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Wednesday, May 24, 2023 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM PDT
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Tess Fowler 
VOA Al Forthan Scholarship 


Recovery Community Organizations: Peers, Justice, and Culture with Tony Vezina & The Intersection of Trauma, Grief and Loss in Addiction & Recovery Communities with Alexia Deleon, Ph.D., NCC.

Please join us for the upcoming trainings on Wednesday, May 24th for Recovery Community Organizations: Peers, Justice, and Culture  with Tony Vezina and The Intersection of Trauma, Grief and Loss in Addiction & Recovery Communities with  Alexia Deleon, Ph.D., NCC.

All proceeds go towards the Al Forthan Scholarship. 

Cost: $110 for full day of training (6 CEUs); $60 for half day of training (3 CEUs)


Recovery Community Organizations: Peers, Justice, and Culture

Featuring: Tony Vezina

When: 8:30am-12:00pm


Participants will understand how recovery community organizations play a pivotal role in supporting people to achieve long-term recovery. This session will include a panelist discussion with recovery community organization leaders from the Black, Native, Latino, LGBTQ, and Youth communities. 

Tony Vezina

Tony Vezina is a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorders. He started his recovery journey at VOA Men's Residential in 2012. Since then, he has dedicated his life to helping others recover. He is the co-founder and current executive director of 4D Recovery, a recovery community organization for young people 18-35 providing a variety of recovery services in the larger Portland area. He has a BSW from Concordia University, a CRM II from MHACBO, and is a CADC 1. He is co-founder and co-chair of Oregon Recovers, a statewide recovery advocacy organization, a board of director and housing committee chair of the Mental Health and Certification Board of Oregon, the co-founder of Harmony High, Oregon's first Recovery High School, the Chair of Oregon's Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, and the former Student Body President of Portland Community College. He is also a trainer and public speaker at the local, state, and national levels. He is the recipient of many awards and reports that his success is a reflection of his recovery community. His most proud accomplishment is being a father to his girls.


The Intersection of Trauma, Grief and Loss in Addiction & Recovery Communities

Featuring: Alexia Deleon, Ph.D., NCC

When: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Training Objectives

  1. Attendees will review the well documented literature and research surrounding trauma, grief and loss within addiction and recovery communities. 
  2. Attendees will learn the basics of trauma-informed treatment strategies focused on grief and loss specific to addiction & recovery. 
  3. Attendees will spend time practicing trauma-informed interventions to broach the topic of grief and loss within addiction counseling. 

Alexia Deleon, Ph.D., NCC

Alexia DeLeon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Program Director at Lewis & Clark College for the Professional Mental Health--Addictions Specialization program. She was the founding director of Lewis & Clark’s Latino Problem Gambling Services program that launched in 2017 and served over 75 clients in its first year of operation. She has been involved in providing treatment for those impacted by addiction and recovery for many years. Her research interests include the intersection of communities of color and addictions counseling, more specifically, Latinx families impacted by addiction and recovery, and the experiences of Latina clinical supervisors. Her current clinical work includes working with those impacted by addiction and gambling related issues within Latinx and recovery communities. Dr. DeLeon maintains a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for Latinx communities seeking mental health services. She believes in healing the soul wound of her ancestors for the next generation by practicing cultural humility and trauma-informed counseling, along with other non-Western healing modalities for indigenous communities. Her clinical work and passion for Latinx wellness aims to transform and heal the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wounds of her ancestors by reconnecting with indigenous healing practices toward a road of recovery, collective empowerment and liberation. He is a principal investigator on a variety of projects, including Utah Communities That Care Training program, Staying Connected with Your Teen, Families Facing the Future (formerly Focus on Families) and a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study on Family Connections. He is an investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, which tests the effectiveness of the Communities That Care program.

In addition, he is researching the intersection of biological and environmental risks for drug abuse in a study that focuses on emerging adults. He has also been an active collaborator with other research groups, including Iowa State University’s Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute and Boy’s Town of Omaha, Nebraska.

His interest in the efficient and effective transition of tested programs into real-world settings has led to his involvement as principal investigator in two research grants that focus on adapting the Staying Connected with Your Teen program for use in drug-treatment and foster-care settings.

An expert on substance abuse and delinquency prevention, Dr. Haggerty speaks, conducts trainings, and writes extensively on this field. He has presented papers at many national and international conferences throughout Europe, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Canada and the United States. He has been a board member of the Society for Prevention Research and is a prevention science reviewer for periodicals such as Evaluation and Program Planning and the Journal of Adolescent Health, among others. 


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