Susan Gelberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Gelberg is a seasoned licensed psychologist. She earned a BA from Cornell University, an MA from Ithaca College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has additional graduate-level training in business management and multicultural counseling.
Dr. Gelberg has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed psychologist. She has worked in private practices, hospitals, HMO’s, community mental health clinics, university counseling centers, a state hospital, and a state prison. She has in-depth experience in treating individuals with trauma (including PTSD, intergenerational trauma, complex trauma, domestic violence, and sexual abuse), depression, assertiveness issues, physical challenges, stress management problems, health concerns, cognitive disorders, severe and persistent mental illness, adjustment issues, personality disorders, relationship concerns, career and life planning issues, and educational concerns. She has training in LGBT issues as well.
Dr. Gelberg uses a variety of evidence-based treatment (EBT) paradigms drawn from developmental psychology, cognitive-behavioral approaches, short-term therapy, humanistic psychology, and existential psychology. She also understands how contemporary Western evidence-based treatments must be modified in order to create treatments that incorporate cultural factors (‘culturally-informed counseling.”) She has made many national, state, and local presentations on such topics as diversity training, cultural competency, stress management, depression management, and career-related topics.
Dr. Gelberg’s primary goal is to provide a warm, supportive clinical environment in which there is mutual trust, caring, respect, and support for change. She believes it is an honor, privilege, and responsibility to help people from different backgrounds, occupations, experiences, and presenting concerns (the issues they seek help for).
- National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology
- American Psychological Association
- American Counseling Association
- Oregon Psychological Association
- Texas Psychological Association (non-resident member)
- Association for Psychological Type International
- Association for Multicultural Counseling
- Oregon Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development
Licensures and Certifications
- Licensed Psychologist Oregon (2005-present)
- Licensed Clinical Psychologist Illinois (1991-present)
- Qualified administrator (national certification) of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (2003-present)
- Certification in White Bison culturally-informed programs
- Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology and Audiology (1972-1985)
Additional Professional Activities
- Secured grants for mental health services and programs (university, private agency, community mental health center, and state)
- Published one professional book and one corporate handbook on diversity topics
- Completed one thesis and one dissertation on career issues
- 10 professional publications (refereed journal articles)
- 23 professional presentations at state, national, and international conferences
- 26 community and university presentations
- Corporate consulting has included a Fortune 500 company
- 20 years of supervisory experience working with volunteers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and new professionals
Mathew Ata’lunti’ski Poteet (Oglala Lakota/Chickamauga Cherokee/Takelma/Saponi/Cheraw)
Mr. Poteet is a Native American community organizer, singer, drummer, and artist whose family came from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He has extensive training and experience in the areas of cultural competency, diversity, organizational change, collaboration, and strategic planning.
Mr. Poteet has developed and implemented a number of new, creative programs for Native American patients at Oregon State Hospital. He incorporates traditional Native American ceremonies, values, laws, ethics, and principles into all treatment services for Native Americans. His State of Oregon honors and Tribal Recognitions include “Leadership Oregon,” “Leadership Fellow,” and honors for “Community and Tribal Leadership.” He has worked as a Program/Project Manager in the Office of the Governor of the State of Oregon- Affirmative Action and advised the Governor, Chief of Staff and Director.
Mr. Poteet has mentored non-Native state employees to help them strengthen their cultural competencies as they work with patients. He assists in developing culturally sensitive treatment programs for Native Americans.
He is known throughout Indian country as a leader in Native American treatment programs, political activism, consultation, training, and advocacy. He is skilled at helping individuals from all cultures better understand cultural factors that shape mental health treatment.
He has been involved with the following groups and organizations; Salem Young Professionals, City of Salem’s Human Rights and Relations Commissions, ONABEN (Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network), OBLN (Oregon Business Leadership Network (a coalition of Oregon’s leading employers to improve the workplace for people with disabilities), Native American Youth Advisory Board (an Oregon tribes, community, and state government partnership to progress services for Native youth offenders). His online Professional Memberships include A World of Change, Small Acts of Inclusion, Diversity Conversations, and White House Forum.
Mr. Poteet is articulate, warm, engaging, and passionate about the need for diversity of training. He is able to provide direct feedback in ways that reduce defensiveness and promote growth. His discussions are sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, and always fascinating.
Mr. Poteet’s resume is available upon request.