VTSC Events

Upcoming Events

Training Customized for Your Organization

Location: We come to you!
Anywhere in King County, Washington
Trainer(s): John Phillips, M.A.Ed. | Conference Speakers & Presenters
Contact: John Phillips
Phone: 206-375-0784
Email: John.Phillips@DVA.WA.GOV

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.

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

Cost: No charge for trainings inside King County. Beyond King County, the cost is negotiable.

 

Online Classes in Partnership with PsychArmor

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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.

 

Military Related Traumatic Brain Injury

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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

From: April 20, 2018 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Brett Parmenter, Ph.D.

Details:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been called the “signature injury” of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been estimated that approximately 20% of Veterans who were deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan sustained at least one mild TBI (mTBI), and many individuals sustained multiple mTBI’s over the course of one or more deployments. This presentation will address several topics related to TBI, with a particular focus on mild TBI, including diagnostic criteria, factors that can contribute to persisting symptoms, and treatment options for cognitive difficulties.

Objectives:

Objectives: At the end of this training, participants will be able to: 1. Define the three levels of severity of traumatic brain injury (mild, moderate, severe) and common symptom patterns after this type of injury 2. Understand the overlap between symptoms of TBI and symptoms associated with psychiatric conditions such as PTSD and depression 3. Understand cognitive compensatory strategies that can be used by Veteran’s with persisting cognitive difficulties

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.
 

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

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:

  • Describe Federal and Washington State legal standards regarding service animals
  • Recognize legal differences between service animals and support animals
  • Summarize ethical standards relating to the use of animals in therapy
  • Create and evaluate strategies to minimize liability while maximizing clinical effectiveness and client support

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.

 

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
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.

 

The Dependable Strengths Approach to Veteran Success

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Location: North Seattle College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA, 98103
(206)934-3600
May 11, 2018 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Allen Boivin-Brown, MA

Details:

There is excellence in everyone! Each Veteran has a unique pattern of core strengths that can be identified and be the foundation for success in civilian work and life. Uncover the Dependable Strengths® of your Veterans while building self-worth, confidence, hope and employability through use of the Dependable Strengths Articulation Process (DSAP). The DSAP was originated during WWII to assist returning Veterans transition successfully to civilian life. It has been researched and refined at the University of Washington and proven effective for over 50 years. This engaging, peer-group process builds supportive connections among Veterans while identifying individual strengths and providing a proven job-finding alternative, the Job Magnet System. Come experience the strengths-based approach to improving Veterans' lives.

As one Veteran said: “You guys gave me the tools to successfully sell myself in an interview with passion and confidence. I started believing in myself. The military instills certain qualities in you, and a strong work ethic, but most Vets don’t know or appreciate their own real value to civilian employers. I am very thrilled by my success and it is attributable to the work I put into Dependable Strengths. It gave me the confidence to persevere. Vets of any age or experience level can benefit from the Dependable Strengths workshop, and I wish that all Vets could participate.”

Objectives:

  • How to uncover individual strengths and hidden abilities
  • How to find work using the non-traditional Job Magnet System
  • How to translate military experience to civilian employers
  • How to overcome isolation and disconnectedness
  • How to conduct a “strengths-based” job interview
  • How to demonstrate one's value to an employer
  • How to build self-worth, confidence, and motivation

Cost: No Cost!

Parking: Campus Parking $3 per day

Lunch Options:

  • Campus Cafeteria and local businesses ​

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.

 

Program provided by

Veterans Training Support Center is funded by the King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Training Support Center | Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs | 1102 Quince St SE | PO Box 41150 | Olympia, WA 98504-1150 | Phone: 360-725-2224

 

 

John Phillips