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40th Annual Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies Conference Presenters

Plenary Speakers

Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; clinical psychologist at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System; and psychologist at McLean Hospital. She is author of the books Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse (2002) and A Woman’s Addiction Workbook (New Haringer Press; 2002), as well as over 125 professional publications. In 1997 she was recipient of the Chaim Danieli Young Professional Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; in 1998 the Early Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research; and in 2004 the Emerging Leadership Award of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Women; and in 2009 the Betty Ford Award of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. Dr. Najavits has received a variety of National Institutes of Health research grants, including an independent scientist career award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association; board certified in behavioral therapy; a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts; a psychotherapy supervisor; and conducts a psychotherapy practice. Her major clinical and research interests include: trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder; substance abuse; and psychotherapy outcome research.

David Mee-Lee, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Based in Davis, California, he trains and consults both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Mee-Lee is Chief Editor of The ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Criteria and is Senior Vice President of The Change Companies. Dr. Mee-Lee has over thirty years experience in person centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions. 

Devarshi Bajpai, CADC-III, M.B.A., is the Addiction Services Manager for Multnomah County, Oregon. He was the Grant Program Manager for the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission from 2005-2012. He has served on numerous boards and commissions including the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals, the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, the Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Northwest Institute of Addiction Studies. He received his Masters of Business Administration from George Fox University in Newberg, OR and a Bachelors of Science in Human Development from Warner Pacific College in Portland.

Breakout Session Speakers

Lisa Aasheim, Ph.D., LPC, LMHC (WA), ACS Associate Professor, is the Coordinator of the School Counseling Program and the Director of the Community Counseling Training Clinic at Portland State University. She specializes in clinical supervision and counselor development, focusing most significantly on bridging the gap between counselor training and professional practice. She is the author of the book, Practical Clinical Supervision for Counselors: An Experiential Guide (Springer Publishing) and provides trainings and consultation to supervisors around the United States. Currently, Dr. Aasheim teaches Master’s, Doctoral, and post-Graduate level courses focusing on Clinical Supervision, Addictions Counseling, and Counselor Education. She also provides professional-level trainings for counselors, social workers, and helping professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest in topics such as Motivational Interviewing, The Therapeutic Alliance, Agency Dynamics, and Relational Change Strategies in Agency Work.

Rick Berman, M.A., LPC, CADC III, CGAC II specializes in integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders. He has been training and supervising addictions and mental health counselors for 20 years and in recent years his work has focused more specifically on problem gambling. He has made presentations at national problem gambling conferences in Canada and the United States. Currently he is coordinator of Lewis & Clark Problem Gambling Services at Lewis & Clark College, where he is a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and is an instructor for the Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification Courses co-sponsored by Problem Gambling Services of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, and the Professional Mental Health Counseling–Addictions Program at Lewis & Clark.

Eddie Black, B.S., is a co-facilitator for the CADRE Program, which is a veteran PTSD domestic violence batterer intervention program based out of Oregon City.  He is also an infantry instructor as part of his reserve duties with the Oregon National Guard.  After working with the Reintegration Team where he helped veterans transition from deployment to life after deployment, Eddie moved to the Resiliency Program with the Oregon National Guard where he is a Master Resiliency Trainer.  Eddie served in the Marine Corps for five years, and has been with the Oregon National Guard for eight years.

Douglas Braun-Harvey, M.F.T., CGP, CST promotes improvement of treatment outcomes through the integration of sexual health principles and interventions within a wide array of health care services such as drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, reproductive health services, sexual trauma and child maltreatment interventions. Author of Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual (2011) and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual (2009); and is currently co-writing “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior” to be published by Springer Publishing Company in 2014. In 2013 he co-founded The Harvey Institute: improving health care outcomes through the integration of sexual health. For over twenty years he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). He teaches and trains nationally and internationally and has a private practice in San Diego, California. Learn more at

Debbie Cairns, M.A., LPC has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked in the fields of Mental Health and Addictions treatment for more than 25 years. Debbie has a passion for training clinicians, which she has frequently incorporated into her work. Using her skills as a teacher, mental health therapist and supervisor, she brings a special combination of insights to her trainings. She has developed specific trainings around this subject. Debbie believes that all people are capable of change, and although the choice to change is up to the individual, helpers can influence this change by the choices of skills they employ. 

Mark Douglass, LPC, NCGC-II/BACC, CADC I graduated from Lewis & Clark Graduate School in 2008. He has worked for the past five years for LifeWorks Northwest in adult outpatient services, primarily in treatment for problem gambling, and is currently on contract as a mental and behavioral health evaluator with the Multnomah county Department of Community Justice. He currently teaches addiction studies classes at the Lewis and Clark Graduate School, and co-teaches the pre-certification course for problem gambling treatment. 

