2023 Annual Statewide OCEACT Conference

2023 Annual Statewide OCEACT Conference

June 12th, 2023: ACT Leadership Half Day

June 13th – 14th, 2023: General Conference

We have an exciting line up of presenters!

ACT Leadership Session Speakers

Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP

Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP

UCSF & Central City Concern


Lydia (she/her) is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialty in addiction medicine and trauma informed care. She is a medical director at a large FQHC that focuses houseless health care and, is on faculty at UCSF where she teaches in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program. She speaks nationally on topics such as co-occuring disorders, harm reduction and substance use disorder care system improvement. She focuses all parts of her practice on radical public health, harm reduction and anti-oppression work. Lydia lives in Portland, OR, on Chinook, Kathlamet, Clackamas and Kalapuya land.

The Fentanyl Crisis and Team Resilience

The US is in the midst of the third wave of the opioid crisis – a wave that is fueled by Fentanyl, an opioid that is far stronger than heroin or oxycodone. This opioid crisis affects vulnerable and marginalized populations at a higher rate than the general public and we are seeing its presence affect ACT teams across the state. This brief workshop reviews how and why we are in a fentanyl crisis, as well as how to engage in harm reduction work in the age of fentanyl and finally, what teams can do to support each other during these times.

Eileen Mejia

Eileen Mejia

Eileen Mejia, LLC


Eileen Mejia, MA is an Ambassador of Compassion through Stanford University’s Applied Compassion Program.

As a Professor, Facilitator and Trainer for thirty years, Eileen uses evidence-based methods to facilitate compassionate, joyful community and high functioning teams. Her facilitation promotes harmony, resilience, self-discovery, and renewal.

In Eileen’s classes, workshops and retreats, participants experiment and explore. We ask questions and puzzle out answers. We enact curiosity and thoughtfulness. We grow beyond assumptions as we build on one another’s unique knowledge and insights.

Participants are never coerced out of their comfort zones. Given agency over participation styles and choices, comfort zones tend to expand at each participant’s own pace.

Grounded in authentic humility and confidence, we co-create emergent synergy, developing new knowledge and new understanding.

Generous, openhearted goodwill characterize Eileen’s classes and workshops.

Compassion, Burnout and Renewal

Our goal is to promote compassion, resilience and joyful collaboration. In this workshop we will explore how to reduce empathy fatigue and activate skilled compassion as its antidote. Conceptual information will be integrated with experiential activities that are designed to invigorate your team dynamic and provide opportunities for renewal. Participants can expect a lively and engaging session.

Keynote Speakers

Pat Deegan, PhD

Pat Deegan, PhD

Pat Deegan and Associates


Patricia E. Deegan Ph.D. is a principal with Pat Deegan & Associates. For over 30 years Pat has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field of behavioral health recovery. Pat founded a company run by and for people in recovery. The mission: To safeguard human dignity by bringing individual voice and choice to the center of the clinical care team. Toward this end she developed the CommonGround Program that includes the award winning CommonGround software, the online Recovery Library, the CommonGround Academy for peers and practitioners, and the Hearing Distressing Voices Simulation. Since 2009, Pat has worked as a consultant helping to develop and evolve the OnTrackNY model for coordinated specialty care teams for young folks experiencing early psychosis. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She has held a number of academic appointments, has numerous publications, and has carried a message of hope for recovery to audiences around the world. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.

Accompanying People on the Journey to Use Meds Optimally to Support Recovery

In this 1-hour address, Pat Deegan will present a new framework for understanding and supporting folks in using psych meds to help get the life they want. Drawing on her own experience of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager, Pat will propose that using psych meds is more than learning to take pills on schedule. It’s a journey that takes place over time and has many challenges. Pat will share some handouts that will empower teams, including peer specialists, to begin using this approach on ACT team, immediately. There will be time for comments and questions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify four challenges on the journey to use meds optimally to support recovery
2. Participants will be able to identify two strategies for supporting people through the challenges on the journey to use meds optimally to support recovery
3. At the conclusion of this session, participants will know how to use a worksheet to assess the med challenges people may be experiencing

Sherronda Jamerson, MA, CDP

Sherronda Jamerson, MA, CDP

University of Washington


Sherronda Jamerson, obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from City University College in Seattle, WA, and became certified as a Chemical Dependency Professional in 2007. Her experiences include developing, implementing, and presenting EDI trainings to associations of healthcare professionals, healthcare providers, schools, and community-based organizations. She has also presented at state and national behavioral health conferences on the topics of DEI and Healthcare Equity. She presents with confidence and passion.

Do You See Me? Keynote

Racism and bias remain a huge barrier to delivering behavioral health care.  This is true at all levels, from the history of mental and physical health care in our country, the demographics of our workforce, access to effective treatments and widely disparate outcomes even when people do receive care. Let’s examine what we’ve been taught, acknowledging this has centered around whiteness. Rarely do we stop and reflect on how our interactions affect others or how the labels we place on people influence how we treat them. We can and need to take steps to address racism and bias within our professional education, team and supervisory interactions, service delivery and agency culture.

Do You See Me? Practice Workshop

This workshop will have an opportunity to practice principles covered in the keynote presentation. Sherronda Jamerson will help participants take a deeper dive into addressing racism and bias within team and supervisory interactions and service delivery. Participants will practice reflecting on how their interactions affect others and how the labels we place on people influence how we treat them.

