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CPSY Alumni Brunch & Social Justice Symposium Preview: Three Issues to Kickstart our Thinking

Date: 9:00am - 12:00pm PST December 2, 2017

Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling’s Department of Counseling Psychology invites you to a breakfast gathering and free workshop panel, offering two hours of Continuing Education Units for licensed professionals.

On April 21st, 2018, the Graduate School will host a Social Justice Symposium and Alumni Awards Reception, that will include trending social justice topics across a number of disciplines.

In order to jump start our thinking related to these important issues, we invite you to join us for our annual alumni brunch featuring specialists in critical immigration concerns, an historical look at transgender mental health care, and oppression in love relationships.

Panel Presentations will Include:

  • Oppressed by Love, Marisol Garcia, PhD
    Love and romance narratives crucial to the sustainability of patriarchy and capitalism create collective trauma that is mistreated by mental health professionals.  Common therapeutic approaches to romantic relationships problems are re-traumatizing and hence perpetuate more oppression.  The aim of this part of the panel is to explore therapeutic approaches that dismantle collective oppression and trauma perpetuated by love and romance narratives, structures, and processes.
  • Trans Mental Health Care: The Gate-Keeping to Partnership Shift, Rafe McCullough, PhD
    Transgender mental health care has changed drastically in the past 20 years. Still, there are distinctive challenges to meeting the needs of the diverse group of individuals who identify as transgender and gender nonconforming. This presentation aims to provide some historical background on how trans mental health care has shifted from a disempowering, gate-keeping endeavor to a more affirmative partnership. Mental health care providers who have a deeper understanding of this historical shift may better appreciate the collective resistance and resilience of trans communities.

Event Details & RSVP

Saturday, December 2, 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

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  • Immigration 101 for Mental Health Professionals, Ian Philabaum, JD
    Recent legal and policy changes regarding immigrants and refugees have brought increased worry and unease about the ability for many to live and work in the U.S.  Mental Health professionals are often at a loss as to how to help clients dealing with the legal system and issues involving immigration status.  This session will provide a brief overview of key legal aspects related to immigration, including the asylum framework, and the ways in which mental health professionals can support clients through these challenging processes.

We are excited to provide this opportunity for our program graduates to reconnect with cohort members, faculty, and other alumni friends (old and new). The workshop is designed to benefit alumni from the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy and Professional Mental Health Counseling and Professional Mental Health Counseling Addictions Specialization programs.

About the Panelists

Marisol Garcia, PhD is a licensed marital and family therapist and maintains a small private practice. Marisol has over 10 years clinical experience working with families and individuals. Marisol’s research includes an attention to economic, historical, national, economic and political contexts. Her work critiques social systems and their interaction with and influence on human behavior. She is particularly interested in issues regarding marginalization. She uses her lens to study a myriad of phenomena (anywhere from sexuality to American work ethics). Her aim is to challenge “truths” that create and maintain divisions and marginalizations in society.

Rafe McCullough, PhD, LPC, NCC, is a Counselor Educator at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He has been an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), serving on the CACREP Revisions Committee in 2013, on the Multicultural Competency Revision Committee for The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) in 2015-2016, and currently on the ACA Cultural Encounters Task Force. Dr. McCullough is one of the authors of the new Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies. Having worked with many transgender and gender nonconforming clients and students, he has backgrounds in both clinical mental health counseling and in school counseling. His writing and research interests focus on multicultural and social justice counseling and advocacy, LGBTQ, and particularly the needs of transgender individuals. He has been involved in advocacy efforts in transgender communities for over 20 years.

Ian Philabaum, JD is the Program Director at Innovation Law Lab in Portland, OR. In his role, Ian organizes legal representation and advocacy for immigrants in deportation proceedings in hostile immigration courts and detention centers in several regions throughout the US. Ian previously worked in Dilley, TX as the Project/Advocacy Coordinator for the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, providing legal services and fighting for justice for refugee families in US detention facilities. 



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