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Live workshops and recorded trainings are available at no-cost for VSHSL-funded providers.

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

CORE & Related Excel Functions

Date: March 7, 2024, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Trainer: Cardea Services and King County Performance Measurement and Evaluation staff

Location: VIRTUAL

Description: Get your Client Outcomes Reporting Engine (CORE) questions answered and receive resources to refer to after the workshop is over. This workshop is not a general Excel skills workshop but is focused on Excel as it relates to CORE submissions. We’ll also cover: From Sign-in to Upload and Submission, VLOOKUP function, Merging data from multiple sources, Common error messages, Conditional formatting, and Find & Replace

Consultant bio: Cardea is a national, nonprofit, women of color-led organization based in Seattle with more than 50 years of experience in social impact evaluation, policy advancement, capacity development, and professional learning. We envision a world in which optimal health and well-being, equity, and justice are realities for all communities, and our mission is to address complex program, policy, and systems issues by co-creating solutions that center community strengths and wisdom. Our team is passionate about the power of evaluations that center equity, social justice, and community voice to share our partners’ successes and drive the changes they seek. Cardea’s social impact evaluation team specializes in community-driven, culturally responsive qualitative and quantitative methods, participatory and collaborative evaluation, and data visualization and storytelling. Cardea supports wide range of King County community organizations in developing their capacities to plan, implement, analyze, and report on performance measurement and evaluation efforts, including data reporting via CORE.

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Grant Writing Strategies: Getting Ready for Upcoming VSHSL Funding Opportunities

Date: February 27, 2024, 11:30am-1:30pm

Trainer: Elizabeth Archambault, PhD, Copper Consulting and KC Contracts & Procurement staff

Location: VIRTUAL

This is a repeat session previously offered in October. With renewal of the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (VSHSL), King County will be procuring many VSHSL strategies starting in early 2024. If you’re interested in upcoming VSHSL funding opportunities and want to brush up on skills and best practices in responding to government grants, we are hosting a workshop on grant writing strategies on February 27.

Description: Learn best practices from a consultant experienced in responding to government grants and from King County Contracts & Procurement staff: How do I know if the funding opportunity is the right one for my organization, planning your timing based on the deadline, VSHSL Technical Assistance (TA) support while writing your grant application, How to create content that tells a compelling story, Terminology used in many Requests for Proposal (RFP) or other funding opportunities, Evaluation and Scoring, Equity, and How and where to find upcoming funding opportunities.

Consultant bio: Over the past 18 months, Betsey Archambault, PhD has worked directly with 44 community-based organizations here in King County. Of the 44, she supported 18 CBOs with Organizational Development, provided coaching for 10 Executive Directors/Development Directors, and supported 16 organizations with Grant Technical Assistance or Fundraising strategy. Betsey is a 2-time founding Executive Director, a former Development Director, and she loves fundraising – grants in particular! You might not love grants and the grant-writing process yet, but she hopes to help demystify the process and offer some practical tools that will support you in building great grants!

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Recorded trainings

Description: 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.

The collective stress of the Covid-19 pandemic brought the critical need to understand, support, and value mental health to the forefront of our collective awareness. We have been 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 illness, 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 positive mental health, and provide us with direction in finding our own help and/or helping others.

Trainer: Dr Lauren Ashbaugh, Pacific NW Psychology and Consulting

Trainer bio: 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/

Training took place on 8/3/23.

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Description: King County fiscal staff and Optimum NonProfit Consulting’s DeAndrea Levias for a training on fiscal compliance requirements of the VSHSL. Topics include: Internal Control and Accounting System, maintaining financial records, submitting a general ledger from your accounting system (separated by fund source), and more, including Q & A!

Training took place on 12/15/23.

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Description: Learn how to tell better stories with data and use them to raise more money for your organization. In this 2-hour session, we will address: what potential donors want to know, storytelling for each need (asking, thanking, reporting), storytelling + grant writing, storytelling in appeal letters, storytelling + community centered fundraising, and how to plan it all! You will leave with stories in hand, ideas about how to get the stories, and a 2024 plan so you can communicate your stories to your donors.

