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41st Annual Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies Conference Presenters

Keynote Speakers

Gabor Maté M.D. is a physician and best-selling author whose books have been published in twenty languages internationally. His interests include child development, the mind-body unity in health and illness, and the treatment of addictions. Gabor has worked in palliative care and as a family physician, and for fourteen years practiced addiction medicine in Vancouver Canada’s Downtown Eastside. As a speaker he regularly addresses professional and lay audiences throughout North America. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including a Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumnus Award and an honourary degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. His most recent book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won the Hubert Evans Prize for literary nonfiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Edward J. Latessa, Ph.D. is a Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Latessa has published over 140 works in the area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice.  He is co-author of seven books including Corrections in the Community, and Corrections in America. Professor Latessa has directed over 150 funded research projects including studies of day reporting centers, juvenile justice programs, drug courts, prison programs, intensive supervision programs, halfway houses, and drug programs. He and his staff have also assessed over 600 correctional programs throughout the United States, and he has provided assistance and workshops in over forty-five states. He has also received several awards including; Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award presented by the Division of Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology (2010), Outstanding Community Partner Award from the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (2010), Maud Booth Correctional Services Award in recognition of dedicated service and leadership presented by the Volunteers of America (2010), Community Hero Award presented by Community Resources for Justice, (2010), the Bruce Smith Award for outstanding contributions to criminal justice by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2010), the George Beto Scholar, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, (2009).

Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey, M.F.T., GCP bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for improving health care through integration of sexual health. He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment.  Since 1993 he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). With co-author Michael Vigorito, their sexual health OCSB treatment protocol will be published in “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior (2015, in press). Previous publications include “Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual” (2011) and “Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual” (2009); He has earned several distinctions, including the 2013 Carne’s Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, 2011 Sexual Intelligence Award, the 2011 Presidents Award from the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals, and the 2011 Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Western Region Public Service Award for promoting sexual health awareness and providing the intellectual framework for integrating sexology and chemical dependency.  Mr. Braun-Harvey is a Certified Sex Therapist (AASECT Certified)  in private practice in San Diego California, and can be found on the web at

Breakout Session Speakers

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.

Samantha Blankenship received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Criminology from Southern Oregon University. Samantha has worked for the past 4 years at On-Track, Inc., a non-profit addiction treatment center in Medford, Oregon.  She began with On-Track as a drug and alcohol counselor at the main office as well as teaching classes at the Jackson County Transition Center – a halfway house work center for incarcerated men and women.  At the end of 2013 Samantha became the Problem Gambling Education director and noticed the similarities between gambling, gaming and other addictions.  In 2014 On-Track was the first organization in the Problem Gambling Service Grant to request and receive permission to sign up a client whose only addiction was on-line gaming which has led to the quandary of how we can offer the growing population of gamers both on and off-line, treatment for their addiction and how it relates with gambling addiction.  

Grier Cundill M.A., DCEP, NCAC II, CADC III is an Addictions and Relapse Prevention Counselor. He has spent over a quarter century exploring the dynamics of substance and behavioral addictions: for a decade, he facilitated addictions-outpatient programs in hospital-based settings in Oregon, and for the past sixteen years, he has been a relapse prevention counselor in private practice. He has consistently presented to high school students the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain, and he co-facilitated a weekly, four hour alternative-sanction class on the nature of cannabis. For many years, he was a board member of PRN [Pharmacy Recovery Network] of Oregon. He co-presented [with Mary Hammond] a pre-conference, full-day session entitled “The Energy of Addictions” in Albuquerque, NM [2008], and has offered workshops internationally at NAADAC, IGEEM, ACEP and CAIET.

Terry V. Eagan, a prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist, founder and CEO of Eagan Medical Group, LLC., a thriving mental health practice treating over 2000 patients annually. Dr. Eagan is a highly respected and sought after consultant who serves as Medical Director for several addiction and eating disorder treatment centers throughout Los Angeles including Monte Nido Residential Treatment Center, Carousel Transitional Living and the Eating Disorder Center of California.  His range of specialties includes primary psychiatric conditions, eating disorders, substance-abuse disorders, impulse control disorders, trauma & abuse, human sexuality and spiritual therapy.  Dr. Eagan’s treatment approach incorporates pharmacologic interventions with evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies, adjunctive modalities and traditional spiritual practices. Dr. Eagan has been featured in dozens of publications, including Variety, Forbes, New York Magazine, and has appeared as a mental health consultant on several radio and television programs, including the Today Show. Learn more about Dr. Eagan at

Julie Hynes has specialized in problem gambling prevention for the last 13 years. She coordinates the Problem Gambling Prevention Program with Lane County Public Health (“PreventionLane”) and is adjunct faculty with the University of Oregon’s Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services. Julie has been involved in numerous state-level and national publications and leadership roles, policy efforts, work with youth, website development, and is always attentive to the forefront of technology in prevention. In 2012, she was honored with the Wuelfing Prevention Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling for her work in helping advance the field of problem gambling prevention and awareness.

