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Counseling Psychology Alumni Gathering: What’s New in Mental Health? Emerging Resources and Opportunities

Date: 9:00am PST February 18, 2017

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We invite alumnae of Lewis & Clark Graduate School’s Counseling and Psychology programs for a breakfast and free workshop (including 2 CEUs). The workshop theme is What’s New in Mental Health? Emerging Resources and Opportunities.

We are excited to provide this opportunity for our program graduates to reconnect with cohort members, faculty, and other alumni friends (old and new), as well as a chance to explore the issues and challenges that clinicians are currently facing.

The workshop is designed to benefit alumnae from the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy and Professional Mental Health Counseling and Professional Mental Health Counseling Addictions Specialization programs.

Because our alumnae are in all stages of their professional careers, the presentation aims to provide something for everyone. Panelists will share their professional experience and information on emerging resources and opportunities within the field of mental health. See below for information about our panelists.

Presentation by and discussion with panelists and fellow attendees will explore the following:

  • Changes in access to behavioral health treatment that impact some of the Portland’s most vulnerable residents (e.g., managed care, behavioral health integration)
  • New programs for people living with severe and persistent mental illness and their familis in the Portland area
  • Systemic factors such as poverty and discrimination which impact help-seeking behaviors for families of veterans, first-generation college students and people who identify with ethnic minority groups
  • How local agencies and organizations are working to increase equity of opportunity for people seeking medical and/or mental health services
  • How to apply principles of intercultural communication in academic and clinical settings to address stigma and reduce barriers to care
  • Resources for veterans, people of transgender experience, and young people who are homeless
  • Where and how counselor and therapist trainees and professionals can get involved in advocacy and direct action as consultants, educators, and/or community leaders

Event Details & RSVP

Date & Time: Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
9 a.m. - Breakfast and social time
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Workshop/Panel Discussion
Presentation includes 2 CEUs.

Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

**Registration for this event is currently full. With questions or to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Center for Community Engagement at**

Panelists Include

Casey Curry, Outreach Coordinator, Returning Veterans Project, and Oregon Army National Guard Veteran
Casey is currently working toward her MA in Psychology with a specialization in Military Psychology at Adler University. She holds an AAS in Project Management, an AGS in Business, and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Communication, Conflict Resolution, & Psychology. She has worked in the field of veterans’ services since 2008. She is from a military family - her father served in WWII and was stationed at Pearl Harbor and was there the day of the Japanese attack and her mother served in the US Navy during the Cuba Missile Crisis. Casey retired from the Oregon Army National Guard in 2007 after 26 years of service, including a yearlong deployment at Camp Phoenix in Kabul Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom. During her time in the Guard she worked as a Combat Medic, Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, Communications, Supply, Ammunitions Specialist and Combat Drivers Trainer.

Cheryl Forster, PsyD, Therapist, Supervisor, Coordinator of Diversity and Psychology Doctoral Internship Program, Portland State University’s Center for Student Health and Counseling
As a psychologist and an Asian-American woman, Cheryl Forster brings a strong and unique set of skills to her work as a professional trainer and intercultural coach. Since 2004, she has worked at Portland State University’s Center for Student Health and Counseling, where she is a therapist, supervisor, and the Coordinator of Diversity and the Psychology Internship. She was an Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies’ (ACCTA) Diversity Scholar and is a contributing author in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015). Cheryl graduated from Tufts University with her master’s in applied developmental psychology, and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University.

Greg Miller, MD, MBA Chief Medical Officer, Unity Center for Behavioral Health
Greg Miller is chief medical officer of Unity Center for Behavioral Health. Dr. Miller is a member of the faculty in the OHSU Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Miller comes to Unity Center from the State of New York Office of Mental Health, where he served as medical director for adult services. He was also clinical associate professor at the University of Vermont School of Medicine. After practicing as a psychiatric nurse for four years, Dr. Miller received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1986. After an internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he completed his residency in psychiatry at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical School. Prior to working at the New York Office of Mental Health, Dr. Miller was the Vice President of Medical Affairs at The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Vermont.  Dr. Miller specializes in administrative and clinical services for people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI).  He brings a systems focus to administrative leadership.

April Woods, Housing Program Manger, Outside In
April Woods has been a member of the NWIAS Board since 2015. She has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of addiction recovery, and affordable housing. She has worked with treatment providers, insurance companies, government agencies, hospitals, schools, housing providers and employment partners. While serving as the Director of Supportive Housing at Central City Concern (CCC), April was focused on building strong community partnerships and creating access to housing. She has a proven track record of refining processes to remove housing barriers for working families and low income single adults, individuals with addiction, mental health along with other populations dealing with issues of access. In addition to developing innovative, culturally specific programs and developing housing to support those who more often experience housing discrimination. In her tenure at CCC and in conjunction with the Director of Special Need Housing for the Office Housing and Urban Development (HUD), April served on a panel that created evidence-based practice guidance for Continuums of Care operating transitional housing funded by HUD nationwide. April holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from Portland State University and is currently at the helm of Outside In’s on-site housing program.