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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 the SSW Front Office at

Culturally Informed Care with the Latino Community

Featuring: Shahana Koslofsky, PhD and Ruth Zúñiga PhD

 When: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, 8:30am-12:00pm (registration starts at 8:00)

Where: New Song Community Church, 220 NE Russell St. Portland, OR 97212

  • In the Community Center set behind the church on Russell

Cost: $60 ($30 for students) - Includes 3 CEUs from ACCBO. Refreshments provided. 


 This training is designed to prepare participants to provide culturally informed care to the immigrant Latino community. Topics addressed will include immigration, acculturation, trauma, strategies for working with undocumented individuals, and clinical cultural adaptations for Latina/o immigrants. Participants will leave this training with an increased ability to integrate culturally relevant strategies into their clinical work and enhance treatment effectiveness when working with Latina/o community members.

Shahana Koslofsky, PhD

Dr. Koslofsky is a bilingual (English/Spanish) psychologist with an independent practice in Beaverton and a faculty position in the School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University. Dr. Koslofsky has maintained an independent practice since 2005 and has been working with the immigrant Latino community in California and Oregon for all of that time. In her university position, Dr. Koslofsky is an assistant professor and associate director of Sabiduría: the Latino psychology emphasis of the School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University. Dr. Koslofsky has delivered national presentations and published articles on Latino Psychology, diversity, and interprofessional education. She is currently President of the Oregon Psychological Association.

Ruth Zúñiga PhD

Dr. Zúñiga is a Latina psychologist originally from Costa Rica. She is an assistant professor, clinical supervisor and the director of Sabiduría: the Latino psychology emphasis of the School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University. She is well involved in the Latino community personally and professionally. Her research and practice has focused on integrated health care, diabetes management, cross-cultural issues, rural and Latino psychology. Dr. Zúñiga has been teaching in the subject of Latino mental health for over seven years and has been providing services to Latinos for over 10 years in the areas of immigration, trauma, acculturative stress, chronic disease management and overall mental health concerns.

 Click the following link to register: Registration link

Addressing Perfectionism Across Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Learning to Live by Values Instead of by Rules
May 23, 2017 | 12 to 1 pm ET 

Featuring: Lynne Siqueland, PhD

  • Psychologist at the Children's Center for OCD and Anxiety. Specializing in treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents for over 20 years

 Fortunately, CBT has much to offer perfectionistic youth.  In this webinar, Dr. Lynne Siqueland (based on the Master Clinician workshop presented at Anxiety and Depression Conference 2017 with Dr. Deborah Ledley) will share strategies for working with this challenging population.  Children and teens with very high standards and expectations for themselves often do not want or are fearful of challenging their thinking or changing their behavior. Furthermore, high standards tend to be positively reinforced by families, schools, and society. With this in mind, this webinar will discuss ways to build rapport and engage this challenging population in treatment.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Engage children and adolescents in motivation for treatment by understanding personal and societal pros and cons of perfectionism.
  • Apply cognitive interventions, exposure exercises, and behavioral experiments to challenge beliefs about the value of perfectionistic standards with youth across a broad age-range.
  • Identify the ways in which families and schools can become collaborators in addressing perfectionism

Presentation level: Intermediate/Advanced

To register, click the following link:


Murderers, Pedophiles, & Other Harm Concerns: Living with Possibilities
May 12, 2017 | 12 noon - 1:30 pm ET

Featuring: Jonathan Grayson, PhD  

  • Licensed Psychologist 
  • Director, Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety & OCD
  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California

This webinar will focus on the many different types of harm OCD, from hit and run to preventing potential accidents to fears of actively harming/molesting others. For each manifestation, the rationale/reasons to risk treatment will be discussed. This will be followed by designing treatment for the different types of harm OCD. This will not only include descriptions of ERP protocols, but how to develop therapeutic scripts to accompany exposure and when and how to incorporate ACT components into treatment.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe a minimum of three different manifestations of harm OCD that differ in the intentionality and responsibility experienced by the sufferer.
  2. Convince sufferers from harm OCD to risk and cope with the possibility of their worst fears coming true.
  3. Design and implement an ERP protocol for different forms of harm OCD

Presentation level: Intermediate/Advanced.  This webinar is eligible for 1.5 CEs.

