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The Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) supports VSHSL-funded providers and programs by offering core competency trainings. These trainings are meant to help providers attain and maintain key skills and concepts. Training topics are informed by responses to the annual narrative report. This resource is available to eligible providers at no cost. Initial trainings are live in-person or webinar format. Some trainings have been recorded and are available to view at the links below.

Upcoming trainings

Training descriptions are located below.

Mental Health Literacy-Recognizing, Responding & Supporting the MH of Ourselves and Others - May 10, 1:00-2:30pm, in-person at the VSHSL Summit. Training is included with VSHSL Summit registration. Register here.

We Should All Be Equity Workers; Making Social Justice an Embodied and Sustainable Practice - May 11, 10:30am-12:00pm, in-person at the VSHSL Summit. Training is included with VSHSL Summit registration. Register here.

Office Hours: Strategic Planning with Sandra Amolo and RHL Consulting - June 10, 1:00-3:00pm, virtual

Motivational Interviewing Skills in Trauma-Informed Care - June 21, 1:00-4:00pm, virtual

Older Adult Resources Panel-July 20, 2:00-4:00pm, virtual

De-escalation & Personal Safety through a Trauma-informed Lens: An Introduction - August 24, 1:00-3:00pm, in-person

Office Hours: Fundraising & Budgeting with RHL Consulting and Crux Consulting Consortium - September 13, 2:00-4:00pm, virtual

De-escalation & Personal Safety through a Trauma-informed Lens: An Advanced training - September 28, 1:00-3:00pm, in-person

Trauma Informed Care & Intersectionality - October 18, 1:00-4:00pm, virtual

Office Hours: Conflict Resolution with Keep the Change and Crystallee Crain, PhD - December 6, 2:00-4:00pm, virtual

Upcoming training descriptions

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the critical need to understand, support, and value mental health to the forefront of our collective awareness. We  are facing an unprecedented mental health crisis in people of all ages while simultaneously suffering a severe shortage of qualified mental health providers. Given the high prevalence of mental health struggles, we will very likely all be faced with trying to understand and support mental health in ourselves, our loved ones, and our community members. Mental health literacy is critical in our efforts to destigmatize mental illness, enhance the importance of positive mental health, and provide us with direction in finding our own help and/or helping others. This workshop is designed to increase your mental health literacy through deepening your knowledge of mental illnesses, how to recognize and respond to need, and to learn what type of help is most likely to be effective in responding to mental health crises.

Trainer:

Lauren Ashbaugh, PhD

Dr. Lauren Ashbaugh is a Tacoma-based licensed clinical and school psychologist. She specializes in resilience, trauma, anxiety, depression, and risk, and she teaches within these areas of expertise to schools, health care, and community organizations. Lauren has had extensive clinical and teaching experiences in urban hospital, justice system, therapeutic day school, and outpatient settings. Lauren enjoys collaborating with human services staff, clients, and families, and she is passionate about helping organizations integrate sustainable, research-backed practices that promote resilience and mental health in our communities.

https://www.pacificnwpsychology.com/


This training will introduce a radical approach to trauma by incorporating embodied reflection and action. It will offer an opportunity for social justice equity workers to cultivate strategies for resilience and sustainability. Key Topics: trauma, embodiment, social justice and resilience.

Trainer:

Diana Mena, LICSW


Diana Mena, LICSW is a first generation Nicaraguan American raised in Seattle, WA. Diana has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and is the proud owner of Esperanza Counseling & Consulting, PLLC. As a clinical activist, she focuses on trauma, the psychological consequences of oppression, healing and resilience. She provides consultation on issues of race and social justice with the hope of leaving a better world for the next seven generations. www.esperanzapllc.com


Setting the foundation and finding your ‘why’ (culture, values, mission, vision, core purpose); Creating a plan to use as a communication and coordination tool; Why does process matter?; Setting meaningful goals; and a 1-page actionable plan.

    VSHSL's TACB consultants and/or guest panelists will present on a topic and be available for questions. It’s helpful to have those questions in advance, although not mandatory. Please note your questions when registering.