Trainer: Elizabeth Archambault, PhD, Copper Consulting

Trainer bio: The first time Betsey was hired as an Executive Director, a board member met her in the parking lot of Thriftway and handed her a bag with a notebook, a file, and a flip phone. That was the extent of the organization. No building, no address, no pens. And, surprise, no money to pay her. Fast forward 5 years and she had a thriving nonprofit with a 500k budget, multi-year funding streams, and staff who had been with her since shortly after the we-have-nothing situation. How did she build it? All the usual ways of course, but also using the data she had to back up various stories. Stories that really mattered to her community (using the data she was collecting) and then linked them to bigger stories with bigger data sets (i.e. national data) to tell a story of trends, obstacles, and successes. Betsey is a 2-time founding Executive Director, a former Development Director, and loves fundraising.

Training took place on 12/5/23.

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Description: With renewal of the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (VSHSL), King County will be procuring many VSHSL strategies starting in early 2024. If you’re interested in upcoming VSHSL funding opportunities, this workshop will help you brush up on skills and best practices in responding to government grants. Learn best practices from a consultant experienced in responding to government grants and from King County Contracts & Procurement staff: How do I know if the funding opportunity is the right one for my organization?, How to answer the questions being asked, Planning your timing based on the deadline, VSHSL Technical Assistance (TA) support while writing your grant application, How to create content that tells a compelling story, Terminology used in many Requests for Proposal (RFP) or other funding opportunities, Evaluation and Scoring, Equity, and How and where to find upcoming funding opportunities.

Trainer: Elizabeth Archambault, PhD, Copper Consulting and KC Contracts & Procurement staff

Trainer bio: Over the past 18 months, Betsey Archambault, PhD has worked directly with 44 community-based organizations here in King County. Of the 44, she supported 18 CBOs with Organizational Development, provided coaching for 10 Executive Directors/Development Directors, and supported 16 organizations with Grant Technical Assistance or Fundraising strategy. Betsey is a 2-time founding Executive Director, a former Development Director, and she loves fundraising – grants in particular! You might not love grants and the grant-writing process yet, but she hopes to help demystify the process and offer some practical tools that will support you in building great grants!

Training took place on 10/25/23.

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Workshop presentation slides part 1

Workshop presentation slides part 2

 

Description: How can we help Veterans make positive-but-difficult changes… without nagging, shaming, lecturing, arguing, triggering them, or burning ourselves out? Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based communication approach that can help people change behaviors, achieve what matters to them, and move in the direction of greater happiness and less suffering. In this introduction to MI, participants will learn the fundamentals of motivational interviewing. This will include the MI spirit, the core MI micro-skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, summaries), how to strengthen motivation and hopefulness for change, and how to successfully navigate through difficult moments of “resistance” to change.

 Objectives:   At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1.           Define motivational interviewing (MI)

2.           Define and distinguish between change talk and sustain talk 

3.           Explain two ways to support and enhance client motivation

4.           Explain one way to respond effectively to sustain talk (“resistance”)

 

Note: This training is offered for educational and informational purposes, and is not intended as diagnosis or treatment of any condition, or as medical advice or healthcare

Trainer: Ann Marie Roepke, PhD, Evoke Training and Consulting

Trainer bio: Ann Marie Roepke, PhD 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). Her business, Evoke Training and Consulting, PLLC is aimed at empowering healthcare professionals, therapists, non-profit and public sector employees and other helpers through their professional development.

Training took place on 6/29/23.

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Description: Learn how to set up and schedule your meeting or online activity when you'll be working with an interpreter (verbal language, ASL and CART transcriber). Also learn best practices for making the meeting a success so everyone can participate equally. We will be focusing on the Zoom platform, however, our trainers may be able to answer your questions about other platforms at the end.

Trainer: Academy of Languages (AOLTI) and Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center (HSDC)

Training took place on: 1/25/23

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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.

Training took place on:12/9/20

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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.

Training took place on: 8/4/21

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Learn how to collect and secure data and protect clients’ personal identifying information. This training will include helpful handouts, templates, and other resources.

