Community Events & Trainings

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Community Events and Trainings

September 2018


Diversity Career Fair - OHSU

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 // 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Robertson Life Sciences Building 
Address: 2730 SW Moody Ave. Porltand, Oregon 

Promising Interventions to Empower the Future of our Children

Saturday November 3rd, 2018 // 8:15 a.m. - 5:25 p.m.

  • Featuring Dr. Alma Trinidad
  • Register for $99 by November 1st, 2018

More information about the event and registration here.

August  2018


Deepening the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing: Practicing Empathy

Wednesday September 26th, 2018 // 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. 

- Featuring Stephanie Wahab, PhD
- New Song Community Center
- Cost $60 (Includes 3 CEUs)
- Register here

Purpose: Whether you are practicing motivational interviewing or not, establishing a strong rapport with the people you work with is key to being an effective helper. Behavioral research has consistently demonstrated that the relationship with clients is as, if not more important than the modality or intervention. This training will focus on growing the spirit of compassion, acceptance, partnership and evocation in your practice.

Walking While Black Movie Screening - Warner Pacific University

Friday September 7, 2018 // 6:30-9:00 p.m.

- McGuire Auditorium at Warner Pacific University
- Free to attend but registration is encouraged to reserve your seat

A.J. Ali is a Filmmaker, Actor & Writer living in Santa Monica, California. His award-winning documentary film, WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer, is improving relations between police and people of color. After the screening, AJ will host a one hour workshop to dialog about the film.

This event is presented in partnership with Summit Golf Foundation’s Roll the Rock Challenge and Eagle Landing Golf Course.

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Trauma Informed in Education - Health Equity Partners 

Strategies and tools for building resiliency:
Interactive Excersises, Idea exchange and networking opportunity, workshop intensive for local educators,  and training content to share with your school!
Friday September 21st, 2018 9am - 4pm @Taborspace, Portland OR. 
General Admission: $100
Group Discount: $80 for groups of 4 or more
Tickets are available on Eventbrite and at the Door
Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks will be provided! 
Mindful Supervision: Trauma-Informed Tools and Practices

November 5th (Portland)

Most practitioners seeking supervision or consultation have significant exposure to the trauma stories of their clients. Integrating mindful habits into the supervisory relationship activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which both calms the agitated brain and buffers against vicarious trauma. Mindful supervision enhances creativity and critical thinking, unblocks learning, increases intentional use of the supervisory relationship, and enhances whole body wisdom essential to trauma-informed care and healing.

The workshop also introduces a new model for clinical case consultation that integrates mindful practices and intentional use of the supervisory relationship.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

1. Update their beliefs about clinical supervision with key ideas from the field of interpersonal neurobiology;

2. Understand the ways toxic stress and vicarious trauma can block learning and professional growth;

3. Practice mindful strategies that reduce stress and vicarious trauma and facilitate learning; and

4. Witness an innovative model of clinical case consultation that emphasizes mindful presence and creativity.

5. Clinical supervisors must complete 6 credit hours every 5 years in supervision coursework. This day-long workshop, approved through National Association of Social Workers, satisfies that requirement.

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Rethinking Use of Self: Lessons from the Field of Interpersonal Neurobiology

October 30th (Bend)

Emerging ideas from the field of trauma and interpersonal neurobiology provide another lens for practitioners to consider–perhaps even re-think–their boundaries, their use of personal stories, and the vital relevance of a personal wellness strategy. 

What is the link between self-knowledge and self-compassion? How do you model this to the people you help?

By the end of this workshop, using a combination of personal reflection and dialogue, participants will:

1. Review the current wisdom about the use of self within the helping relationship;

2. Apply emerging knowledge about trauma and interpersonal neurobiology to their understanding of boundaries and self-disclosure;

3. Explore the intentional use of self, both autobiographical story and body memory, to identify and neutralize threats related to power differences, mitigate anxiety and uncertainty, and enhance the human experience within the helpingrelationship; and

4. Use implicit and body memory as a guide to the client’s inner experience as well as to their own self-knowledge and self-care.

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Sustaining Trauma-Informed Teams: Tools to Create a Mindful Culture

October 29th (Bend)

This workshop introduces concrete team-building tools and practices. Current research in trauma and interpersonal neurobiology yields important lessons about how teams can cope effectively, including: improving the capacity for self-regulation, both individually and collectively; interrupting interpersonal reactivity and reframing negative thought patterns such as blaming and scapegoating; and building authentic, trusting, fun connections.

By the end of the day, participants will:

1. Understand the ways toxic stress interferes with team functioning;

2. Describe how mirror resonance systems operate within groups;

3. Explore the benefits and hazards of the social brain and tribalism, including how to cultivate teams that maximize inclusion and minimize othering;

4. Recognize and neutralize interpersonal threats that undermine a trauma-informed team;

5. Practice specific, concrete activities, based on recent neuroscience, to increase team cohesion, well-being, and social harmony (including having fun!).

This day-long workshop, “Sustaining Trauma-informed Teams: Tools to Create a Mindful Culture,” has been approved for 6 CEUs through the National Association of Social Workers.

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Clinical Ethics: Professional Boundaries and Intercultural Awareness

September 20th (Eugene) and December 6th (Portland)

Approved through National Association of Social Workers to satisfy the mandatory requirement for six-hours of continuing education in ethics, this workshop creates a reflective forum for professionals to identify, deconstruct, and address ethical dilemmas that emerge in human services practice with diverse clients.  The workshop reviews the distinction between values, both cultural and personal, and clinical ethics, and introduces a collaborative model for applying critical thinking to the resolution of common and not-so-common dilemmas.

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