Program – 2020

UPDATED! 2020 Conference Session Schedule – updated 1 30 2020(PDF)


Faith Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN is a bad-ass, funny lady with a PhD. She’s a licensed professional counselor, board supervisor, certified sexologist, and applied clinical nutritionist with a private practice and consulting business in San Antonio, Texas. She has been an adjunct professor and a TEDx presenter, and proudly identifies as a woman of color and uppity intersectional feminist. She is the author of the book Unf*ck Your Brain and many other popular zines and books on subjects such as anxiety, depression, and grief. She is available as a public speaker and for corporate and clinical trainings.


The Oregon Advocacy Award is given annually at the Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference to a great advocate for people with mental illness and addiction in Oregon. The Award represents the perspective of persons represented by advocacy – persons who have experienced mental illness and addiction.

The 2020 Oregon Advocacy Award goes to the late Scott Snedecor


Welcoming Remarks
Nan Waller – Presiding Judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court

Reducing Police Contact with Peer-run Services
Kasey Moyer and Tyresha Hickerson of the Mental Health Association of Nebraska
Sergeant John Walsh – Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department

Microcosm Publishing presents – Faith Harper Book Signing Session

Psychological or Neurological? Restorative or Palliative? Criminal Behavior in (Young Onset) Frontotemporal Dementia
Melissa Fisher – Ambassador for The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
Bruce Miller, MD, Director of Memory and Aging Center – UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

True Inclusion in Making a Family
Ivanova Smith – Advocate Faculty, University of Washington

The Grace. The Truth. And the Blue Light Special.
Anne Larson and Sgt. Amy King – Olympia Police Department

Therapeutic Courts and Alternatives to Incarceration
Washington State Senator Manka Dhingra – King County’s Mental Health Courts

Expediting SSD/SSI benefits for the Indigent Disabled
Mellini Calvin – ASSIST
John Mullin – President, Oregon Center for Public Policy

Mental Illness & the Criminal Justice Reform Movement
Alex Bassos, JD – The Justice Collaborative

Mental Health Issues in the Oregon Legislature (2019-2021): Aid + Assist, Civil Commitment, Diversion
Sarah Radcliffe, JD – Disability Rights Oregon
Judge Nan Waller – Multnomah County Circuit Court

Utilizing Invitational Learning Theory to Re-empower Who We Serve
Faith Harper, PhD, LPC-S & Joe Green, Peer and Family Recovery Coach

Sentencing of Children to Die: Where Are We Now
Thaddeus Betz, JD – Law Office of Thaddeus Betz, JD, LLC

FASD & Justice: Engender Hope & Deliver Promise Learning Objectives
Suzie Kuerschner, MEd – FASD educator & trainer

“Mothering Inside” – a documentary film about Mothers at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution
Brian Lindstrom

PSRB: Programs and Tools for the Legal Practitioner and Future Directions
Alison Bort, JD, PhD – Psychiatric Security Review Board