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When: Tuesday, December 5th (8 - 9 am, PST)
Where: Virtual/Online
Trainer: Olivia Burley, Washington State Military Spouse Liaison 
CEs Available: 3


Learn about the military spouse community through the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Military Spouse Cultural Competency Training. This training covers the culture of military spouses, the military spouse experience, and issues related to military spouse career paths. Participants who view the training will receive a participation confirmation email and certificate of completion after answering a short survey. This training fulfills the requirement for military spouse cultural competency training for professional licensure board and commission members in Washington State.

Learning Objectives

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

  • What is the definition of a military spouse?
  • How many military spouses are in our state?
  • What are the unique challenges military spouses face?
  • What do military spouses bring to their communities and workplaces?
  • How can you create programs/environments that welcome the military spouse community?


When: Friday, December 8th, 9 am - 4 pm

Where: King County Veterans Program - Tukwila

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

CEs Available: 6



How can we help our clients make positive changes in their behavior -- without nagging, shaming, persuading, or arguing? Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that can help individuals change behaviors they might feel ambivalent about, such as quitting or reducing alcohol/drugs, adopting safer sex practices, exercising, taking important medications, engaging in behavioral activation, using new coping skills, or starting psychotherapy. In this 6-hour advanced-level training, participants will build upon their existing MI skills through interactive and experiential learning activities. Participants will have the chance to:

  • Hone their ability to evoke change talk by using MI micro-skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, summaries)
  • Practice responding effectively to sustain talk and discord within the helping relationship
  • Assess MI skills in oneself and others
  • Give and receive coaching on how to improve one’s own MI skills

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. IMPORTANT NOTE: This advanced-level training will emphasize role-playing and other direct skill practice. It will be a good fit for people who find role-plays and “real-plays” to be a helpful part of their learning style and who are interested in giving and receiving supportive feedback about deepening their MI skills.

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

  1. Demonstrate two ways to evoke change talk
  2. Demonstrate use of MI-consistent reflective listening
  3. Demonstrate MI-consistent style of responding to sustain talk and discord
  4. Describe basic methods of coding MI adherence and competence
  5. Describe an MI-consistent approach to coaching for clinical skill development

Audience:  Professionals providing direct services to Veterans in therapeutic, healthcare, and other supportive settings. This training is appropriate for mental health professionals (e.g. psychologists, social workers, marriage & family therapists, counselors), medical professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists), and professionals in other supportive roles (e.g., case managers, employment specialists, coaches, probation/parole officers). As this is an advanced-level training, it is designed for participants who have already completed at least two full days of MI training and who have a solid understanding of the spirit, principles, and processes of MI. Potential participants who have questions about the course level are welcome to contact the trainer to discuss further:




Who: VA Puget Sound and U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

When: 2nd Thursday of each month - 12:00pm-1:30pm (PST)

Where: Virtual/Zoom


CEUs Available: 1.5


The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) S.A.V.E. suicide prevention training program is designed to help recognize the warning signs of suicide and provide support and resources to individuals at risk of suicide. The S.A.V.E. program aims to help V.A. employees and volunteers develop the skills and knowledge necessary to identify and respond to individuals at risk of suicide and to connect them with the resources and support they need to get the help they need. The program is an integral part of the V.A.'s overall efforts to reduce suicide among veterans and to ensure that all veterans have access to the support and resources they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.


VA S.A.V.E. Training will help you act with care and compassion if you encounter a veteran in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. The acronym S.A.V.E. helps you remember the important steps involved in suicide prevention:


S - Signs of suicidal thinking should be recognized

A - Ask the most important question of all -- "Are you thinking of killing yourself?"

V - Validate the veteran's experience

E - Encourage treatment and Expedite getting help



When: Friday, December 15th, 9 am - 4 pm PST

Where: Virtual via Zoom

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

CEs Available: 6



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



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

  • Describe the three key components of burnout
  • Explain three strategies for fostering resilience in the face of work-related stressors
  • Assess how, where, and when resilience strategies could be usefully applied in the participant’s own professional setting