Click the following link to register:


Strategies for Delivering AFFIRMative Cognitive Behavior Therapy to LGBTQ+ Youth 
May 10, 2017 | 12 to 1 pm ET 

Featuring: Shelley L. Craig, PhD, RSW, LCSW

  • Associate Dean Academic at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto

Featuring: Ashley Austin, PhD, LCSW

  • Associate Professor of Social Work, Barry University, Miami, Florida

This webinar will focus on AFFIRM, a LGBTQ+ youth-specific version of Cognitive Behavior Therapy that has been adapted to ensure (a) an affirming stance toward LGBTQ+ identities, (b) recognition and awareness of LGBTQ+-specific sources of stress, and (c) the delivery of CBT content within an affirming, developmentally relevant and trauma-informed framework.  AFFIRM helps clients to identify and challenge internalized stigma and negative core beliefs in a safe and supportive clinical context. Participants will be introduced to the skills associated with several core components of AFFIRM including Case Conceptualization, Psychoeducation, Modifying Thinking, and Behavioral Activation, LGBTQ+ youth learn to counter stress, develop support, and engage in healthy coping. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Assess the role and impact of homo/transphobic stigma, bullying, and discrimination on LGBTQ+ youths' presenting mental health concerns.
  • Articulate an affirmative stance toward LGBTQ+ diversity among youth
  • Develop skills associated with effectively implementing CBT strategies within an affirmative context which challenges external and internal stigma, and attends to LGBTQ+ youths' specific needs.

Presentation level: Intermediate/Advanced.

Click the following link to register:


Apps for Therapy, Therapists, and Self-Help: A Refresher
April 26, 2017 | 12 to 1 pm E

Featuring: Simon Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT  

  • Chief Psychologist, Director of Psychology Training, and Director of the CBT Training Program, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Founding
  • Clinical Fellow, Anxiety and Depression Association of America

The aim of this webinar is to provide a refresher on the use of apps in clinical practice, first by giving an update on the adoption and use of apps, then by reviewing the risks and benefits associated with using apps in clinical practice, and finally, by highlighting some of the most popular mental health apps. Despite the numerous advances that have been made in the field, many experts (e.g., Kazdin & Blase, 2011) believe that mental health professionals are not likely to reduce the prevalence, incidence, and burden of mental illness without a major shift in intervention research and clinical practice.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Provide an update on the adoption and use of apps
  2. Review the risks and benefits associated with using apps in clinical practice
  3. Highlight some of the most popular mental health apps

Presentation level: Introductory.

Click the following link to register:

Graduate School Focused Events, Offered by PSU Advising and Career Services

All workshops located at 402 University Services Building

Should I Go to Graduate School?

Tuesday, April 18 from 10:30am - 12:00pm

Wednesday, May 10 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm


Personal Statement Session

Monday, April 17 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm

CVs for Graduate School

Monday, April 24 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Tuesday, May 16 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm


Kaplan Test Taking Strategies for GRE/GMAT (FREE test prep!)

Tuesday, April 18 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm 

Thursday, May 18 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Kaplan Test Taking Strategies for LSAT (FREE test prep!)
Thursday, May 11 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Navigating the Graduate School Interview

Friday, April 28 from 11:30am - 12:30pm

Thursday, May 18 from 10:00am - 11:00am


Announcing Yoga Conservatory!

Join us for a 200-hr registered Yoga Teacher Training program, supported by some of the best teachers at Yoga Refuge and beyond. It's an innovative program that examines the intersection of Creative Process, Self-Inquiry and Social Justice with Yoga. This is a program with depth, intimacy, magic and intellect. This is a program that will develop the type of thoughtful, artful, soulful yoga facilitators, and will help to inform and support artists, therapists, healers and other professionals in applying the power of yoga to their work in the world. We're offering a weekend intensive that will be part of the year long program and open for general registration that will cover Ethics in healing practice, everyday addiction care, Trauma Informed Care, and supporting emotional intensity through yoga with CEUs.

Date and Time: Full Teacher Training Dates: 11/4/16-6/4/17

Email if you have any questions and RSVP on Facebook Event Page.