    This workshop will review the impact of trauma on our bodies, families and communities and how MI can be a useful skill to address its impacts and partner with people in using their own wisdom and strengths to heal.

    Trainer: 

    Jamie Weber, MSW, LICSW

    Jamie Weber, LICSW is an Indigenous clinical social worker and trauma therapist who has been studying, using and providing MI training since 2009. https://www.kinriverhealing.com/

    Join us in this panel-format training as we learn about older adult services, programs and other resources to refer your clients who are over 55. Please note: Advanced questions are helpful to the panelists; please let us know any challenges serving older adults, frequently asked questions, resources you wish you knew about, etc when registering.

    Panelists are:

    G De Castro, ACRS

    Robin Nelson, Sound Generations

    Tanya McGee, Sound Generations

    Radine Lozier, Auburn Senior Center

    Jennifer Hurley, Auburn Senior Center

    Tsega Desta, Ethiopian Community in Seattle


     

    This workshop addresses the primary Prevention, Engagement, Intervention, and Post-Intervention considerations most commonly occurring related to challenging behavioral situations. Better understand your conscious and unconscious influences during a complex and potentially dangerous situation(s), and learn tips to act thoughtfully, be supportive, and foster safety and de-escalation for all.

    This training will not be recorded.

    Trainer:

    Martin Reinsel, MA, LMHC

    Martin Reinsel has a range of experiences in professional behavioral health and integrated care settings, including as a clinical educator and therapist. His trainings strive to be presented through the lens of equity, inclusion, and safety in all their forms. https://reinselconsulting.com/

    We’ll revisit the topic of fundraising from last year (see recorded sessions) and add budgeting to the discussion. Consultants will answer your related questions, and provide tips and resources.

    Several times in 2022, our TACB consultants and/or guest panelists will present on a topic and be available for any questions you have. It’s helpful to have those questions in advance, although not mandatory. Please note your questions when registering.

    Building off components from the first workshop, you will discuss more fully, specific situational concerns of greatest importance to you. Address the various Prevention, Engagement, Intervention, and Post-Intervention considerations most commonly occurring related to these challenging behavioral situations. Staff & Teams are encouraged to develop and foster thoughtful, inclusive, practical, and achievable approaches to ensure the safety of all people present, with a heightened focus on supporting those in our community that are/have been historically stigmatized & marginalized.

    This training will not be recorded.

    Trainer:

    Martin Reinsel, MA, LMHC

    Martin Reinsel has a range of experiences in professional behavioral health and integrated care settings, including as a clinical educator and therapist. His trainings strive to be presented through the lens of equity, inclusion, and safety in all their forms. https://reinselconsulting.com/

     

    In this training, participants will gain an in-depth analysis of Intersectionality as a praxis framework and Trauma-Informed Care approaches. Participants will identify values-based actions to incorporate these perspectives in their work by engaging with each other in ways to critically examine problems faced in working with individuals, groups, and families.

    Trainer:

    Crystallee Crain, PhD

    Crystallee Crain Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is a public health scholar and human rights activist. She has academic roots in sociology, political science, and psychology. She specializes in exposing the layers of institutional inequality while supporting communities to shift ways of being and practice to improve life chances by bridging the worlds of academia and advocacy. Crystallee’s body of work represents a collective need to strengthen our responses to violence through transformative means, the need for liberation, and a focus on healing as a revolutionary strategy for change. She specializes in working with women of color and survivors of violence. 

    http://www.crystalleecrain.org/, www.preventionagenda.org

    Get your questions answered regarding resolving conflict in the workplace, whether it is with employees, co-workers, colleagues, or program participants.

    Trainer:

    Keep the Change and Crystallee Crain, PhD

    Several times in 2022, our TACB consultants and/or guest panelists will present on a topic and be available for any questions you have. It’s helpful to have those questions in advance, although not mandatory. Please note your questions when registering.

