CE and Conversation

These events offer an opportunity for mental health professionals to learn theories and strategies which inform the practices of professional colleagues as well as the networking opportunity to make their own practices more visible.  Professionals who attend reconnect with friends, develop new alliances with colleagues, and expand their mental health community.

 Where: Lucky Lab Brew Pub   915 SE Hawthorne Blvd.  Portland, OR 97214

Free parking on site & street parking nearby

30 minutes of networking plus CE presentation; Food and drink available for purchase.

Charge is $10 (for room & CE costs); coming a little early can be useful; you can place a food order, the staff will bring your lunch into the meeting room.

August 4, 2017, 12:15 - 2:30 1 1/2 hr CE

Best Practices: Working With People Who Have Disabilities or Chronic Health Conditions

Presenter: Darian Slayton Fleming: LCSW, CRC

Clients with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions are people first; their conditions are aspects of who they are. People who have disabilities or chronic health conditions want to be known for who they are, not simply as people with conditions.

In this workshop, we will examine our own assumptions and feelings about disability through an experiential exercise. We will enhance our cultural competency through learning about trends in disability history. We will discuss appropriate language and therapeutic techniques. Finally, we will examine the similarities and differences between disabled and non-disabled populations and determine a framework for working with clients who have disabilities and/or chronic health conditions.

Those attending will gain:

  • New awareness of their own biases about disability and chronic health conditions
  • Cultural competency with populations with disabilities and chronic health conditions
  • Ability to describe similarities and differences between people with disabilities and chronic health conditions and the general population
  • Ability to apply techniques that work with clients who are disabled or have chronic health conditions
  • Increased familiarity with helpful community resources

Darian Slayton Fleming earned her MSW in 1983 from the University of Washington. She earned Certification as a rehabilitation counselor in 2004 and obtained her clinical license in 2013. After more than 30 years work at agencies in the disability arena, Darian began private practice in 2010.  Although Darian’s practice niche is disability management across the lifecycle, she uses her vocational counseling background in her work with Employee Assistance Program clients.

Darian also utilizes   a holistic approach to support clients in the general population to overcome stress, manage anxiety and depression and create meaningful relationships and world views.

Darian authored a handbook of tips for group leaders while program director at Vision Northwest, Inc., a statewide support network for people experiencing vision loss. Her article “Sticking Around” about accepting the need to use a white cane and her poem Autumn Mood, were published in “Dialogue Magazine”, a magazine by and for people who are blind. Her article, “Blindness and Mobility Device Etiquette” appeared in “The Braille Forum” the newsletter of the American Council of the Blind.

Currently, Darian is working with a team to produce a documentary about her husband, John Fleming, who died of lung cancer in June 2016; John figured out how to skydive solo over 1938 times despite his blindness.

Find Darian at http://www.dsflemingcc.com

Follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Darian-Slayton-Fleming-MSWCRC/126784390728363

On Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/#!/DarianFleming

On Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/darian-slayton-fleming/2b/4b2/5b5/

And follow the progress of the documentary at: http://www.facebook.com/blindjohnmovie

These programs are co-sponsored by AMHA-OR Metro and Mentor Research Institute. Mentor Research Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mentor Research Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.