MHREN is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 by a group of local therapists to provide high quality professional training and educational opportunities in Southern Oregon, to provide information about other trainings and activities available here and in the surrounding area, and to encourage sharing of ideas and networking among mental health professionals. It is operated by a volunteer board and sustained by annual membership fees and workshops.
MHREN has been presenting successful trainings since its inception, increasing our ranks of members and continuing to solidify the learning community of mental health professionals in the valley. It is a pleasure to see so many of you return again and again to our workshops, creating a sense of camaraderie and familiarity and building a supportive network.
If you benefit from our newsletter and/or have appreciated our workshop offerings, please consider joining us and supporting your profession in the area.
The MHREN board values any feedback you give. If you have ideas, something you would like to present or teachers you would like to have us bring, please let us know.
Current members of the MHREN board are:
Sharon Bolles is a licensed professional counselor and state-approved supervisor and has been in private practice for over 25 years. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University in the graduate psychology program for over 20 years. Her post-graduate training has focused on modalities that hold a high degree of respect and compassion for the inner wisdom of each human being, viewing "symptoms" simply as strategies to meet the individual's needs within the context of their family of origin matrix and subsequent experiences. She joined the MHREN board in 2011 and currently is president and treasurer for MHREN.
Tracy Gonzalez began doing medical billing and credentialing for mental health professionals in 2008 and joined the MHREN board in 2010. She is the secretary for MHREN. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Southern Oregon University in 2010, and settled down in Medford, Oregon to enjoy her family. They enjoy hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, and jet skiing in the Rogue Valley, and look forward to many more years to come.
Kate Caldwell, LCSW,has been in the mental health field for over 30 years, working in hospitals, public schools, treatment centers, domestic violence/rape crisis agency, Head Start, Hospice and private practice. She utilizes her extensive training and experience in play therapy and sand tray therapy with young children; and employs cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, psychoeducational, and mindfulness practices with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Kate has been with the MHREN board since 2012.
Diane Stamper is a licensed professional counselor and worked for Southern Oregon University’s Counseling Center for 15 years, leaving last year to focus on her private practice.She joined the MHREN Board in 2013 and is the MHREN Newletter Coordinator.
Greg Jemsek, MA, is a Narrative Therapist, International Coach, and author who joined the MHREN Board in 2013. Greg returned to the U.S. in 2011 after living/working 18 years abroad in New Zeland and Australia. His overseas work included 10 years as a community leadership consultant and coach in Australia, 3 years as the Program Director of a graduate Psychotherapy training program in Napier, NZ, and 8 years in private therapy practice. Greg's Narrative Therapy training was with founders David Epston and Michael White. Prior to his work overseas, Greg was the National Program Director of the American Leadership Forum and a senior consultant for the Executive Venutres Group. Greg is currently the vice-president of MHREN.