Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) for Direct Service Providers Learning Community with Trauma Recovery Innovations

New Learning Community open for applications

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Offered in partnership with the Program for Trauma Recovery Innovations at the University of Washington

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence-informed intervention designed to help individuals gain skills to reduce ongoing distress, promote resilience, and effectively cope in the weeks and months following a disaster or crisis.


Why SPR?

  • SPR can be used in a variety of settings.
  • SPR intervention is limited to 1-6 sessions.
  • SPR is flexible, evidence-informed, and culturally sensitive.
  • SPR intervention is intended for individuals needing more than a single, brief intervention by a non-specialist but not necessarily needing full treatment for depression, anxiety, or PTSD.
  • SPR skills focus on improving social support, helpful thinking, problem-solving, managing distressing responses to disaster reminders, and increasing positive activities.

This is for direct service providers such as case managers, outreach workers, shelter/housing staff, peer specialists and other behavioral health staff.

We welcome and encourage applicants from the same clinic/facility/organization as that can foster connection while in this learning community. 

The Learning Community is seeking applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Work in Region 10 (AK, WA, OR or ID)
  • Direct Service Providers who work with clients/consumers as main role
  • Do not have a graduate degree
  • Are able to commit to the full training curriculum


The Learning Community will be virtual and will include a commitment to:

  • Attend an overview webinar on 11/18 (1-2:30 Pacific) OR watch recording before kick-off meeting
  • Review SPR materials before kick-off meeting
  • Attend the kick-off meeting on Tue 12/8 1-2pm Pacific (live--1 hr) OR watch recording
  • Attend live consult calls which occur twice monthly over the course of 6 months, from the week of January 11, 2021, through the week of June 14, 2021 (1 hour each = 2 hours a month)
  • Attend a live 3-month check-in meeting in March/April 2021 (45 mins)
  • Attend a live wrap-up meeting June/July 2021 (45 mins)
  • Participate in evaluation surveys/feedback (which will be confidential)

Although formal CEUs will not be offered as part of this Learning Community, certificates of completion will be awarded.

Resources to learn more about SPR:

About the Trainers/Facilitators:


Dr. Bedard-GilliganMichele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD is an Associate Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the co-director of the Trauma Recovery Innovations program. Her program of research focuses on understanding response to traumatic events, with a focus on alcohol and substance misuse, and on building and testing interventions designed to promote recovery following trauma exposure. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains an active clinical practice.


Emily DworkinEmily R. Dworkin, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her research focuses on trauma recovery, with a focus on identifying strategies to promote resilience and understanding the role of social relationships in post-trauma outcomes.




Dr. LindgrenKristen Lindgren, PhD is a Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Trauma Recovery Innovations program. Her research interests include addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexuality, and relationships. Her work focuses on investigating implicit (i.e., non-conscious or automatic) cognitive processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of maladaptive behavior and psychopathology.  She also serves as a consultant for dissemination projects aimed at training community-based mental health workers in Cognitive Processing Therapy and other evidence-based treatment for PTSD locally, nationally, and internationally.





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Starts: Dec 8, 2020 1:00 pm
Ends: Jun 23, 2021 5:00 pm
Registration Deadline
December 21, 2020
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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