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Sep 7, 2008|

Janice Grattan and Michael Sorenson with Samaritan Counseling Centers talk about the upcoming conference designed to empower women and tell us about the counseling services the centers provide.

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Don't listen to -- out a series of interviews with people an interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host Joan -- -- terror and -- -- woman in this day and age has since trying times. Their children -- shelter and food pay foreign relationships. To maintain. The samaritan counseling centers is sponsoring -- women to women conference on the eighteenth of this month. It's filled with speakers and workshops designed to provide relationship education and skills ten navigate your own relationships as they change and evolve through the various seasons of life. And with me today is -- Scranton and Michael Sorenson was samaritan counseling centers. They're here to tell us about this conference and explain in the services provided through the centers on a thank you so much for joining us today on metro scout. First of all Janice you know you're the board share was samaritan counseling centers when and where will the women to women conference being held what does it all about. We're so happy to be sponsoring this conference they'd done this for some time this year are conferences on Thursday September. 18. I will begin at 1 o'clock. But it'll go on throughout the evening in ending -- or Iran with our banquet at 615 and probably closing around 8 o'clock. In Libya to native American senator which is a wonderful senator that was built a couple of years ago -- nears the campus apartment state university. What what's it all about why this conference -- so important. Now this conference is a conference is going to be helpful to women after out of Portland area. From all ages -- -- are very young or very old and whenever phase of life your family in sand. We think it'll be a place trees and learn about things like how to buy a home machine into my home. How'd you manage likes challenges so whether it's divorce or remarriage are new marriage or the birth of children. And it'll also have some areas for folks that are in the senior. Ages and stages and not some of the difficulties that happens as we lose our partners and another changes that go on and our lives. So I think you'll be a time for women to come together. Become powerful and learn now about how to handle life better. We'll just telling has been doing this conference is its first years have been around for awhile. We've been doing this conference this particular one for three years. As part of that we also have an award to what we call the samaritan of the year and that particular. It war has been. Part of samaritan counseling centers for a number of years but this conference has been happening for three years. Now Michael you're the executive director for samaritan counseling centers horse of the guest speaker is gonna be you what are their messages what do we need learned during this conference. -- we -- really fortunate this year to have some doctor Julie gunmen. Probably one of the nation's foremost experts on relationships. Relationships between men women as well as Sloan nontraditional relationships. And gay lesbian relationships. And she'll be our opening keynote speaker. She's -- government institute which is so -- city University of Washington in Seattle they've done some cash probably more than forty years of relationship education. The research. They had something called the Love Lab where they've. Watched them. Couples -- like a sleep lab much couples as they interacted and cradle to identify some specific things that make a couple more successful than those who. Well aren't more successful like test. And we also have closing keynote speaker in one of your own. Cheryl Stewart from the buzz 1051. But actually has been a great advocate for good samaritan counseling centers and our relationship education. Classes she and her partner. Actually came to all of our classes both the parenting classes and the relationship classes. And you probably know she's on her second marriage and she and Patrick came to our pre Merrill class they've gone to the relationship to education to our pairs class which is the kind of an experiential emotionally focused class com and then through a series of parenting classes called step. Then so Oden would like bookends are on our keynote speakers who will present and then in between there and folks like early intense and then. Who's been a long time realtor in the north -- northeast Portland area. -- talk about what it means is to be single and trying to buy a home in the different ways that people do that in Portland knowing how expensive homes aren't really when you're going through divorce and then trying to find a new place to be. I'm sometimes buying a home you don't feel like as an option in her -- an expert there and helping people figure that kind of thing -- We also have sudden folks from places like the kinship palace which works with families who have. Children. Who are being adopted out of the Foster system as well as people who are providing Foster care. I'm gonna talk about attachments and the kinds of things that one can do to improve attachment both with with your own biological children as well as those who are going through adoption. And there are several others there's actually twelve different speakers outside America to keynote speakers and I would really suggest that folks going to. Women PDX dot org and check out the conference there. You're listening -- mantra scope then we're speaking magenta Scranton and Michael -- there with samaritan counseling centers they're here to tell us about. A women to women conferences going to be held on the eighteenth of this month they're also explain the services that are provided through the senator. And Janice what else can we expect during this conference let's see we're gonna have some people there who will be speaking about task. Personal and professional