Community Events & Trainings

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Community Events and Trainings


June 2020


The Future is Here: Reflections from the PSU Futures Collaboratory

A webinar series that explores what the “new normal” of university life in a COVID-19 world might look like for PSU. 

On March 17, 2020, the operations of the Portland State campus changed overnight, with faculty forced to teach their classes remotely and all but essential faculty, staff and students sent to do their teaching, learning, research and support work from home. As the ever-changing “new normal” of a COVID-19 impacted world continues to evolve, big questions remain about how higher education — and PSU specifically — will thrive, not just survive. What before might have been considered “future” directions for the university have become ways we’re navigating the present together.

Join the Portland State University Futures Collaboratory for a glimpse of what this “new normal” might look like. This cross-campus and cross-discipline collaboratory of PSU faculty, staff and student fellows convened in the fall of 2019 to provide recommendations to Interim President Steve Percy this spring about ways PSU could become more “future facing.” The timing of our work, in retrospect, couldn’t be better, as we now have some frameworks and ideas about PSU’s future to share with President Percy and our broader PSU community.

Join us for a series of webinars on three consecutive Fridays at noon to explore some perspectives on how PSU can embrace and strengthen its “present” future. Sessions are open to PSU faculty, staff, students and community partners.

May 29, 2020 - 12 noon - 12:45 - A crash course in futures thinking and practice

This session will describe what "futures thinking and practice" is all about and describe what the collaboratory has done this year to increase our individual and campus-wide "foresightfulness."

June 5, 2020 - 12 noon - 12:45 - Looking ahead to PSU's future now 

This session will demonstrate one of the tools in a foresight toolkit - use of scenarios.  We'll share some "brain stretching" scenarios we developed about PSU's possible futures, and show how we use them to increase our collective imagination, agility and intelligence.  This session will also include our initial recommendations about PSU's future to President Percy and have time for dialogue with the audience about their views on the future at PSU.

June 12, 2020 - 12 noon - 12:45 - Race to the future:  Reimagining the default settings of technology and society with Dr. Ruha Benjamin.   Our final session will explore the powerful intersections of technology and race - and what we need to be thinking about and doing to interrupt a new generation of oppression and injustice. 

Follow the link for more information. 


Certificate in Therapeutic Life Story Work with Richard Rose - Part 2


Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC) and international Life Story Work expert Richard Rose (AAP,
MBA, BPhil, PGSWE, PQCCA, CQSW) of Child Trauma Intervention Services in the UK are thrilled to debut the first
and only U.S. based Certificate in Therapeutic Life Story Work beginning in 2019. This certificate is currently only
available in Australia and the UK! In this six full day intensive series, attendees will train with Richard Rose to gain an in-depth understanding of therapeutic life story work practice, and its incredible healing potential for children or adults who have experienced trauma or hardships that impact their ability to grasp a cohesive life narrative. Master’s Level professionals, educators, therapists, caseworkers, clinicians, CASAs, foster and adoptive parents, and those with extensive lived or professional experience are encouraged to apply.


  • Monday, June 8, 2020 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


6443 SW Beavertone Hillsdale Highway

Suite 205, Portland OR, 97221

COST: $1,250 and includes

  • 6 full days of training with complimentary CEU's
  • A copy of Richard's book
  • Awarding of the specialty certificate
  • All attendees who complete the series will be entered into a directory of Therapeutic Life Story Work Certificate holders

Note: Payment plans available and group discount for 5 or more.

If interested, please email ORPARC at

For more details, follow this link to their website