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VTSC Events

Upcoming or On-going Training

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.

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.

Register

October 30, 2020 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Ann Marie Roepke, Ph.D.

Description of Training:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an evidence-based approach that can help clients improve their mood, manage anxiety and stress, and address other difficulties in functioning. In this 6-hour training, participants will explore cognitive and behavioral strategies for addressing depression, anxiety, stress, and other difficulties. Emphasis will be given to three key tools: cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, and exposure therapy. Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and experiential learning activities designed to provide a richer understanding of cognitive-behavioral therapies.

Objectives:
At the end of this training participants will be able to:
•Describe the cognitive-behavioral model
•Explain how to use cognitive restructuring to help clients change maladaptive thoughts
•Create a hierarchy for exposure therapy to improve anxiety
•Describe how to plan and implement behavioral activation to improve mood

Audience: Direct service providers in mental health / behavioral health settings (e.g. clinical social workers, marriage & family therapists, mental health counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, behavioral health technicians, peer support specialists, etc.).

Please Note: The ZOOM link will be sent out the day prior to the training date.

Registration: Open
Event Date
Friday, Oct 30th.

Registration Closes

October 29, 2020 @ 12:30 pm

Past Training

April 10, 2020 - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trainer(s)Michael Lillie, LMFT, MHP

Details: Complex Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD) also known as Developmental Trauma Disorder, involves individuals who have been exposed to prolonged acute and relational trauma over an extended period of time. Complex Post Traumatic Stress often involves a disrupted-disorganized attachment style, co-occurring mental health issues, and elements of dissociation than can hinder regular trauma therapy. Personality disorders are rigid patterns and behaviors that are maladaptive and originate in early childhood as a result of relational-developmental trauma. In part three we will explore in greater detail the assessment methods discussed in parts one and two for clients struggling with Complex Post Traumatic Stress and Personality Disorders.

Objectives: 1. Understand how certain assessments, measures, and interviews may provide clues and insight into a client’s trauma history. 2. Understand how a Phase Oriented Consensus Model of trauma therapy can help clinicians do effective treatment planning. 3. Understand how a dissociative personality structure may contribute to challenges with accurate diagnoses and effective treatment. 4. Understand the role of psychoeducation in effective treatment.

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.

April 17, 2020 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Trainer(s): Keith Meyer, MS, LMHC; Trainer and PTG Advisory Committee Member

Details: Moral injury impacts not only people who have been in combat, but people from all walks of life who experienced different types of trauma and grief. This training provides an opportunity for mental health practitioners to obtain a comprehensive understanding of trauma, its connection to the development of moral injury, and the current methods utilized in the management of moral injury.

Objectives: This workshop is designed to help you: • Comprehend trauma, types of trauma, trauma events, and how cultural issues impact those traumatized. • Identify the relationship between trauma and dissociation. • Identify the impact of trauma on the assumptive world, and its connection to the development of moral injury. • Recognize the connection between trauma and the development of PTSD and/or Moral Injury • Identify the key components of moral injury and how it differs from PTSD • Recognize the causes of moral injury and how it can affect individuals struggling to find meaning in their lives. • Identify the psychological and physical impact of trauma and moral injury, including the effect on the brain. • Assess & apply current methods utilized in the management of moral injury and identify/explain resources available to those affected by moral injury.

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.

Register

April 20, 2020 - 09:00 am - 13:00 pm

Trainer(s): Tory Durham, PhD

Details: Complex Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD) also known as Developmental Trauma Disorder, involves individuals who have been exposed to prolonged acute and relational trauma over an extended period of time. Complex Post Traumatic Stress often involves a disrupted-disorganized attachment style, co-occurring mental health issues, and elements of dissociation than can hinder regular trauma therapy. Personality disorders are rigid patterns and behaviors that are maladaptive and originate in early childhood as a result of relational-developmental trauma. In part three we will explore in greater detail the assessment methods discussed in parts one and two for clients struggling with Complex Post Traumatic Stress and Personality Disorders.

Objectives: 1. Understand how certain assessments, measures, and interviews may provide clues and insight into a client’s trauma history. 2. Understand how a Phase Oriented Consensus Model of trauma therapy can help clinicians do effective treatment planning. 3. Understand how a dissociative personality structure may contribute to challenges with accurate diagnoses and effective treatment. 4. Understand the role of psychoeducation in effective treatment.

