Learning Community: Essentials of Care for Supporting Individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) | Spring 2024

The Northwest MHTTC is excited to collaborate with the University of Washington's SPIRIT Lab (Supporting Psychosis Innovation through Research, Implementation, & Training) to offer a live learning community in Spring 2024. Topics are grouped as the "Essentials of Care" as they are crucial topics focused on supporting individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) across a range of clinical settings.  Each session includes expert-led instruction and experiential learning

Up to 16 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credits* (see bottom of page) are available.


Who is eligible to apply? How do I apply?

  • 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
  • Spots are limited! We will be accepting applications until Friday, March 1, 2024.


Why attend this Learning Community?

You will receive incredibly useful training backed by experience and research from a training team committed to helping the workforce feel skilled in serving this population. They have worked in the field and are passionate about training others. You will explore the knowledge, attitude and skills to perform this important work and increase your effectiveness and perspective. Come learn best practice strategies that can be implemented in your work with individuals experiencing SMI to support recovery!


Staff, leaders and teams can benefit in multiple ways:

  • Onboarding for new(er) staff
  • Professional development to expand staff and leadership skill set
  • Increase familiarity, confidence and competence when working with this population
  • Support teams in work settings that may not receive this type of training

Hear our podcast episode with the SPIRIT team discussing this Learning Community series and more by CLICKING HERE

SESSIONS: Wednesdays, March 13 - May 1, 2024 

9 - 11am AK / 10am - 12pm PT / 11am - 1pm MT


Session # and Date
1: March 13
  Recovery-Based Care
  Work toward a better understanding of what recovery-oriented care means and how recovery principles can be enacted in community support settings.
Stephen Smith, PhD
2: March 20
Overview of Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Cultivate understanding of SMI signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
  Stephen Smith, PhD
3: March 27
  Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders
A primer on addiction basics with motivational enhancement strategies.
Jeff Roskelley, LICSW
4: April 3
Creating a Supportive Environment
  Develop knowledge and skills to foster safe and supportive environments that promote recovery.
  Shannon Stewart, LMHC
5: April 10
Trauma-Informed Care
Learn how trauma and stress affect the body and mind and apply this understanding to working with vulnerable populations.
Mel LaBelle III, LMHC
6: April 17
Culturally Responsive Care Practices
Foster discussion and education around cultural identities, beliefs, and how to incorporate culturally responsive care practices with empathy and respect.
Mel LaBelle III, LMHC
7: April 24
Building Therapeutic Communication
Improve knowledge and skills to feel more effective and confident in your communication with individuals experiencing SMI.
Shannon Stewart, LMHC
8: May 1
Crisis Response
Develop knowledge and skills to work with individuals in crisis.
Stephen Smith, PhD

Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected].



Shannon Stewart

is a clinician and trainer for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) within the UW SPIRIT Lab. She graduated from Arizona State University with a dual major in Psychology and Communication while later completing her MA in Community Counseling at Seattle University. Prior to joining the UW Psychiatry Department, she worked in outpatient mental health at Harborview Medical Center providing CBTp treatment and provider consultation to support individuals experiencing Serious Mental Illness (SMI). She also served on Harborview’s First Episode Psychosis (FEP) team providing early intervention evidence-based treatment to individuals navigating the onset of psychotic disorders. In addition to her focus on
CBTp, she has significant experience delivering evidence-based employment support services which focus on transitioning individuals experiencing SMI back to meaningful community employment. Shannon’s interests involve understanding/addressing how stigma around SMI creates barriers to access, engagement, therapeutic rapport building and ultimately meaningful recovery.


Jeff Roskelley

Jeffery Roskelley, LICSW was trained and received consultation in CBTp with the original Washington state cohort in 2015 and provided direct clinical CBTp counseling to clients at Sunrise Mental Health from 2015 to 2018. Jeff graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters of Social Work degree in 2008, and has worked in several different settings including hospice, as a co-occurring assessment specialist at the University of Utah and as a co-occurring specialist for the Lake Whatcom PACT team in Bellingham WA, where he currently resides. Currently Jeff is a trainer and consultant for the University of Washington and in addition to CBTp, he trains WA state PACT teams in integrated dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders.



Mel LaBelle III

Mel LaBelle is currently providing training and consultation for the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) project with a focus on CBTp groups. He graduated from Argosy University, Seattle with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Prior to joining the UW Psychiatry Department, he has spent the past 10+ years working in non-profit public health and mental health agencies in the Greater Seattle Area. As a licensed mental health counselor Mel has provided CBTp and other evidence-based therapies to individual clients and groups with a focus on LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC. He has also trained and worked as a mHealth Support Specialist for the University of Washington FOCUS study. Mel’s interests involve using the gestalt of a person’s culture, biosocial history, social support system, and belief structure within group therapy to assist the individual, and other group members, in increased awareness, understanding, and personal efficacy.

Stephen Smith, PHD

Stephen Smith

Dr. Stephen M. Smith is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist whose professional mission is, and has been, dedicated to advancing health equity for marginalized communities and individuals experiencing mental health concerns. Of particular interest are concerns related to the experience of psychosis. Dr. Smith has trained in the use of recovery-focused approaches to psychosis, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) and Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R).  Whether providing direct care or training and supporting other treatment providers, Dr. Smith constantly seeks to expand our understanding of the impact of cultural and structural factors on how we conceptualize and respond to individuals experiencing psychosis. Dr. Smith also has a private practice in which he provides psychotherapy specifically for adult men of color.

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The SPIRIT Lab has been providing workforce development to practitioners serving individuals with Serious Mental Illness for more than a decade. Driven by a dedication to advancing recovery for individuals and families affected by psychosis, SPIRIT lab faculty and staff provide training and consultation to an array of behavioral health and allied providers in research-based and culturally informed interventions.

*CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT 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.

Starts: Mar 13, 2024 10:00 am
Ends: May 1, 2024 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
March 1, 2024
Event Type
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