22nd Annual Community Mental Health Conference

Saturday, 8 June 2024 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT

1600 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States

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Adult In Person Full Conference Admission Partial Approval - $25.00

Sale ends on 06/05/2024

Includes continental breakfast, exhibit hall, presentation panel, breakout sessions, boxed lunch and networking reception. Once you have selected your ticket, please click on the green "Register Now" button below which will take you to the breakout session options. Please select one from Session 1, one from Session 2, and one from Session 3. If a session is unavailable for selection it is at capacity. You may also choose "No Session" for any of the breakouts.

Adult In Person Full Conference Admission with CE/CEU/PDCs Partial Approval - $50.00

Sale ends on 06/05/2024

Includes continental breakfast, exhibit hall, presentation panel, breakout sessions, boxed lunch and networking reception. This program, when attended in its entirety, is approved for up to 5* CE/CEU/PDCs for Psychologists and Illinois State Counselors and Social Workers (LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW), NASP, SHRM and ISBE. The Chicago School maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Attendees requesting continuing education credit are required to sign in and out, attend the entire session and complete an evaluation for each workshop. *(Presentation panel=2.0, each breakout=1.0, not all sessions approved for all categories). Once you have selected your ticket, please click on the green "Register Now" button below which will take you to the breakout session options. Please select one from Session 1, one from Session 2 and one from session 3. If a session is unavailable for selection it is at capacity.

Adult In Person Admission - Half Day Partial Approval - $15.00

Sale ends on 06/05/2024

Please select this option if you plan to attend the presentation panel only. Includes continental breakfast, exhibit hall, presentation panel and lunch. Does not include any breakout sessions.

Adult In Person Admission - Half Day with CE/CEU/PDCs Partial Approval - $25.00

Sale ends on 06/05/2024

Please select this option if you plan to attend the presentation panel only and desire CEUs. Includes continental breakfast, exhibit hall, presentation panel and lunch. Does not include any breakout sessions. This program, when attended in its entirety, is approved for 2.0 CE/CEU/PDCs for Psychologists and Illinois State Counselors and Social Workers (LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW), NASP, SHRM and ISBE. The Chicago School maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Attendees requesting continuing education credit are required to sign in and out, attend the entire session and complete an evaluation.

Adult Virtual Admission (Panel Only) Partial Approval - Free

Sale ends on 06/07/2024

We will livestream the event for those unable to join us in person. You will receive a Zoom link and any instructions by email.

Adult Virtual Admission with CEUs (Panel Only) Partial Approval - $10.00

Sale ends on 06/05/2024

We will livestream the event for those unable to join us in person. You will receive a Zoom link and any instructions by email. This program, when attended in its entirety, is approved for 2.0 CE/CEU/PDCs for Psychologists and Illinois State Counselors and Social Workers (LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW), NASP, SHRM and ISBE as well as BBS in CA. The Chicago School maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Attendees requesting continuing education credit are required to attend the entire session and complete a post session evaluation.

Students 18 and over In Person Admission Partial Approval - $15.00

Sale ends on 06/05/2024

Current students only. Students should register with their .edu or district email and be prepared to show student ID when checking in. Includes continental breakfast, exhibit hall, presentation panel, breakout sessions, boxed lunch and networking reception. Once you have selected your ticket, please click on the green "Register Now" button which will take you to the breakout session options. Please select one from Session 1, one from Session 2 and one from session 3. If a session is unavailable for selection it is at capacity. You may also choose "No Session" for any of the breakouts.

Optional Donation to NRCI

Sale ends on 06/08/2024

Your donation of $10.00 or more helps us to provide mental health education programs in the community. The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute is an Illinois not for profit corporation qualified as an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible. Donations of $100 or more qualify as a friend of NRCI; Includes donor’s name/link included on NRCI website until May 31, 2025 and the opportunity to place business card or flyer on our community resource table at the conference.

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Saturday, 8 June 2024 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT

Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States.

According to Mind Share Partners’ 2023 Mental Health at Work Report, 31% of respondents indicated that their work or workplace environment negatively impacted their mental health, while 38% felt it positively impacted their mental health. Less than half feel that their company supports their mental health or employees with mental health conditions. Their 2021 report found that 76% of US workers reported at least one symptom of a mental health condition.

