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Continuing Education

Disrupting Hate: A Mental Health Providers Guide to Helping Clients who have Experienced Hate Incidents

Date: 9:00am PDT June 14, 2019 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

The occurrence of hate crimes and hate-related incidents are on the rise, and those with marginalized identities are most often the targets. Hate incidents can include experiences of micro-aggressions, bullying, threats of violence, aggression, discrimination, and acts of violence. The psychological and relational consequences of being the target of hate can have many negative consequences, ranging from psychological and emotional distress to issues related to community safety, access to culturally informed resources, legal services, and more. In the wake of these events, mental health professionals serve a vital role in supporting resiliency when in helping individuals and communities.

It is possible that many clients may have experienced numerous instances of hate, but may not disclose these experiences in counseling—especially if the provider does not know how to assess and address these concerns. It is vital that providers learn how to assess for and offer specific services for those who have been targets of hate.

There are very few resources available to aid providers in how to best provide these services, and most that exist tend to focus narrowly on people who have been the target of a hate crime. However, hate incidents are wider spread than the narrow legal definitions of hate crimes.

This workshop will train mental health providers in the Clinical Hate Response Model developed by the presenters.

Following this training, participants will have a stronger sense of how to:

  • Assess client experiences of hate incidents
  • Support and address concerns related to hate experiences
  • Incorporate a multicultural and social justice orientation to the work
  • Adapt trauma-informed care within the context of hate incidents
  • Intentionally develop the skills of compassion and radical hope in this area

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Friday, June 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Presenters: Alexia Deleon, PhD, and Justin Henderson, PhD 
Cost: $40, includes 6 CEUs. Free for Lewis & Clark students, staff and faculty, and PUAH Coalition Members

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

About the Presenters

Dr. Alexia DeLeon is the co-director of the Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions Specialization program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She is also the director of Lewis & Clark’s Latino Problem Gambling Services. Her clinical experience includes working with adolescents and families struggling with substance abuse, as well as working with college-aged students and athletes struggling with a myriad of mental health concerns. She currently provides culturally responsive supervision to Latino Problem Gambling Services and works with problem gamblers and their families at Lewis & Clark’s Problem Gambling Services. Her research interests include: cross-cultural supervision and support for Latina supervisors, integrating contemplative practices into learning environments to foster social justice learning and the intersection of communities of color and addictions counseling.

Dr. Justin Henderson is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Lewis & Clark Graduate School. Additionally, he is director of the Lewis & Clark Community Counseling Center, which is the training clinic for the Professional Mental Health Counseling, Professional Mental Health Counseling–specialization in Addictions, and Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy programs. He is a licensed psychologist and a National Certified Counselor with clinical experience in a wide array of contexts, including: university counseling centers, hospitals, inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, schools, and residential treatment programs. He has a strong interest in supervision and training, having experience supervising both master’s and doctoral students. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Counselors for Social Justice, American Psychological Association, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the Oregon chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark College, Dr. Henderson served as a clinical director and clinical faculty at Washington State University. He was also employed part-time with Pullman Regional Hospital as a behavioral health consultant, helping evaluate patients with mental and behavioral health concerns.

  • This project is supported by the City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Management and Finance, Special Appropriations for Portland United Against Hate. The content is solely the responsibility of the grantee and does not necessarily represent the official views of the City of Portland.



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