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Lynn Fontana, LMFT, PhD

Clinical Program Development is and has been a special focus of my work. I have had experiences in many settings both in the Juvenile Justice Systems, community and private clinic settings for both groups and individual clinicians. I train in areas that are helpful to their clientele and supervise individuals training for licensure. I was the recipient of the 2009 Leona Taylor Award for outstanding service to the counseling field from the Oregon Counseling Association.


 2009    Certified National Supervisor with AAMFT.

 2011    Certified in Interpersonal Neuro-Biology Portland State University Portland, Oregon.

 2008 –Present    Trainings on the Adolescent Brain and working with families and Trauma and the Brain.

 2008    Certified at the Consultant Level for EMDR. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

 2001    Ph.D., Counseling. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

 1984    Marriage and Family Therapy. (Systemic School of Family Therapy) Springfield, MA.

 1975    Teaching Standard Certificate, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Or.


Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Certified EMDR Consultant

Interpersonal Neurobiology


Life Span Reprocessing


AAMFT- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

ORCA -Oregon Regional Counselor Association ( twice past president)

AAMFT- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


2011-Present    Contracted with City of Portland EAP; Working with Emergency Services individual and families.

2010-2011    Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Pendleton, OR. Consulting Clinical issues within the tribal population.

2009-2010    Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, Warm Springs, OR. Consulting Mental Health Counselors, working with individual tribal residents, working in the detention centers. Women’s Unit, crisis intervention and stabilizing the women’s unit and worked with individuals in the unit. Worked with individual in the men’s unit.

2008-Present   Adjunct Professor Lewis and Clark College, Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Program, Portland, Oregon.

2008-Present    Consulting. Yamhill County, OR  therapist in  family and individual treatment with high risk youth.

2001- 2009    Trainer and Clinical Supervisor, Clinician and Consultant, to Multnomah County Dept. of Correction in the following program; Multi Systemic Therapy Program (MST) and Youth Development and Community (ATYF), Portland, Oregon, and clinically consult care coordinators and the RAD program.

2004- 2009    Clinical Consultant, and Supervisor to Morrison’s FISS Program, a systemic model to keep children with mental health issues out of residential treatment and psychiatric hospitalization. Consult managers and therapists to consider systemic issues and planful interventions.

2005- 2007    Consultant to Counterpoint, Morrison Center. Working with therapists in group setting on cases and systemic interventions.

2003-2004 and 2008-2010    Trainer for Intensive Clinical Seminar Series for Managers and Counselors (CEU credits) on Systemic Interventions with Youth and Families for Marion County.

2004-2005    President of Oregon Regional Counselor Association (ORCA).

1991-Present    Clinical supervisor for therapists studying for the counseling or Marriage and Family licensure. Consultant for small businesses. Private Practice, Portland, Oregon.

2001- 2003    Trainer and Clinical Consultant, Multi Systemic Therapy Program, Portland, Oregon. Housed at Self-Enhancement Incorporated, Portland, Oregon.

1995-1999    Family and Youth Therapist and Interagency Coordinator Multnomah County CAAP Care, Partners Project: Research based community outreach, eco-systemic planning and intervention (keeping high-risk children with their families, including sexual offender, mental and emotional, drug and alcohol, severe family and school problems, property crimes and gang related referrals).

 1995- 2001    Researcher and Consultant, Morrison Mental Health Clinic, Counterpoint, Recovering Relations Program, Portland, Oregon: Children recovering from abusive sibling relationships.

1991-1995    Clinical Director ,Clinical Supervisor and Clinician, Next Door Inc: A residential treatment center serving youth and families, multi-family groups and individual therapy, including emotional, drug and alcohol, sex offender, problems with family, antisocial, gang related activities and problems at home and school. The focus was to upgrade the program to comply with CAAP Care billable standards and to train staff to work from a systemic model with clients' families and foster families. Hood River, Oregon. Work in conjunction with juvenile services for success.

1990-1998    Adjunct Professorships: Teaching master's level counseling theory and practice courses. Western Oregon State University, Monmouth, Oregon. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Western Evangelical College, Eugene, Oregon. Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon.

1989-1990    School Psychologist. Jefferson High School and Beach Elementary, Portland, Oregon: Evaluating students with special needs and working with A& B classroom teachers. Worked with I.E.P. team and families using an interdisciplinary approach.

1987- Present    Workshops presented for Therapists, Teachers and Child/ Youth Practitioners. Interventions, systemic team consultation, clinical supervision and therapeutic metaphor. Sites: Chicago, IL. New York, N.Y., Winnipeg, Canada, Amherst, Ma., Victoria, B.C. and Prague, Czechoslovakia (United Nations, FICE Congress) and locally in Portland, OR.

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