An American Psychological Association survey found that 81% of respondents said that employers’ support for mental health will be an important consideration when they look for work in the future—including 30% of workers who strongly agreed that employer support for mental health will factor into their future job decisions.

Join us on Saturday, June 8, 2024 as we explore the definition of work and workplace, work cultures, challenges, and the importance of valuing mental health. You’ll engage with leading experts, exchange ideas and perspectives, and explore innovative approaches to fostering and engaging in a supportive and inclusive work environment.

This event would not be possible without the ongoing support of our sponsors, donors, panelists, presenters, and volunteers to whom we are deeply grateful. For more information on how you can support NRCI or to request a partial or full scholarship, please email NRCInstitute@thechicagoschool.edu, call 312.467.2552, or use the blue "Contact Organizer" button below.

 

Cancellation policy

If you are unable to attend, a small cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund to assist with processing costs. Please contact us directly.

Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for MentalHealthEducation @TheChicagoSchool

https://naomicoheninstitute.org/

In 2000, the Naomi Ruth Cohen Charitable Foundation was created with a dual purpose: to honor Naomi’s memory and play a leading role in decreasing stigma associated with mental health challenges and suicide. In 2008, the Foundation joined the Chicago School and became The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education (NRCI) at The Chicago School. The Institute has touched the lives of thousands of individuals and families and various communities through its ongoing series of annual mental health conferences as well as education and training programs and presentations. With focus on decreasing the impact stigma can have in the lives of those affected by mental illness our conferences and outreach efforts have made a positive impact and given voice to many individuals. The Institute aims to provide education, resources and hope to those that struggle with maintaining positive mental health, and to those who support them.

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Are there scholarships available?

Partial and full scholarships available by completing our request form at https://forms.office.com/r/agN61tTYJ6, calling 312.467.2552 or emailing nrcinstitute@thechicagoschool.edu. Proof of income not required.

Is there a dress code?

Generally business casual, but please dress comfortably and be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking. Temperature can vary, please be prepared for air conditioned spaces.

More Questions?

Please visit https://naomicoheninstitute.org/conferences/2024-conference/faqs/

Marilyn & Larry Cohen
Founders
Naomi Ruh Cohen Institute

Marilyn and Larry Cohen founded the Naomi Ruth Cohen Family Foundation in 2000 in honor of their daughter Naomi Ruth Cohen who died by suicide at age 33 having lived with bipolar disorder. The first Community Mental Health Conference was held in 2002, and in 2008 they partnered with the Chicago School to form the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education. NRCI's mission is to reduce stigma connected to mental health and suicide through education, research and community.

https://naomicoheninstitute.org/

About Marilyn & Larry Cohen

Founders
Naomi Ruh Cohen Institute
Jenny Arrington
Panelist/Presenter
Rebel Human

Co-Founder of Rebel Human and WrkfloW, Jenny Arrington trained under Harvard neuroscientist, Dr. Srini Pillay, and earned certification under both the Kundalini Research Institute and the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT®, YACEP®). She served as Wellness Advisor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and has worked with various entities including Warner Bros., TED, Microsoft, Cedars-Sinai, BMW, MindBody, and Wix. Jenny's work through Rebel Human helps schools and companies co-create a culture of psychological safety and care through developing skills in self-awareness, emotion regulation, impulse control, self-care and stress management, perspective taking, empathy, relationship building, respect for self and others, social engagement, and ethical responsibility. Jenny has taught internationally in Iceland and at the International Yoga Festival in France. She's worked with Fortune 500 companies and been featured in publications including US News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, Shape, CS, and Chicago Magazine. She is also a published author.

https://www.therebelhuman.com/

About Jenny Arrington

Panelist/Presenter
Rebel Human
Billy Kaplan, LCSW
Panelist/Presenter
TreeHouse Health

Billy Kaplan's work is being his daughters' father and his wife's husband. To support that work he is the President and Clinical Director of TreeHouse Health, a human services company that provides mental health and emotional wellness services to individuals, couples, and families. Billy earned a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He is a Certified Brainspotting Consultant and Practitioner who engaged in two years of intensive study with one of the leaders of Brainspotting who studied directly under its founder, David Grand. Billy is the creator of Parenting in SPACE™, a therapeutic parenting model. He has presented extensively locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics including attachment, trauma, and therapeutic parenting.

