NW Symposium


Join us for our annual UWS Homecoming and NW Symposium October 12-13, 2018.
The 2018 UWS Homecoming and NW Symposium is held on the picturesque UWS campus in Portland, Oregon and includes two days of multidisciplinary continuing education seminars, a vendor fair and an alumni and friends homecoming reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres. This is a great opportunity to network with students, staff and other industry professionals, and the 2018 UWS Alumni Recognition Award will be presented at the reception.

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Friday Presenters:
Dana Dharmakaya Colgan, PhD, C-IAYT
Michelle Cox, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

Saturday Presenters:
Dan Murphy, DC, DABCO
sponsored by NutriWest Pacific and Erchonia

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After Sept 1, 2018
Full program – $425
Friday only – $225
Saturday only – $350
Full-time faculty and staff: Free – use code uwsfacultystaff
Part-time faculty and staff: 20% off – use code uwsadjunct
Alumni and friends homecoming reception: FREE (RSVP required for drink ticket)
UWS current student: $50 – use code uwsstudent
10% off for UWS alumni – use code uwsalumni
*Discount subject to status verification after registration. 


Alumni and Friends Homecoming Reception
Friday, October 12 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
• Enjoy delicious wine and nibbles, and connect with colleagues and friends of UWS
• Celebrate the 2018 Alumni Recognition Award winner.
• Free to all NW Symposium attendees and to UWS alumni, faculty, staff, board members and students.
RSVP required for drink ticket
• UWS name badge required at check-in for faculty, staff and students if they are not already attending NW Symposium.


Total credits available – 12 hours

*Every attempt is made to offer programs as announced. UWS reserves the right to adjust program, faculty, location, dates, times and/or tuition to accommodate unanticipated occurrences, to limit seating, or to cancel due to insufficient enrollment. UWS is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to program adjustments or cancellation. Only those who are pre-registered will be notified in the event of changes/cancellation.

Cancellation Notice: $35 non-refundable fee included in the registration.
Cancellations made after October 5 at 5 p.m. are non-refundable and cannot be credited toward future programs. Cancellations must be made by email to [email protected].

Questions? Please call 800-215-3716 or email [email protected].


Through generous donations, a limited number of student tickets to the 2018 UWS Homecoming and NW Symposium are available on scholarship. The scholarship allows entry to both Friday and Saturday’s NW Symposium speakers and lunch on Saturday. We also invite you to attend the free networking reception Friday evening. Apply here by September 10.


Friday, October 12

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Registration and Vendor Fair

1 – 2:30 p.m.
“To See with Discernment: Cultivating a Path toward Resilience”
Dana Dharmakaya Colgan, PhD, C-IAYT
Resilience is the capacity to respond to stress in a way that goals are achieved at minimal psychological and physiological costs. Resilience is understood as both an intrapersonal and interpersonal process that affords the opportunity for growth and transformation in the face of stress and adversity. Mindfulness, a form of mental training that cultivates a kind, curious and clear awareness of the present moment, has been shown to enhance resilience among high-stress populations. The practice of mindfulness increases our engagement with the present moment and our ability to skillfully respond, rather than habitually react, to our internal and external experiences. This presentation aims to discuss the neurobiological and behavioral effects of mindfulness, compassion and connection on resilience, engage in evidenced-based practices to enhance resilience, and explore how these practices can be integrated in order to cultivate and sustain a culture of wellness and resilience in the workplace.

2:30 – 3 p.m.
Break and Vendor Fair

3 – 5:30 p.m.
“Early Onset Dementias: Detection, Delay, and Determination”
Michelle Cox, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS
This presentation will focus on early symptom detection through intake, assessment and observation of patients. Although there are currently no cures for the varieties of dementia, research now supports several interventions that delay onset and decline, including diet, exercise, cognitive stimulation, social engagement, quality sleep and stress management. In addition, flexible and responsive providers contribute positively to disease determination – the paths of change or decline. This presentation will provide key information for providers who want to help patients identify and treat dementias with a holistic and integrative approach.

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Alumni and Friends Homecoming Reception
Join us at 5:30 p.m. for the networking reception and presentation of 2018 Alumni Recognition Award winner.
• Enjoy delicious wine and nibbles, and connect with colleagues and friends of UWS
• FREE to all NW Symposium attendees and to UWS alumni, faculty, staff, board members and students.
• RSVP required for drink ticket
• UWS name badge required at check-in for faculty, staff and students if they are not already attending NW Symposium.

Saturday, October 13

7 – 8 a.m.
Continental breakfast and Vendor Fair

8 – 10 a.m.
“Healthy Aging through Brain Optimization”
Dan Murphy, DC
sponsored by NutriWest Pacific and Erchonia
Find out how to make a difference in America’s health care starting with your patients from research expert and professor Dan Murphy DC, DABCO. In this course, Dr. Murphy will educate on structure and function throughout the nervous system and the entire body for systemic wellness; including, but not limited to ATP, mitochondria, laser therapy, brain function, low back pain, nutrition and state-of-the-art technologies that are tailor-made for expert chiropractic care. The knowledge and skills you learn in this course can be applied immediately when you return to the office.

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Break and Vendor Fair

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and vendor fair

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
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3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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Dan Murphy, DC

Daniel Murphy, DC, DABCO, is a well-recognized, award-winning chiropractic physician and a popular instructor who teaches internationally while maintaining a part-time clinical practice. He has taught more than 1,610 twelve-hour postgraduate continuing education classes. He also serves as part-time undergraduate faculty professor at Life Chiropractic College West, where he is currently teaching the management of spinal disorders. He has taught post-graduate classes for a long list of chiropractic colleges and individual programs. He is a contributing author to several books and a quarterly columnist in the American Journal of Clinical Chiropractic. In 2014, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (IAFNR).

Michelle Cox, PhD

Dr. Michelle J. Cox has a PhD in human development and family sciences, with doctoral minors in counseling and gerontology from Oregon State University. She earned an MA in counseling from George Fox University. Her doctoral research, on the topic of transcendence, focused on leisure, physical health behaviors and volunteer activities as predictors of mental health in older adults – including those with dementias. Dr. Cox is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and holds professional memberships with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA).

A two-sport athlete during her undergraduate education at Western Oregon University, Dr. Cox was always intrigued by the demands on scholar athletes. She worked with this population as a counselor and later as the director of student health and counseling at her alma mater, while developing a practice specialty with athletes and those in high-performance professions who demonstrated eating disordered behaviors.

Dana Dharmakaya Colgan, Phd

Dana Dharmakaya Colgan, Phd, is a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders at OHSU and an adjunct professor at Pacific University. She has a PhD in clinical psychology and is a certified yoga therapist and meditation instructor. Her clinical and research interests include understanding the psycho-physiological mechanisms of mind-body approaches (mindfulness, meditation and yoga) and the effects of these practices on resilience within high stress populations. Dr. Colgan works with high stress populations across Oregon and California, including physicians, primary care teams, and law enforcement officers, to enhance resilience and well-being. She is also involved in ongoing research in the department of neurology investigating novel protocols to enhance brain mapping procedures during awake craniotomies. Dr. Colgan publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts, presents her research at state, national and international conferences, and has recently co-authored a book on evidence-based practices of mindfulness interventions. She loves to travel, wander in forests and refrain from technology for long periods of time.



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