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Our MI Training Team

Kevin Simmons, MS - MI Trainer

Kevin Simmons, trainer for the Oregon Motivational Interviewing project with the Native Center for Behavioral Health, is an enrolled member with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a descendent of the Muckleshoot tribe. Kevin has several years of experience as an advocate for programs, services, and communities that strengthen tribal families in a number of areas. He is also a PhD student at the University of Oregon with research interests in culturally based pedagogy, adaptations of evidence based practices, and improving outcomes for American Indian/Alaskan Native people, families, and communities. As a father of 5 children, Kevin believes his greatest achievements are centered on family (tilixam) life.

Kathyleen M. Tomlin PhD, LPC, LMHC, CADC III - MI Lead Trainer

Since 1974, Dr. Tomlin has been in the addictions and mental health treatment and prevention field as a counselor, administrator, educator, and consultant. Now semi-retired, Dr. Tomlin is committed to sharing her experiences and knowledge within American Indian/Alaska Native peoples and communities. Her career has focused on the development of supervision and training practices to support the professional development of evidenced based practices, while considering the cultural context of these practices. One of those best practices is the teaching, and supervision of Motivational Interviewing. She is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, where her mother spent her childhood. On her father’s side, she is Irish American from county Mayo in Ireland. Her family has many roots in the NW, with relatives from the southern Willamette Valley to Seattle.

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