https://www.TreeHouseHealth.net

About Billy Kaplan, LCSW

Panelist/Presenter
TreeHouse Health
Heather Bodie
Panelist/Presenter
Erasing the Distance

Heather Bodie is a public speaker and mental health advocate. She serves as the Executive Director of Erasing the Distance, a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago whose mission is aimed at disarming the deadly stigma that surrounds mental health through storytelling and facilitated conversation. Before her time with Erasing the Distance, Heather spent 5 years working with Financial Sales Professionals to establish and sustain their businesses through candid conversation and personal storytelling. Heather went on to serve as the Chief of Staff overseeing a collection of start-ups managing 110 employees on daily operations and creating/implementing HR policies and procedures, with a focus on conflict management and emotional health. Over the past 10 years, Heather has traveled across the country working closely with leadership teams spanning multiple sectors to examine work styles and ideate mental health focused approaches to team management. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. She served as Adjunct Professor at Dominican University and she is certified in Mental Health First Aid.

https://www.heatherbodie.com/

About Heather Bodie

Panelist/Presenter
Erasing the Distance
Dana Laughlin, EdD, MA, NCC, LCPC
Moderator/Presenter
The Chicago School

Dr. Dana Laughlin is Department Chair of The Chicago School's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and a professional counselor who has worked in the mental health field for over 19 years. Her career started in community mental health working with a variety of populations including, but not limited to, addictions, dual-diagnosis, severely mentally ill, and co-occurring disorders. She worked in the Cook County Department of Corrections serving clientele who were incarcerated leading to her dissertation "Correctional Officers Bias and Perceptions towards Inmates who are Mentally Ill." With a BS in Psychology from Illinois State University and MA in Counseling and Doctor of Education from Argosy University, Dr. Laughlin started her teaching career in 2016 joining The Chicago School in the Fall of 2021. Her teaching philosophy centers around the students with whom she has the pleasure to interact and educate. Her goal is to create and maintain an active learning environment that encourages exploration, evaluation, understanding, application, and synthesis of the material presented. Further, she expects and demonstrates ethical behavior, authenticity, and accountability in all professional and personal interactions.

About Dana Laughlin, EdD, MA, NCC, LCPC

Moderator/Presenter
The Chicago School
Tracy Levine, MSW, LCSW
Executive Director
Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute

Tracy Levine (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined NRCI in June, 2021 with over 30 years of experience in behavioral health and direct services. Tracy earned both a bachelor’s degree and her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She also has a certificate in Non-Profit Executive Leadership. Her passion for service and dedication to improving the lives of others is proven through years of leading programs focused on building resilience, strengthening family relationships, and supporting children, families, and emerging adults. Her experience includes serving in senior leadership roles at Chicago agencies providing child and family services, clinical services, and substance use disorders treatment. Additionally, Tracy served as an adjunct faculty in The Chicago School’s Master of Counseling Psychology Program and is a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings. Tracy is a skilled educator, trainer and presenter and an adept advocate for the coordination and implementation of trauma-informed community-based programming, fostering inclusivity, and meeting the needs of the under resourced. Tracy is the Board President of Mental Health America of the Northern Suburbs (MHANS).

https://naomicoheninstitute.org/

About Tracy Levine, MSW, LCSW

Executive Director
Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute
Angela Cummings, BA
Presenter
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Angela Cummings serves as the Executive Director for the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide prevention. As a suicide loss survivor, she is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide by sharing research findings and evidence-based education through AFSP programs. She has worked in suicide prevention for 10 years, and considers it her passion as well as her job. Angela graduated from the University of Texas and has over 16 years professional experience in non-profit work, including extensive volunteer management and fundraising experience.

https://afsp.org/chapter/illinois

About Angela Cummings, BA

Presenter
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Carly Tindall-Biggins, PhD, NCSP
Presenter
This Chicago School

Carly Tindall-Biggins is the Associate Director of Clinical Training for the School Psychology Department at The Chicago School and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Prior to starting her role as Associate Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Tindall-Biggins worked as a school psychologist in a suburban high school. In this role, she engaged in diverse range of school psychological practice. Her roles and responsibilities included those related to collaborative problem-solving, multi-tiered systems of support, crisis response and intervention, and comprehensive case study evaluation. Along with this, she has experience teaching classes related to research methodology, systems change, and neurodiversity.

About Carly Tindall-Biggins, PhD, NCSP

Presenter
This Chicago School
Heather Watson, MSW, LSW
Presenter
Thresholds

Heather Watson received her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University and Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has worked extensively with individuals with serious mental illness in community mental health settings as well as with individuals with high acuity medical needs to allow them to remain in the least restrictive environment. In her current position Heather developed the Thresholds Mobile Crisis Response Team to extend services available to the community in the crisis continuum of care.

https://www.thresholds.org/programs-services/crisis-response

About Heather Watson, MSW, LSW

Presenter
Thresholds
J Cangialosi, LCPC
Presenter
Relief Mental Health

J Cangialosi is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a dedicated therapist at Relief Mental Health in Oak Brook, Illinois. With more than a decade of experience in the field of mental health, J brings a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to her practice. J’s extensive background in therapy, which includes almost 10 years at an employee assistance program, has equipped her with the skills to address a wide range of mental health diagnoses. She specializes in anxiety, depression, coping skills, relationship issues, self-esteem, insomnia and sleep problems, stress management, and more, offering valuable support to those navigating these complex conditions. J is comfortable and experienced in working with individuals across diverse sexual orientations, including LGBTQ+ identities. Passionate about guiding individuals in making lasting and meaningful changes that ultimately lead to an improved quality of life, J helps patients explore the barriers that may be hindering their progress utilizing a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to provide the most effective care possible. Her commitment to advancing the field is evident as she actively participates in media opportunities and podcasts, and is a published author on Medium—using her voice to advocate for mental health and destigmatize the challenges that so many individuals face. J earned a Master’s degree in counseling from Argosy University in Schaumburg, Illinois, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She is a member of the Illinois Counseling Association and the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association. Beyond her professional life, she enjoys indulging in escape rooms, solving intricate puzzles and games, and watching Marvel movies.

https://medium.com/@jcangialosi

About J Cangialosi, LCPC

Presenter
Relief Mental Health
Jess Vann, MATD
Presenter
Playworks

Play is a big part of Jess's professional approach to building sustainable transformational relationships and facilitation. She has been able to share her skills on a national and local level throughout her professional career. Jess believes that everyone can unleash their creative and play potential, we all just need a little encouragement and guidance and willingness to lean into discomfort and try it on! When she is not working as a Playworker, she still pursues her love as an artist/actor and vocalist, hosting a podcast, eating jibaritoes, and spending time with family and friends and hanging out with her cat Mayfield. She loves dodgeball and is always looking for an adult league to join!

https://www.playworks.org/

About Jess Vann, MATD

Presenter
Playworks
Joe Feldman, MBA
Presenter
Cover My Mental Health

Cover My Mental Health founder and President Joe Feldman began advocating for access to mental health care after overcoming denials for his daughter's residential care, including with a successful federal lawsuit. His advocacy work has included policy-driven discussions with legislators and regulators, a board role with The Kennedy Forum Illinois, presentations to parent groups, and publication of actionable guidance such as a 2021 article on medical necessity letters in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. Joe received his BS in finance from The Wharton School and his MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management. He has significant business development experience and has served in many board, advisory, and volunteer roles.

https://www.covermymentalhealth.com

About Joe Feldman, MBA

Presenter
Cover My Mental Health
Karen Perkins, MA
Presenter
Playworks

Karen Michelle Perkins was born in Malbacat, Philippines, before relocating to the United States in 1993. Growing up, she found herself immersed in the vibrant but often challenging neighborhood of Greater Grand Crossing in Chicago's south side. Her academic journey commenced at the American Academy of Art, culminating in her graduation with Cum Laude honors from Chicago State University. Currently, Karen is engaged in advancing her expertise as a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University, where she diligently pursues a Master of Arts in Arts Education. This academic endeavor stands as a testament to her unwavering commitment to honing her skills and insights for the betterment of her community. With an extensive background spanning over a decade working alongside various institutions and community-based organizations in Chicago, Karen has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to promoting artistic and educational accessibility for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) residents in the underserved communities of Chicago's south and west sides. Her passion for fostering equity and inclusivity is evident through her active involvement in transformative educational initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers and fostering empowerment through artistic expression.

