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Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Training: An extension of Psychological First Aid with Dr. Patricia Watson & Dr. Joe Ruzek, 12 CEs, $40, 4/21-22/18, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Santa Rosa

  • 04/21/2018
  • 8:30 AM
  • 04/22/2018
  • 4:30 PM
  • Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa, CA 95401
  • 33


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Be ready to help Sonoma County recover by getting full required training to participate in the Wildfire Survivor Mental Health Collaborative!

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Training: An extension of Psychological First Aid, Wildfire Survivor Mental Health Training

With esteemed presenters: 

  • Dr. Patricia Watson, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD
  • Dr. Joe Ruzek, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD, & Stanford University

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an intervention that aims to help survivors gain skills to manage distress and cope with post-disaster stress and adversity. It utilizes simplified skills-building components from evidence-based mental health treatments that have been found helpful in a variety of post-trauma situations. This SPR training will train practitioners to assist moderately-distressed fire survivors in effectively using these skills. These SPR skills include: Problem Solving, Helpful Thinking, Building Healthy Social Connections, Positive Activity Scheduling and Managing Reactions.

Our directive is to help communities of fire survivors identify their most pressing current needs and concerns and teach and support them as they develop skills to address those needs.

Note: Practitioners who complete the 12-hour training will be eligible to offer SPR in the community for an honorarium provided by the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County, Wildfire Survivor Mental Health Collaborative.

Presenters: Drs. Ruzek and Watson are nationally-acclaimed PTSD experts, authors, educators and clinical psychologists focusing on disaster-behavioral-health interventions, disaster-mental-health, early intervention, and resilience. They have authored numerous evidence-based research articles, toolkits, and courses related to burnout and secondary traumatic stress, provider resilience, disaster mental health, assessment of PTSD, and anger- and sleep-management. Each serve as experts on numerous national committees, boards, organizations, and special-interest groups related to PTSD.

For more information, please see their full bios at:

Course Description:  

Day 1 - Define background and overview of SPR core actions and strategies, describe information gathering, role play introducing SPR rationale, describe problem solving and positive activities scheduling, role plays, group exercise. 

Day 2 - Describe managing reactions, helpful thinking, rebuilding healthy social connections, and increasing motivation, role plays, wrap up. 

Learning Objectives: 

After training, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the range of SPR skills
  • List the needs that would match each skill
  • Explain the rationale for each skill
  • Apply the skills to case examples
  • Demonstrate each SPR skill

Training sponsored by

Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County

In partnership with the

Wildfire Survivor Mental Health Collaborative:

Redwood Psychological Association and

Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - - is CAMFT CE Provider #57173. This course offers 12 CEs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. Students, Trainees, Associates, Interns welcome. Lunch is included. Vegetarian options available. Register and pay online at

Psychologists and RNs should register at Redwood Psychological Association, unless you are a member of RECAMFT. 

     $40 Licensed RECAMFT members

     $40 Licensed members of other CAMFT chapters

     $40 Prelicensed RECAMFT members 

     $40 Prelicensed members of other CAMFT chapters

     $40 for non-members of RECAMFT or CAMFT Chapters

Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email

CE Certificate: You must stay for the entire meeting, sign in and out and complete an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, an email with a link to the evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who signed in AND out of the event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print out your CE Certificate. Course meets the qualifications for 12 hrs of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

The California Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists and RNs. CPA is co-sponsoring this event with the Redwood Psychological Association. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The BBS also recognizes CPA CE credit for their licensees.

Grievances: direct grievances to, and/or the chapter president at

Please remember to arrive no later than 8:15 am to sign in.
No refunds or cancellations will be given.

Are you looking for help? Find therapists offering free natural disaster and crisis sessions here.  Please check out Visit the NAMI Warmline. Take a trauma-informed yoga class.  We will recover together! 

¿Buscas ayuda? Encuentre terapeutas que ofrezcan sesiones gratuitas de crisis y desastres naturales aquí. Visite Visite la NAMI Warmline. Toma una clase de yoga informada sobre el trauma. ¡Nos recuperaremos juntos!

Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
is a CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider: License #57173. - PO Box 2732 - Santa Rosa, CA 95405
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