Professional Mental Health Counseling, Addictions Professor Alexia de León partnered with Harvard Medical School and Project Build Up to discuss historical trauma and culturally responsive care for Latinx communities impacted by problem gambling and other addictions.

Posted June 17

Marriage, couple, and family therapy professor Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe was a round table participant in the “Eyes on Oregon”, at the Psychedelics Today conference. 

Posted April 12

School counseling professors Heather Hadraba and Laura Barbour were invited as guest lecturers for the graduate Counseling program at Portland State University. Fifty counseling students attended their presentation titled, Assessment in K-12 schools: Current practicesand considerations for transformation.

Posted April 12

Educational leadership professor Lisa Collins and Ohio State University educational administration professor Muhammad Khalifa presented their poster at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The poster is entitled, “Case Study: How Racialized Lived Experiences and Culturally Responsive School Leadership
Supported School District’s Organizational Development in Equitable Practices
”. 

Posted April 12

School counseling professor Laura Barbour and Oregon State University educational psychology professor Gene Eakin presented at the Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference this past March 11th. Their presentation was entitled, “Presenting burnout: Self-compassion and self-care for school counselors”.

Posted April 12

School psychology professor Peter Mortola led a 3-hour, Zoom workshop for counseling professionals in Moscow, Russia. His workshop is entitled “the bear inside: The Oaklander approach to working with aggressive energy and self-assertion”. 

Posted April 12

Oregon Writing Project director Kim Stafford writes collection of new poems, “Child in the Cornfield,” for Red Hen Press.

Posted March 15

Marriage, couple, and family therapy (MCFT) professor Joslyn Armstrong and Isaias Sanchez, 2nd-year MCFT student, presented a workshop entitled “Creating a safe space: Working with Latino and Black men in therapy” at the Center for Community Engagement (CCE).

Posted March 15

Counseling psychology professor Peter Mortola’s book Windowframes: Learning the Art of Gestalt Play Therapy the Oaklander Way has a new Italian translation. It was published last week in Italy by FrancoAngelli. In addition to the English version, the book is now available in 5 language editions outside the US: Spanish, Romanian, German, Korean, and Italian.

Posted March 14

Education professors Lina Darwich and Alisun Thompson gave a presentation based on their research titled Teacher Student Relationships during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Facing ’36 Black Boxes at the Association of Teacher Educators annual meeting. 

Posted March 14

Professional mental health counseling professor Justin Henderson published a new blog post: Self-Care is Not the Solution for Burnout.

Posted February 8

Education professor Carissa J. Zall presented “Adopting Quality Curriculum for a Diverse Learning Community” to the Molalla School District in December.

Posted February 8

School counseling professor Laura Barbour presented “Mitigating Compassion Fatigue Through the Practice of Self-Compassion and Self-Care” on January 5th to the Student Affairs Department at Willamette University.

Posted February 8

School psychology professor Peter Mortola has been invited to read “The Bear Inside” at a school-wide author’s visit at Lowrie Elementary School in the West Linn/Wilsonville School District to help support the student’s efforts at emotional regulation, given the challenges of having returned to in-person instruction. The school will also be purchasing 500 copies of the book, one for each child in the school.

Posted January 21

Education professors Lina Darwich and Alisun Thompson published an article/post in Edutopia: Teacher Wellness: A Sustainability Strategy for New Teachers.

Posted January 21

Art therapy professor Mary Andrus co-presented Collective Liberation: Art & Film to process a university closure, with art therapy alumni Amy Simpson at the national American Educational Studies Association conference in Portland Oregon.

Posted January 21

Marriage, couple, and family therapy professor Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe and Dr. Victoria Acevedo offered a lecture entitled “Una perspectiva ecoinformada para la terapia familiar” in commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of the Master’s in family therapy at the Javeriana University in Cali, Colombia.

Posted January 21

Marriage, couple, and family therapy professor Joslyn Armstrong presented a CCE workshop with Shar’Dane Harris, PhD, LCMHCA entitled “Grief and loss in Black families: Integrating spirituality intro strategies for processing death from police violence.”

