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Volunteers of America Oregon in 2017



2017 Al Forthan Scholarship Training Calendar:

All money raised from these trainings will support the Al Forthan Scholarship

March 8th - Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence With Ericka Kimball MSW, PhD

This training will help participants understand the complexity of domestic violence and its effects on children. The training will focus on defining and identifying the multiple ways children are exposed to domestic violence. In addition to understanding the effects of exposure, the training will demonstrate ways people can support children to promote protective factors.

April 12th -Clinical Ethics: Professional Boundaries and Intercultural Awareness with Wayne Scott MA, LCSW

How do we make sound, client-centered ethical decisions when working with people from non-dominant, oppressed, and marginalized social positions? Intended to satisfy the mandatory requirement for six-hours of continuing education in ethics, this workshop creates a reflective forum for professionals to identify, deconstruct, and address ethical dilemmas that emerge in human services practice with diverse clients. The workshop reviews distinction between values, both cultural and personal, and clinical ethics, and introduces collaborative model for applying critical thinking to the resolution of common and not-so-common dilemmas.

May 10th - Culturally Informed Care with the Latino Community with Shahana Koslofsky, PhD and Ruth Zúñiga PhD

This training is designed to prepare participants to provide culturally informed care to the immigrant Latino community. Topics addressed will include immigration, acculturation, trauma, strategies for working with undocumented individuals, and clinical cultural adaptations for Latina/o immigrants. Participants will leave this training with an increased ability to integrate culturally relevant strategies into their clinical work and enhance treatment effectiveness when working with Latina/o community members.

June 14th - Mindfulness for Healing and Thriving: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Relapse Prevention, Stress Reduction, Depression and Self Compassion With Denise Gour, LCSW

This training introduces both the research and several fundamental practices of mindfulness training for working with clients challenged by addictions, depression, and criminal behavior. Attendees will experience mindfulness practices first hand and learn ways to integrate these skills in their personal life and professional work. Grounding and centering strategies for both client and professional will be emphasized, as well as, simple every-day practices that help improve client outcomes and prevent professional burn-out. Appropriate for all levels of behavioral healthcare counselors, mentors, and other health care workers, as well as, administrative staff. No meditation experience necessary.


Drug Court Graduations:


Graduations from STOP Court Program are held the third Wednesday of every month at the Multnomah County Court House, 1021 SW 4th Ave, Portland Room 450 at 1 pm.

Graduations from the START Court Program are held the third Friday of every month at the Multnomah County Court House, 1021 SW 4th Ave., Portland Room 328 at 10 am.


Moving Forward Graduations

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of individuals in VOA's Moving Forward program at our monthly JRP Milestone Ceremony on the first Thursday of each month in the Multnomah County Commission Boardroom!

Justice Reinvestment Program Milestone Ceremony
Multnomah County Commission Boardroom 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland

1st Thursday of the each month 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Individuals will be recognized for one or more of the following achievements:

  • Successfully completing 120 days of Intensive Supervision by the MCJRP unit and moving on to the next phase of supervision
  • Graduating from residential and outpatient treatment programs such as VOA's Moving Forward, Men's and Women's Residential Centers, CODA, DePaul, Cascadia and others
  • Graduating from Bridges to Change housing and mentor program and transitioning to long term housing
  • Securing employment, completing parenting classes and more!