https://www.playworks.org/

About Karen Perkins, MA

Presenter
Playworks
Klaudia M Carpenter, LCPC
Presenter
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)

Klaudia Carpenter is a compassionate and dedicated licensed counselor with experience training around boundaries in the workplace and milieu support/dynamics in residential treatment centers. With over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health, Klaudia is deeply committed to helping individuals establish healthy boundaries, cultivate self-awareness, and navigate interpersonal relationships with confidence and resilience. Klaudia holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Chicago State University, and she is currently employed as the Director of Community and Rapid Response Services at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). During her career she has focused on the intersection of boundaries, self-care, and emotional well-being in diverse populations. As a counselor, Klaudia takes a holistic approach to therapy, recognizing the importance of addressing the interplay between physical, emotional, and social factors in clients' lives. She works collaboratively with individuals to identify their unique strengths and challenges, offering personalized strategies and tools to support their journey towards growth and healing.

About Klaudia M Carpenter, LCPC

Presenter
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
Maira Egan, MACAT, ATR-P
Presenter
Open Studio Project

Maira Egan, MACAT, ATR is a lifelong multimedia visual artist and a graduate of Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. Through her passion for teaching, learning, and community art-making, she has incorporated creative processes into therapeutic spaces with a variety of populations. Maira is currently the Lead Art Therapist & Program Manager at Open Studio Project in Evanston, Illinois. In this role she facilitates therapeutic art-making groups in various settings, working primarily with children in Chicago-area public schools to develop social-emotional skills. She also works with a variety of adult groups, having recently adapted OSP's therapeutic arts curriculum for individuals with visual impairments. Her passion for art, mental wellness, and social justice all play a role in the work she does as an art therapist for OSP.

https://www.openstudioproject.org/

About Maira Egan, MACAT, ATR-P

Presenter
Open Studio Project
Manuel Meza, LCSW
Presenter
Thresholds

Manuel Meza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained his MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work. He has over 20 years' experience in the field, with a focus on providing relational, trauma-informed services to adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings. Manuel began his career working with adolescents in residential treatment settings in various Chicagoland agencies. He has been at Thresholds since 2019, simultaneously leading the Stroger Hospital Emergency Department Crisis Team and the Austin Apartment CSI Team in providing services to individuals experiencing homelessness and diagnosed with a mental illness. Manuel implemented the Thresholds Mobile Crisis Response Team in June 2022, serving individuals in crisis in various areas throughout the Northside of Chicago. He currently serves as Area Director of Clinical Operations at Thresholds, overseeing the Living Room program, Mobile Crisis Response, Stroger Crisis and the Stroger Linkage team. His professional career includes a commitment to serving the needs of individuals who have experienced trauma, a mental illness and/or substance use, regardless of socioeconomic status.

https://www.thresholds.org/programs-services/crisis-response

About Manuel Meza, LCSW

Presenter
Thresholds
Melissa Chavez Mizener, MA, LPC
Presenter
Impact Behavioral Health Partners

Melissa Chavez Mizener is an Employment Program Supervisor at Impact and a licensed clinical counselor at a private practice. Melissa obtained her B.A at Northeastern Illinois University and her master's in clinical psychology at North Park University. Additionally, she is a Certified IPS Practitioner and Certified IPS Fidelity Reviewer. Melissa has a background in communications and in non-profit development/fundraising. Upon her start at Impact in 2017, she quickly found a passion for supporting individuals with severe mental illness which led her to obtain her master's and supporting the efforts to expand IPS services to FQHCs and bring awareness of services to the Hispanic/Latino community. During her work as an employment specialist, she incorporated motivational interviewing and a solution-focused approach to support her participants in achieving their employment goals while managing their mental health. Melissa continues to train and supervise current Employment Specialists to be the best support and advocate for their participants.

