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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

November 10, 2021 - 13:00 pm - 16:00 pm

Wehen: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 (1:00-4:00pm)

Where: Online/Zoom

Trainer: Ann Marie Roepke, Ph.D.

Every profession has its own risks and hazards: Healthcare workers may be exposed to infectious diseases, construction workers may be hurt in an accident or fall, and computer programmers may get repetitive stress injuries from too much typing. Those of us in the “helping professions” face unique occupational hazards that arise from working to alleviate the suffering of other people. Compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress (STS) can happen to helpers who are indirectly exposed to trauma through those they serve (e.g., by listening to painful memories and stories): our work can lead to tension/anxiety, preoccupation with our clients and their trauma, avoidance, emotional numbness, and difficulties in areas like trust, safety, control, and hopefulness for the future. Fortunately, there are things that we can do for ourselves (and each other) to address the potential “costs of caring” – beginning with being aware of them. In this 3-hour training, we will explore what compassion fatigue is, why it happens, how to prevent it, and how to address it.

Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including lecture, demonstrations/videos, discussions, and experiential learning activities designed to give them a richer understanding of compassion fatigue.

Note: this training is provided as information and education, and is not intended as therapy, healthcare, medical advice, or a doctor-patient relationship; if you have questions about how your work or your own experiences of trauma or stress may be impacting you, please consult your healthcare provider.

Learning objectives: At the end of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Define compassion fatigue 
  2. Describe how working in the ‘helping professions’ can increase the risk of compassion fatigue
  3. List three ways to prevent compassion fatigue
  4. Describe one approach to addressing compassion fatigue once it has happened

Register Here:  https://www.eventsquid.com/event/12598

***A Zoom link for this training will be included in the registration confirmation email***

November 12, 2021 - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Online/Zoom

Trainer: Chalon Ervin, PhD.

Description

We work with an increasingly diverse ethnic population. We work with an increasingly high number of individuals who have experienced or been exposed to traumatic events. Given that trauma occurs in every culture, knowledge of how culture may impact symptom expression is critical in understanding the psychological strengths and difficulties of those who have experience trauma. In this training we will work to increase knowledge, awareness, and understanding of transition and trauma and the associated psychosocial stressors. The workshop will address the signs and symptoms associated with trauma and PTSD and how they may present amongst various cultures. 

Objectives

  • Participants will understand what PTSD is, what makes it better, and what makes it worse.
  • Participants will be able to explore the etiological foundations of PTSD to enhance the understanding of core features and mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of the disorder within a cultural context.
  • Participants will be able to identify how multicultural competency impacts clinical work with Veterans
  • Develop a better understanding of culture through critical thinking activities.
  • Begin to consider how cultural understanding can facilitate cross cultural interaction.
  • Better understand culture and PTSD in regard to the military population.

REGISTER HERE https://www.eventsquid.com/event/14609

***A Zoom link for this training will be included in your registration confirmation email***

November 19, 2021 - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Online/Zoom

Trainer:  Chris Wig

Training Objectives

Describe the 10 Key Components of Veterans Treatment Courts.

Explain how participation in Veterans Treatment Court may benefit veterans who are involved in the criminal        justice system.

Understand how the interdisciplinary team works together to provide services to veterans enrolled in Veterans    Treatment Court.

Description

Since 2008, Veterans Treatment Courts have integrated treatment and justice system case processing to better help veterans address substance abuse and mental health concerns, resolve criminal charges, and transform their lives. In this three-hour training, participants will explore the fundamentals of Veterans Treatment Courts. Participants will be introduced to core treatment court concepts, including roles played by members of the interdisciplinary team, monitoring abstinence through urine drug testing, and best practices for providing treatment services to justice-involved veterans.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/14636

**A Zoom Link for this training will be included in the registration confirmation email**

December 08, 2021 - 13:00 pm - 16:00 pm

Where: Online/Zoom

Trainer: Ann Marie Roepke, Ph.D.

The majority of adults have experienced at least one traumatic event in life, and trauma exposure is even more prevalent for our Veterans. Although many people experience resilient responses to trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common challenge in the wake of traumatic experiences. PTSD can be understood as the brain’s and body’s ongoing attempts to keep us safe by staying in ‘survival mode’ even after the immediate threat is over. In this 3-hour introductory-level training, we will explore what trauma is; how trauma impacts our brains, our minds, and our lives; what are the core features of PTSD and some common forms that PTSD can take; and what types of support and treatment can foster recovery from PTSD.

Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including lecture, videos/demonstrations, discussions, and experiential learning activities designed to offer a richer understanding of trauma and PTSD. This educational training is designed for people from a variety of professional backgrounds (i.e., it is NOT designed solely with mental health professionals in mind).

Note: this training is provided as information and education, and is not intended as therapy, healthcare, medical advice, or a doctor-patient relationship; if you have questions about the role of trauma in your life, please consult your healthcare provider.

Learning objectives. At the end of this training participants will be able to:

1. Define trauma

2. Explain how trauma impacts the brain, the body, mental health, and relationships

3. List the 4 core features of PTSD

4. Describe 2 types of support or treatment that can foster recovery from PTSD

REGISTER HERE  https://www.eventsquid.com/event/12587

**A Zoom link for tis training will be included in the registration confirmation email**

December 10, 2021 - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Online/Zoom

CEUs Available: 3

Trainer: Chelon Ervin, PsyD.

Description

Trauma not only impacts the individual, but also impacts the loved ones of the individual. Those who surround or support a Veteran who has experienced trauma, often feel secondary impacts of trauma. Because healing happens within connection, it is important to focus on how trauma not only impacts the individual who directly experiences it, but also the supportive unit. The secondary impacts of trauma are not always addressed or discussed amongst providers when they are formulating treatment plans. Considering degree of family support and impact is essential in addressing trauma. In this training we will discuss the impact that trauma has on the Veteran as well as the family unit.

Objectives

  • Participants will better understand what PTSD is, what makes it better, and what makes it worse.
  • Participants will understand secondary trauma and its impact.
  • Participants will better understand the impacts that PTSD has on the family unit
  • Participants will better understand the treatment approaches for the individual and the family.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/14751

** A Zoom link will be included in your registration confirmation email**

 

December 15, 2021 - 13:00 pm - 16:00 pm

Trainer: Ann Marie Roepke, Ph.D.

Where: Virtual/Online

Description

The majority of adults have experienced at least one traumatic event in life, and trauma exposure is even more prevalent for our Veterans. Trauma can be like a thief, stealing our sense of safety, our ability to trust, our hope, and our sense of control over our own lives. All of these difficulties can impact our ability to take part in, and benefit from, the very services that are designed to help with healing. Trauma-informed care (also known as healing-centered engagement) can help. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is not a specific therapy method; instead, TIC is an overall approach to providing any sort of healthcare or social services, designed to meet people where they’re at and help them regain a sense of safety, trust, connection, hope, and control. In this 6-hour training, we will explore what trauma is; how stress and trauma impact our brains, our minds, and our lives; how to use core communication skills to connect with individuals who have experienced trauma; and how to change the environments where we deliver services in order to maximize safety and healing.

Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and experiential learning activities designed to offer a richer understanding of trauma informed care. This educational training is designed for people from a variety of professional backgrounds (i.e., it is NOT designed solely with mental health professionals in mind); Anyone who wishes to understand how they could play a role in making their professional environment more conducive to healing is most welcome.

**Note: this training is provided as information and education, and is not intended as therapy, healthcare, medical advice, or a doctor-patient relationship; if you have questions about the role of trauma in your life, please consult your healthcare provider.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this training participants will be able to:

1. Define trauma

2. Explain how trauma impacts the brain, the body, mental health, and relationships

3. Describe 5 key components of trauma-informed care

4. Explain two ways to tailor their own services and/or setting to be more trauma-informed

REGISTER HERE https://www.eventsquid.com/event/12599

**A Zoom link for this training will be included in your registration confirmation email**

December 17, 2021 - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

When: Friday, December 17th, 2021 (9am-12pm, PST)

Where: Online/Zoom

CEUs Available: 3

Trainer: Chalon Ervin, PhD.

Description: Moral Injury is often described as a response to acting or witnessing behaviors that go against an individual's values and moral beliefs. This training will address the signs and symptoms associated with moral injury and their connection to trauma and PTSD. Additionally, comorbid diagnoses, assessment and the application of relevant treatments and behavioral strategies used in the treatment of Moral injury will be discussed. The workshop will include theory and experiential skills-based learning.

Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define moral injury and understand how it differs from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Participants will be able to explore the etiological foundations of moral injury in order to enhance the understanding of core features and mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of the disorder.
  • Participants will be familiar with the physical, emotional, psychological and behavioral symptoms normally associated with trauma and moral injury.
  • Participants will better understand the treatment approaches for moral injury.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/14756

**A Zoom link will be included in your registration confirmation email**