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43rd Annual Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies Conference Presenters

Keynote Speakers

J. Stuart Ablon, PhD, is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon co-founded the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving where he also served as Co-Director from its inception until 2008. Dr. Ablon is co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was recently ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena. Dr. Ablon’s research has been funded by, amongst others, the National Institute of Health, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute, and the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. Dr. Ablon received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians and consults to schools and treatment programs throughout the world in the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.

Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society. Her workshops also go far beyond the topic of cultural sensitivity and diversity; she provides specialized work in areas of mental health and ecological resilience. Her seminars have been lauded as the most dynamic and inspirational currently being presented on the topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues. Dr. DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, a master’s degree in Social Work, a master’s degree in Psychology, and a PhD in Social Work Research. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Research at Portland State University and is a member of the International faculty for London’s Department of Health.

Dr. Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver’s unique Supervised Injection Site, North America’s only such facility. He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. Gabor is the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree of Law from the University of Northern British Columbia, among other awards. He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism will be published in 2016.

Breakout Session Presenters

Bradley M. Anderson, MD has 24 years of clinical and research experience in Addiction Medicine while serving as Chief of the Department of Addiction Medicine for Kaiser Permanente Northwest.  Dr Anderson is board certified in family medicine and addiction medicine.  He is a graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed residency training in family medicine at Central Maine Medical Center and fellowship training in addiction medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.


Mike Bricker MS, CADC II, LPC is the Adult Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Treatment Program Manager for Lutheran Community Services in Klamath Falls OR.  He specializes in providing trauma-informed care to participants in treatment for methamphetamine and other drugs of abuse, and is the Lead Clinician for the Drug Court Treatment Program. Mike is also a consultant on “dual recovery” from substance use and mental disorders through the STEMSS Institute, and specializes in blending research-based treatment with other Wisdom Traditions. He has trained and supervised counselors in Alaska and Oregon. Mike is a seasoned consultant and trainer who presents regularly at national conferences, and is a member of the NAADAC Speakers’ Bureau. He has been a clinician, consultant and teacher for over 35 years.  

Andrew Cartmill, BS, CPS is a Senior Program Educator with the Addiction Services Program in Washington county, Oregon. He is a certified trainer for the suicide intervention programs Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), as well as Mental Health First Aid. For the past 19 years he has presented to local,  regional, and national audiences about the nature of addiction—including both substance use and problem gambling—with emphasis on the perception of prevalence versus the reality. He regularly presents to area schools, parent groups,  community organizations, government agencies, and many other groups and organizations throughout Washington county.

Erin Fairchild, MSW has worked with communities impacted by trauma and violence for the past 17 years, specializing in childhood exposure to violence. She has comprehensive experience in the grass roots domestic violence movement, child welfare, school and systems engagement, trauma and brain development, healing and resiliency, adverse childhood experiences, trauma informed practice, equity and racial justice, and children’s mental health. She is the proud recipient of the Multnomah Youth Commission Youth Champion Award, and the Multnomah Health Department Public Health Partner Award, among others. In her role as Defending Childhood Initiative Director for Multnomah County, she envisions communities where violence is addressed as a public health issue, where all people are supported to build resiliency and thrive. Ms. Fairchild believes everyone has a role to play in making our communities just, compassionate and loving.

Kate Gigler, MSW has worked in school based and school linked social service programs in Tacoma, WA and Portland, OR for nearly 15 years. In her current role with the Defending Childhood Initiative at Multnomah County, Kate focuses on providing training and technical assistance for K-12 school staff to allow them to better recognize and respond to childhood exposure to violence. She is anchored by her belief in the power of school-based resiliency and protective factors and that all children and youth should have equitable access to the safe adults they need to thrive.


Beth Magee, LPC, CACD I has 7 years of experience working in the counseling field. Ms. Magee is licensed in the state of Oregon as a Chemical Dependency Counselor and a licensed Professional Counselor. She has been working with teens, young adults, adults and families in the Addiction Mediction and Dual Diagnosis field at Kaiser Permanente since 2012. She earned her degree from Portland State University with a specialization in Youth and Families.

Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, CRM, CPS 
is the Past President & Director Emeritus of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. Eric serves as both trainer and consulting supervisor of the 4th Dimension Youth Recovery Club and Peer Support Program.  Eric is an Adjunct Faculty member with the University of Oregon’s SAPP program, and a contract instructor with Oregon’s Child Welfare & Self Sufficiency Divisions. Eric is a state & nationally certified addictions counselor with 32 years of clinical experience in Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization, Residential and Outpatient Addictions Treatment, Recovery Support Services and ATOD Prevention. Eric is an international presenter and recovery advocate, and has served on several Governor’s advisory boards, including the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Programs and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Drugs & Violent Crime. Eric has also produced a number of video’s, including “Reunited” a video designed for methamphetamine addicted mothers entering the child welfare system. Eric has been honored with numerous awards in light of his 30 years of service in Addiction Treatment & Prevention. Most notably, he is the recipient of the Governor’s Council Award of Excellence, presented by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and he is the recipient of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors—National, William F.Callahan Award for Sustained and Meritorious Service at the national level to the profession of addiction counseling, presented in Washington D.C. in 2010. Eric currently serves in a leadership capacity to numerous community boards including; 4th Dimension Recovery Center, New Columbia CREW, Chair of the Miracles Club, Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, Legislative Liaison for the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, and immediate past Co-Chair of the State’s Traditional Health Worker Commission.

Tash Shatz has over 10 years of experience in training, technical assistance, organizational development, and capacity building with nonprofit and public sector agencies. From working on high level healthcare policy changes to providing case management for LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, Tash’s career has focused on better serving marginalized communities. As Assertive Engagement Initiative Director with the Youth and Family Services Division of the Multnomah County Department of County Human Services, Tash works to support a cohesive client-centered approach in all programs of the Youth and Family Services Division and beyond.

Douglas Querin, JD, LPC, CADC I is a former Oregon trial lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for over 25 years. He currently works as an Attorney Counselor for the Oregon State Bar’s Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP), working with lawyers, judges, and law students to address alcohol, drug and other behavioral health issues. Doug is also an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University and George Fox University and frequently conducts ethics workshops and seminars at conferences and programs for professional associations, graduate schools, and mental health and addiction treatment facilities. He recently served on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (2013-16) and currently sits on the Board of the Oregon Counseling Association and serves as the Chair of its Ethics Committee.