https://impactbehavioral.org/

About Melissa Chavez Mizener, MA, LPC

Presenter
Impact Behavioral Health Partners
Natalie LaDuke PhD, LCP, NCSP
Presenter
The Chicago School

Natalie LaDuke is an Assistant Professor for the School Psychology department at The Chicago School. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. LaDuke received her doctoral degree in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Her research is focused on childhood stress, social-emotional assessment and intervention, and resilience. She was awarded Dissertation of the Year by Loyola University Chicago. Dr. LaDuke previously worked as a school psychologist, where she implemented school-wide mental health screening and social-emotional learning across the district. Her teaching expertise is focused on neurodiversity, research methodology, social-emotional assessment, and school-based mental health support. Dr. LaDuke also works at O'Koon Psychology Group, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adolescents who present with learning, social/emotional, and academic concerns.

About Natalie LaDuke PhD, LCP, NCSP

Presenter
The Chicago School
Nilufar Rezai, MSW, LPC
Presenter
Chicago Public Schools

Nilufar Rezai has built a proactive, comprehensive, and developmental school counseling program for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that provides individual, group, and classroom interventions in academic, social-emotional, and career topics using participation, Mindsets & Behaviors, and outcome data. She has served as Behavioral Health Team (BHT) Lead, Student Leadership Lead, PBIS Co-Lead, Calm Classroom Co-Lead, Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) member for consecutive years. In these capacities, Nilufar has implemented a school-wide “Caring Theme of the Month” service-leadership initiative. She has implemented a school-wide annual Career Week program and quarterly parent workshops. Nilufar also created innovative staff professional development on a variety of topics at various events. And as a Social Emotional Learning Specialist, she was part of an innovative team of educator leaders who built a CPS district department of personalized learning from the ground up.

About Nilufar Rezai, MSW, LPC

Presenter
Chicago Public Schools
Pam Brockman, MA
Presenter
Art of Living Foundation & International Association for Human Values

Pam Brockman is a senior teacher at the Art of Living Foundation & International Association for Human Values. She is also the Illinois Director of Project Welcome Home Troops. Although she is based in Chicago, Pam travels internationally and teaches the Art of Living Part 1, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, Sri Sri Yoga, the Art of Silence Course (Advanced Meditation Retreat or Part 2). She also has special courses for people experiencing depression, life threatening diseases, trauma, veterans, prison inmates, physicians/medical personnel, as well as school staff and youth SKY Kids and SKY Teens. Pam received her BA at Knox College, and MA from Northwestern University. She has been practicing meditation and self-development techniques since 1971. She speaks fluent French and Spanish and is past President of the Rotary Club of Chicago Little Village.

https://www.artofliving.org/us-en

About Pam Brockman, MA

Presenter
Art of Living Foundation & International Association for Human Values
Patti Vick, MFA
Presenter
Open Studio Project

Patti Vick received an MFA in Visual Communication from The School of the Art Institute. She is the lead adult facilitator trainer at Open Studio Project (OSP), an art and social service non-profit, and has been a teaching artist there since 2014. Patti is a certified meditation instructor through the University of California's Greater Good Science Center's two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program created by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Patti has had the honor of making art alongside individuals using the Open Studio Process to explore relationships, identity, aging, work, health, joy, peace, spirituality, addiction, grief, climate change, wellness, healing and all aspects of change. She is passionate about creating space for communal art making and self-reflection. Art making is a refuge where we can meet ourselves exactly as we are.

https://www.openstudioproject.org/

About Patti Vick, MFA

Presenter
Open Studio Project
Rob Lentz, MFA
Presenter
Open Studio Project

Rob Lentz, MFA is the Executive Director of Open Studio Project, Inc. He is an artist, administrator, and curator, with an extensive background in community art studios, exhibits, and non-profit management. Rob is a founder and former Executive Director of Project Onward, a Chicago-based art studio and gallery for artists with disabilities, and previously served as Director of Visual Arts for Gallery 37, the City of Chicago art program for teens. For over 20 years, Rob has managed safe and supportive studio environments, leading teams of teaching artists, administrators, art therapists and students. He has curated exhibitions, written, and lectured extensively about the disability arts movement. Rob serves on the Board of Directors of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

https://www.openstudioproject.org/

About Rob Lentz, MFA

Presenter
Open Studio Project
Ron Harlow
Presenter
Impact Behavioral Health Partners

