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 suggestions for how we could improve our services or presenters we could bring to the region, 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 Diane Stamper is a licensed professional counselor, who worked at Southern Oregon University’s Student Health and Wellness Center for 15 years. She has a private practice in Medford. Diane joined the MHREN Board of Directors in 2013 and is the Newsletter Editor.
Michael Mesmer, MFT offers a holistic approach to exploring the kinds of issues that people bring to therapy. This perspective recognizes that work, diet, lifestyle and spiritual practice, as well as thoughts and feelings and other aspects of our lives, can play an important role in healing our mind, body and spirit and in building healthier relationships and more satisfying lives. Working holistically also helps us to recognize and develop our strengths and resources. Michael has been a certified grief and crisis intervention counselor since the mid-1990’s and a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 2000. From 2003 through 2017 he led groups for self-referred and court-referred clients working to reduce anger and end violence in their lives by living more responsibly and respectfully. Michael is licensed in Oregon and California.