Codes of Ethics, Practice Guidelines & Competencies

Codes of Ethics
American Counseling Association (ACA) | American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) | American Psychological Association (APA) | National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Practice Guidelines & Competencies
American Counseling Association (ACA) | American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) | American Psychological Association (APA) | National Association of Social Workers (NASW) | American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) | American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Professional Divisions

American Counseling Association (ACA) | American Psychological Association (APA)

Local Professional Organizations

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT)
Regulates the practice of qualified professional counselors and marriage and family therapists.

Oregon DHS
For mandatory reporting of child, elder, or vulnerable adult abuse or neglect.

Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA)
Working to promote the counseling profession through opportunities for professional development, collaboration and networking, and advocacy,  Also affiliated with ORCA is Oregon SAIGE, working alongside and on behalf of sexual, affectional, intersex, and gender expansive mental health professionals, students in mental health counseling and therapy programs, clients, and communities throughout Oregon.

Coalition of Oregon Professional Associations for Counseling and Therapy (COPACT)
An extension of the Oregon Counseling Association, COPACT works on behalf of LPCs, LMFTs, registered associates, and students in counseling and marriage and family therapy programs by pursuing the passage of legislation that promotes and protects our professions and our clients.

Training Organizations

Center for Group Studies
Provides group leadership training based on the principles and techniques of Louis R. Ormont, an international leader and pioneer in modern analytic group therapy.  

American Group Psychotherapy Association
A multidisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing knowledge, research, and training in group psychotherapy.  

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute
Offering training, supervision, workshops, and resources for advancing the practice and growth of AEDP; drawing from attachment theory, affective neuroscience, body-focused approaches, and transformational studies.

Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)
Stan Tatkin’s integration of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation in working with couples.

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Dedicated to resolving trauma through professional training and public education in Somatic Experiencing, as developed by Peter A. Levine.

The Hakomi Institute
Extensive information about Hakomi, including an international directory of practitioners, a calendar of workshops and trainings, an online professional journal, and many other resources.

Online Study

Zur Institute
A very impressive collection of articles and courses for mental health professionals.

SE Reflections
A supportive assemblage of courses, study guides, articles, and other offerings by Somatic Experiencing practitioner Anthony Twig Wheeler.  Also check out my interview with Twig here.

The Breathe Network
Offers several courses for practitioners in supporting survivors of sexual trauma.

Mad in America
Working towards a new paradigm for mental health care, the Mad in America Foundation offers continuing education grounded in scientific research and the lived experiences of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder.

Person-Centered Tech
Roy Huggins’ portal for all things digital ethics and HIPAA – includes articles, product reviews, online courses, and membership options.


Anthony Twig Wheeler – English | Español
The consequences of becoming sedentary agriculturalists, traumatic stress and dysregulation, Somatic Experiencing, the importance of titration, and Twig’s own story of finding his way to feeling better.

LaShelle Lowe-Chardé – English | Español
LaShelle’s vision for building and maintaining thriving relationships for all, how this vision evolved, common places of stuckness of couples, regulation and resourcing, differentiation, and self-validated intimacy.

Dr. Carlos Canales – English | Español
The importance of belonging and mattering, the drawbacks of individualism, minority isolation, groups as uniquely therapeutic, the benefits and challenges of cofacilitating, group therapists who have been influential to Dr. Canales, and Dr. Canales’ movement towards his own integrative approach.

David Richo – English | Español
The five elements that form the basis of trusting relationships and spiritual maturity, achieving “good enough, most of the time”, repeating what’s incomplete, staying too long or leaving too soon, examining our reactions to triggers, saying yes to the givens of human existence, misusing spirituality, and forgoing retaliation.

Nancy Rubbico
Normalizing survival responses, stretching without stressing, co-regulation as a biological imperative, accurate neuroception and faulty neuroception, the nervous system response hierarchy, blended nervous system states, social engagement in the midst of a pandemic, and identifying that which leads us towards – and helps us stay within – ventral.


Tri-County Resource List | MCHD Community Resource List
Resources and services in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County for a wide range of needs