Colleague Assistance Committee

The Colleague Assistance Committee (CAC) works to provide support and avert impairment to members.  We provide members with consultation on a range of issues including conflicts with colleagues, clinical concerns, potential complaints or lawsuits, venting, concern about impairment, client suicide, colleague behavior, family conflicts, problems in the business of psychology and any distress affecting the capacity or enjoyment for work.  Members may reach the Colleague Assistance Committee (CAC) by contacting one of the members listed below, or via e-mail at All responses will be encrypted and are kept strictly confidential

CAC offers the following programs to OPA members:

  • Confidential Consultations with members of the CAC.  Our names and contact information is printed in each OPA Bulletin and are listed below.  You may call anyone on the committee.
  • A panel of Providers for therapy referrals, who are well versed in privacy and confidentiality concerns.
  • A Mentor Program if you are going through a Licensing Board complaint process and want some confidential support from someone with knowledge about the complaint process, whether through their own past direct experience or through work on the OPA Ethics or CAC committees.

To find out more about what the CAC does, click here for our brochure.

Questions and referral requests to the colleague assistance committee are confidential under ORS 41.675 and are not shared with OPA or OBPE.  No demographic information is kept on callers.

Colleague Assistance Committee Members

Marcia Wood, PhD - Chair

Charity Benham, PsyD
Allan Cordova, PhD
Jennifer Huwe, PsyD, LLC

Rebecca Martin-Gerhards, EdD

Collen Parker, PhD

Provider Panel Referral List

Click here to access information about our panel, and how to contact panel members.

CAC Unplugged

CAC Unplugged is where you can find a cartoon, a tip, or an idea, related to psychology in some way and ideally that shows how we interact as colleagues. Click here to access Unplugged.

Psychologists in Psychotherapy

Click here to access information about psychologists in psychotherapy

This section includes topics like:

  • A Message from OPA Regarding Psychologists in Psychotherapy
  • Confidentiality Rights and Principles for Psychologists as a Client in the State of Oregon
  • Decision Tree - Psychologist as a Client
  • The Ethical and Legal Rights of Psychologist-Clients in Treatment:  Oregon Legislative Backdrop Creates a Need for a Culture Change of Self-Care

Other Topics

Click here to access information about other topics

This section includes topics like:

  • Topics and Articles Related to Maintaining Wellness from the APA Board of Professional Affairs Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance
  • Psychologists’ Pursuit of Wellness Across the Life Span – Benefits and Barriers to Self-Care Practices
  • Minimizing the Risk of Patient Violence in the Workplace:  A Clinical Primer
  • When Boundaries Hurt by Lori Queen (Bulletin Article)
  • The Examination of Therapist Countertransference to Reduce Stress by Jonathan Lurie (Bulletin Article)
  • Healthy Psychologists - Video