Jessi Frothingham, LMFT has been working with family members that have a loved one abusing substances for years, running family programs at two different treatment centers, training clinicians, and consulting with agencies. As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and certified CRAFT therapist, Jessi’s passion is in helping families to stay in their relationships in a healthier way. She is in private practice in Portland, Oregon and is an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark College. 

Ron Jackson, M.S.W., LICSW has been a clinician administrator, educator, researcher and consultant in the filed of addiction treatment since 1972. He recently retired after 33 years as the Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS), a private non-profit agency that provided outpatient opioid addiction treatment services to more than 1500 patients in clinics in Seattle and Olympia, Mr. Jackson has been an Investigator on many research projects conducted over the past decade on treatment, motivational enhancement, and acupuncture interventions for opiate dependent individuals, persons addicted to cocaine, and marijuana dependent individuals.  He was most recently a Co-Principal Investigator for the Washington Node of NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network and is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work where he has designed and taught graduate courses on addiction for the past 23 years. Mr. Jackson is the recipient of many awards for both teaching and research, including the Nyswander-Dole Award in 2003 by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence. 

Jason Luoma, Ph.D. is Director of the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center in Portland, Oregon, a unique research and training clinic where all profits go to fund scientific research. In addition to directing the center and conducting research, he maintains a clinical practice focused on helping people who suffer from chronic shame, self-criticism, and low self-esteem. Dr. Luoma has been studying ACT for about 15 years and spent four years at the University of Nevada, Reno studying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with its creator, Dr. Steven Hayes. Dr. Luoma is an internationally recognized trainer in ACT, former chair of the ACT Training Committee, and president-elect of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He is author of over 30 chapters and articles and is lead author on Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, one of the best-selling ACT books for therapists. He has conducted research on interventions for shame and stigma for over a decade including two published outcome studies on an ACT approach to shame and self-stigma in addiction.

Laura Martin, LCSW has been a social worker since 1993. Working in community mental health, she started a DBT program in Columbia County, OR. She was trained by the UMass Medical Center for Mindfulness to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and teaches other Mindfulness classes for Depression, for financial awareness, and has a private counseling practice here in Portland. Her own meditation practice is in the Zen tradition. 

Bonny McCormick, LPC, NCC, CADC I specializes in treating veterans with military PTSD and Substance Dependence disorders. She is certified in evidence-based treatment protocols, specifically, Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Bonny brings an Interpersonal Neurobiology perspective into her clinical practice to enhance insight into the mind/body connection. She frequently provides training on PTSD and related clinical issues for law enforcement personnel as well as community mental health clinicians.

Dennis L. Morrow, M.A.Ed., M.B.A. has been the Executive Director of Janus Youth Programs, Inc. since 1980. Dennis is also a management consultant working with both nonprofit and for-profit businesses, and he serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Portland State University (Institute for Nonprofit Management) and an Instructor at Portland Community College (Alcohol and Drug Counselor Education). He has provided training and workshops for over 25,000 people and hundreds of businesses/organizations ranging from small nonprofits to some of the largest accounting firms in the world. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Dennis has also developed counselor and parent training programs for over 30 years including: Basic Counseling Skills; Advanced Counseling Skills; Parents-in-Charge; Adult Odyssey (impact of race and gender on the therapeutic relationship); Relationships and Addiction; Men and Addiction; and Boys Will Be Men: Gender Specific Treatment for Boys. He recently (2012) released The MaleBox: A Journey into a Deeper Understanding of Boys and Men, a DVD designed for use in training counselors/teachers/mentors working with males as well as a Gender-Specific Group Curriculum for working with teenage boys and adult males. 

John Porter, M.S. is the owner of PEGASUS training and consulting.  He has worked in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands for the past 15 years teaching and training as a technology transfer specialist for the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Oregon Health Sciences University. John has over 25 years of experience in addictions treatment, counseling, supervision as well as college and university teaching. He was the Director of two FIPSE grants, the last at the University of California, Davis, where he created a peer counseling program for athletes. John sat on the panel which developed TIP 52, “Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor”.  In addition, John has written the training manuals for the Clinical Supervision model developed by the NATTC as well as CBT parts I and II. He collaborated on the revised edition of the Rubrics which was published in 2011 to accompany the TAP 21. John holds a Masters’ Degree from Texas A & M University and spends his leisure time traveling especially in Latin American countries. His second home in Costa Rica provides a perfect backdrop for his photography hobby.

Douglas S. Querin, J.D., LPC, CADC I is a former Oregon trial lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for over 25 years He is currently employed as an Attorney Counselor for the Oregon State Bar in its Oregon Attorney Assistance Program. He is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University and George Fox University and also serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Oregon Counseling Association. He was appointed in 2013 by Gov. Kitzhaber to serve on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. Mr. Querin is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, graduate schools, and mental health organizations, presenting on professional, ethical, and mental health related topics.