Northwest MHTTC

University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
325 9th Ave., Box 359911
HHS Region 10
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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
May. 08, 2024
The Northwest MHTTC supports professionals working to improve behavioral health outcomes for those with or at risk of serious mental illness across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (SAMHSA’s Region 10). Our region is home to many vibrant and diverse tribal communities, including the 272 federally recognized Tribes and many non-federally recognized Tribes. Since receiving funding […]
May. 08, 2024
During FY 2023, the Northwest MHTTC conducted a needs assessment survey of key stakeholders, mental health organizations and practitioners, and others in our region. Questions focused on technical assistance and training needs, priority topics, barriers to training, and preferences. This report focuses on key findings from the 326 participants across Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Washington. […]
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 […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Northwest MHTTC
Webinar/Virtual Training
The Northwest MHTTC is excited to collaborate with C4 Innovations to sponsor a limited number of seats for their summer e-course on trauma-informed practice. 6 hours of CE credits available* (learn more.) ABOUT THE E-COURSE  Using a trauma-informed, strengths-based, recovery-oriented approach is vital to providing effective health and behavioral health services. This course will include an overview of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual-communal impact of trauma, principles and practices of a trauma-informed approach, proactive ways to support post-traumatic growth and recovery, and strategies to reduce the impact of secondary traumatic stress and burnout risk factors experienced by staff. Click here for more information about the course. Learning Objectives: Explain the "four Rs" of a trauma-informed approach Give three examples of how trauma impacts people’s health and well-being Describe four elements of the mindset and heart-set of trauma-informed practice Give two examples of ways to facilitate post-traumatic growth Describe three strategies for organizations to become more trauma-informed Identify three ways to promote personal resilience and renewal Eligibility:  Members of the behavioral health/mental health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10) are eligible to participate Ability to complete all required learning activities outside of live webcasts Seats are very limited. We will notify you of the status of your application by Monday, June 17th Questions: please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected] SESSIONS: Wednesdays, June 26-July 31 (skipping July 3), 2024 9:00 - 10:30 am AK / 10:00 - 11:30 am PT / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm MT FACILITATORS Ken Kraybill, MSW Ken Kraybill (he/him) has worked at the intersection of healthcare, behavioral health, homelessness, and supportive housing for more than 35 years. He is a Senior Trainer at C4 Innovations, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to marginalized and vulnerable people. Ken has 18 years of direct service experience working as a behavioral health practitioner and supervisor in homeless services. For the past two decades, he has been developing curricula and facilitating in-person and online trainings nationally on whole-person care practices including Motivational Interviewing, trauma-informed care, trauma-informed supervision, outreach and engagement, recovery support, Critical Time Intervention, and resiliency and renewal for care providers. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Ken has an MSW from the University of Washington in Seattle and an undergraduate degree from Goshen in Indiana. Ann Marie Roepke, PhD Ann Marie Roepke (she/her) is a clinical psychologist, trainer, and consultant based in Seattle, WA. Her areas of expertise include trauma-informed care, resilience, provider well-being, and Motivational Interviewing. As a therapist, Dr. Roepke assists people with challenges including trauma recovery, anxiety, depression, and alcohol/substance concerns. As a researcher, she focuses on developing and testing new methods to foster resilience and post-traumatic growth in the face of adversity. As owner of Evoke Training and Consulting, Dr. Roepke provides training, consulting, and coaching to support professionals in doing their best work to serve others while tending their own well-being. Dr. Roepke earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center and completed her postdoctoral training at the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System. She is a member of the American Psychological Association; the Society of Consulting Psychology; and the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). *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.
Webinar/Virtual Training
ABOUT THIS EVENT This 90-minute webinar aims to equip professionals in the mental health and addiction field with the skills needed to effectively supervise and support peer support specialists and other lived-experience professionals in behavioral health settings. These individuals provide a valuable service by drawing on their own experiences with recovery to inspire others, model effective coping strategies, and support engagement in services. However, supervising them presents unique challenges due to the specific nature of their roles and the central role that their personal experiences play in their work with others. Through this webinar, you will gain insights into the complexities and unique challenges that may arise when supervising these professionals and how best to support them in the peer role. Learning Objectives: Develop a comprehensive supervision plan tailored to the unique needs of peer support specialists and other lived-experience professionals in behavioral health settings. Enhance communication and collaboration to create a supportive and inclusive work environment. Foster resilience and self-care practices to prevent burnout and promote well-being. Apply ethical considerations and boundaries in supervision. Understand the importance of ongoing professional development and support. FACILITATOR Heath Holt Hayes Heath Holt Hayes is a globally recognized award winner for his work spearheading public service messaging for the 988 Mental Health Lifeline and is nationally credited for innovations around the use of vending machines for opioid abatement initiatives. Heath is a professional speaker, media producer and business entrepreneur specializing in infrastructure and capacity development in the mental health and addiction space. Heath previously served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and completed graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations, Administrative Leadership, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Heath’s most important achievement is being the adoptive parent of three Choctaw American siblings.  