lives and how to meld those two. Kinds of tracks in the year and your time so that you can be feel more successful as a woman. Economy and Michael mentioned how to maintain a healthy relationships after adoption and I mentioned earlier that geriatric population. We will be having someone who's a financial investor who will be helping people now how who spend their money wisely how to save quijano in these times. Economically. We're being told Social Security isn't enough you battery putting money away and that's tough right now. So we think they'll be many women who appreciates that. And another area of expertise we have an Indian spiritual direction south. As well as you know then northwest is degrade and church that people look for spiritual direction they look for in the forest then a foreign hiking. And now we have some people are specialists and. Helping people to answer spiritual questions as well so that'll be another seems through the conference it says this is really a conference about empowering women who would you go would you agree with that I'll definitely definitely. We feel like -- -- stand agent you know we've gone through some of these conventions we hear the politics we hear about the cracks in the glass ceiling we feel that this is a time for women to. Look toward equalizing some of those things like not -- economic parity with man. And oh this'll be a place -- and come together and very comfortable setting. And stretched themselves. Close interestingly talked about the cracks of the ceilings of course Hillary Rodham Clinton and not for the democrats' side talking about. She making big cracks and in in the glass ceiling and it would guys Sarah Palin from the Republican side in politics and you know she's talking about shattering that glass ceiling as as the VP. Possibilities with John McCain. Are we seeing. Women -- maybe taking a new direction these days I mean what it is gonna be changing immensely for women with these you know candidates. In the forefront right now definitely and I now so we all know that because of that menu you hear mass Sarah Palin's. Struggles and -- her family. There's -- struggles eternal struggle trying to be good parents being nurturing. At the same time sometimes being in job sending swear they're sharing isn't reinforced and in fact monies we really answered as an aggressive. I'm balancing act between school -- and paychecks and trying to do recreation as well and Wendy you get to just take care of yourself if she can't take care of yourself it's real hard to take care of those that depend on you. I -- and that's sandwich taking care of aging parents. So we think a conference will be really helpful to help women reflect on those demands and get a handle on how they can do that. With some strength. Michael how good samaritan counseling centers get involved in this conference and is this -- conference solely for women or would you move recommend that men attend as well. That's a good question and I ended in the past we have had -- attendant most of them aren't move the mental health field we've. Neglected to say with this also has continued in education -- professional credits for. Those who. Practice and therapy here and in the Portland area. Hmmm didn't we got involved really because we looked at our constituents those who came to CSI. In their most some -- the most desperate times. And recognize that some of the problems that -- women who were coming to seek therapy you're. We're. Identifying. Had they have addressed those problems long before -- and identified. Her skill sets that. That they could have developed is through relationship education but other kind of firm. Plus acute settings that they may have been able to save their relationship they may have been able to identify that they should have left earlier come. Been able to identify some some personal goals that would have been bolstered their their ability to move forward in life and regardless of other relationship. The sat at that time. We recognize that the needs of our community in the past. A broad and so we've really tried to identify -- that allows people to get the broadest amount of information. And then we'll hopefully did jump from from the conference into some of their own self study or into other activities related to. Two their own educational process. -- samaritan has been around since 1983 and we fell along practice of both serving the needs of women. And we do really like to get. And before the therapy process really like to get to places of empowering the in the community because the cost of being unhealthy or mentally as pretty significant. Well. My would you agree that a lot of people you know are in a relationship for enact an end stage of their life they think -- you know everything's fine and Andy I don't need anything like this the things change right. I'm definitely none did that. This shiny newness of being in love starts today and if for some folks after a couple of weeks and for others after a couple of years and the statistics show that relationship that's in trouble. Usually it takes about seven years before they start to seek help and you know if if you had a child that had some problems he would be seeking usually be seeking help pretty immediately. And when your primary relationship the suffering we tend to ignore it and culturally it's it's not a good thing to talk about how your your primary relationship doesn't. In struggled. Some anonymous knows how to and who can automatically develop both blasting intimate relationship. And we have examples of parents and family and friends. Come and for those of us of my generation those examples are always positive. So this is an opportunity for people to come in and see what the researchers have found that makes a relationship successful and when it's not successful what to do next. So basically nipped in the bud before it becomes a problem and so even. Women who think that there and a healthy situation and seizure of their life for a healthy relationship. Probably not a bad idea for them to attend this conference. I think that's a perfect idea for them to do. Ellison in a mantras go -- with me today is Janice Graham and Michael Sorenstam they are both with samaritan counseling centers and they're here to tell us about the women to women conference. It's gonna be held on eight teens and they're also talking about the services that are provided. Through the samaritan counseling centers. Now Janice why is it important that women of all walks of life attend this conference -- gonna touch on that just a little bit with the last question but any other thoughts on that. Well women. Have strolls only and that really was the core mission of the east samaritan counseling center system provide. Counseling in a setting that is comfortable to people we are located in various churches around the area as well as. Our main office which is near -- senator. And we provide all levels of services for women women get depressed. Women have issues with their children. Women have problems to solve so. There are various stages in one's life and it's very important to seek out professional help. And that's swept past American senator student. Michael if he could tell us a little bit more bit more about us samaritan counseling centers how many centers do you guys have a what is that you do who do you surf. Sure samaritan counseling center has been around since 1983 where state certified mental health agencies. With the national accreditation through the samaritan institute and the American association of pastoral counselors and for some folks that doesn't mean anything other than to say that our quality is high. We have seven centers now six that are co located in churches mostly mainline Christian churches. We are an organization that -- spiritual presence and Janice had suggested earlier. I'm one of the conference topics of spiritual direction. There's only 30% of the state of organ that actually -- to church home. But there's more than 70% of the state that claims a spiritual life and so we have found -- worked really hard to be open and affirming -- of all faiths. In fact we've hired folks who -- various -- Jewish Buddhist. Come humanist if you can call that a faith we that we accept those a -- their faith tradition. I'm. -- we started in Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1983. And and today we've serves more than 12100 people a year. As a suggested earlier a large group of people who come to see -- our women. -- mostly women in transition or women with the adjustment and the technical term is adjustment disorders. Could he didn't. Children leaving the home it could be that a new baby coming into -- home. It could be parents -- in and those parents needing to be moved into some alternative home situation and we actually have a sponsor and participant in our conference this year that's going to be talking about that what he's doing your parents are agent. They actually looking to you to be the carrier as opposed to. Taking care of themselves. We also serve -- large number of photo gay lesbian. -- clients both individual as well as some. Those folks in in terms of relationship. We do education as well -- Merrill education as well as for union education. We do relationship enrichment counseling and education which he talked about before. I mean we have one track that follows doctor government's work. And it's more of he's about 80% lecture and 20% experiential learning. Then we have another one called pairs which. It's -- nationally tested. Education program but it's that one's 80% experiential and 20% lecture so. He really looking at the different learning styles and different stages with folks aren't in their struggle -- in their state or in their strength. Say don't necessarily have to be -- presbyterian. To go and visit one of your centers you can be of any faint. That's to actually closer to 60% of the people who come to CS are not some day they don't claim a Christian home they claim a spiritual life. And the invitation is samaritan is to bring that that asset to the context of their peer education. No Mayo Clinic long ago that identified that as virtual practice brought into the milieu of -- of of health care. Do you actually get better quicker and you stay better longer. So. Following that and I researched and we're more than open to people bringing in their faith traditions in the context of therapy. And looking for ways to build on those as one more building block her one more assets that can help them in the recovery process. And I think to your -- based as well cracked. We are seeded Steve days we take a number of insurance. -- and insurance programs we have a standard fee but then based on donations that come from the community were also able to reduce that she. For those who don't have insurance and who have limited means. And there's big. Big difference between a standard fees and our lowest subsidized -- And what about children's issues do you do you do with children's issues as well. We do hum hidden within the context of family as well -- -- one on one therapy could. And we can work with children has. Known as young as six months to the parents and the child having bonding her attachments. Struggles where. The parent is identified I don't know what to do I can't make him happier and make her happy as well as working with with children who learn. Potentially didn't involved in drugs or emergent and drugs -- struggles with sex and sexuality concerns. Tom most of the time when a child comes to CS. Their parent is also involved but not always. But we also serves and we serve folks who were in the minute. The later years or Lou Lou the more wise years. We've actually had folks who were in their seventies super participate in our education classes who are trying to at 7271. Figure out how to love each other better and -- so yeah we serve the whole lifespan. Eliciting a mantra scope and we're speaking with Janice Bratton and Michael -- their -- -- samaritan counseling centers and their talking about the women women conference it's -- be held on the eighteenth of this month and they're also talking about the services that are