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Community Trainings & Events

Please note that trainings and events listed here are not sponsored by the School of Social Work.  If you would like your event to be listed here, please contact Ridley Williams.

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Aging & Communication in Health & Disease

Hosts: The Northwest Clinic for Voice & Swallowing; Oregon Health & Science University

Location: Vey Conference Center, Saturday May 14th 2016

A one-day conference for medical professionals and researchers on aging and various health conditions and their impact on communication, cognition, voice, speech, hearing, social relationships, and decision-making at the end of life. Presenters include researchers and clinicians with specialty expertise in these areas from OHSU and other institutions across the Pacific Northwest.

For more information: 

    The First Few Years: A Workshop for LPC/LMFT Interns & CSWAs

    Date: May 21, 2016

    Location: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Room 4, Portland, Oregon 97219

    The first years after graduate school can be some of the most confusing, exciting, inspiring and disheartening times for new post-Master clinical professionals.

    Here are some of the things I hear from recent graduates:

    "Is this seriously my paycheck? I thought I would be making a difference! I already have compassion fatigue. This is nothing like graduate school. I feel like I don't know anything and people think I'm incompetent. I may want to be a gardener instead. I kind of hate and love this job. I don't have a job. I teach my clients mindfulness and I can't even sleep or exercise. I started smoking again. I've changed jobs three times already."

    Isolation, perfectionism and fear can keep professionals from getting the very support that we recommend to our clients. One place to start is openly naming the realities of the daily work, including the very good parts, claiming the right to name and acknowledge the inequities and to figure out how to make any sense of our place in this, as professionals and humans.

    ​Consider this workshop a chance to get the support you deserve as you go about the important work of being healing professionals in and with communities.  

    • Emphasis will be placed on sharing/discussing experiences
    • Locating your beliefs about suffering and helping
    • Reconnecting you to your sources of resiliency

    Trauma Treatment in Rwanda Training

    Date: June 18-25, 2016

    The Integrative Trauma Treatment Center (ITTC), the University of Rwanda and GEI invite practicing mental health professionals from around the world with at least a graduate degree to join a unique global education and engagement program in Rwanda. Together, we will create an extraordinary multicultural environment where Rwandan and international clinicians have the opportunity to learn from each other, and to develop competencies in assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. At the program’s core is a three-day training that approaches trauma from the perspective of honor, reverence, optimism and the assumption of capacity in all people. We will work from a stage-based, person-centered approach that integrates the application of skills through cross-cultural, experiential learning. CEUs are likely to be offered.

    Learn more and register online for the conference.

    Healing Children Through Creativity: Art Therapy Trianing Workshop

    Date: July 21-22, 2016

    Location: Friendly House, Portland, Oregon

    Students may earn one Graduate Academic Credit or 1.4 CEUs for 14 hours of training with the Healing Children through Creativity: Art Therapy Training Workshops and the Healing Trauma through Creativity Workshops through
    Portland State University.

    Early discount registration is open now through June 18, 2016.  Limited to 20 attendees per workshop.  Sign up early to avoid wait-listing.

    More info:

    Presented by international trainer and consultant Catherine Rogers Jonsson, MFA, MA, ATR-BC

    Northwest Institute on Addiction Studies Conference

    Date: Wednesday-Friday, July 27-29, 2016

    Location: Monarch Hotel & Conference Center, Clackamas, Oregon

    CEU's: 16.5 (for complete conference)


    • Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity by Denise Ernst, Ph.D. 
    • Oregon Legislative Session: 2016 Overview and What’s to Come in 2017 by Jonathan Eames
    • Opioid Treatment in Oregon: Perspectives from the Oregon Health Authority by John McIlveen, Ph.D., LMHC

    Clinical Ethics, Law and Risk Management • Counter Intuitive Victim Behavior • Co-occurring Disorders • Latino Populations • LGBTQI Addiction Treatment • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction • Motivational Interviewing • Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) • Sexual Health in Recovery • Trauma and Survivor Substance Abuse • Treatment Modalities • Opioid Treatment, and more. 


    Full Conference $250 by 7/1, $275 after

    Single Day $110 by 7/1, $125 after
    Agency Discount (3 or more registering) $225 by 7/1, $235 after

    Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, and Friday morning breakfast.