Posted January 21

Marriage, couple, and family therapy professor Joslyn Armstrong co-authored a first author article with her sister, Jasmine Armstrong, PhD, for the fall edition of the NCFR report. The article was entitled A critical race approach to academic journal editor and reviewer bias in manuscript acceptance.

Posted January 21

On December 10th, professional mental health counseling professor Stella Beatríz Kerl-McClain gave a presentation titled, “Creativity as a Critical Challenge to White Supremacy in Counselor Education” at the 2021 Association for Creativity in Counseling conference.

Posted January 21

School psychology professor Peter Mortola’s acclaimed children’s book “The Bear Inside” has been translated into Bulgarian and Tamil. A Spanish translation is already in print as well.

Posted October 26

Education professor Liza Finkel organized and moderated a panel discussion, Teaching Social Justice in Science: Finding support, maintaining focus, at the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference (via Zoom).

Posted October 26

Education professor Alisun Thompson delivers keynote address titled, “Teachers Working Conditions during COVID-19: Teaching, Learning, and Leading during a Crisis” at the STEM Leadership Institute at University of Arizona Biosphere 2.

Posted October 21

School psychology professor Peter Mortola spent summer 2021 offering the following workshops and trainings based on the work of Dr. Violet Oaklander (all via Zoom). This series was a testament to Dr. Oaklander’s ongoing influence and international reach.

  • May 22: Idaho State University
  • June 4-6: Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation International Conference
  • June 14: In Italy
  • September 2: In Sri Lanka

Dr. Oaklander died at the age of 94 in September 2021.

Posted September 29

Professional mental health counseling professor Alexia DeLeon and school counseling professor Rafe McCullough co-authored a chapter titled: “When intersecting identities collide: Embracing the complexities of race, gender, and religion in the counselor educator role.” The chapter is included in the book Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies: A Blueprint for the Counseling Profession.

Posted September 29

School psychology professor Peter Mortola, along with 12 Lewis & Clark school psychology students, put on a two-day social and emotional learning/nature camp in July for 54 North Wasco School District students at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum in The Dalles. Everyone was wearing masks but having fun…

Posted September 21

Marriage, couple, and family therapy professor Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe served on the various committees for the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board. Professor Hernadez-Wolfe recently served on both the Rule advisory committee and the Training subcommittee. She is also continuing her service in the Equity subcommittee.

Posted April 12

School counseling professor Heather Hadraba was invited to become a board member for the non-profit organization– “Ok You”. 

Posted April 12

Art therapy professor Mary Andrus co-facilitated an Open Studio Session with Lutheran Social Services and Art Therapy Students for the Portland Ukrainian community.

Posted April 12

Educational leadership professor Lisa Collins presented a TED talk focused on racial healing entitled, “Healing from racial trauma”. 

Posted April 12

Professional mental health counseling professor Cort Dorn-Medeiros and counseling psychology professor Stella Kerl-McClain co-presented at the Association for Women in Psychology’s annual conference that took place in Chicago, IL. Their session was entitled, “Size diversity, HEAS, “BodyPositivity” and fat liberation: Educating counselors to avoid harm”.

Posted April 12

School psychology professor Peter Mortola, along with colleagues and co-writer Howard Hilton, has led a 7-hour Zoom workshop for counseling professionals at LifeStance Health. Their workshop is entitled “Promoting healthy masculinities”. 

Posted April 12

Oregon Writing Project director Kim Stafford to co-edit “The Art of Revising Poetry: 20 U.S. Poets on Their Drafts, Craft, and Process” on the Bloomsbury Press

Posted March 15

Educational leadership professor Brenda Sifuentez and University of North Carolina at Greensboro teacher education professor Delma Ramos recently published Historically Underrepresented Students Redefining College Success in Higher Education in the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success

Posted March 14

Education professors Lina Darwich and Alisun Thompson deliver a workshop focused on integrating social emotional learning and children’s literature with a focus on equity and representation at the Association of Teacher Educators annual meeting.

Posted March 14

Educational leadership professor Lisa Collins presented in the session “Exploring the Intersection of Race, Equity and Mental Health” at the Equity Summit Rising Together conference. 

