About Mercer Trainings
The mission of Mercer Trainings is to connect counseling professionals with the practical information they need in order to help clients attain efficient outcomes. The trainer, Vidya Vara, LMHC, has close to thirty years of extensive experience, across many settings and populations. A member of the American Association of Suicidology and a former board member of the King County Crisis Clinic, she has provided trainings to a multitude of healthcare professionals and agencies and organizations such as Navos, Full Life Care/Solstice Mental Health, the Seattle Counselors Association and the Pierce County Counselors Association in Suicide risk prevention. She illustrates the concepts using examples from various cultures, age groups, and sub-populations.
Her qualifications for 2015 trainings include being qualified as an Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist and Child Mental Health Specialist in the State of WA. She is a member of International OCD Foundation, American Association of Suicidology and Seattle Counselors Association. She has experience as well as attended many trainings in suicide prevention, working with older adults, working with LGBTQ population and will be providing trainings in topics related to working with these topics and populations. She has received web-based trainings from American Psychiatric Assn provided by the Chairs of work groups. Providers Clinical Support Systems, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid in understanding DSM 5 and ICD-10.
Q: Will I receive Continuing Education credit?
Q: What other trainings have you provided and to whom?
Pierce County Counselors Association: "OCD Treatment Strategies" (June 2014)
Navos Mental Health Solutions: "AMSR" (April 2014)
Oregon Society of Clinical Hypnosis: case presentations using hypnosis with two ethnic minority clients with OCD (April 2014)
Pierce County Counselors Association: "Ethics and Culture" (March 2014)
Navos Mental Health Solutions: "Suicide Risk Assessment, Treatment and Management Strategies" (January, February 2014)
Seattle Counselors Association: "Suicide Risk Assessment, Treatment and Management Strategies" (February 2014)
Full Life Care/Solstice Mental Health: "Suicide Risk Assessment" (October 2013)
Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training: "Alcohol Use in Ethnic Minority Populations," "Ethnic Geriatric Mental Health," "Working with Southeast Asian Clients, Including Muslim Clients" (2006, 2007)
Navos Mental Health Center: "Domestic Violence," "JCAHO guidance," "Use of GAIN Assessment Tool" (2000, 2002, 2007)
Annual Conference of Washington Association of Educators of Young Children, "Infant Mental Health and Parental Role" (2004)
Oklahoma State Annual Mental Health Conference, "Family Preservation vs. Child Safety" (1995)
Canadian Guidance and Counseling Association Annual Conference, "Developing Resiliencies in Children" (1993)
Prince Albert Co-Operative Health Center, close to 200 workshops in various domestic-violence topics including developing awareness, developing policies, impact on children (1988-1991).
Wrote a bi-weekly column for a local Canadian newspaper to develop community awareness in domestic violence. (1989-90)