Trainer: Cardea Services

Training took place on: 3/29/23

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Part 1 Privacy 

Part 2 Security 

 

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.

Training took place on: 8/11/21

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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.

Training took place on: 10/13/21

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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.

Training took place on: 10/27/21

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Description: This workshop will explore a radical understanding of trauma, secondary trauma, healing and resiliency. Space will be held for participants to process grief and deepen our individual and systemic sustainability. Core Competencies: "Embodied Trauma", "Grief and Loss", "Sustainability" and "Resiliency" 

Trainer: Diana Mena, LICSW, Esperanza Counseling and Consulting
 

Trainer bio: Diana Mena, LICSW is a first-generation Nicaraguan American raised in Seattle, WA. Diana has a Master’s 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.

 

Training took place on 6/13/23.

 

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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.

 

Training took place on: 10/30/20

 

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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.

Training took place on: 9/14/21

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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.

 

Training took place on: 9/14/20

 

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The workshop reviewed the impact of trauma on our bodies, families and communities and how Motivational Interviewing 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 is an Indigenous clinical social worker and trauma therapist who has been studying, using and providing MI training since 2009. https://www.kinriverhealing.com/

Training took place on: 6/21/22

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Description: Facilitators Betsey Archambault of RHL Consulting and Hossam Gamea of Crux Consulting Consortium 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.

Training took place on: 9/13/22

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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.

Facilitator: Sandra Amolo, RHL Consulting

Training took place on: 6/10/22

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Description: A panel-format training about older adult services, programs and other resources to refer your clients who are over 55. 

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

Training took place on 7/20/22

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Description: A  This workshop will explore how to create systems that support our care and sustainability. We will explore recommendations for building rapport with our clients, increasing connection and retention, completing administrative tasks such as clinical/case notes, navigating perfectionism and procrastination, through a lens of self-care and sustainability. Core Competencies: "Capacity Building", "System Creation" and "Self-Care." Trainer: Diana Mena, LICSW, Esperanza Counseling and Consulting. Trainer bio: Diana Mena, LICSW is a first-generation Nicaraguan American raised in Seattle, WA. Diana has a Master’s 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.  

Training took place on 9/13/23

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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.

 

Training took place on: 11/2/20


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Taking a whole person approach, Dr. Crain will guide the participants through a learning process to identify needs and potential gaps of awareness regarding how they are impacted by the work they do. In this workshop participants will examine their professional and personal practices for well-being personally and for the collective. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, participants will gain new ideas about the impact and purpose of trauma and what it can teach us.

Trainer: 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

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Description: Your most innovative social impact concepts and ideas are useless if you can't build a support base and secure funding!  With available grant monies continually on the chopping block, what is needed are skills and know-how to bring in on-demand funding while regularly and systematically acquiring new donors & volunteers.  This upbeat presentation delivers concrete, practical strategies organizations can employ to market their “story,” expand their support base, and cultivate & nurture a reliable stable of donors.  In addition, attendees will discover keys to sustaining a large base of vested supporters, tactics for capitalizing on fundraising events and easy strategies for inviting like-minded individuals who share a passion for the cause to partner together for impact! 

Trainer: Pamela Oakes, The Profitable Nonprofit

Trainer bio: Pamela J. Oakes, Owner of The Profitable Nonprofit, is a Fund and Organizational Development expert passionately promoting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access in philanthropy.  She conducted Equity & Inclusion workshops while consulting top corporations in South Africa during the post-apartheid Truth & Reconciliation period.  Her present work is laser focused on revenue generation and diversification; donor acquisition and retention; effective governance & board leadership; and implementing transformative organizational visions. Currently a certified trainer for the Nonprofit Association of Washington and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Pamela leaves organizations with robust fundraising strategies to enable catalytic funding goals.   Her aim is to lift others up through her work by translating ‘hope’ into articulate, strategic, actionable intents.

Training took place on: 4/25/23

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Description: 

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

Training took place on 10/18/22

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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).

Training took place on: 8/25/21

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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.

By En Route Coaching, LLC

Training took place on: 1/26/21

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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.

