Empowerment Initiatives offers summer workshops

By Jenny Westberg, Portland Mental Health Examiner

(Photo: Flickr.com/teo)

Feeling a touch of the summertime blues? If the long, hot days ahead are shaping up to be light on activities and heavy on tedium, Empowerment Initiatives has the cure: a selection of free peer support groups and workshops, with opportunities for learning and fellowship to keep you going all summer long.

All groups will be held in the Peer Lounge of the Clackamas County Urgent Walk-In Clinic, located in the Ross Shopping Center on SE 82nd (see address below). Some groups have started already, but new people can join at any time. Questions? Call 503-438-8098 or email jwhipple@chooseempowerment.com.

Uncommon Ground Peer Support Group
Saturdays, 1-2 p.m.
Hosted by Jim Whipple

The group will provide a safe and comfortable environment where peers may come to:

  • Talk about what matters to them.
  • Listen to others share their stories.
  • Learn to interact in a semi-structured environment with ground rules agreed upon by group members.
  • Share ideas and resources with people who desire feedback.
  • Learn and practice relaxation and visualization exercises.
  • Have the opportunity to practice group leadership by leading exercises.
  • Sit quietly and feel welcome even without actively joining in.

Download the flier for Uncommon Ground


Women’s Strength From Within
Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Hosted by Gina Hahn

  • What does self-care look like for me?
  • Who do I want to be?
  • Confidence to find your voice

Download the flier for Women’s Strength From Within


Creating Healthy Meals
1st Saturday of the month (July 7, August 4), 3-5 p.m.
Hosted by Colette Dinneen

  • Food resources
  • Meal planning
  • Cooking supplies

Download the flier for Creating Healthy Meals


Wellness and Exercise
4th Sunday of the month (July 22, August 26), 1-2:30 p.m.
Hosted by Colette Dinneen

  • Frustrations or barriers to working out
  • Safe stretching
  • Walking
  • Meditation
  • Creating life intentions

Download the flier for Wellness & Exercise


Creative Approaches to a Stress-Free Lifestyle
2nd Friday of the month (July 13, August 10), 2-3:30 p.m.
Hosted by Colette Dinneen

  • Free community-based activities
  • Journaling
  • Breathing techniques

Download the flier for Stress-Free Lifestyle


Clackamas County Urgent Walk-In Clinic (in the Peer Lounge)
11211 SE 82nd Ave., Suite O, Happy Valley , OR 97086

Questions: 503-438-8098 or jwhipple@chooseempowerment.com