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Wednesday, April 10, 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 
The Al Forthan Scholarship and Bridges to Change present

April 10th Trainings with Rachael Grey, Eddie May, & Gita Mehrotra

Please join us for the upcoming trainings on Wednesday, April 10th for Foundations of Trauma Informed Care with Rachael Grey and Advocacy for Equity: Building Allyship toward Social Change with Eddie May, MSW, LCSW and Dr. Gita Mehrotra, MSW, PhD. 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).

Foundations of Trauma Informed Care

Featuring: Rachael Grey

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


This training will discuss the definition and strategies for the implementation of Trauma Informed Care. The training will focus on a Trauma Informed approach in the workplace and the thought process involved in restoring power to the clients. Special attention will be given to how trauma effects the brain and overall human body. Participants will engage with several activities that focus on the key concepts of Trauma Informed Care.

Rachael Grey

Rachael Grey is the program director for the Family Relief Nursery with Volunteers of America Oregon. She has dedicated the past decade to working in the nonprofit sector managing programs aimed at optimally serving populations in communities with high rates of trauma and systemic oppression. Her passion for this work has led her to develop protocols and collaborate with the program staff and agency leadership to provide Trauma Informed Care for clients and staff across the organization. She is committed to improving the lives of people accessing social services, and increasing resilience in the  workforce that engages in these communities.  


Advocacy for Equity: Building Allyship toward Social Change

Featuring: Eddie May, MSW, LCSW and Dr. Gita Mehrotra MSW, PhD.

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


This workshop will explore the impact of power, privilege, identity, and oppression in our practice with a specific focus on what it means to build allyship and solidarity across differences to further equity in our work.  We will explore issues of social identity, oppression, and equity and critically consider what we mean by “allyship” and solidarity in the context of social justice work.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore their own intersectional identities and discuss the concept of allyship within shared identity caucus groups. Facilitated group exercises will then expand skills and strategies for effective coalition-building, allyship, and solidarity work across different social locations.

Eddie May, MSW, LCSW 

Eddie May, LCSW, holds an MSW from Tulane University and a BE in Family and Human Services/Women and Gender Studies from the University of Oregon. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in the MSW program at Portland State University’s School of Social Work where he teaches in the Advanced Clinical Concentration. His clinical practice experience has focused on therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents experiencing trauma, LGBTQ affirming practice, crisis mental health, and existential narrative approaches. Eddie's passion lies in equity and inclusion work and the intersection of micro and macro practice. He believes focus on implicit/explicit bias and socialization is critical in clinical practice and the unpacking of each knapsack carried in our day to day.

Dr. Gita Mehrotra, MSW, PhD.

Dr. Gita Mehrotra holds an MSW from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington and is currently an Assistant Professor in the BSW program at Portland State University, School of Social Work. Prior to entering academia Gita was involved with domestic violence work for over a decade years in a variety of capacities including: direct service, education/training, and program and organizational development, with a focus on API and LGBTQ communities. Gita has also been involved with community building within LGBTQ communities of color and has provided technical assistance and training to community-based organizations around the country.  Gita’s current research and teaching interests include: racial equity and social justice within social work and social work education, intimate violence in minoritized communities, women and queer people of color identities & wellness, and qualitative and critical research methodologies.

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