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Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 8:00 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 

May 13th Trainings with Marina Barcelo, Dr. Gita Mehrotra, and Alexia DeLeon, 

Please join us for the upcoming trainings on Wednesday, May 13th for Navigating Predominately White Organizations: Exploring Strategies for Surviving and Thriving as People of Color with Marina Barcelo, MSW, MA and Dr. Gita Mehrotra, MSW, PhD. and Utilizing Cultural Humility within Addictions Counseling to Enhance the Therapeutic Alliance with Alexia DeLeon, PhD, NCC.

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).

Navigating Predominately White Organizations: Exploring Strategies for Surviving and Thriving as People of Color

This training is for people of color only

Featuring: Marina Barcelo, MSW, MA and Dr. Gita Mehrotra MSW, PhD.

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


This session will be an opportunity for people of color who work in predominantly white organizations to focus on our lived experiences and strategies for navigating these spaces.  Through interactive dialogue and a panel discussion with a diverse group of community practitioners, participants will share some of the challenges of working in dominant culture spaces, explore opportunities for growth and professional development within those settings, and discuss the importance of self and community care to sustain ourselves in our work. Participants will develop and share strategies for surviving and thriving in our work as people of color working and living in predominantly white environments while recognizing some of the unique and shared experiences that we have as people of color with diverse, intersectional identities, roles, and contexts.

Marina Barcelo, MSW, MA

Marina is the Student Inclusion Coordinator at PSU’s School of Social Work, where she provides ongoing student and faculty support in the areas of recruitment and retention, with a specific focus on students of color and first generation students. Marina is a board member of Momentum Alliance, a Portland-based organization that inspires youth to realize their power individually and collectively and to mentor future social justice leaders, as well as Vice President of Equity of the ACLU of Oregon Board of Directors. Marina holds a MSW, a MA in Women’s & Gender Studies, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy from Loyola University Chicago. She is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.

Dr. Gita Mehrotra

Gita 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. 

Utilizing Cultural Humility within Addictions Counseling to Enhance the Therapeutic Alliance

Featuring: Alexia DeLeon, PhD, NCC

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


Cultural humility is a newer theoretical framework being used within counseling related contexts. When mental health professionals work within the cultural humility framework, they are able to have a precise view of their own cultural values, while simultaneously valuing an other-oriented perspective. This framework aims to enhance the therapeutic alliance by helping mental health professionals learn to value, respect and honor the cultural values their clients hold. This training will help attendees learn how to work from the cultural humility framework within addictions counseling in order to enhance the therapeutic alliance. 

Alexia DeLeon, PhD. NCC

Alexia DeLeon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Lewis & Clark College in the Professional Mental Health--Addictions Specialization program. She is also a consultant for Lewis & Clark’s Latino Problem Gambling Services program.  She has been involved in providing treatment for those struggling with addiction for many years. Her research interests include the intersection of communities of color and addictions counseling, social justice and diversity related education and pedagogy, and the experiences of Latina supervisors. Her current clinical work includes working with those impacted by gambling and providing culturally specific clinical supervision for Lewis & Clark’s Latino Problem Gambling Services.


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