Learning Community: Essentials of Care for Supporting Individuals with Serious Mental Illness | Spring 2023

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 2023. 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
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we are no longer accepting applications.


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!

People can attend as an individual or have 3-5 people from the same team/agency to make it a collaborative experience.


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, April 19 - June 7, 2023 

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

Session # and Date

Title Description Instructor


1: April 19th


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.


Jeff Roskelley, LICSW


2: April 26th


Overview of Serious Mental Illness (SMI)


Cultivate understanding of SMI signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. 


Sarah Kopelovich, PhD


3: May 3rd


Creating a Supportive Environment


Develop knowledge and skills to foster safe and supportive environments that promote recovery.


Shannon Stewart, LMHC


4: May 10th


Building Therapeutic Communication


Improve knowledge and skills to feel more effective and confident in your communication with individuals experiencing SMI.

Shannon Stewart, LMHC



5:  May 17th


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, MA, LMHC


6:  May 24th


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, MA, LMHC


7:  May 31st


Substance Use


A primer on addiction basics with motivational enhancement strategies. 


Jeff Roskelley, LICSW


8:  June 7th


Crisis Response


Develop knowledge and skills to work with individuals in crisis.


Sarah Kopelovich, PhD

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



Shannon Stewart

Shannon Stewart graduated from Arizona State University with a dual major in Psychology and Communication and completed a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at Seattle University. Prior to joining the UW SPIRIT Lab, she worked at Harborview Medical Center providing supported employment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) to adults with persistent and medication-resistant psychosis as well as First Episode Psychosis. She also served as the CBTp Agency Lead for Harborview’s Mental Health and Addiction Services. Shannon’s interests involve understanding/addressing how stigma around serious mental illness creates barriers to access, engagement, therapeutic rapport-building, and recovery. Now as a CBTp trainer with the SPIRIT lab, she is committed to using her personal experience learning CBTp as a community mental health clinician to support other professionals in their learning journey.




Jeff RoskelleyJeffery Roskelley is a licensed independent clinical social worker training and consulting for the SPIRIT (which stands for Supporting Psychosis Innovation through Research, Implementation and Training) Lab at the University of Washington. Jeff graduated from the University of Utah with a Master 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. Jeff’s area of specialty is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis and for Substance Use Disorder. Since 2013 he has been training Assertive Community Treatment Teams in WA state in co-occurring disorders treatment and cognitive behavioral techniques for severe mental illness. Jeff was trained and received consultation in CBTp with the original Washington state cohort in 2015, trained by Jennifer Gottlieb, PhD, from the Harvard Medical School and provided direct clinical CBTp counseling to clients at Sunrise Mental Health from 2015 to 2018, receiving supervision from Sarah Kopelovich, PhD, from the University of Washington. Currently, Jeff provides individual private counseling in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, addressing a wide range of clinical issues, ranging from anxiety and depression to obsessive compulsive disorder and psychosis. In addition, Jeff is a clinical supervisor for social workers. Finally, last but not least, Jeff is an ardent dog lover and a dabbler in chi gong.



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.



Sarah Kopelovich

Sarah Kopelovich, PhD is a forensically-trained licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Kopelovich is an Associate Professor in the department and holds the Professorship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis. Her current research is specifically oriented toward implementation and dissemination strategies for psychotherapeutic and psychosocial interventions for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. She regularly conducts workshops, seminars, and professional consultation across the country for an array of mental health professionals and trainees in CBT for psychosis; Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy; Individual Resiliency Training for First Episode Psychosis; Assertive Community Treatment; and diagnostic, suicide, and violence risk assessment. Dr. Kopelovich completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Serious Mental Illness at Emory University School of Medicine in 2015. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from City University of New York and a terminal Master’s in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.

SPIRIT name and logo


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, chemical dependency 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: Apr 19, 2023 10:00 am
Ends: Jun 7, 2023 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
April 7, 2023
Event Type
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