, hospice is acknowledged for its compassionate interdisciplinary team approach that integrates skilled medical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. This workshop will provide an overview, as well as educational tools, for empowering you to engage in end-of-life discussions and how to be a bridge for accessing hospice and palliative care services. The special needs of veterans and their families will be included.

Objectives: 1. Learn about hospice’s historical roots and philosophy of care 2. Hear about palliative care and its relationship to hospice 3. Explore myths and facts about hospice 4. Consider the special needs of veterans 5. Understand grief as a normal response and what complicates/inhibits it 6. Be introduced to several models of grief theory 7. Appreciate cultural diversity in end-of-life beliefs, customs and grieving 8. Examine personal beliefs and feelings through interactive discussions and exercises

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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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing


Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

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Location: South Seattle College, Georgetown Campus
Gene J. Colin Education Hall
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
206-934-5350
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From: May 10, 2019 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

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 workshop is for professionals providing direct services to Veterans in therapeutic, healthcare, and other supportive settings. This introductory training 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: After taking part in this training, participants will be able to: 1. Define motivational interviewing (MI), change talk, and sustain talk 2. Explain the fundamental spirit and guiding principles of MI 3. List two ways to evoke change talk 4. Demonstrate use of MI-consistent reflective listening 5. Assess how, where, and when MI may be beneficial in the participant’s clinic/work setting

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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Understanding the relationship between cannabis use and common mental health conditions


Understanding the relationship between cannabis use and common mental health conditions

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Location: South Seattle College, Georgetown Campus
Gene J. Colin Education Hall
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
206-934-5350
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From: May 17, 2019 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

Trainer(s): Kendall Browne, Ph.D.

Details: This presentation aims to provide the audience with an overview of what is known about the relationship between cannabis use and common mental health conditions experienced by Veteran populations, with an emphasis on the relationship between cannabis use and PTSD. This presentation will include information on the prevalence rates of cannabis use and cannabis use disorder among Veterans, the relationship between cannabis use and common mental health symptoms (e.g., PTSD, anxiety, sleep), the overlap between PTSD symptoms and cannabis withdrawal, the impact of cannabis on PTSD treatment course and outcomes, and possible psychoeducation, assessment, and intervention options for individuals with cannabis use disorder. To provide context for this content, neurobiological findings and known health risks associated with cannabis use will be briefly reviewed.

Objectives: Develop basic knowledge of the prevalence and common consequences of cannabis use; Build basic knowledge of the relationship between cannabis use and common mental health conditions; Gain basic knowledge of psychoeducation topics, assessment tools, and interventions that can be used during clinical practice when working with Veterans considering using or currently using cannabis.

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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Coaching Clients Back into a Meaningful Life: Using Behavioral Activation to Treat PTSD


Coaching Clients Back into a Meaningful Life: Using Behavioral Activation to Treat PTSD

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Location: South Seattle College, Georgetown Campus
Gene J. Colin Education Hall
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
206-934-5350
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From: May 31, 2019 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

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

Details: Dr. Jakupcak will describe Behavioral Activation, a contextual behavioral psychotherapy approach shown to be effective for treating PTSD. He will describe the empirical support for BA for PTSD and present findings of a research study of BA for PTSD in returning Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans. Dr. Jakupcak will also provide case examples to illustrate core components of BA, as well as challenges of applying this approach to address PTSD in Veterans.

Objectives: 1) Attendees will be able to describe the theory and core components of Behavioral Activation (BA) used to treat Depression and PTSD; 2) Attendees will become familiar with the empirical support for BA as a treatment for PTSD; 3) Attendees will be able to describe research finding specific to a test of BA as a treatment for PTSD among returning Veterans; and 4) Attendees will be able to describe the “real world” clinical challenges and benefits of applying BA to treat PTSD.

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.