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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM PDT
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New Song Church Community Center 
220 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR 97212

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Alex Rice 
VOA Al Forthan Scholarship 

June 12th Trainings with Michelle Mannix and Meghan Caughey

Please join us for the upcoming trainings on Wednesday, June 12th for Homelessness and Addiction with Michelle Mannix and A New Look at Mental Illness with Meghan Caughey, MA, MFA. All proceeds go towards the Al Forthan Scholarship. 

Cost: $110 for full day of trainings (6 CEUs); $60 for AM or PM training (3 CEUs).

Homelessness and Addiction

Featuring: Michelle Mannix

When:  8:30am-12:00pm (registration starts at 8:00)                 


This workshop will explore the myths and stereotypes and introduce best practices in engagement, prevention and sustainability in meeting the needs of homeless addicts.

Special attention will be placed on how the brain is affected living on the street, how to measure success and recovery with homeless addicts and what are the skills we need to develop to be more effective with our clients.

Michelle Mannix

Michele Mannix has been working in the field of mental health and addiction for over 25 years. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Dual Diagnosis Program at St. Vincents Inpatient Psychiatric Program.

Michele has been working specifically with the homeless population for over 15 years. Her career started in Mass. working on a street outreach team and her work has evolved to working with clients at Dignity Village and teaching homeless curriculum at Day Star Education and Portland Community College.

Michele Mannix has a passion for this population and prides herself in her strong ability to engage individuals by offering HOPE.

A New Look at Mental Illness

Featuring: Meghan Caughey, M.A., M.F.A.

When: 1:00pm – 4:30pm (registration starts at 12:30pm)


There are many negative stereotypes about what it means to be diagnosed with mental illness. Some of these stereotypes are based on lack of information, while others are a form of prejudice--stigma.

This presentation will show a positive and hopeful approach to what it means to have mental health challenges. This is appropriate for anyone who has a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with a psychiatric disability or for persons who themselves have mental health challenges. The presentation will include using movement and art as we explore the topic.

Meghan Caughey, M.A., M.F.A.

Meghan Caughey, M.A., M.F.A. is the Senior Director of Peer and Wellness Services for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in Portland. She designs and implements wellness-informed peer service programs , training persons who personally  have lived experince of psychiatric diagnosis to work in the health field as providers. She is a national consultant to community and state mental health, public health, and primary care organizations on the design and implementation of wellness- informed peer support programs and peer workforce development. She is clinical instructor in Psychiatry at Oregon Health Science University. In additon, she serves on the Healthcare Workforce committee of the Oregon Health Policy Board and on the Zero Suicide Initiative Committee. She is past president of the Mental Health Association of Oregon.

 Meghan has an Master of Arts ( MA) and Master of Fine Art ( MFA) in visual  art and currently shows her work at the J.Pepin Gallery  in Portland.

In 2017 she won the Art of Neuroscience Art competition and the Paul G. Quinetter Lived Experince Writing Competition. In 2018 she was given the Mental Health Hero Award by Trillium Health.

Her work in health system reform helped create the legislative mandate for the use of peer wellness specialists in Oregon in  Coordinated Care Organizations. She is passionate in her advocacy work as it is informed by her personal experience of over one hundred psychiatric hospitalizations .Her life is living proof that recovery is possible.

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If you have any questions please contact Alex Rice at or 503-802-0299