Northwest MHTTC

University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
325 9th Ave., Box 359911
Seattle,
WA
98104
HHS Region 10
WA, AK, ID, OR
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  • We provide training and technical assistance (TA) in evidence-based practices (EBPs) in SAMHSA’s Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).  
  • Our MHTTC Network Area of Focus is evidence-based practices for psychosis including CBT for psychosis (CBTp) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT).
  • Our target workforce includes: behavioral health and primary care providers, school and social service staff, and anyone whose work has the potential to improve behavioral health outcomes for individuals with or at risk of developing serious mental health issues.

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From the Northwest MHTTC
Apr. 10, 2024
Northwest MHTTC is proud to present its Year 5 Annual Report Summary, which captures a brief snapshot of the Center's reach from September 2022 - September 2023. This includes the main "core" grant as well as a continued School Mental Health supplement. Every year Northwest MHTTC provides training and technical assistance to the behavioral health […]
Jan. 19, 2024
January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a presidentially designated observance designed to educate the public about human trafficking and the role we can play in preventing and responding to human trafficking. This campaign aims to educate, empower, and provide resources to social service providers, healthcare and behavioral healthcare providers, school-based professionals, and other allied professionals […]
Nov. 27, 2023
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), released the results of the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The report shows how people living in the United States reported about their experience with mental health, substance use, and […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Northwest MHTTC
Webinar/Virtual Training
This event is part of the UW SMART Center's 2024 Virtual Speaker Series. Learn more and register for upcoming events in the series here. Please Note: Certificate of Attendance and Washington state clock hours will be available for attendees of the live session. Bullying Prevention in Elementary and Middle Schools: Leveraging Experts in Your Building When: Wednesday, April 17th @ 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. AKT | 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PT | 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. MT Description: Session attendants will learn about the types of bullying, strategies to disrupt bullying in schools, and focus specifically on how to leverage school resource officers, bus drivers, and other safety personnel in your bullying prevention efforts. About the Presenter: Sara McDaniel, Ph.D. Professor of Special Education in the Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities, and Director of the Center for Interconnected Behavioral and Mental Health Systems at the University of Alabama Dr. McDaniel is a professor of Special Education in the Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities at the University of Alabama and is the Director of the Center for Interconnected Behavioral and Mental Health Systems (CIBMHS). The CIBMHS is a research center that engages in rigorous research in schools and focuses on supporting schools and districts in implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and school-based mental health services. Dr. McDaniel conducts research and teaches in the areas of: (a) PBIS, (b) classroom management assessment and coaching, (c) Tier 2 social, emotional, and behavioral supports, and (d) preventative treatments for diverse populations of students placed at high risk.     Want more information and school mental health resources? Visit the Northwest MHTTC's School Mental Health page and sign up for our newsletter for regular updates about events, trainings, and resources available to the Northwest region.
Webinar/Virtual Training
The Northwest MHTTC is excited to partner with Rebekah Demirel, L.Ac MPCC, to offer a live learning community about leadership and advocacy through a polyvagal lens. 6 hours of CE contact hours available* (see below.) ABOUT THE LEARNING COMMUNITY Advocating as a behavioral health professional often involves making difficult decisions, which don't always feel good, and can be a struggle to release at the end of the day. While away from work, our minds may still be full of the day's details, and when we go back, it’s like we never left. A mind that never rests equals a nervous system that never rests, which can lead to emotional and mental burnout. Learning and operating from a Polyvagal perspective, we can become more aware of our nervous system responses and cultivate skills for more clarity and confidence. Starting with increased awareness, we can gain a sense of agency, connection and safety with others and most importantly, with ourselves. This is a dynamic trauma-informed learning community