Cost: FREE

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April 21, 2020 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Trainer(s): Ann Marie Roepke, PhD

Details: Description of Training: These are strange and frightening times. The global outbreak of coronavirus has impacted daily life in profound ways. More than ever, we need the skills and the relationships that help us to be resilient. Resilience is about making it through hard times with the least suffering and the greatest well-being possible. In this 6-hour training, participants will explore strategies for fostering resilience as they manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. These strategies are drawn from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and positive psychology (PP). Topics we will cover include reconnecting with values, meaning, and purpose; addressing worrisome thoughts; boosting positive emotions; building high-quality connections; using mindfulness to lessen suffering; and identifying opportunities to advocate for change and to help others. 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.

Objectives: At the end of this training participants will be able to: 1) List three strategies for fostering resilience in the face of coronavirus-related stressors 2) Describe how cognitive therapy tools can be used to manage worrisome thoughts 3) Explain how to creatively use behavioral activation to boost mood during isolation/quarantine 4) Assess how, where, and when resilience strategies could be usefully applied in the participant’s own life and professional setting

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.

Register

April 24, 2020 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Trainer(s): Ann Marie Roepke, PhD

Details: 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 therapeutic 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 advanced-level training, participants will build upon their existing MI skills through interactive and experiential learning activities. Participants will have the chance to: • Hone their ability to evoke change talk by using MI micro-skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, summaries) • 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 a variety of ways including lecture, 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. This advanced-level training will emphasize role playing and other direct skill practice.

Objectives: At the end of this training participants will be able to: 1. Demonstrate two ways to evoke change talk 2. Demonstrate use of MI-consistent reflective listening 3. Demonstrate MI-consistent style of responding to sustain talk and discord 4. Describe basic methods of coding MI adherence and competence

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.

Register

August 07, 2020 - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

AgrAbility, Veterans and Agriculture – a strategic connection!
Learn about the AgrAbility program and the opportunities and technologies available.

Mission of AgrAbility
The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. For this target audience, "success" may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation; access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities; evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions; and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility customers. AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions in agriculture, including, but not limited to:

Arthritis
Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
Back impairments
Amputations
Brain injury
Visual impairments
Hearing impairments
Disabling diseases
Cerebral palsy
Respiratory impairments
Head injury

Join us to learn more!

Registration Link: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/10656

August 14, 2020 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Registration: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/10696

Title

“Law and Ethics of the Use of New Technology, Online Communications, and Social Media”

Description

While new and emerging technology can provide clinicians with powerful and effective clinical tools, it also has the potential to create a range of challenges as well. In this workshop we will address the legal and ethical implications of using new and emerging technology by behavioral health professionals. We will identify and discuss the evolving standards found in state law and in the professional codes of ethics. Participants will gain the ability to identify and implement a legally and ethically sound approach technology use, online communications and social media – with particular application to work with veterans. This course is intended to meet Law and Ethics CE requirements.

Learning Objectives

After taking part in this training, participants will be able to:

Identify the legal and ethical standards regarding clinicians’ use of new and emerging technology
Identify the legal and ethical standards regarding clinicians’ use of social media and online communication
Create strategies for effective and ethical online communication and social media use
Apply legal and ethical standards regarding online communications to clinical work with veterans

Law and Ethics of Effective Clinical Documentation

Eric Ström

Title

“Law and Ethics of Effective Clinical Documentation.”

Description

Effective record keeping is vital to effective clinical work and is a key part of sound professional practice. In this workshop we will examine Washington State and Federal legal standards regarding clinical documentation. We will also discuss documentation best-practices to support effective clinical work while minimizing risk of liability. Participants will gain increased understanding of the current standards regarding clinical documentation. This course is intended to meet ethics CEU requirements.

Objectives:

Locate and describe legal standards relating to clinical documentation

Create and evaluate strategies to use clinical documentation to best support effective work with clients

Apply best practice standards to clinical documentation of work with veteran clients

August 21, 2020 - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Complex Post Traumatic Stress & Personality Disorders Part Three

Course Description:
Complex Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD) also known as Developmental Trauma Disorder, involves individuals who have been exposed to prolonged acute and relational trauma over an extended period of time. Complex Post Traumatic Stress often involves a disrupted-disorganized attachment style, co-occurring mental health issues, and elements of dissociation than can hinder regular trauma therapy. Personality disorders are rigid patterns and behaviors that are maladaptive and originate in early childhood as a result of relational-developmental trauma.

