Christina Clayton, MSW, LICSW, SUDP

Christina has been in the behavioral health field since 1993, primarily serving adults who live with severe mental health issues, substance use, experience chronic homelessness, suffer from poor physical health, trauma and any number of co-occurring issues.

Prior to joining the Northwest MHTTC, she spent 25 years working in and managing numerous clinical programs including: HIV/AIDS housing and health care, school-based mental health, substance use outreach and treatment, homeless mental health outreach, intensive case management, assertive community treatment, crisis respite, integrated care, housing first and other evidence-based practices.  She has provided licensure supervision, training and consultation, and have worked on multi-disciplinary teams in a number of settings.  She highly value her years of clinical direct service and program management experience.

For the Northwest MHTTC, she helps plan and oversee training for the mental health workforce in HHS Region 10 (AK/ID/OR/WA).  Activities include live webinars, research/practice briefs, online self-paced courses, learning communities and intensive cohort-based training. Most of this training is conducted virtually in collaboration with numerous faculty, instructional designers and presenters.

She was the recent Chair of the Building Health Equity and Cultural Responsiveness Work Group for the MHTTC Network.  Currently, she humbly serves as Co-Chair for the PBSCI Department’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Staff Committee.  She is grateful to all the staff and faculty who choose to work in this field, as it is their collective energy, passion, dedication and commitment to social justice that supports the people we serve and brings real change to our communities.  Most importantly, she is honored to work with people who every day, live their experience and share their journey through advocacy as they strive for a world where behavioral health is adequately supported and everyone can thrive equitably.


Master of Social Work, Health/Mental Health, UW School of Social Work, 1997
Bachelor of Arts, Psychological & Multicultural Counseling, The Evergreen State College, 1995
Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate, Highline Community College, 1994

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University of Washington School of Social Work

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