News Releases

For immediate release
March 28, 2012

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing

Telephone:  360-992-2921


Clark College Presents
“Mental Health Mondays”

Mindful eating will be the focus
of the first spring quarter lecture
in the heralded discussion series


VANCOUVER, Wash. – From grief and depression to addictions and the brain, Clark College’s “Mental Health Mondays” series returns for spring quarter, offering insights on important social issues. 

The spring series will begin on April 16 when Erin Staples, M.S., will focus on “Mindful Eating.”  The opening session will be held in Room 258C of the Penguin Union Building.  The April 23 event will also be held in that room.  All other spring quarter presentations will take place in the Penguin Student Lounge, located in the college’s Penguin Union Building on Clark’s main campus.

Events are held from noon to 1 p.m. and are free and open to the public.  Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Driving directions and parking maps are available at

The “Mental Health Mondays” sessions are sponsored by the Clark College Counseling Center.  Additional information can be found at and by calling 360-992-2614.

Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901 (VP) or visit Gaiser Hall room 137.  Please contact the college at least one week before the event.


Mental Health Mondays Discussions – Spring 2012


April 16 – Mindful Eating – Erin Staples, M.S.            

Erin Staples has been appointed to a full-time temporary faculty position in health education at Clark College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business/hospitality management from University of North Texas and her MPH in health education from Portland State University. Erin Staples has previous work experience with Kaiser Permanente, Oregon Office of Disability and Health, Bell Microproducts and Clark College. 

Reid VanderburghApril 23 – New Paradigms in Gender Transition – Reid Vandenburgh, MFT

Reid Vanderburgh, M.A, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) is a therapist in private practice in Portland, Ore.  He began his personal transition in 1995 and began taking hormones in 1997, at the age of 41.  In 1998, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Portland State University.  In 2001, he received a master of arts degree in counseling psychology (with a specialization in transpersonal psychology) from John F. Kennedy University's Graduate School for Holistic Studies.             


April 30 – Alternatives to Psychiatric Medications – Bill Dehen, PMHMP   

Bill Dehen is a Psychiatric/Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with extensive psychiatric/mental health experience. He has worked in both public and private psychiatric settings where his expertise extended to both individual and group interventions. He was trained as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Washington State University. He is board certified in the treatment of adults age 13 and older. 


Jennifer WohlMay 7 – Grief or Depression: Which is it? – Jennifer Wohl, MA, LPC

Jennifer Wohl is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Northwest District of Portland, where she has a private practice focused on grief and loss counseling. She recently relocated from Santa Barbara, California, where she was a bereavement counselor at Hospice of Santa Barbara and had a private practice.


May 14 – Neuropsychology – Lawrence Moore, PhD

Lawrence Moore is a neuropsychology specialist in Vancouver, Wash.                


May 21 – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Bevyn Rowland, PsyD

Bevyn Rowland, PsyD is a clinical generalist specializing in individual and group therapy for trauma survivors, men and women with eating and substance abuse disorders, and culturally responsive psychotherapy for LGBTQQIA (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Questioning Intersex and Allies) people. Dr. Rowland is currently a faculty counselor and human development instructor at Clark College.

May 28 – No event – Memorial Day


June 4 – Addictions and the Brain – James Jensen, MSW

James Jensen teaches many classes in addiction counseling education at Clark College including pharmacology of drugs of abuse and theories of counseling.  He has been teaching at Clark College for four years. Before teaching at Clark College, he worked in the field of addiction counseling.  He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy.