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Self Care Fair 2012 - Event & Participant Information

About the Participants

Cathy Petersen 

All muscles have a function, and when they are chronically tight they are not available to be used how they are meant to. Literally when we hold back in our bodies we hold back in our lives. “Rosen Method combines both knowledge and art. Its basic principles are: Touching with a soft hand, Allowing the breath to flow, Going deep to meet the unconscious, And keeping in mind the power of simplicity.”  ~Marion Rosen

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Cathy Petersen, LMT


Collaine Faddis

Collaine Faddis, Licensed Massage Therapist, brings a background of public health expertise to her healing work. She offers a blend of Eastern and Western modalities, depending on your therapeutic needs. In her private practice she focuses on Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Ayurvedic massage. Additionally, she is a Clinic Supervisor and a Faculty member at the University of Western State's massage therapy training program

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Collaine Faddis, MPH, LMT


Paul Stoaks

Whether you are looking for body maintainence, pain relief, or overall relaxation I will tailor each massage sesssion to meet your unique needs. Specializing in: Swedish massage, deep tissue & trigger-point therapy.

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Paul Stoaks, LMT


Bob Liebman

I completed undergraduate studies in Communication and Psychology at Florida State University, and earned my MSW from San Diego State University in 1978. I have—for most of my career—worked in college counseling centers, including the University of San Diego and Vermont Technical College. Here at Student Health and Counseling, I have pursued my strong interest in the treatment of complex and acute trauma and my approach to psychotherapy is fundamentally person-centered. I incorporate Buddhist depth psychology approaches and consistently place relatedness at the core of treatment.    

I have had a meditation practice for over 30 years and have been trained as a Basic Mindfulness facilitator by Shinzen Young and spent several years as a lay-member of Green Mountain Dharma Center in Vermont—a monastic community established by Thich Nhat Hanh. For the past five years, I have been responsible for facilitating SHAC’s mindful awareness programs and have served as a campus resource for mindfulness programming.

Presentation Description
Self-Compassion Session
: Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. Self-compassion is actually a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm—the harm that we inflict on ourselves every day by overworking, overeating, overanalyzing, and overreacting. With mindful self-compassion, we’re better able to recognize when we’re under stress and face what’s happening in our lives (mindfulness) and to take a kinder and more sustainable approach to life’s challenges.

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine. And it’s easier than you think. Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most?  All that’s required is shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

In this brief session, the emphasis will be experiential. Participants will be given mindfulness and self-compassion practices as well as some discussion of possible application strategies in our daily lives.

 Breath Pleasures Session: Focusing on restful, pleasurable states can create a positive feedback loop that strengthens your concentration power. The better you are able to concentrate on restfulness, the better you will feel, motivating you to concentrate even better…

Learning to detect, enhance, and concentrate on restful states increases your ability to be fulfilled independent of circumstances. Restful states—such as the pleasures of our in-breath and out-breath—can be cultivated as a kind of self-contained contentment that you can access any time; independent of external circumstances.

In this brief session, the emphasis will be experiential. Participants will be given instruction in exploring two qualities of pleasure associated with the breathing process as well as some discussion of possible application strategies in our daily lives. 


Kaoru "Kimo" Metzler

I am a Zumba & Hip Hop instructor, and I have some experiences of teaching a non-contact kickboxing and an aerobics class too. I've been teaching at Fitness Clubs and local Recreation Centers for about 8 years.

Presentation Description: 'Zumba Gold is specifically designed to take the exciting Latin and international dance rythems created in the original 'Zumba' and bring them to the active older adult, beginner participants and other populations that may need modifications for success. 'Zumba Gold' is a fun, different, easy and effective total body workout! You will feel like you're having a party!

'Hip Hop' is a dance which has so many different dance styles in it. I will break down the moves really well, so everyone will get it and have fun with the cool routine! Bring your attitude!!


Susan Hedlund

Susan is Manager of Patient and Family Services, Knight Cancer Center, OHSU and an instructor at the Portland State University School of Social Work. 

Presentation Description: As we do our work with compassion, sometimes we take care of others' needs before our own. This informal talk will focus on how we listen to ourselves and others, and how we can help to create a place to be aware and nurtured.

Sarah Bradley

Sarah is the Assistant Director of Field Education at the Portland State University School of Social Work. 

Presentation Description: This presentation will review the concepts of vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burn out and identify differential prevention and interventions strategies.  While the terms are similar there are different ideas about causality and while self care strategies are important, examining more system wide strategies are equally as important.


Cara Lee

Cara Lee is a dynamic teacher and mentor who can sense and read energy. She released her own trauma through extensive training in Euro/Celtic shamanism and knows that anything can be healed. She now guides professionals and organizations to build their energetic resilience and form new paradigms for work. You can find articles and other resources by Cara at 

Presentation Description: Empower yourself with two energetic tools for working with secondary trauma. Grounding provides stability and allows you to discharge stress and intense energy. Separating energy reduces your exposure to secondary trauma. When you release the energy rather than absorb it into your body, it improves your health, resilience and ability to serve. You will practice both grounding and separating energy in this experiential session.

Kevin Corcoran

Kevin Corcoran, Ph.D., J.D., is an author who lives on the Oregon coast. He has an academic affiliation, partilias emeritus, with Portland State University School of Social Work.  He has published 15 books and over 130 other things.  He was involved in clinical research and practice from 1973 to 2012, and practiced community and commercial mediation from 1982 to 2012.  He was in the restaurant business, and maintains a struggling consulting firm.  In 2000 and 2004 he filed Form A with the Federal Election Commission and was an official candidate for The Presidency of the United States of America.  He did not win.  He lives at the VanCor Point of View overlooking the pacific ocean just south of the quirky village of Yachats with his current wife and three ornery cats (a black cat named “Snowflake,” a white one named “Blackie” and “Spot”) where he pursues gourmet cooking, portrait painting, bonsai gardening, a random study of history, a bad golf swing, and pampering “The Mrs.” and the cats.

Presentation Description: How to make 6 pounds of great granola in 20 minutes, from "Food for Thought: a two-year kitchen guide for social work students" 2013, Lyceum Books