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Empower or Enable: it's all in your approach

Empower or Enable: it's all in your approach


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


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.


  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 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.