VTSC Events

Upcoming or On-going Training

From: January 1, 2018 at 9:00am (never ends)

Trainer(s): John Phillips, M.A.Ed. | Conference Speakers & Presenters


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.

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.


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.

May 25, 2022 - 13:00 pm - 14:00 pm

Trainer: Michelle Wild, Brain Education Strategies & Technology

Michelle Ranae Wild is a professor at Coastline Community College and has taught in Coastline's Acquired Brain Injury Program for over 30 years. In addition, she is the Founder/CEO of Brain Education Strategies and Technology (BEST), a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost solutions for brain injury survivors struggling with ongoing day-to-day cognitive challenges. BEST provides cognitive skills webinars and workshops for individuals with cognitive challenges, their caregivers, and the professionals who work with them. In addition, the BEST Suite app was released to help with executive function challenges. Her materials are in use in various schools, rehabilitation facilities, VA hospitals, and military hospitals across the country.


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.


After participating in the webinar series, participants will be able to:

1.     Describe the components of cognitive rehabilitation and their relation to daily life.

2.     Apply the 4 stages of learning to a personal experience.

3.     Describe three strategies for dealing with cognitive fatigue.

4.     Describe at least three skills associated with executive functioning.

5.     Explain the stages of the memory process.


May 27, 2022 - 13:00 pm - 16:00 pm

THIS IS PART 2 of the Intermediate/Adv Motivational Interviewing.  Part 1 was on 5/13/22

Where: Online/Zoom

Trainer: Anne-Marie Roepke, P.h.D. - Evoke Training and Consulting, PLLC, Seattle, Washington

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 Veterans we serve, including: motivation to seek help for mental health, addressing PTSD, addressing substance use concerns, 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 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.

Learning Objectives

1. Distinguish between change talk and sustain talk in real-time conversations

2. Explain the fundamental spirit and guiding principles of MI

3. Demonstrate two ways to evoke change talk

4. Demonstrate use of MI-consistent complex reflections

5. Describe how MI can be used to respond to sustain talk and discord

6. Explain an MI-consistent style for offering advice or information


September 30, 2022 - 09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Where: Virtual/Online

CEUs Available: SIX


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



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.


1.Identify and apply the following core competencies to suicide prevention: maintaining an effective attitude and approach, collecting accurate

assessment information, formulating risk, developing a treatment and services plan, and managing care.

2.Demonstrate an increased willingness, confidence, and clarity in working with individuals at risk for suicide.

3.Describe specific methods to better care for individuals at risk for suicide.