    Recorded trainings

    Description: We are all born with an infinite capacity to be compassionate, loving and kind people, but as we go through challenges and obstacles in life we can develop walls to protect ourselves and our hearts. Our compassion and kindness toward others is grounded in our awareness of our own humanity and the depth of our experience. Our outward treatment of others can be based on our abilities to be positive, non-judgmental, appreciative of others, and our ability to be kind to ourselves.  Reflect on your strengths, values and skills (mind/body/spirit). These are sources of courage that help us to be grounded, stable, and increase our capacity for self-compassion, compassion for others and help to build strong community connections.

    Watch the recorded training.

    Description: 

    The Compassion Fatigue workshop is designed to support staff and providers at social service and community-based organizations. Attendees will learn how to recognize signs of compassion fatigue and secondary trauma – both subtle and overt – as well as strategies to address them. This workshop will also provide ideas for ongoing practices to care for your well-being, your sense of self, and your connection to community, in the face of emotionally challenging work.

    Taught by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization.

    Watch the recorded training.

    Description: 

    The De-Escalation workshop is designed to support staff and providers at social service and community-based organizations. Attendees will learn more about the different aspects that can contribute to an emotionally escalated situation with a client, community member, or colleague, as well as practical strategies to help defuse and de-escalate a charged situation to support the health and safety of those involved.

    Taught by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization.

    Watch the recorded training.

    VSHSL partnered with three subject matter experts, Hossam Gamea - Crux Consulting Consortium, John Perkins - Keep the Change and Roxanne Hood Lyons -RHL Consulting, to offer fundraising ideas, tips and best practices in this current environment of social distancing.

    Watch the recorded training.

    VSHSL partnered with three subject matter experts, Hossam Gamea - Crux Consulting Consortium, John Perkins - Keep the Change and Betsey Archambault of RHL Consulting, to offer fundraising ideas, tips and best practices in this current environment of social distancing. View consultants' bios.

    Watch recorded training.

    Description:  How can we help our clients/patients 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 3-1/2 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.

    Watch the recording training.

    Description:

    One in five adults in the U.S. is currently experiencing a significant psychological or behavioral health challenge (SAMHSA, 2019). Given how common these challenges are, it is likely that people you know both personally and professionally are struggling with issues like anxiety, mood disorders, alcohol/substance use challenges, or other mental health concerns. Mental Health Literacy: How to spot and address psychological challenges workshop will help you learn to recognize, destigmatize, and discuss psychological and behavioral health challenges; that is, to improve your own mental health literacy. In this 3-hour training, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of common psychological and behavioral health challenges including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, alcohol and substance use disorders, and trauma-related difficulties. We will discuss how stigma creates barriers to getting help, and how you can help decrease that stigma. And we’ll explore strategies for communicating effectively with someone who is experiencing psychological or behavioral health challenges so that you can help them connect to the care they want, need, and deserve.

    Taught by Ann Marie Roepke, PhD, Evoke Training and Consulting.

    Watch the recorded training.


    Description:  This workshop gives service providers and community members an introduction to the culture of the armed forces and the types of experiences that have molded the veterans we serve. We will cover the basics of armed service branches, rank structure, chain of command, and military values. This workshop is intended for anyone with an interest in learning more about military culture as well as those who have lived experience and wish to contribute to the collective knowledge.  Additionally, it increases individual/agency’s ability to apply an increased knowledge of military culture to professional practice while working with veterans.

     

    Watch the recorded training.

    Description:  Dr. Jakupcak reviews theory and research findings relevant for identifying and addressing anger and aggression in individuals experiencing posttraumatic stress symptoms. Open discussions and use of clinical examples will be encouraged throughout the presentation.

     

    Watch the recorded training.

    Description: 

    Trauma-informed care (TIC) is not a specific therapy method; instead, TIC is an overall approach to providing any sort of healthcare or social service. The majority of adults have experienced at least one traumatic event in life, and trauma exposure is even more prevalent among certain groups in our community including Veterans, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. Trauma can potentially impact 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 can help. TIC is designed to meet people where they’re at and help them regain a sense of safety, trust, connection, hope, and control. In this 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; how to change the environments where we deliver services in order to maximize safety and healing; and how to be trauma-informed with ourselves and our colleagues as we provide services. At the end of this training participants will be able to: define trauma; explain how trauma and stress impact the brain, the body, mental health and relationships;  describe 5 key components of trauma-informed care; explain two ways to tailor their own services and/or setting to be more trauma-informed; explain what it means to be trauma-informed toward oneself and one’s colleagues.

