Al Forthan Trainings

We began the Al Forthan Scholarship Training Series to provide current information to those who are serving marginalized populations. Through our training series, we raise a significant amount of money for the Al Forthan Scholarship. We charge a fee for the trainings, but all of the proceeds go towards the Al Forthan Scholarship. By attending these trainings you are able to learn from informative and influential people in the social work field, while also helping raise money for students to attend college. Take a look at this year’s Training Series below and see which trainings interest you.

If you work for an agency, you and your agency partner with us in co-presenting an Al Forthan training to raise funds for the Al Forthan Scholarship. What we would ask of your agency is to commit to sending several of your staff to the training and assist us in advertising the training with your partner agencies and contacts. It is a great way for your agency to learn current and useful information while also helping to raise money for the Scholarship.  Email Greg Stone at if your agency is interested in partnering with us to offer a training.

2018 – 2019 Training Series

Unless otherwise noted, all trainings are 8:30am-12:00pm at the New Song Church Community Center.  Registration cost is  $60 and earn 3 CEUs for half day trainings and $110 and earn 6 CEU’s for full day trainings.  Email Alex Rice at to register for any future training.

September 26th



Deepening the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing:  Practicing Empathy

With Stéphanie Wahab. PhD, MSW

Whether you are practicing motivational interviewing or not, establishing a strong rapport with the people you work with is key to being an effective helper. Behavioral research has consistently demonstrated that the relationship with clients is as, if not more important than the modality or intervention. This training will focus on growing the spirit of compassion, acceptance, partnership and evocation in your practice.

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October 24th


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Effective Strategies for Treating Individuals with Criminal Behavior and Addiction

With Felesia Otis BS, CADC II

This training is to help participants gain an understanding of the research on what puts people at risk of being involved in criminal activity. Participants will learn how risk and protective factors can assist helpers in targeting appropriate interventions for change. The hope is that attendees will obtain the latest information about best practices currently being used with the criminal justice populations.

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November 28th



Intergenerational Trauma and the Impact on the African-American Psyche

With Anthony Jordan MPA, CADC II, CRM

This class focuses on working with African-Americans in a behavioral health setting. We will explore the impact of intergenerational trauma on the Black community. You will leave with a broader understanding of the impact of displacement, slavery and genocide on Black communities today.

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 Closing the Gap Between The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision and Reality

With Cliff Jones

Much work has been done on many fronts in the last 25 years related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion awareness building and education. That is an important and critical step in building the capacity to change oneself and to change organizations. And awareness building and education alone are not sufficient to close the gap between our vision for diversity, equity and inclusion and the current reality in our lives and in our organizations.

This workshop will support us to examine the disciplines of change management and organizational development in the context of diversity, equity and inclusion. We will explore concrete mindsets, skills and tools for closing the gap which include the change formula, developing DEI outcomes, organizational defensive routines and systems analysis and change.

The intent is to stimulate your thinking and action towards substantial organizational change towards the organization you want and hope for.

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January 9th



 Psychopharmacology of Emerging Drugs

With Jim Jensen, MA, QMHP, CADCII

The aim of this training is to increase the understanding of the relationship between drugs and the brain with a focus on certain emerging drugs of abuse.  In addition, the mechanism of action and characteristic effects of emerging drugs and some addiction treatment medications will be discussed.”

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February 13th



Disarming Despair: Supporting Those Who Grieve

With Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW

This training will provide an overview of loss and grief and describe the process of recovery for those who grieve. Examples of loss throughout the lifespan, including losses specific to trauma, illness, and other life changes  will be provided. Interventions to aid in the recovery from loss will be described. Participants will be given an opportunity to explore loss more deeply and consider what helps and/or hinders in recovery. How to recognize complicated grief will also be discussed.

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March 14th



The Neurobiology and Pharmacotherapy of Addiction

With Bradley M. Anderson, MD

This training will familiarize attendees with the basic neurobiology of addiction and how drugs and alcohol have their effects. It will also cover the medications commonly used to treat addictions as well as how to discuss their use with patients.

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April 10th


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Self Care as Revolutionary Action: Nurturing POC Strength

This training is only for people of color

With Marina Barcelo, MSW, MA & Dr. Gita Mehrotra, MSW, PhD.

This session will create a space for people of color who are navigating institutions to focus on the necessity of engaging in self-care and community care as revolutionary action. Through interactive dialogue, participants will discuss the strengths and limitations of the concept of “self-care”, explore ideas of vicarious resilience and community care, and address issues of trauma exposure and healing justice. Participants will move beyond “the bubble bath,” and generate strategies for navigating intersectional identities and nurturing the personal and the political within our current context.

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Advocacy for Equity: Building Allyship toward Social Change

With Eddie May, MSW, LCSW & Dr. Gita Mehrotra MSW, PhD.

This workshop will explore the impact of power, privilege, identity, and oppression in our practice with a specific focus on what it means to build allyship and solidarity across differences to further equity in our work.  We will explore issues of social identity, oppression, and equity and critically consider what we mean by “allyship” and solidarity in the context of social justice work.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore their own intersectional identities and discuss the concept of allyship within shared identity caucus groups. Facilitated group exercises will then expand skills and strategies for effective coalition-building, allyship, and solidarity work across different social locations.

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May 15th



Teaching Ethics in Clinical Supervision: Enhancing Decision-making Quality

With Wayne Scott, MA, LCSW

In Plato’s Meno, a student asks the philosopher Socrates, “Is virtue something that can be taught? Or does it come by practice? Or is it neither teaching nor practice… but natural aptitude or something else?” One important purpose of clinical supervision is providing a forum for reflection on clinical ethics as they apply to dilemmas that arise when working with challenging clients. “This day-long workshop provides an instructional and reflective forum for clinical supervisors and the people they supervise about how to use the supervisory relationship to promote rigorous critical thinking about ethics and to deepen their supervisees’ capacity to deconstruct, analyze, and resolve ethical dilemmas.

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June 13th



Homelessness and Addiction

With Michele Mannix

This workshop will explore the myths and stereotypes and introduce best practices in engagement, prevention and sustainability in meeting the needs of homeless addicts.

Special attention will be placed on how the brain is affected living on the street, how to measure success and recovery with homeless addicts and what are the skills we need to develop to be more effective with our clients.

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 A New Look at Mental Illness 

With Meghan Caughey MA, MFA

There are many negative stereotypes about what it means to be diagnosed with mental illness. Some of these stereotypes are based on lack of information, while others are a form of prejudice–stigma.

This presentation will show a positive and hopeful approach to what it means to have mental health challenges. This is appropriate for anyone who has a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with a psychiatric disability or for persons who themselves have mental health challenges. The presentation will include using movement and art as we explore the topic.

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