VTSC Workshop Catalog

47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017, and sadly, over 14% of the completed suicides were Veterans. Despite increased funding and awareness, the Veteran suicide rate is still steady. Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) helps give clinicians the skills and confidence to meet suicide care standards and competencies.

This training is designed for outpatient providers to assess and manage suicide risk with the goal of aiding in patient recovery. Clinicians will learn through group discussion, case examples, and videos, and should expect to participate in this class with a collaborative, non-adversarial and nonjudgmental stance. This course meets the Washington State requirements (RCW 43.70.442) for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists.

Trainers

Leidy McIntosh | Suicide Prevention Coordinator | VA PUGET SOUND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

David Kapelle, MSW, LCSW | VA PUGET SOUND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Zoom 6 Hours CEUs: 6

47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017, and sadly, over 14% of the completed suicides were Veterans. Despite increased funding and awareness, the Veteran suicide rate is still steady. Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) helps give clinicians the skills and confidence to meet suicide care standards and competencies.

This training is designed for outpatient providers to assess and manage suicide risk with the goal of aiding in patient recovery. Clinicians will learn through group discussion, case examples, and videos, and should expect to participate in this class with a collaborative, non-adversarial and nonjudgmental stance. This course meets the Washington State requirements (RCW 43.70.442) for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists.

Zoom 6 Hours CEUs: 6

This 6-part training series, Building Blocks for Cognitive Success, helps Veterans address several common challenges experienced by those with TBI & PTS.Participants learn about cognitive rehabilitation and its various components; the stages of learning applied to home, school, and work; the concept of cognitive fatigue and its impact on productivity, the issues associated with executive function (e.g., decision-making, organization, etc.) and the stages of the memory process. Practical strategies will be provided to address each of the challenges referenced in the series.

Zoom 1 Hour

This 6-part training series, Building Blocks for Cognitive Success, helps Veterans address several common challenges experienced by those with TBI & PTS. Participants learn about cognitive rehabilitation and its various components; the stages of learning applied to home, school, and work; the concept of cognitive fatigue and its impact on productivity, the issues associated with executive function (e.g., decision-making, organization, etc.) and the stages of the memory process. Practical strategies will be provided to address each of the challenges referenced in the series.

Zoom 1 Hour

This 6-part training series, Building Blocks for Cognitive Success, helps Veterans address several common challenges experienced by those with TBI & PTS. Participants learn about cognitive rehabilitation and its various components; the stages of learning applied to home, school, and work; the concept of cognitive fatigue and its impact on productivity, the issues associated with executive function (e.g., decision-making, organization, etc.) and the stages of the memory process. Practical strategies will be provided to address each of the challenges referenced in the series.

Zoom 1 Hour

This workshop is for job seekers, entrepreneurs, job coaches, and career counselors. It offers a unique and creative way to get in touch with your true strengths, opportunities, and pathways toward something truly fulfilling and supports you in recognizing your innate talents and skills, and in clarifying your career and life path going forward.

Zoom 12 Hours CEUs: 12

This workshop is for job seekers, entrepreneurs, job coaches, and career counselors. It offers a unique and creative way to get in touch with your true strengths, opportunities, and pathways toward something truly fulfilling and supports you in recognizing your innate talents and skills, and in clarifying your career and life path going forward.

12 Hours

How can we help our clients 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 or reducing alcohol/drugs, adopting safer sex practices, taking important medications, engaging in behavioral activation, or starting psychotherapy. In this 6-hour intermediate-level training, participants will build upon their existing MI skills through interactive and experiential learning activities. We will focus on topics that may impact the Veterans we serve, including motivation to seek help for mental health, addressing PTSD, addressing substance use concerns, and management of chronic pain and health conditions. 

Participants will have the chance to:

•  Review the MI spirit, processes, and principles

•  Hone their use of MI micro-skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, summaries) to evoke change talk

•  Practice responding effectively to sustain talk and discord within the helping relationship

•  Give advice and information in a motivating way

Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in various ways, including lectures, demonstrations, discussions, experiential learning activities, and role plays designed to give them a richer understanding of the use of motivational interviewing in therapeutic and healthcare settings.

Zoom 6 Hours CEUs: 6

How can we help our clients 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. We will focus on topics that may impact Veterans we serve, including: motivation to seek help for mental health, addressing PTSD, addressing substance use concerns, management of chronic pain and health conditions. 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.

Zoom 6 Hours CEUs: 6

Did you know that the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is a full-service state agency that assists veterans, their family members and survivors? The department is an advocate for Veterans and their families, and aggressively pursues all county, state and federal benefits and entitlements on their behalf. One of the most common issues preventing Veterans from pursuing benefits, is a lack of knowledge on benefits and entitlements that are available.

Please come join us for an overview on:

• Service Connected Disability (SCD) Compensation

• Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

• Pension/Death Pension

• Veteran’s Health Care Benefit

• The GI Bill

• Burial Benefits

• State Benefits

• County Benefits

• WDVA Network

This training will be provided online as a webinar in the interest of health and safety. Learning will include lecture, powerpoint slides, online interaction, and information about tools and activities to use on your own after the training.

3 Hours

This is a training that will help mental health providers to better understand what happens when they have a client in crisis who needs mental health services through the involuntary treatment court system. The training will review the process and grounds for involuntary treatment and the impacts of involuntary treatment on mental health recovery.

Hybrid In-person Microsoft Teams Zoom 3 hours CEUs: 3 Inpatient mental health

Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can be beneficial for a wide range of clinical issues and concerns, including mental health disorders and medical conditions. There are numerous mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) that are time-limited which teach the basics of mindfulness. However, there are limited MBIs that address the barriers and challenges to of ongoing mindfulness training, which is crucial to maintaining the previous gains and further development of mindfulness skills. 

This presentation will discuss the development and implementation of a long-term, ongoing weekly mindfulness group at the VA. This mindfulness protocol was developed by the presenter and has been implemented at the VA continuously since 2012. This Mindfulness Training Program has been expanded into other clinics and across state lines, utilizing this protocol in both group and individual sessions. 

The Buddhist roots, treatment protocols, and therapeutic aims of this mindfulness treatment model will be reviewed, as well as recent innovations and expansions. Participants will experience the mindfulness group through direct participation in a typical group, which will include hands-on guided mindfulness exercises and discussions/reflections.

The workshop will begin with a didactic covering the topics above, followed by a 60 minute experiential mindfulness group, which will consists of check-in, open discussion, and three sets of guided mindfulness exercises with discussions/Q&A between each set. After the conclusion of the 60-minute experiential mindfulness group, there will be an opportunity for reflections, questions, and discussions about the workshop as a whole.

Veterans benefit from mindfulness training, whether in the context of mental health care, chronic pain treatment, SUD treatment, other specialty care environments (diabetes, cancer survivorship, etc). It is important to be familiar with mindfulness so that we can support Veterans by providing mindfulness therapy or making referrals to mindfulness therapists as needed.

Zoom

Appropriate treatment of sexual assault and/or harassment from a client’s active-duty military experience can be challenging for mental health providers. A one-size-fits-all intervention may not be the most appropriate intervention, given the complexity of issues or the timing within a client’s counseling journey. The context of a survivor’s experience and creating a collaborative counseling relationship are important variables to consider as therapists facilitate each survivor’s recovery process. This presentation will discuss the option of integrative psychotherapy techniques (including evidence to support multiple interventions) which allow for a client’s context to be taken into account and the building of rapport as a priority. If time, a case will also be presented illustrating the application of integrative methods.

Zoom 3 Hours CEUs: 3

This 3-hour interactive workshop is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and important tools for professionals working with Veterans at the end-of-life and their families. The workshop provides a compassionate approach to addressing military experiences’ impacts on coping with serious illness, dying, death, and grieving. The workshop will include group discussions and role playing to give participants tools for conversations that may occur related to military experience, coping, and the journey of dying. Significant attention to the needs of the caregiver and/or loved ones will also be highlighted. Workshop participants may include but are not limited to social workers, counselors, peer volunteers, caregivers, hospice workers, psychologists, administrators, nurses, chaplains, and clergy who work serving the veteran community.

Zoom 3 Hours CEUs: 3

How can we help our clients 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 quitting or reducing alcohol/drugs, adopting safer sex practices, taking important medications, engaging in behavioral activation, exercising, or starting psychotherapy. In this 3-hour advanced training, participants will build upon their existing MI skills through interactive and experiential learning activities. In particular, we will focus on: (a) learning to assess whether someone is using MI, and how skillfully they are doing so, through the use of behavioral coding procedures (adapted from the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity [MITI] scale); (b) intensive practice that involves giving and receiving quantitative and qualitative feedback. This workshop will include minimal lecture or instruction about MI, as the workshop assumes participants already have a high level of existing knowledge of MI. Instead, we will prioritize using the time to practice using MI skills, assess/code MI skills, and provide feedback on MI skills. These skills should prove particularly relevant for individuals who are in supervisory or mentoring roles in which they are responsible for assessing and coaching other providers in developing MI skills.

3 Hours CEUs: 3

Providing treatment targeting a myriad of changes that emerge from a client’s past traumatic experience is often challenging for mental health providers. A one-size-fits-all intervention rarely fully addresses all the problems associated with PTSD, the uniqueness of each client’s recovery journey, and the context of a survivor’s experience. Integrative approaches are better suited for intervening with different traumatized clients. This workshop is for practitioners who wish to provide a safe emotional space and immerse into the depths of processing traumatic memories. Integrative psychotherapy techniques addressing trauma-related triggers, guilt, repressed anger, and unresolved grief are highlighted, as well as considerations for a client’s own cultural, developmental, and situational context. Rapport building is discussed as a metaphor for having a “dive buddy” and self-care for practitioners. Throughout the workshop, clinical cases will be presented to illustrate the application of integrative psychotherapy methods. 

Zoom 6 Hours CEUs: 6