By En Route Coaching, LLC

Training took place on: 1/28/21

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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. 

Training took place on: 11/16/20

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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.

Training took place on: 12/8/21

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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”.

 

 

Description: Join us in this panel-format training as we learn about Veteran services, programs and other resources to refer your clients who are Veterans.

Panelists are:

Ken Yakle, King County Veterans Program

Rebecca Murch, The Seattle Stand Down

Joey Massa, Veteran

Monique Brown, FOB Hope

Training took place on 10/12/22

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VSHSL Summit trainings

Presented by King County Veterans Program.

Presentation made at the 2023 VSHSL Summit on 5/4/23. 

Video recording of presentation. 

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Presented by King County DCHS -Performance Measurement and Evaluation (PME) Team.

Presentation made at the 2023 VSHSL Summit on 5/4/23. 

Video recording of presentation.

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Presented by Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center.

Presentation made at the 2023 VSHSL Summit on 5/4/23.

Video recording of presentation.

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Presented by Workforce Development Council, Seattle YWCA, and Community Passageways.

Presentation took place at the 2023 VSHSL Summit on 5/3/23.

Video recording on the presentation. 

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Presented by Indian American Community Services, North Bellevue Community Center, and Northshore Senior Center.

Presentation made at the 2023 VSHSL Summit on 5/3/23.

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by Sam Hampton, PhD – 501 Commons Director of Management Consulting and Services; Chris Carpenter - 501 Commons Human Resources Consultant; and Peg Hunt – 501 Commons Executive Service Corps Consultant.

Description: 501 Commons will present results from the 2021 Nonprofit Employee Engagement Survey.

Training took place on: 5/12/22

Video recording of presentation.

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by Nancy Long, 501 Commons Executive Director and Margaret Henning Farber, 501 Commons Human Resources Consultant 

Description: 501 Commons will present results from the 2021 Nonprofit Wage & Benefits Survey.

Training took place on: 5/11/22

Video recording of presentation. 

Presentation slides for download.

byMonique Brown, Founding Director for FOB Hope; Bryan Fry, King County Veterans Program; Jean Perkins - Department of Veterans Affairs; Kenneth Johnson - Valley Cities; Kionna Dickinson - Valley Cities; Cathi Geisler - Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs; Melissa Margain - Minority Veterans of America; Rebecca Murch - The Seattle Stand Down / FOB Hope; Tom Hove - Veterans Training and Support Center

Description: Panel discussion to highlight the work of collaborating with partners, Pathfinders, Veterans Administration, Minority Veterans of America, and King County Veterans Program, to enhance access to veterans specific services.

Training took place on: 5/12/22

Video of panel discussion.

by Edmund Witter, Senior Managing Attorney for King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project; Ashley Cummins, Housing Stability Attorney for Eastside Legal Assistance Program; and Rhea Yo, Director of Legal Services for Legal Counsel for Youth and Children 

Description: A presentation on legal rights and protections for renters in King County.

Training took place on: 5/10/22

Video recording of presentation.

Presentation slides for download.

by Kimberly Meck, Executive Director of Alliance of People with Disabilities; Robin Tatsuda, Executive Director of The Arc of King County; Nora Andermeier, Director of Aging and Disability Services at Lifelong.

Description: A panel discussion on systems navigation and accessibility practices for organizations to better serve the disability community.

Training took place on: 5/11/22

Video recording of presentation.

Presentation slides for download.

by Lauren Ashbaugh, PhD 

Description: This workshop is designed to increase mental health literacy through deepening 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.

Training took place on: 5/10/22

Video recording of workshop.

Presentation slides for download.

by Ali Peters, Lead Evaluator for King County DCHS Adult Services Division

Description: King County's Performance Measurement and Evaluation team will lead a presentation on how they are leading a change towards a new culture of performance measurement and use of data.

Training took place on: 5/11/22

Video recording of presentation.

Presentation slides for download.

by Diana Mena, LICSW 

Description: 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 include trauma, embodiment, social justice and resilience.

Training took place on:5/11/22

Video recording of training.

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.



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