Cliff Jones has strong ties to the nonprofit community in Oregon, having worked as a senior consultant with The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) since 1992. He is a sought-after trainer, and is recognized for his work in civic engagement initiatives and cross-cultural effectiveness. Prior to joining NAO, Cliff was an experienced community organizer.  He worked in various positions with Tacoma Community House, the Oregon Human Rights Coalition, and Washington County Community Action. He has also worked as a legal advocate, policy analyst, and HIV/AIDS prevention advocate. Cliff’s consulting focus areas include strategic planning, board development, cross-cultural effectiveness, workplace mediation and conflict resolution, effective supervision, team building and staff development, and civic engagement. He is a co-founder of Tools for Diversity.  Cliff considers his greatest contributions to be working with community leaders to build alliances across differences and witnessing the transformative and courageous work people can accomplish together when they are willing to explore difficult issues. Cliff has a Bachelor of Science in Community Services and Public Affairs from the University of Oregon.

Blending compassion, humor, and honesty, Kimberly Klose, M.S., LPC, oversees our clients and staff as Clinical Director at RainRock. Kimberly has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past ten years and is known for her calm yet straightforward approach. Whether supervising Primary Therapists, facilitating weekly groups or meeting with clients/families, she has a passion for helping those who are battling an eating disorder and guiding clients toward their recovery.

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.  

Since 1989 Wayne Scott, M.A., LCSW has worked with clients in outpatient, residential, and hospital settings in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Portland. He has provided direct practice as well as clinical supervision to clinicians who work with these clients. For seven years he developed, piloted, and managed addiction treatment programs in Multnomah County for clients in the adult and juvenile criminal justice system. He authored “Effective Clinical Practices in Treating Clients in the Criminal Justice Institute” for The Crime and Justice Institute (available at:, in addition to articles in The Art of Psychotherapy, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment in Social Work,The Psychotherapy Networker, and Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, among others. He is an instructor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University.

Barbara Stevens, M.A.A.T., M.Div., BCC is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and board certified chaplain in private practice as a spiritual counselor, specializing in working with people affected by addiction and trauma. For over seven years, she was the chaplain at Providence’s Chemical Dependency and Stabilization Unit. Barbara did her training at the Portland Veteran’s Hospital and the Oregon State Hospital, where she specialized in severe mental illness, trauma, and addiction. She has been a parish minister, a director of religious education, a massage therapist, and a nurse’s aid. Along with her private practice, Barbara is the executive director and minister of the Universalist Recovery Church which offers spiritual healing for people in recovery.

Bert Toivola, Ph.D. is currently the Scientific Director at Norchem Drug Testing Laboratory, a component of Cordant Health Solutions, located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Toivola earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. In Physiology and Biophysics, both from the University of Washington. He also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Toivola holds a Certificate of Qualification as a Laboratory Director in Clinical Toxicology and Forensic Toxicology from the New York State Department of Health in addition to certification as a Clinical Chemist/Laboratory Director from the NRCC. He has coauthored a textbook in Clinical Chemistry as well as being the author or coauthor of over seventy peer reviewed articles or abstracts. Dr. Toivola has lectured extensively at both the local level as well as at national and international conferences. He is qualified as an expert witness and has testified in over 200 cases in superior, district and municipal courts in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Texas, Georgia, and Hawaii and before a Federal Grand Jury. Immediately prior to assuming his position at Norchem, he served as Technical Director at STERLING Reference Laboratories located in Tacoma, Washington and prior to that served on the Medical School Faculties at the University of Wisconsin and University of Washington. 

Tony Vezina A.A., CRM is the President of the PhiTheta Kappa Honors Society at Portland Community College, founder and coordinator of the Recovery 101 Club at PCC Cascade, along with the Vice President and Mentorship Director of the 4th Dimension Recovery Center, a nonprofit youth organization. Tony is also an individual who identifies in longterm recovery.

Jennifer Wyatt, LMHC, MT-BC, CDP is a Seattle-based Training and Program Specialist with the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center. She facilitates workshops on a variety of topics, including Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Supervision, Treatment Planning, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Ms. Wyatt has extensive clinical experience utilizing evidence-based practices with young people and adults in outpatient, residential, educational, and secure settings. Ms. Wyatt is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).