provided. -- samaritan counseling centers and Janice and do most women suffer through the same issues and if so what seems to be the major issues. Well primarily for women. Well now come in because a relationship isn't working. For their feeling sad and not a lot of energy and primarily we treat the women who are suffering. Through some phase of depression or anxiety that's -- the primary diagnosis that we see. And both of those conditions are very treatable and especially. Treated well let's talk therapy so we have a good track record and therapists are specializing in math and just do plan on with what Michael sand. We do believe in treating women in the context of family and often for women particularly in the. Twenty to forty or fifty age group that children are at the center of their lives as well -- problems with children problems as raising children frustrations. About trying to find enough time for themselves as another big issue. And I tempers are very good at dealing with that and helping to counsel women on how to take time for themselves. Is it tougher to be a woman or man in the -- I did ask you this question yeah. While I personally think it's time enemy aluminum cars I think women half to. But they were organ multitask -- and that and we do a lot of task in Wimbledon. I think -- one year with men you often see them boring in on one particular task they might do that well I'll tell you women -- 10120 general things in the meantime so that's my dot S of course Michael anything do you think men or women haven't -- these days. But based on our experience within samaritan counseling senators may intend to push things under the rug and until ignore and tell -- -- fire. Women tend to come to see us. At the beginning stages of struggles and there's less embarrassment to or less social social struggle about seeing. Seeing a therapist for women. -- and we've socialized men to believe that they don't need help come we socialized men to believe that mental health experience really is too soft. And although I think that that might be changing I think that the struggle especially as it relates to mental health concerns. Men wait to wait too long. So how do you as a woman tell your husband you know. Things are working out the way I think they should be worked gained. Maybe it's time that we go -- there been now before it becomes a real issue how does a woman do that -- how did you miss your husband to go to therapy sessions and his amazing. Can often women come in first on -- around. And now discussed that with C therapists and therapists and and help them coach Sam walked him through some. Scripps to help get that person there. And oftentimes the partner comes to help the partner who's expressing their concerns. But even if they come in with fast and mind you've got to paired together and then you can begin to work and communication issues. That's truth is we don't care how they commend the -- to come in the door and they wanna work we can figure out a way to help them. Eliciting a microscope and we're speaking -- Janice Graham and Michael Sorenson was samaritan counseling centers talking about the upcoming women to women conference is going to be held on eighteen to this month also the services that are provided through the centers. And Michael how does counseling and make relationships and women stronger what are some of the steps. You go through. -- that's a concern and insisting question nor -- there ought to have. For those that are coming in for counseling and I think there's been one of the things that didn't think can help make an individual stronger is just someone to be able to hear that. The struggle in -- and create some level of normalcy. Hostin can. And I can't read what's in your mind often when I stepped into us the place of problem and I feel like it's it's inside of me in my heart in my mind and mind my own stroll. As they share that I can and can have been another individual bounce back then. -- that is normal and you know that does happen and yes there are ways to fix that problem. And although of the ways to fix the problem might be difficult I can help you navigate those waters and find the strength in order to do it. As it -- as it relates to relationships make your relationship strong there's. -- I never been an individual who thought that I can be emotionally -- -- no I don't tend to be one who jumped -- and fixes my mistakes along the way and the opportunity -- relationship education classes for two people who are in relationship to step into milieu where. There's common language. There's. I'm permission to be vulnerable. Tom there's permission to learn something new about yourself in fact it's just really promoted. Com and then. There's an opportunity for two people to work through one or more problems together and to learn the skills necessary to do it respectfully to do with fairness. I think or equitable. And there is this also -- and sometimes a loaded term but did. Just the idea that and then you can sit down with somebody who may act like a mediator but -- no more like -- a coach or mentor. It's can be significant. Just quickly if you could tell us when and where the women to women conference will be again and repeated tells for -- for more information. Certainly they conferences. This coming Thursday September 18. In the registration starts at 1230. Antenna will last until approximately 81098. And it will be up the -- American senator on the Portland State. University campus. You can. Register by eight going to. Debian Debian Debian that women PDX dot org and or call the samaritan counseling centers have 503281. 3318. We do have a limited number of scholarships. And time is short so there's limited space and we encourage you to register -- RI -- -- thank you so much for joining us today Michael Owen Janice. That's. Michael Sorenson and Janice rather than they are here from us samaritan counseling centers in -- talking about the upcoming women to women conference. That's mattress company Entercom communications public affairs program. 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