Administrative Office

Head of School

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Dean of Academic Programs, Executive Director PWI

Hellene is a Processwork Diplomate with a PhD in Cultural Studies from Monash University (Aust.) and a BSc/BA(Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from the Process Work Institute’s Masters in Process Work (MAPW) program in February 2013. 

Hellene has extensive experience in professional research, evidence-base consultancy and business development in Australia.  Previously, Hellene established and led a national research consultancy for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and is the author of multiple publications in housing and homelessness policy.  She was the research coordinator for a large Melbourne non-government agency and has developed policy for the Victorian State Government.  Her doctoral research, Dance with the body you have (2006), focused on the meaning and implications of body awareness practices, while her first degree was in Physics.

Hellene has a passion for using research to communicate less known or marginalised experiences and practices, and believes in the power of academic research to share these precious knowledges within the broader public conversation. 

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Administration and Office of the Registrar

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Administrative Office – Academic Programs & Accreditation

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Administrative Office – Public Programs and Bookkeeper

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Assistant Dean & Outreach Coordinator

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Librarian

Jennifer has over ten years of working in libraries, including academic, corporate, archives and public libraries, and even a brief stint as a bookmobile driver. In addition to helping library users connect with information, she has direct experience with the research process through assisting design companies with product and service development. Jennifer has called Portland home since 1994 and enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, gardening and solving puzzles.

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Clinic Directors

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Clinical Director, River’s Way Training Clinic PWIMACF/MAPW

I live out in the country near Eugene, Oregon, with my partner Sharon Emery, and her son Jamie and my daughter Eliana, as well as cats, dogs, and horses. My work life includes my private practice, teaching Process work, and writing books. When I am not working, I love being active and running, skiing, biking, and camping, as well as having time to meditate, and especially time to have laugh and have fun with family and friends.

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Clinical Director, Portland Processwork Clinic PWI
Work Phone: 503 727-2456

Education:
Sonja Straub studied psychology first at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and then received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Union Graduate School in Ohio, USA. She has been involved in Process Work since the early 80s.

Special Interests:
Currently Sonja works in private practice, teaches in diverse settings and has had lots of supervisory experience with Process Work students as well as with outside organizations. In addition to her extensive worldwork experiences inside the Process Work community, she has worked in various organizational and community settings. These include the
Massachusetts Transportation Authority, a multicultural counseling agency, and community groups in the border counties of Northern Ireland.

Personal Statement:
The richness that comes from living with diversity is important to Sonja in a very personal way. In her spare time she loves to cook, toot her saxophone and run with her dog, Juneau, through the forest.

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