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Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM PST
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Tessa Fowler 
VOA Al Forthan Scholarship 


The Dynamic of Being Leery with Simon Williams

Please join us for the upcoming training on Saturday, February 12th for The Dynamic of Being Leery with Simon Williams.

All proceeds go towards the Al Forthan Scholarship. 

$60 for half day of trainings (3 CEUs)


The Dynamic of Being Leery

Featuring: Simon Williams and Reginald Stroughter (co-facilitator)

When:  12:00pm-3:00pm


The purpose of this training is to focus on how systems impact the perceptions of African, African American and black identified populations in behavioral healthcare.

The training will cover:

• A historical view of addictions from an African American perspective.

• Historical data on addictions treatment for African Americans in Oregon.

• A look at some problems and barriers African Americans face in dealing with systems and service provision in Oregon.

• A look at cultural responsive solutions that can produce better prevention, engagement, treatment and outcomes for African Americans receiving services in Oregon.

Simon Williams

Simon Williams is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor 2, Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor 2 and Qualified Mental Health Assistant  and has been a provider and regulator of chemical dependency treatment in Oregon for over 20 years. Simon Williams is also an Alumni of Volunteers of America’s Men’s Residential Center since 1998 as well was a client of the late Al Forthan. He is passionate about African History, Culture, Education and servicing the behavioral health treatment & recovery community. Simon hopes to breath new insights and perspectives into the area of social justice for African, African American and black identified communities and believes this training will continue to support the present shift in understanding that is taking place socially but hopes it will begin to impact our society systemically. 


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If you have any questions please contact Tessa Fowler at or call me at 503-802-0299