Youth Mental Health First Aid - Medford

When: March 14, 2024 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (PST)
Where: Jackson County Health Human Services - 140 S Holly St, Medford, OR 97501
Cost: $150 (or $135 per person for groups of 4 or more)

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen without judgement and give reassurance to a youth who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, as well as how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.

If registering for a group of 4 or more, please contact [email protected] for a discount code.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorders. 
  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  • Understand how to interact with a young person in crisis.
  • Know how to connect a young person with help.
  • Better understand trauma, substance use, self-care and the impact of social media and bullying. 

Who should attend:

  • People who want to learn more about mental health challenges that impact youth.
  • Professionals interested in deepening their understanding Mental Health First Aid.
  • Teachers, school staff, coaches, camp counselors, youth group leaders, parents, adults who work with youth.

About The Trainer

Taylor Herreman is an experienced leader in child and youth services, having worked in a variety of settings to support systems-involved youth with early childhood trauma exposure from a trauma informed perspective. Taylor is currently the Director of Training Services at Boys & Girls Aid, a non-profit foster and adoption agency in Portland, OR. In her role, she provides training and consultation to staff and foster parents in a variety of program roles.


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Questions? Reach out to Erica Keaveney: [email protected]



Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Training

When: March 20-22, 2024 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm each day (with 30 minute lunches).
Where: Virtual - Zoom link will be emailed before the event.
Cost: $309. 

If you are registering a group of 4 or more participants, then please email [email protected] for a discount code.

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is a training that is focused on teaching its participants different techniques in problem-solving with children. CPS can be essential for learning strategies about how to problem-solve with children with difficulties in emotional regulation or expressing their concern and needs, as well as proactively working with children to build skills for chronic challenges in their lives.

Who should attend?

  • Educators & Childcare Providers
  • Mental Health & Healthcare Providers
  • Parents & Caregivers

About The Trainers

Rick Bowman is a Certified Trauma Practitioner with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. He is also a Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving and a K-12 licensed school administrator in the state of Oregon. His background in leadership positions include experiences in the U.S. military, business, mental health, and education.

Doris Bowman is a Special Education Advanced Certified Trauma & Resilience Practitioner with a M.S. in Education. She is certified in several different fields, including HeartMath, “Stress & Well-Being Assessment” Provider, and a Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving. She has co-authored “Going to Bed is Easy Now” and “Going to School is Easy Now,” the first two in a series of children’s books that were designed to support children with challenging behaviors.

Bowman Consulting Group:

The Bowman Consulting Group provides training, consultation, coaching, and advisement on topics including trauma-informed practices and behavior plans, resilience, and problem-solving.


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Questions? Reach out to Erica Keaveney: [email protected]



Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) training for Alliance Members

When: Once a month on Saturdays 9am-5pm In-Person! 
Boys & Girls Aid Headquarters
9320 SW Barbur Blvd. Ste. 200
Portland, OR 97219

Cost: $225 

The ODHS CPI Reimbursement Program can reimburse expenses for two trainees for everyone one trainee paid for by a CCA (while funding lasts) Click on 'More information' to learn about the reimbursement program.


More information can be found here
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Questions? Reach out to [email protected]




Leadership Development Series

To be put on the waiting list for another series coming soon, please contact Erica Keaveney: [email protected] or 503 583 3999.

The Center for Excellence is thrilled to be offering a new Leadership Training Series, exclusively tailored for Alliance Members and other community-based health organizations. 

Participants can sign up for the entire series or take each session separately. All trainings are virtual via Zoom.

Here are the topics and times: 

  • Foundations of Effective Supervision – January 11, 10 am - Noon: We’ll cover the ways that individuals can bolster themselves to be effective supervisors, both in and outside of work.
  • Reimagining Power at Work – February 1, 10 am - Noon: We’ll focus on both positional and personal power, and how supervisors can use their power to create collaboration and facilitate trust.
  • Providing Appreciative Feedback – March 7, 10 am - Noon: We’ll discuss and practice how and when to give both appreciative (i.e., positive) and developmental (i.e., constructive) feedback, as well as when feedback needs to become more formalized.
  • Setting & Evaluating Employee Expectations – April 4, 10 am - Noon: We’ll explore ways to make expectations clear, measurable, and collaborative with those we supervise.
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations at Work – May 2, 10 - Noon: We’ll cover the reasons we avoid conversations that may feel uncomfortable and strategies for having difficult conversations at work.


  • Support the professional development of community-based health organization's staff to provide consistent, trauma informed, and culturally responsive supervision and leadership.
  • Support training attendees in co-creating effective, healthy workplaces and organizational cultures in their agencies.


Rebecca Peatow Nickels, MSW is the principal for RPN Strategies where she helps organizations be at their best. Her consulting work focuses on interim executive leadership, group facilitation, training related to trauma informed approaches, and leadership development coaching. Previously, she was the executive director of Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women’s Crisis Line) from 2006-2018, leading the organization as it expanded crisis line services, increased its integration of equity and racial justice, and strove to be a survivor-led organization.

Cost: $49 per session, or $199 for the entire series

To be put on the waiting list for another series coming soon, please contact Erica Keaveney: [email protected] or 503 583 3999.