for behavioral health professionals who care deeply about what they do, yet want to feel supported, safe, stable and connected. Participants will learn about how humans operate, while befriending our nervous systems and strengthening our resolve to effect systemic change. Learning Objectives: - Identify nervous system phases related to Polyvagal theory - Identify personal nervous system patterns - Develop skills to balance and calm a dysregulated nervous system - Cultivate broader awareness and connection with others - Discover newfound mental health resilience through self-inquiry Eligibility Members of the mental health/behavioral health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10) Commitment to attend the whole series is required Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate Seats are limited, and applications are due by Friday, April 5. We will notify you of your application status by April 10. Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected]. SESSIONS: Wednesday, April 17 - May 8, 2024  12:30-2:00 pm AK / 1:30 - 3:00pm PT / 2:30 - 4:00pm MT Session 1 (April 17): Advocacy Beyond Burnout – A Polyvagal Perspective  Learning Objectives: Gain confidence in understanding polyvagal terminology  Recognize personal neuro-patterns   Apply polyvagal principles to advocacy work  Resources: Slides Session 2 (April 24): Befriending the Nervous System Learning Objectives: Identify regulated and dysregulated nervous system states in self and others Adopt tools for self-soothing and self-regulating Cultivate increased personal awareness and agency Session 3 (May 1): TBA Session 4 (May 9): TBA FACILITATOR Rebekah Demirel, L.Ac MPCC Rebekah Demirel L.Ac. MPCC, is the founder and director of Trauma Integration Programs, with more than a decade as an ambulance paramedic, twenty-two years as a paramedic trainer, eighteen years of mental health counseling experience, specializing in traumatic stress, and she is a licensed East Asian medicine practitioner and acupuncturist. Rebekah’s unique skill set and experience are informed by her own traumatic childhood and teen years spent on the street and in the foster care system, giving her a special familiarity and empathy for trauma and loss. *Continuing Education Contact Hours Details Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUs with your licensing/credentialing entity. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, substance use disorder professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620, WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.
Presentation
April 24 - 26, 2024 The 22nd Annual NWPBIS Conference will be held April 24 - 26, 2024 at the Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma WA Join Educators and Experts from all over for the longest running PBIS conference in the country. Set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, come for 2-3 days of learning, networking, and camaraderie. Workshops will be scheduled on Wednesday, April 24th and exist as a stand-alone registration option or an add-on to the general conference. General sessions will be scheduled on April 25 and 26 in several strands, including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, Mental Health, Equity, and Capacity Building. For more information & registration click here > KEYNOTE: Dr. Grafenreed is a Licensed Psychologist (LP) and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). Despite her educational attainments and accolades, Dr. Grafenreed considers herself first an educator, having spent nearly 30 years in education as a School Psychologist. Dr. Grafenreed has served Houston area school districts for 24 years, as a School Psychologist, and later as an Education Specialist at Region 4 Education Service Center in the Department of Special Education Solutions. While at Region 4, the largest Education Service Center in Texas, Dr. Grafenreed led the Texas Behavior Support (TBS) Network, a Texas Education Agency with the goal of building capacity in Texas schools for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). During her tenure at Region 4, she helped develop the Texas Equity Summit, an annual conference designed to address key issues related to school discipline, equity, school climate, and PBIS as the lead for the TBS Network. Dr. Grafenreed also created the Region 4 Equity Collaborative, which was designed for leaders of districts and charter schools that had been identified as “Significantly Disproportionate” in discipline. The Equity Collaborative introduced district and charter school leaders to educational equity and equity literacy as a tool to address and eliminate disproportionality in school discipline. Dr. Grafenreed currently serves as a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the University of Washington’s School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center. Want more information and school mental health resources? Visit the Northwest MHTTC's School Mental Health page and sign up for our newsletter for regular updates about events, trainings, and resources available to the Northwest region.