    Taught by Ann Marie Roepke. Ann Marie is a Seattle-based clinical psychologist who has experience providing behavioral health services in transitional housing, prison, VA healthcare, and private practice. She is a professional trainer/consultant and a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

     

    Watch the recorded training.

    Description: Many individuals in our communities who seek out our services come to us with histories of trauma. Using a trauma informed approach helps to mitigate a re-traumatizing effect.  Learn how to define trauma and identify types of trauma; summarize effects of chronic stress and adverse experiences; and learn what are and are not elements of a trauma informed approach.

    Watch the recorded training.

    By En Route Coaching, LLC

    Description: As we recognize individuals who seek out our services may come to us with histories of trauma, so must we recognize that our own staff may also have histories of trauma.  Learn how to identify different types of workplace trauma and stress; articulate three trauma informed strategies to use with employees; and learn how to talk to others about workplace wellness strategies.

    Watch the recorded training.

    By En Route Coaching, LLC

    Description:  Baby-boomers are now aging into the geriatric category and health care providers are challenged to meet the demand more than ever in history over the next 30 years. A vast majority of traumatic stress treatment has emerged in the past 30 years based upon younger adults, including evidenced-based practices for PTSD. In an effort to bridge the gap between PTSD and life span interventions, this presentation describes the psychosocial challenges of older adulthood, how using age-appropriate psychotherapy can better meet the needs of survivors struggling with PTSD and the clinical outcomes stemming from the authors’ feasibility study from a community-based counseling program that utilized facilitated life review within a PTSD group therapy. 

    Watch the recorded training.

    The veteran culture panel is perfect for organizations new to serving veterans, or those wanting a better understanding of serving the veterans they are already connected with.

    Watch the recorded training.

    Instructor bios:

    Ken Yakle:

    Ken Yakle is a retired 21 year Navy veteran with a Master of Science degree in Human Resources. He was a Command Career Counselor, helping Sailors navigate the many systems during their career.  Ken has been working with King County Veterans Program as a Social Services Professional for almost 3 years. He has also previously worked for Disabled American Veterans to help veterans with their disability claims. Ken says, “I’m always about veterans helping veterans and helping people improve their lives one person at a time.”

     

    Tracy Jones:

    During her 30 plus years working with marginalized populations Tracy Jones has received accolades and awards from the Puget Sound VA Hospital, Veterans Benefits Administration, the VA’s GPD Central Office, the Inspector General for the VA, and has won the Community Reinvestment Act award from the Federal Reserve. At Compass Housing Alliance, Tracy set up the first direct deposit banking services specifically for homeless, low-income, and marginalized people in the country, before taking over leadership of all Compass’ veteran programs. She recently retired from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs after 5-1/2 years. She served on the VOLT (Veteran Organizational Leadership Team) in King County, as one of the leaders working to end homelessness for veterans.

    Tracy attended the University of Wyoming on a full-ride swimming scholarship. She received double degrees with a BS in Psychology and a BA in English.


    RIISHAAR BAKER (he/him):

    Riishaar Baker currently works as a Pathfinder for Veterans of Color with the Veterans Program at El Centro de la Raza (funding provided by the King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL). Riishaar’s role as Pathfinder at “El Centro” is to connect Veterans (with a focus on Veterans of Color residing in King County) with culturally competent, life affirming support and resources. Additionally, Riishaar provides support to veterans through his involvement in healing circles in his role as the principal consultant for Olori Consulting.

    Riishaar also dedicates time as a volunteer through his ongoing involvement with Path with Art (PwA). With PwA, he serves as a member of the PwA Board of Directors, and on several committees, including Veteran Program Steering, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and Events.

    Riishaar is a lover of music and enjoys cooking, camping and cycling in his spare time.