Ron Harlow, Impact Operations & HR Manager, graduated with honors from DePaul University, earning a bachelor's degree in sociology. He began working in the community mental health field in 2016 as a Client Services and Billing Specialist at Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center. Ron joined Impact in January 2019. His responsibilities include supervising day-to-day operations, HR, IT, HIPAA compliance, CARF accreditation, and assisting all departments of the organization with anything from Medicaid billing to apartment lockouts.

https://impactbehavioral.org/about/staff/

About Ron Harlow

Presenter
Impact Behavioral Health Partners
Samantha Kolkey, LCSW
Presenter
Center for Independent Futures and Ashley Allis Therapy

Samantha (she/her) received her BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is a licensed clinical social worker and began her career working as a case manager and clinician for children, youth, and families within the child welfare system. She has spent the past seven years in nonprofit management as the executive director of a disability services nonprofit organization providing direct services, groups, and opportunities for neurodivergent young adults to succeed academically, work productively, and live independently. In addition, Samantha incorporated executive function and neurodiversity coaching, education, and training to providers, educators, and caregivers to the services offered by the organization. In this role, Samantha supervised and managed an all neurodivergent team, and is neurodivergent herself. Samantha is currently the director of programs and services with the nonprofit organization, Center for Independent Futures, whose mission is to form innovative partnerships to create service models, products, and opportunities to give disabled individuals and their families the skills and strategies to realize full lives. Embracing her own neurodivergence inspires Samantha’s wholehearted approach to her work. Leaning into her personal values of vulnerability, connection, collaboration, and empathy, Samantha believes in approaching everything with compassion and encouraging a growth mindset.

https://www.ashleyallistherapy.com/

About Samantha Kolkey, LCSW

Presenter
Center for Independent Futures and Ashley Allis Therapy
Shalini Parekh
Presenter
Art of Living Foundation & International Association for Human Values

Shalini Parekh is a breathwork facilitator with the Art of Living Foundation which teaches the well known SKY Breath Meditation technique for alleviating stress and anxiety and nurturing wellness. She is a longtime yoga instructor in the Chicago area. She is a writer, speaker, as well as a journalist in a previous avatar but now prefers to call herself, "a breath work curator." During the pandemic she taught breathing techniques widely to an increasingly distressed population, including American India Foundation and Google, public libraries, and other forums.

https://www.artofliving.org/us-en

About Shalini Parekh

Presenter
Art of Living Foundation & International Association for Human Values
Susan K. Laue, MS
Presenter
SEL Behavioral Solutions

Sue Laue is a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Trainer and Curriculum Designer for PreK-12 schools in Chicago and the suburbs. She is CEO and Lead Trainer for her company, SEL Behavioral Solutions PreK-12. Since 2007, Sue has trained & coached principals, teachers and staff at over 40 schools to facilitate SEL culture change through strategic planning and wide-ranging curriculum alignment with the Illinois SEL goals and standards. Her work has assisted schools to nurture positive student behavior, mental health, conflict resolution, bullying prevention and increases in academic gains. Sue has coached schools on Second Step and Lions Quest SEL curriculum programs, the use of Peace Circles, restorative practices, and she has conducted adult/parent SEL and bullying prevention training. Currently, Sue is a consultant for Open Studio Project in Evanston, a creative art instruction nonprofit. She has designed OSP’s SEL and Art Curriculum programs for students PreK-12 by aligning the IL SEL standards with the IL visual arts standards. She also trains educators for OSP on social and emotional learning instruction for students and how to implement the new SEL and Art Curriculum. Another project has been creating and writing high school SEL lessons for the Lions Quest SEL curriculum.

About Susan K. Laue, MS

Presenter
SEL Behavioral Solutions
Terry A. Fox, Esq.
Presenter
SBSB-Eastham, P.L.L.C.

Attorney Terry A. Fox is currently a Partner in the Chicago Office of SBSB-Eastham, P.L.L.C. He has been involved in representing employers and employees in discrimination-related disputes for more than 20 years. He has been published and conducted presentations to lawyers regarding these topics as well as frequently counseled businesses in the parameters of the law. Terry received his BA in Political Science at Iowa State University and his JD in Law at the University of Iowa.

https://sbsb-eastham.com/

About Terry A. Fox, Esq.

