Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM PST
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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 

The Al Forthan Scholarship and 4th Dimension Recovery Center present Trainings with Becky Miller, MEd., PsyS & Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, PRC, CPS

Please join us for the upcoming training, Self-Regulation Strategies & Cognitive Neuroscience: Methods of Managing Myself with Becky Miller, MEd, PsyS and Sexual Boundaries & Ethics Violations with Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, PRC, CPS on Wednesday, January 8th from 8:30am-4:30pm. The training cost is $110 for full day(6 CEUs), $60 for AM or PM Session (3 CEUs) - CEUs from MHACBO. All proceeds go towards the VOA Al Forthan Scholarship to support students who come from families impacted by addiction.

Self-Regulation Strategies & Cognitive Neuroscience: Methods of Managing Myself

with Becky Miller, MEd, PsyS

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


Self-Regulation is the core emotional intelligence capacity that we all call upon in our daily lives in any situation that causes discomfort. These conscious or unconscious mechanisms reduce our level of distress and pain and re-establish our equilibrium. The first half of this hands-on session is exploring the cognitive neuroscience of how we self-regulate. Yes, teaching adults about their brains! A fundamental human capacity is the ability to regulate & control our thoughts & behavior. Recent developments in neuroscience have increased our understanding of the neural underpinnings of self-regulation. The second half of the workshop will include a case study look at factors that impact one’s ability to consciously choose self-soothing positive strategies We will explore how adults temper their distress in a variety of ways every day. For most of us, this means we own a bag full of strategies, which include a mix of desirable and undesirable responses that help or hurt us. We will explore the conscious choices that are available when we are present in the NOW moment, separating ourselves from the power of our past. Additional resources will be provided for individual program use.

Becky Miller, MEd, PsyS

(Master of Education | Specialist in Psychology)

35 years practitioner-specialist-lecturer in Special Education

Lewis & Clark College

Assistant Director of the Graduate Program in Special Education

Sexual Boundaries & Ethics Violations

with Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, PRC, CPS


This three hour training is presented by Eric Martin, Director of Compliance with the Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO).  MHACBO certifies all of Oregon's unlicensed behavioral health workers.  Eric manages Code of Conduct complaints and investigations of Oregon's 10,000+ behavioral health workers.  Approximately, 1/3rd of all complaints involve sex, sexuality, romance, or sexualized communications.  Moreover, as a result of changes in the MHACBO Code of Ethics and Oregon "vulnerable population" regulations, a greater number of individuals are being revoked as a result of sexual/sexualized boundary violations.  This training will review data from MHACBO Ethics cases, and will discuss prevention strategies.

Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, PRC, CPS

Past President & Director Emeritus of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, now the Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO). Eric currently serves as the Director of Policy, Compliance and Legislation for MHACBO.  Eric serves as both trainer and supervisor of the 4th Dimension Youth Recovery Club and Peer Support Program.  Eric is the Director of the MetroPlus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals.  Eric served as Adjunct Faculty with the University of Oregon SAPP program for 20 years, is a contract instructor with Oregon's Child Welfare & Self Sufficiency Divisions, and a Faculty Mentor with Portland State University. Eric is a state & nationally certified addictions counselor with 33 years of clinical experience in Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization, Residential and Outpatient Addictions Treatment, Recovery Support Services and ATOD Prevention. Eric is an international presenter and recovery advocate. Eric has served on several Governor's advisory boards, the Governor's Council on Substance Abuse Programs and the Governor's Advisory Board on Drugs & Violent Crime. Eric has also produced a number of video's, including "Reunited" a video designed for methamphetamine addicted mothers entering the child welfare system. Eric has been honored with numerous awards in light of his 30 years of service in Addiction Treatment & Prevention. Most notably, he is the recipient of the Governor's Council Award of Excellence, presented by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and he is the recipient of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors—National, William F.Callahan Award for Sustained and Meritorious Service at the national level to the profession of addiction counseling, presented in Washington D.C. in 2010. Eric is the immediate past Co-Chair of the State’s Traditional Health Worker Commission.  Most recently Eric has also co-authored the SUD Peer Supervision Competencies along with William White, a nationwide training manual for peer programs.

To register please click below. If you have any question contact Alex Rice at arice@voaor.org or 503-802-0299.