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Civilians serving Veterans: respect, connection, and openness to learning

Civilians serving Veterans: respect, connection, and openness to learning


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

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From: May 5, 2017 at 9:00am to: 12:00pm

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


How can a civilian clinician understand the experiences of a client who has served his or her country? This 3-hour workshop provides guidance to civilian clinicians interested in delivering care to Veteran clients. Our workshop will combine educational resources, clinical vignette discussion, and practical examples to explore how civilian providers may navigate themes of rapport and empathy 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. Practice 1 role play applying these techniques with a colleague.

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.