    Monique Brown:

    Monique served a total of 26 years in the US Army with a combination of Active duty, National Guard and the Reserves, earning many medals and awards for her service. While in the National Guard, Monique was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Two additional deployments to Iraq in support of  Operation Iraqi Freedom would soon follow.

    Monique earned her MS in Nonprofit Leadership and a BS in Criminal Justice. Following her military service, and while also volunteering with several Veteran groups, she worked as a Veterans Outreach Specialist at El Centro de la Raza, and is the founder/director of Forward Operating Base Hope (FOB Hope).  FOB Hope collects and distributes personal care items, tents, sleeping bags, etc to homeless veterans.  Monique wants to be sure another veteran does not die cold and alone on the street.  FOB Hope holds the Pathfinder Coordinator contract for King County.

     

    Will Booth, Ts’msyen:

     Will is an Air Force Gulf War Combat Veteran, and currently the Executive Director of SeeQuilLouw, an organization bringing awareness of the Native/First Nation communities. He has served as President of two LGBTQ organizations, was the Director of Operations of a Veterans of Color organization and serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of Veterans, 2SLGBT+, and Native American/Alaska Native Youth and Elders organizations.

    Prior to SeeQuilLouw, Will led three Inclusion Groups/ERGs (Native, Veterans and 2SLGBT+). He was also selected to work with a National Team on Diversity and Inclusion events across the US, including Native recruitment/retainment, and Native Heritage workshops. Will presented at the 2019 SVA NatCon on the “History of Gays in the Military” and was the guest lecturer at Indiana University/Purdue University Indiana (IUPUI) in 2019 at IUPUIs Office for Veterans and Military Personnel Veterans Day presentation on “Legacy of Gays in the Military”.

     

     

    Additional free online trainings

    By Relias

    Description: This course is meant for loss of life through caring for family member and/or someone in your care.

    This training is a recorded webinar that can be viewed on-demand at any time. No log-in necessary with link.


    Hosted by Eastside Legal Assistance Program

    Description: The Eastside Legal Assistance Program facilitates and hosts other trainers in virtual workshops on topics such as Housing and Tenant Rights, Immigration Rights and Public Benefits.

    The trainings are recorded webinars that can be viewed on-demand at any time at the above links.

    By Relias

    Description: Mitigating staffing shortages in healthcare settings, return to work criteria, coping with stress & anxiety in healthcare environments, resources included.

    This training is a recorded webinar that can be viewed on-demand at any time. No log-in necessary with link.


    By Rogers Behavioral Health

    Description: 6 videos covering 9 topics accompanied by one-sheet handouts. Topics include: Fatigue and self-compassion, Locus of control, Changing Expectations, Boundaries, Mindfulness & Gratitude, and Managing Stress & Relationships.

    The training is a recorded webinar that can be viewed on-demand at any time.

    By King County Department of Community and Human Services, Behavioral Health and Recovery Division 

    Description: Trauma-Informed Care originally created for staff of the King County Isolation/Quarantine (I/Q) and Assessment/Recovery Centers (AC/RC) sites.

    This training is a recorded webinar that can be viewed on-demand at any time.

    Hosted by the Alliance of People with disAbilities, The Arc of King County & King County Disability Consortium

    Understanding Ableism: Part I – Nothing About Us Without Us!

    Understanding Ableism: Part II – Intersections and Advocacy Event

    Description: An informative panel discussion on how people with disabilities/disabled people define ableism and how it shows up in their own lives. Also discusses the intersection of disability and other marginalized identities, especially race, other people’s role in combatting ableism, how disability justice meshes with other civil rights issues and ways we can all support our collective work.

    This training is a recorded webinar that can be viewed on-demand at any time.



    In an effort to promote connections and highlight valuable resources created by service providers in the VSHSL and wider King County network, we are sharing the online training resources above. Please note that the above was not created by, nor does their inclusion constitute endorsement by, the VSHSL or DCHS ASD. If you have a training resource you would like to share for potential inclusion here or in our VSHSL newsletter, The Hub, please click here
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