Social Justice & Trauma Conference

The 2nd Annual Trauma & Social Justice Conference

Friday, September 11, 2015, 9am - 4pm

George Fox University - Portland (Tigard) Center

Click here for full conference brochure and registration information.

Keynote Address: LGBTQ Communities & Trauma: Progress & Vulnerabilities for Youth, Adults, & Families
Gena Minnix, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, Co-Founder of The Human Empathy Project

Group Facilitators
Mya Chamberlain, (Dir. of Community Services) & Participants, Friendly House Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE Metro PDL)

Stephen Bearden, PhD., (Graduate Mental Health Educator); Supervising Non-Allies

Tamara Markham, MA, Annarie Wergeland, MA, (School Counselors), & Graduates; LGBTQQ Advocacy at New Urban High School

Stace Parlen, MA-MFT; CGACI, Working with Transgender Youth and Their Families

A participant-working conference* for mental health, education, ministerial, social policy, public health & humanitarian aid professionals serving marginalized populations most vulnerable to chronic stress and trauma.

8:30am: Check-in
9:00am: Welcome
9:10am: Keynote Address
10:15am: Break
10:30am: Part II - Dr. Minnix
11:30am: Small Group Organization
12:n: (Working) Lunch
1:00pm: Small Group 1
2:15pm: Small Group 2
3:15pm: Break
3:30pm: Large Group
4:00pm: Adjourn

Conference Organizers
Keith Dempsey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Counseling
Anna A. Berardi, Ph.D., Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy, & Director of the Trauma Response Institute

Registration Details
online here or mail registration with check payable to "George Fox University - TRI" if registering as a group or student. Include name, address, phone, email, and box lunch option if desired. (Address linked above.) The registration deadline is September 5.

Cost: $90 / person.
Discount Rate: $70
/ person.
Groups: 3 or more people per agency, school, organization employees, or volunteers.
Students: Valid school ID required for conference admittance.
Optional: $10 Box Lunch. (Regular, Gluten Free, or Vegan options.)

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than September 5, 2014. Refunds prior to deadline are subject to a $25 processing fee.

CE Certificates & Graduate Credit
CE certificates will be distributed. As a department within the School of Education at George Fox University, the Graduate School of Counseling (GSC) adheres to the educational standards set forth by the
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. In addition, the GSC has been approved to provide continuing education (CEs) for the organizations listed below. The GSC adheres to the continuing education guidelines of these organizations, and maintains responsibility for the program. This program may comply with additional organizations’ CE requirements upon content verification by the participant. Please retain program description and schedule for this purpose.

  • National Board of Certified Counselors (Provider #4447)
  • National Association for Social Workers (Provider#886411347)
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE #4610)

Trauma & Social Justice Annual Conference
Held the 2nd week of September, the
Trauma and Social Justice Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Trauma Response Institute at George Fox University. It is designed to promote and support the work of humanitarian aid, mental health, education, ministerial, and health care professionals dedicated to naming and responding to socio-cultural factors that increase stress and trauma among marginalized and vulnerable populations. Our gathering is a time to share research, programs, successes, and struggles for mutual support and furthering of our work toward building more safe, equitable, and resilient communities.

*What's A Participant-Working Conference?
Come ready to learn and share! The Trauma & Social Justice Conference recognizes that all of us are both learners and experts in effecting change. We strive to further challenge and deepen our work, as well as resource one another through guided discussions, including the sharing of our successes and challenges as new skills or calls to respond are identified.

TRI Contact & Follow
Check out the following TRI information sources.
TRI Info & Courses:
TRI Questions: or (503) 554-6065
Twitter: @TraumaInstitute
LinkedIn: Trauma Response Institute Forum