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Clark College News and Events

September 23, 2009

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921




& Asperger’s will be the focus of the first fall lecture in the heralded discussion series


VANCOUVER, Wash. – From depression and domestic violence to gambling and addictions, Clark College’s “Mental Health Mondays” series returns this fall, offering insights on important social issues. 

“Mental Health Mondays” discussions will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Penguin Student Lounge, located in the college’s Penguin Union Building.  Clark College’s main campus is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  All events are free and open to the public.  Maps and parking directions are available at

The series will begin on Sept. 28 when Dr. Leslie Carter discusses “The Power of Being a Shy Intellectual:  Autism & Asperger’s.” It will continue throughout the fall, covering a wide array of social issues.

Sept. 28
The Power of Being a Shy Intellectual:  Autism & Asperger’s

Dr. Leslie Carter

Oct . 5     

Depression Is Contagious        

Judy VanPatten, LMHC              

Judy Van Patten is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a professor at Clark College.

Oct. 12     

The Science of Happiness         

Stephanie Spak, LMHC

Stephanie Spak is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master of arts degree in counseling psychology and a certification in alcohol and drug counseling.

Oct. 19     

Domestic Violence                                  

Dr. Marilyn Howell

Dr. Marilyn Howell is a professor of sociology at Clark College.

Oct. 26     

Creating Healthy Lifestyle Changes            

Erin Staples

Erin Staples is an instructor of health and physical education at Clark College.

Nov. 2       

Families and Addiction                               

Dr. Marcia Roi

Dr. Marcia Roi is professor of addiction counselor education at Clark College.

Nov. 9        

Suicide Prevention                               

Rob Tell

Rob Tell is a clinical specialist at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center

Nov. 16      

Cross Cultural Issues: Gambling & Addictions - an Asian Perspective                                  
Bounsang Khamkeo

Bounsang Khamkeo, a behavioral health counselor at the OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing, is an addictions treatment expert and offers behavioral health counseling in Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Haka), Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, French and English.  He is the author of the book “I Little Slave,” an account of his seven-year struggle in prison in his homeland of Laos.


Nov. 23       

Eating Disorders                           

Kathleen Waldron, M.Ed., LPC, NCC

Kathleen Waldron is a licensed professional counselor with more than 20 years of community college experience.

Nov. 30       

Coping with the Holidays           

Judy VanPatten, LMHC

Judy Van Patten is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a professor of at Clark College.

The “Mental Health Mondays” sessions are sponsored by the Clark College Counseling Center.  For additional information, call 360-992-2902.

About Leslie E. Carter, Ph.D.

A Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Leslie Carter has three degrees in psychology including a bachelor of science degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. and a master of science degree and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.

She interned at the University of California at San Diego Medical Center and VA Hospital, specializing in chronic pain management, physical rehabilitation, and spinal cord injury adjustment. She also worked with emotionally disturbed and developmentally delayed children at the San Diego Medical Center Outpatient Psychiatry Center.

Dr. Carter did post-doctoral training in multidisciplinary chronic pain management, brain injury, and acute physical rehabilitation. Ultimately, she was promoted to be Director of Pain Rehabilitation and lead Rehabilitation Psychologist at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia.

Dr. Carter’s work has included presentations and publications on anxiety disorders including speech phobia, social phobia, and dental phobia as well as pain management. Dr. Carter recently participated in a research study on preschool aged autistic children. For this study, she was trained in evaluations of autism including Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). Since that time she has expanded her knowledge to include other autistic spectrum disorders as well. Her therapy orientation is cognitive behavioral with an awareness of developmental stages and family systems.

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