In part three we will explore in greater detail the assessment methods discussed in parts one and two for clients struggling with Complex Post Traumatic Stress and Personality Disorders.

Course Objectives
Understand the role of psychoeducation and helpful resources for clients.
Understand how certain assessments measures may provide clues and insight into a client’s trauma history.
Understand how a Phase Oriented Consensus Model of trauma therapy can help clinicians do effective treatment planning.

Registration Link: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/10697

August 28, 2020 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Posttraumatic Growth Workshop for Mental Health Professionals (6 CE Hours)

A growing body of research shows that the negative effects of trauma can be transformed into opportunities for growth and a deeper sense of purpose. Assisting clients in moving beyond posttraumatic stress to posttraumatic growth is possible.This training will assist mental health professionals in identifying key elements of PTG and facilitating PTG growth with clients.

This workshop is designed to help you:
Comprehend the key elements of posttraumatic growth
Identify concepts and processes to assist clients in recognizing posttraumatic growth and how to recognize and facilitate posttraumatic growth (PTG) with clients.
Recognize how posttraumatic growth can stem from trauma/posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Gain knowledge about the latest research regarding PTG and how that information is helpful in assisting clients.

Participants will gain knowledge of:
Trauma, psychological distress and other factors involved in the development of PTSD
The history of the field of Posttraumatic Growth (PTG)
Assumptive World, Deliberate Rumination, Accommodation and other key PTG concepts and processes
The importance of support, disclosure, and affect regulation with PTG
The role of the therapist in PTG and the concept of Expert Companion
The biology of trauma and how it relates to both PTSD and PTG
Areas of growth as it relates to PTG
How to recognize posttraumatic growth and the role a narrative can play in facilitating posttraumatic growth with clients
Phases of PTG and the developing model for PTG
How to apply knowledge you gained during workshop with your clients

Registration Link: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/10699

September 11, 2020 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Advanced Confidentiality & HIPAA

Registration Link: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/10958

Details: Concern about the lack of confidentiality of mental health records may inhibit many veterans from seeking effective counseling services. This workshop will address state and federal laws regarding the limits of confidentiality for mental health counseling records. The workshop will also present strategies for maximizing the protection of confidentiality laws for the benefit of veteran clients. Among the topics to be covered are: lethality, duty to warn, and mandatory reporting; diagnosing and progress notes; insurance versus private pay; and government versus private records. This course is intended to meet ethics CEU requirements.

Training for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals: This workshop is open to professionals with mental and behavioral health-related graduate degrees (e.g., MSW, MA, MS, MSN), physicians, dentists, and psychologists (e.g., AMA, ADA, APA), and those professionals who are qualified for membership in, or are members of their respective professional organizations. Graduate students in an accredited mental or behavioral health program may also participate in this training.

Objectives:
1. Understand the relationship between State Laws, HIPAA, and Professional Ethics Codes with respect to client confidentiality
2. Understand the legal requirements of clinical recordkeeping
3. Explore strategies for maximizing your ability to protect veteran client confidentiality

CEU available: 6

September 18, 2020 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Registration Link: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/10959

Description of Training:
Caring for others is a rewarding profession – and a demanding one. As providers in helping professions, how can we prevent burnout and attend to our own wellness? As supervisors, how can we care for our own well-being while also fostering the well-being of the individuals we supervise and mentor? Resilience-based approaches can help. In this 6-hour training, participants will explore strategies for fostering resilience and preventing burnout, including rediscovering meaning and purpose in our work, boosting positive emotions, building high-quality connections, bringing mindfulness into daily life, and identifying opportunities to advocate for environmental/systemic changes. Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and experiential learning activities designed to provide a richer understanding of strategies to foster resilience and prevent burnout in therapeutic and healthcare settings.

Objectives:
At the end of this training participants will be able to:
Describe the three key components of burnout
Explain three strategies for fostering resilience in the face of work-related stressors
Assess how, where, and when resilience strategies could be usefully applied in the participant’s own professional setting

Audience:
Supervisors in therapeutic, healthcare, and other supportive settings. Although core components of this training will be applicable to a range of healthcare/helping professions, this training is designed primarily for professionals working in mental health / behavioral health (e.g. clinical social workers, marriage & family therapists, mental health counselors, psychologists, etc.).

