Community Events & Trainings

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Community Events and Trainings


February 2019

Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference

When: February 8, 2019

Where: Doubletree Hotel, Portland, OR

The Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference is for attorneys and law enforcement, public and private clinicians; healthcare administrators; students of the law, social work, psychology and psychiatry; policy designers and elected officials; and businesses and individuals involved with the care and welfare of people with mental illness.

The Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference brings together dozens of expert speakers with legal, clinical, and lived experience to discuss the confluence of law and mental illness. The event is produced annually as a program of the Mental Health Association of Portland, and was held in 2000, 2017 and 2018.

The conference offers continuing education credit for clinicians through the National Association of Social Workers of Oregon, for attorneys through the Oregon State Bar Association, and for law enforcement through the Oregon State Department of Public Safety Standards And Training. Additional online CEUs from the 2018 NW Law & Mental Health Conference are available now.

To register or learn more about this event, click here.

Al Forthan Scholarship Training - Disarming Despair: Supporting Those Who Grieve

When: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at New Song Community Center
Where: 220 NE Russell St. Portland, OR 97212
Cost: $60 - Includes three CEUs from ACCBO. Refreshments provided

This training will provide an overview of loss and grief and describe the process of recovery for those who grieve. Examples of loss throughout the lifespan, including losses specific to trauma, illness, and other life changes  will be provided. Interventions to aid in the recovery from loss will be described. Participants will be given an opportunity to explore loss more deeply and consider what helps and/or hinders in recovery. How to recognize complicated grief will also be discussed. 

VOA employees please ask your supervisor and have them email arice@voaor.orgto register you. If you work in the InAct Building you will sign up with Erna Walter.

To register online, or learn more about this training event, click here. 

Ethics Training with Libby Timmons - Portland, OR

When: Friday February 8th, 2019 12pm-5pm

Where: Serenity Lane Health Services, Inc. 10920 SW Barbur Blvd Portland, OR 97219

Cost: Members $30.00 Students $30.00 Non-members $40.00

We are very fortunate to have Libby Timmons, LISAC, CEAP, and this year’s EAPA president to lead our annual ethics training. In order to have full advantage of Ms. Timmons expertise and time, our training this year will be four hours and will be held at Serenity Lane Outpatient treatment program from 12-5PM. Ms. Timmons will begin with a detailed review of the foundational moral principles upon which ethics rest. She will then provide information about ethics and the therapeutic alliance, a twist on ethical EAP practice that we have not addressed for many years. The presentation will close with a discussion about boundaries and dual relationships which can be more challenging and complicated than in non-EAP clinical practice.

Please join us on February 8 for this expanded and thought provoking EAP ethics lunch and learn workshop at Serenity Lane outpatient program in Portland. And earn 4 ethics education hours (PDH).

Presenter: Libby Timmons, LISAC, CEAP, SAP, is president of EAPA and she is the past president of the Southern Arizona Employee Assistance Association, and past chair of the EACC. Ms. Timmons is an EAP/Union Specialist for Elements Behavioral Health and has a private practice in Tucson, Arizona.

January 2019

Social Impact Career & Volunteer Fair

This event brings 80+ nonprofit organizations and community partners to campus to recruit for volunteers, interns and career professionals. Participating organizations represent healthcare, education, local & International policy, the arts and more.

When: Wednesday, January 23rd from 11am-3pm.

Where: SMSU Ballroom.

To take a look at the Advising & Career Services calendar, click here.

Certificate in Theraputic Life Story Work - ORPARC

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center and international Life Story Work expert Richard Rose of Child Trauma intervention Services in the UK are thrilled to debut the first and only U.S. based certificate in Theraputic Life Story Work beginning in 2019. This certificate is currently only available in Australia and the UK!

When: Part 1: January 10th-12, 2019 from 9am-5pm.
           Part 2: June 6th-8th, 2019 from 9am-5pm. 
Where: ORPARC 2950 SE Stark St. Suite 130 Portland, OR
Cost: $1,250
*Cost includes 6 full days of training with CEU's, a copy of Richard's book, and awarding of the specialty Certificate

Spots are limited to 20 participants

Click here more information and registration.


Free Class for Parents & Caregivers - NAMI Basics Class

Meets Thursday evenings from 6pm - 8:30pm at Emanuel Hospital in North Portland beginning January 17th

A free, 6-week course for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental health challenges

Topics include, but not limited to:

*   Trauma of mental illness for the child & family

*   Biology and research on medical aspects of mental illness 

*   Support on getting an accurate diagnosis

*   Overview of treatment options

*   Overview of the systems involved in caring for children & teens

*   Self-care for caregivers

To learn more and register, please call (503) 288-5692


Trauma Informed Supervision Training

Thursday January 17, 2019 // 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: PCC Cascade Student Union, Room 203/204

Tickets: $75

Providing direct services to vulnerable people is exhausting and rewarding work. Many of us come to it because of the ways the mission of our organization has impacted us personally, and all of us have a desire to improve the lives and honor the strengths of those who need our services. Because of the intense connection individual employees bring to their direct service, supervision that is trauma informed and focused on trust and kindness is essential to creating healthy work environments. Supervision should support employees so that they provide exceptional direct service, thereby helping an organization achieve its mission.

In this training, we’ll explore ways that supervisors can contribute to creating healthy workplaces while supporting their co-workers. They’ll be discussed in the context of our diverse organizations; many of which are collaborative, social justice based, and also hierarchical. We’ll focus on both theories of practice as well as tools such as providing direct feedback, evaluations, and addressing work performance issues. Those who are already supervisors or who are working towards becoming supervisors are encouraged to attend.

For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, click here.


The Psychobiology of Systemic Oppression

Friday, January 11, 2019 // 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Multnomah Friends Meetinghouse (4312 SE Stark)

Registration: - $160 before January 7th          -$180 after January 7th

Join Anne Phillips for a rich day of learning about systematic oppression and the Autonomic Nervous System.
Anne will bring the lens of Dr. Leticia Nieto’s anti-oppression curriculum Beyond Inclusion Beyond Empowerment as well as Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory to explore the ways that inequity, injustice and privilege relate to somatic shaping and behavior and belief structures. This workshop will include guided movement process, small group and dyadic interaction, imagery and concrete skill building meant specifically for healing practitioners to apply to our own and our clients’ accountability, liberation and healing work.

For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, click here.