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This event is part of the UW SMART Center's 2024 Virtual Speaker Series. Learn more and register for upcoming events in the series here. Bullying Prevention in Elementary and Middle Schools: Foundations and Student Ownership Description: Session attendants will learn about school readiness for bullying prevention, what staff and students can do to create a safe school climate, and how school members and students can teach and reinforce prosocial behaviors.   Objectives Core features of bullying prevention  Increasing student buy-in and ownership  Examples of student ownership from exemplar districts    Presentation Materials Recording Available Here! About the Presenter: Rhonda Nese, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences Scientist, Prevention Science Institute Affiliate Faculty, Prevention Science Program   Rhonda Nese, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon and the Director of the Nese Lab. She is also a Scientist within the Prevention Science Institute, a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oregon. Dr. Nese’s research involves equitable intervention delivery within a multi-tiered behavior support framework focused on preventative strategies for improving student outcomes.​ Dr. Nese currently serves as the director of an IES grant to refine and test an intervention to reduce exclusionary discipline practices, improve student-teacher relationships, and increase instructional time for students in secondary settings, and co-principal investigator on additional federally-funded projects to identify factors that predict implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices, to develop technology to improve online learning for educators, and to develop and validate an automated scoring system for oral reading fluency. Dr. Nese also provides technical assistance to state, district, and school level teams across the nation on preventative practices, including addressing implicit bias in school discipline, effective classroom behavior management strategies, bullying prevention, and alternatives to exclusionary discipline practices through the OSEP-funded National TA-Center on PBIS. Dr. Nese is the recipient of the 2022 Presidential Equity Award from the NorthWest PBIS Network and the 2022 Outstanding Early Career Award from the University of Oregon, the UO’s highest award for early career faculty to recognize and celebrate an emerging and significant record of scholarship and research.      Want more information and school mental health resources? Visit the Northwest MHTTC's School Mental Health page and sign up for our newsletter for regular updates about events, trainings, and resources available to the Northwest region.
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ABOUT THIS RESOURCE This 2-hour webinar will focus on enhancing participants’ ability to improve an individual's motivation and engagement in treatment. Participants will learn ways to empower their clients to change by drawing out their meaning, importance, and capacity for change. The hope is that through these methods, participants will gain tools and knowledge to help motivate their clients to improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Offered in collaboration with Lewis Family Consulting. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Motivation in Recovery slides Word Clouds generated by webinar participants   FACILITATOR Lamarr Lewis, MA, LAPC, CPRP Lamarr Lewis is a dedicated advocate, author, and agent of change. With a focus on community-based mental health, he works with diverse groups including individuals living with psychiatric disabilities, people in recovery from substance abuse, and at-hope youth (He does not use the term at-risk). He is an alumnus of Wittenberg University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Africana Studies and Religion. He later received his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University. His career spans over twenty years with experience as a therapist, consultant, and human service professional. He has been a featured expert and trainer for such organizations as; Boeing, Fulton County Probate Court, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Region IV Public Health Training Center, the Ruby Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation, and more. His lifelong mission is to leave the world better than how he found it. Visit the Lewis Family Consulting website here. Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
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ABOUT THIS RESOURCE Leading, managing and supervising in the behavioral health field can be demanding work, requiring attention, organizational skills, quick thinking and creative problem solving. With all of these demands, it can be difficult to remain stable and flexible, while navigating interpersonal relationships, in and out of work. Individuals can often feel discouraged and frustrated, which can affect desired outcomes and add another layer of personal stress. Leading and advocating for change is intense work. All too often, an individual's mental health and wellness will take a back seat, and over time, burnout can occur. In this training a broader picture is revealed as we examine personal responses to life through a Polyvagal lens. With a collection of fresh ideas, plus a bit of tender encouragement, participants can discover new nervous system awareness, resilience and some much needed soul-nurturing to inspire confidence for the challenges of leadership and advocacy. Learning Objectives Understand the foundations of polyvagal theory Self-identify personal nervous system states through a polyvagal lens Cultivate broader awareness and connection with self and others Gain increased skill and confidence for effective leadership and advocacy ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Presentation Resources  Slides Rhythm of Regulation  - Deb Dana Website  Published Works — Rhythm of Regulation - Published works by Deb Dana (i.e. Anchored, Polyvagal Theory in Therapy and Polyvagal Card Deck)  “The Pocket Guide to Polyvagal Theory” - by Dr. Stephen Porges  “Activate Your Vagus Nerve: Unleash your body's natural ability to heal” - by Dr. Navaz Habib  FACILITATORS Rebekah Demirel, L.Ac MPCC Rebekah Demirel L.Ac. MPCC, is the founder and director of Trauma Integration Programs, with more than a decade as an ambulance paramedic, twenty-two years as a paramedic trainer, eighteen years of mental health counseling experience, specializing in traumatic stress, and she is a licensed East Asian medicine practitioner and acupuncturist. Rebekah’s unique skill set and experience are informed by her own traumatic childhood and teen years spent on the street and in the foster care system, giving her a special familiarity and empathy for trauma and loss. Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement ​
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