CEUs available: 6

October 09, 2020 - 09:16 am - {09}:{16} {am}

Law and Ethics of Mandatory Reporting and Duty to Warn/Protect
Eric Ström

“Law and Ethics of Mandatory Reporting and Duty to Warn/Protect”

Description:
For many clinicians, client lethality and mandatory reporting are some of the most difficult topics to navigate. In this workshop we will examine the applicable Washington State and Federal laws regarding mandatory reporting obligations with a specific focus on how these rules apply to behavioral health clinicians. We will also discuss the boundaries and standards of clinician liability for client harm to self or others as defined in recent Washington State case law. Participants will gain increased ability to implement strategies to minimize risk and to limit liability to best support their veteran clients. This course is intended to meet ethics CEU requirements

Objectives:
Describe Washington state legal standards regarding duty to warn/duty to protect
Locate and compare legal and ethical standards regarding mandatory reporting obligations
Create and evaluate strategies to meet legal reporting requirements while maximizing client support

Don’t Get Burned: What Behavioral Health Providers Need to Know about Washington Marijuana Laws - 2020
Eric Ström

Description:
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 Law & Ethics CEU requirements.

Outline
· Sources of Law and Ethics Standards
· Washington State Cannabis Laws
· Federal Cannabis Laws
· Clinicians and Cannabis
· Clients and Cannabis

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
Recognize the potential impacts use of legal marijuana may have on clients

Please Note: This training is designed to be all day. The ZOOM link will be sent out the day prior to the training date.

October 16, 2020 - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trainer: Michael Lillie, LMFT

Time: 9am-12pm

Course Description:
Complex Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD) also known as Developmental Trauma Disorder, involves individuals who have been exposed to prolonged acute and relational trauma over an extended period of time. Complex Post Traumatic Stress often involves a disrupted-disorganized attachment style, co-occurring mental health issues, and elements of dissociation than can hinder regular trauma therapy. Personality disorders are rigid patterns and behaviors that are maladaptive and originate in early childhood as a result of relational-developmental trauma.

In part three we will explore in greater detail the assessment methods discussed in parts one and two for clients struggling with Complex Post Traumatic Stress and Personality Disorders.

Course Objectives Part 3
1.Understand the role of psychoeducation and helpful resources for clients.
2.Understand how certain assessments measures may provide clues and insight into a client’s trauma history.
3.Understand how a Phase Oriented Consensus Model of trauma therapy can help clinicians do effective treatment planning.

Please Note: The ZOOM link will be sent out the day prior to the training.

October 23, 2020 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Posttraumatic Growth Workshop for Mental Health Professionals (6 CE Hours)

Time: 9am-4pm

A growing body of research shows that the negative effects of trauma can be transformed into opportunities for growth and a deeper sense of purpose. Assisting clients in moving beyond posttraumatic stress to posttraumatic growth is possible.This training will assist mental health professionals in identifying key elements of PTG and facilitating PTG growth with clients.

This workshop is designed to help you:
•Comprehend the key elements of posttraumatic growth
•Identify concepts and processes to assist clients in recognizing posttraumatic growth and how to recognize and facilitate posttraumatic growth (PTG) with clients.
•Recognize how posttraumatic growth can stem from trauma/posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
•Gain knowledge about the latest research regarding PTG and how that information is helpful in assisting clients.

Participants will gain knowledge of:
•Trauma, psychological distress and other factors involved in the development of PTSD
•The history of the field of Posttraumatic Growth (PTG)
•Assumptive World, Deliberate Rumination, Accommodation and other key PTG concepts and processes
•The importance of support, disclosure, and affect regulation with PTG
•The role of the therapist in PTG and the concept of Expert Companion
•The biology of trauma and how it relates to both PTSD and PTG
•Areas of growth as it relates to PTG
•How to recognize posttraumatic growth and the role a narrative can play in facilitating posttraumatic growth with clients
•Phases of PTG and the developing model for PTG
•How to apply knowledge you gained during workshop with your clients

Please Note: The ZOOM link will be sent out the day prior to the training.