Webinar/Virtual Training
The Northwest MHTTC is excited to partner with Lamarr Lewis, MA, LAPC, CPRP, to offer a live learning community about motivation in mental health recovery. 6 hours of CE contact hours available* (see below.) ABOUT THE LEARNING COMMUNITY The "Motivation IN Mental Health Recovery" learning community 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 own meaning, importance, and capacity for change. Through the use of Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and more, they will learn to utilize recovery as a course of change. Through these methods, participants will learn to motivate their clients to improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Learning Objectives: Define motivation, how it can facilitate a person’s mental health recovery, and support their self-empowerment process. Discuss treatment considerations for individuals with amotivation due to intellectual/developmental disabilities, substance use, and/or co-morbid Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. Apply evidence-based interventions to increase client motivation in their treatment. Enhance clinical decision-making and practical application of techniques related to improving client outcomes. Eligibility Members of the mental health/behavioral health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington Commitment to attend the whole series is required Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate Deadline to apply: Friday, June 21, 2024.  Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected]. SESSIONS: Tuesdays, July 9-30, 2024  11:00am - 12:30 pm AK / 12:00 - 1:30pm PT / 1:00 - 2:30pm MT 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.   *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.

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ABOUT THIS EVENT The Northwest MHTTC is excited to collaborate with the Mountain West AIDS Education & Training Center Program (AETC) on this webinar series related to sexual health.  The prevalence of HIV among people who have serious mental illnesses is four times as high as that of the general population. Factors that contribute to increased HIV risk include: psychiatric symptoms (e.g., disorganized thoughts and behaviors, delusions and poor executive functioning); higher rates of co-occurring substance use and other HIV risk behaviors; increased risk of social vulnerabilities, including poverty and housing instability; structural barriers (such as stigma and discrimination) to accessing medical care and prevention services in traditional medical settings. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) refers to medications for HIV-negative people to prevent them from getting HIV-infected. Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend informing all sexually active adults and adolescents about PrEP, but in a large 2020 survey of outpatient mental health care programs, only 33% of programs offered HIV testing and only 20% prescribed PrEP. Behavioral health treatment settings offer opportunities for identifying the need for PrEP and linking clients to services. Our third session will provide information about the effectiveness of PrEP for reducing risk of acquiring HIV and describe criteria for eligibility and best practices for initiating and monitoring persons receiving PrEP prescriptions. Learning Objectives: Provide an overview of PrEP Review PrEP efficacy and effectiveness Assess PrEP side effects, risks, HIV-1 drug resistance, and other concerns Part 3 of the Sexual Health Series (click to view all sessions in this series). Slides Word cloud responses FACILITATORS Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH Dr. Chwastiak is a psychiatrist, internist and health services researcher who is a Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  Over the past 22 years, her research has focused on improving care and outcomes for people with complex needs in low resource settings, such as low-barrier primary care clinics and community mental health centers in the US, and primary and secondary medical settings in India and Nepal. Dr. Chwastiak is co-directs the UW Behavioral Research in HIV (BIRCH) Center, an NIMH-funded AIDS Research Center, and is the PI and co-director of the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (NW MHTTC). Joanne D. Stekler, MD, MPH Dr. Stekler began her career working to expand routine HIV antibody testing and access to pooled HIV nucleic acid amplification testing to diagnose acute HIV infection. She has led several studies investigating novel methods to diagnose acute and early HIV infection; comparisons of point-of-care HIV tests; and home, self-testing for HIV infection. Her current work is evaluating the feasibility of implementing point-of-care nucleic acid tests for HIV diagnosis and treatment monitoring in community and clinical sites in Seattle. Her other interests include HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and use of technology for HIV prevention. Dr. Stekler started the first community-based PrEP clinic in Seattle in 2013 and the first telePrEP clinic in 2015. Through collaborations with the Washington State Department of Health and Mountain West AIDS Education and Training Center, she has been working to expand access to PrEP to reduce healthcare disparities among populations disproportionately impacted by HIV. Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
ABOUT THIS RESOURCE This 90-minute webinar will cover primary themes related to effective culturally informed behavioral health support. When providing support or crisis intervention for individuals or groups of people from cultural and ethnic backgrounds different from our own, there are certain considerations to keep in mind that increase our effectiveness as clinicians and decrease the opportunities for miscommunication. We will share examples from real-world scenarios that include communication tactics and reminders, as well as content areas such as family dynamics, safety and coping mechanisms that can be addressed in a way that helps to facilitate a healthy and successful outcome across different cultures. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Slides References and Resources for Culturally Informed Support FACILITATORS Kira Mauseth, PhD Dr. Kira Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist who sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates in Everett and Edmonds, WA, is a Teaching Professor at Seattle University and formerly served as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health throughout the COVID response. She also owns Astrum Health LLC, and consults with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities. Dr. Mauseth has provided training to community groups and professionals both regionally and abroad as the co-developer of the Health Support Team© program. Her work and research focus on disaster behavioral health, resilience, and recovery from trauma as well as small and large-scale critical incident response and preparation for organizations. She has worked abroad extensively with disaster survivors and refugees in Haiti, Jordan and Poland, and has trained first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States, and currently serves in the adult mental health clinical seat on Washington State’s Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC). Salsabiel Alzubaidi, MA Salsabiel Alzubaidi is an Organizational Transformation, Leadership, and Legacy Consultant driven by her belief in justice and her appreciation for the rich tapestry of human diversity. With a lifelong passion for innovation in diversity and inclusion across social, educational, and professional realms, Salsabiel has honed her expertise in guiding organizations through transformative journeys. Her impactful contributions have left a legacy of progress at organizations such as Shift Energy Group,, Seattle University, and Questscope, as well as governmental and numerous international social development platforms. Throughout her career, Salsabiel has distinguished herself as a dynamic HR and educational programming professional, specializing in programs that promote diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Her ability to unite diverse populations and maximize program effectiveness underscores her commitment to driving positive change.  Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
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