Do You See Me? Practice Workshop Continued

This workshop (continued from Part 1 in previous breakout session) will have an opportunity to practice principles covered in the keynote presentation. Sherronda Jamerson will help participants take a deeper dive into addressing racism and bias within team and supervisory interactions and service delivery. Participants will practice reflecting on how their interactions affect others and how the labels we place on people influence how we treat them

Kira Mauseth, PhD

Kira Mauseth, PhD

Astrum Health, LLC



Dr. Kira Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist who sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates in Everett and Edmonds, WA, is an Associate Teaching Professor at Seattle University and serves as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. She also owns Astrum Health, LLC, and consults with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and resilience building within local communities.

Dr. Mauseth has provided training to community groups and professionals both regionally and abroad in Haiti, Jordan, and recently in Poland as the co-developer of the Health Support Team© program. Her work and research focus on disaster behavioral health, resilience, as well as small and large-scale critical incident response and preparation for organizations. She has worked extensively with disaster survivors and refugees and has trained first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States, and currently serves in the adult mental health clinical seat on Washington State’s Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC).

Pandemic to Endemic: Considerations for Behavioral Health in the Long-Term

This Keynote address will include behavioral health considerations related to the phases of large-scale disaster recovery in general, and specific information about how those phases have played out regionally and impacted our collective functioning. Information will be provided about the physical and neuro-chemical processes at work when we transition from “emergency” mode into something else, and why it is often very difficult to do so. Populations at higher or specific risk will also be acknowledged as we work through options for support and active resilience in an accessible way. Communication strategies for effective processing through crisis, grief, loss, anger, burnout, and compassion fatigue, and managing our complex emotional, cognitive and interpersonal challenges at home and at work will also be discussed as we find ways to re-connect meaningfully with our work and things that matter at home and in community.

Learning objectives:

  1. Reflect on current experience of personal and professional behavioral health challenges and resources during this phase of recovery.
  2. Understand the physiological and neurological underpinnings from some of our most common experiences and behaviors (the WHY behind the WHAT).
  3. Develop a set of take-away skills for best practices with regard to workplace and home oriented communication, listening and behavioral health support
Additional Breakout Session - Reconstructing Resilience: Practical Strategies for Accessible Behavioral Health and Recovery

This interactive workshop session is designed to provide skill building opportunities around workplace and team- oriented communication, as well as personal opportunities to operationalize resilience through an exploration and unpacking of its “ingredients”: Purpose, Connection, Adaptability, and Hope. We will develop ideas about how to make small changes in day-to-day practices that are likely to have a longer-term effect on interpersonal functioning, and discuss how to apply that same information in a professional setting for clients. We will engage in the development of a personal coping plan for use at home and at work, and a core values identification process that helps illuminate effective processes of engagement during difficult conversations or about challenging topics with colleagues and family members as well as friends.

 Learning objective:

  1. Increase understanding of the components of resilience (Purpose, Connection, Adaptability & Hope) in a practical and accessible way.
  2. Develop a personal coping plan for use at any time at home or in the workplace.
  3. Create a core values worksheet that can be used to guide challenging conversations or interactions with others.


Breakout Sessions

There are four different breakout sessions. Attendees can click on each breakout session below and see the list of speakers who will be presenting at that time to choose one to attend.

June 13th - 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Certified Personal Medicine Coach Panel with Pat Deegan, PhD, Corntey Taylor, MD, Tina Kilton, Jason Morrow, and Katrina Hopf, PSS
  •  Navigating APD for Behavioral Health Providers (ACT Providers) for clients with complex care needs with Nirmala Dhar
  • Addiction Medicine for the ACT Team with Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP
  • Implementing the Zero Suicide Framework in Health Systems with Karen Cellarius, MPA & Aliza Tuttle, MUS
June 13th - 2:45pm - 3:45pm
  • Do You See Me? Practice Workshop with Sherronda Jamerson, MA, CDP
  • Helping Clients Save Money Without Losing Their Benefits with Kaellen Hessel-Owens
  • A Taste of Motivational Interviewing with Trevor Manthey, LMSW, PhD, MINT member
  • A Compassionate Apporach to Hearing Distressing Voices with Ron Unger, LCSW
  • Opioid Overdose Response and Recognition with Blue Valentine, CHW
June 13th - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Sherronda Jamerson Workshop with Sherronda Jamerson, MA, CDP
  • Queer and Trans Mental Health with Ryan Tieu
  • Motivational Interviewing Part 2 – More Skills to Build Motivation with Trevor Manthey, LMSW, PhD, MINT member
  • A Compassionate Apporach to Hearing Distressing Voices Part 2 with Ron Unger, LCSW
  • Communities of Practice Learning Collaborative with OCEACT
June 14th - 10:15am - 11:45am
  • Hearing Voices Simulation facilitated by OCEACT and OSECE (limited space; only for those who signed up in registration)
  • People-First and Identity-First Language with Christina Lindsey, QMHA, PSS & Robert Mountainspring-Wood, BA
  • Reconstructing Resilience: Practical Strategies for Accessible Behavioral Health Recovery with Kira Mauseth, PhD
  • De-escalation and Crisis Intervention with Benjamin Brubaker, QMHA and Kate Gillespie, LCSW
  • Introduction to Harm Reducation Treatment (HaRT) for Substance Use Disorders: Meeting People Where They’re At with Seema Clifasefi, PhD, MSW