July 2017 is turning out to be a Fire Cracker Month with ample opportunities to network and learn!!!

Listening across Culture, Social Position and Power

Friday, June 30, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT at The DoubleTree Hotel
This workshop highlights that the therapeutic alliance occurs within social, historical, political, economic and cultural contexts. Counseling professionals will take a closer look into how discussions about difference can be heard from particular social positions.
Presented by
Michelle Maher PhD
Michelle Maher, Ph.D.

Legal Cannabis: Facts & Clinical Skills
Friday, July 14th, 2017 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
6 CEUs
Sponsored By
Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the NW
The Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA
Questions about directions to the Water Center, please call us at 360-487-7111

Goal of Training
The legalization of medical and retail cannabis creates unique challenges for those working with individuals in the mental health, addictions, and corrections fields. This training will review the effects of cannabis on the mental and physical health of adolescents and adults, including discussion about recent research and reporting. To engage clients in productive discussions about their cannabis use, the evidence-based strategy of Motivational Interviewing will be shared and practiced.

Behavioral Objectives
Participants of the training, will:

  • Gain understanding of the varied forms of cannabis,
  • Understand current research findings on the effects of cannabis on mental and physical health,
  • Learn about cannabinoids and their interest to medical science,
  • Practice evidence-based clinical skills to talk with clients about cannabis, and
  • Increase knowledge of educational resources for cannabinoid research.


Janis Crawford, PhD, LPC, ACS

Janis Crawford, MA, LPC, ACS.   As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Breaking Free with Accelerated Resolution Therapy: The New Paradigm for Trauma-informed Treatment

Friday, July 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
This workshop for counseling and healthcare professionals will change your expectations of how you help your clients transform trauma. It will introduce Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), an emerging brief therapy that delivers outcomes typically seen in longer-term treatment.
Presented by Dave Ebaugh, LCSW
The DoubleTree Hotel
Dave Ebaugh, LCSW

Wednesday-Friday, July 19-21, 2017
Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

43rd Annual Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies Conference Overview

Everyday Attachment in Recovery: Creating Healthy, Connected Communities

New Location!: Red Lion Hotel on the River, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217.
Click here for information on discounted room rates and accommodations

2017 Keynote Speakers:


Wednesday:  Gabor Mate, MD, Addiction and Wellness Expert, Author and Professional Speaker
Thursday:  J. Stuart Ablon, PhD, Director, Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry
at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology
in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Friday:  Joy DeGruy, PhD, MSW, Author, Lecturer and Consultant in the area of social justice,
Assistant Professor of Research, Portland State University


The CEUs earned at this conference are acknowledged and accepted by ACCBO.

Full Conference – 18 CEUs
Single Day (Wednesday or Thursday) – 6 CEUs
Single Day (Friday) – 4 CEUs

This conference is co-sponsored by the Professional Mental Health Counseling — Specialization in Addictions Program and the Center for Community Engagement at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.


Our mission is to encourage high standards of competence in the treatment of alcohol and other drug dependencies by sponsoring educational programs to improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners in the field. Learn more at www.nwias.com or find NWIAS on Facebook.

I am a Life Coach/Brief Interventionist. My emphasis is on trading in our relationship with alcohol, drugs and negative thinking for an amazing relationship with others and most importantly developing an extraordinary relationship with our self!

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