Posted March 14

Professional mental health counseling - specialization in addictions professor Cort Dorn-Medeiros published a new blog post: Teens, Screens, and COVID-19(s): A Parent’s Quick Guide to Screen Sanity.

Posted February 8

Education professor Carissa J. Zall presented “The Challenge of a Diverse Civic Community: Building Consensus (How to engage students in complex conversations)” at the Oregon Civics Conference.

Posted February 8

School counseling professor Laura Barbour co-authored an article with Emily Sallee and Nikki Correa in the Journal of School Counseling. The article is titled: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI): What school counselors need to know to support their students.

Posted February 8

Education professor Lina Darwich co-facilitated, along with other Lebanese teacher educators living in the US, a workshop: A Safe Return to School: How SEL Can Support Teachers and Students. The audience was Lebanese principals and teachers in schools who have been impacted by the Beirut blast in August 2020.

Posted January 21

Art therapy professor Mary Andrus was an invited presenter at Lesley University in Boston MA to speak about Art Therapy trauma treatment and her research on moving stories and art from private to public spaces for healing and social change.

Posted January 21

Student affairs administration professor Brenda Sifuentez and professor Ryan Gildersleeve, University of Denver, presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference a paper entitled ​​The Ontological Turn in Higher Education: Implications for Justice and Equity.

Posted January 21

School counseling professors Heather Hadraba and Laura Barbour presented at the Oregon School Counselor Association conference. Topic: Assessment in K-12 schools: Current practices and considerations for transformation.

Posted January 21

Marriage, couple, and family therapy professor Joslyn Armstrong presented with Isaias Sanchez, a second-year year MCFT student, at the 2021 national Systemic Family Therapy conference. Their presentation session was entitled “To the little boy inside: Working with Latino and Black men in therapy.”

Posted January 21

On December 10th and 11th on Zoom, school psychology professor Peter Mortola ran a seven-hour workshop entitled “group counseling with children and adolescents” for the Gestalt Play Therapy Organization in Sofia, Bulgaria. Also, on December 13th on Zoom, he led a three-hour workshop on emotional regulation for the teachers at La Petit Fleur Les Ecoles in Sri Lanka.

Posted January 21

Art therapy professor Mary Andrus was an invited virtual presenter in Taiwan at the University of Taipei to a group of art therapy students where she discussed response art in art therapy practice.

Posted January 21

Marriage, couple, and family therapy professor Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe launched the “Psilocybin assisted psychotherapy and integration series” through the Graduate School’s Center for Community Engagement. This training introduces mental health professionals to working with psilocybin from indigenous and western perspectives.

Posted October 26

Art therapy professor Mary Andrus presented twice in October on the work of Art for Social Change. The first was a local co-presention with co-chair Lawrence Siulagi at the Lewis & Clark Community coffee hour and the second was a panel presentation for the American Art Therapy Association entitled Creative Change Agent: Therapist as Entrepreneur.

Posted October 26

Marriage, couple, and family therapy professor Pilar Hernandez-Wolf published the following articles throughout summer 2021:

  • Hernandez-Wolfe, P. (In Press). Nepantla moments in therapy: A Clinical Example with Latinx immigrants. Women and Therapy.
  • Bryant, T., Shapiro, E., Vazquez, C., De Barros, I., Hernandez-Wolfe, P., Comas-Diaz, L. &
  • Nicolas, M.G. (2021, August). Towards Grounding Transnational Feminism in Borderland Spaces. Symposium: Transnational feminism. American Psychological Association. Online annual conference.
  • Hernandez-Wolfe, P. (2021, May). Abordajes sistémicos. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia.
  • Hernandez-Wolfe, P. (2021, May). What do colonization and decolonization have to do with sexual violence? An exploration into liberation-based healing. Lecture series for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.
Posted September 29

School psychology professor Jennifer Twyford co-authored a paper in the Journal of Community Psychology titled, “Providing a safer passage: Perceptions about a neighborhood intervention program for disadvantaged youth.”

Posted September 29

Art Therapy professor and program director Mary Andrus was appointed by the Mayor of Oregon City to serve a 1 year term on the Arts Commission with the goal of supporting community beatification, contributing to place making and supporting livability through the proliferation of public art throughout Oregon City.

Posted September 29