Presenter
SBSB-Eastham, P.L.L.C.

Dr. Thomas Golebiewski has worked in schools for over 45 years, spending 26 years as Department Chair of Social Work at New Trier High School. He has been an adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and is currently consulting to schools through Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy and is teaching at Loyola University in the School of Social Work. Tom is in private practice in psychotherapy, counseling and consultation in Wilmette, IL, and a consultant at Wolcott School, an independent school in Chicago. He is a frequent presenter for the Illinois Principal's Association on Mental Health Issues in Schools as well as a member of the Lake County Family Violence Coordinating Council and a Lake County Court Approved Domestic Violence Evaluator and Treatment Provider. He is on the Illinois Domestic Violence Fatility Review Commission. He volunteers at the Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Responder, is an Associate of the AKRice Institute and a member of CCSGO. Dr. Golebiewski received his BA and MSW from Loyola University in Chicago and PhD in Clinical Social Work from The Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, Il. He is a Certified Teacher through the Cultivating Emotional Balance and Mindful Meditation Teacher Certification Programs and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/author/thomas-golebiewski

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Charlie Ford, MHP
Poster Presenter
Trilogy

Charlie Ford currently works in the Supported Employment Program at Trilogy Behavioral Health as a Team Leader, helping people who have severe and persistent mental illnesses find and maintain a job of their choosing, using evidence-based practices as interventions. Charlie graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies with a minor of Women’s Studies and has been an advocate for LGBTQIA+ inclusion for most of his life. Between his human services background and a career in mental health, Charlie enjoys helping others understand the unique strengths and challenges of the LGBTQIA+ community in the workplace and in the community.

https://www.trilogyinc.org/

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Poster Presenter
Trilogy
Paola Montserrat Castro Palacios, MS, QMHP
Poster Presenter
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)

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Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)

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Sessions on Jun 08, 2024

09:00 AM

Continental Breakfast/Exhibit Hall/Poster Presentations

09:00 AM - 10:00 AMEast Cafeteria (E120)

Sponsors

10:00 AM

Mental Health in the Workplace - Panel Presentation

10:00 AM - 12:00 PMAuditorium
    Jenny Arrington
    Panelist/PresenterRebel Human
    Co-Founder of Rebel Human and WrkfloW, Jenny Arrington trained under Harvard neuroscientist, Dr. Srini Pillay, and earned certification under both the Kundalini Research Institute and the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT®, YACEP®). She served as Wellness Advisor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and has worked with various entities including Warner Bros., TED, Microsoft, Cedars-Sinai, BMW, MindBody, and Wix. Jenny's work through Rebel Human helps schools and companies co-create a culture of psychological safety and care through developing skills in self-awareness, emotion regulation, impulse control, self-care and stress management, perspective taking, empathy, relationship building, respect for self and others, social engagement, and ethical responsibility. Jenny has taught internationally in Iceland and at the International Yoga Festival in France. She's worked with Fortune 500 companies and been featured in publications including US News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, Shape, CS, and Chicago Magazine. She is also a published author.
    Billy Kaplan, LCSW
    Panelist/PresenterTreeHouse Health
    Billy Kaplan's work is being his daughters' father and his wife's husband. To support that work he is the President and Clinical Director of TreeHouse Health, a human services company that provides mental health and emotional wellness services to individuals, couples, and families. Billy earned a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He is a Certified Brainspotting Consultant and Practitioner who engaged in two years of intensive study with one of the leaders of Brainspotting who studied directly under its founder, David Grand. Billy is the creator of Parenting in SPACE™, a therapeutic parenting model. He has presented extensively locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics including attachment, trauma, and therapeutic parenting.
    Heather Bodie
    Panelist/PresenterErasing the Distance
    Heather Bodie is a public speaker and mental health advocate. She serves as the Executive Director of Erasing the Distance, a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago whose mission is aimed at disarming the deadly stigma that surrounds mental health through storytelling and facilitated conversation. Before her time with Erasing the Distance, Heather spent 5 years working with Financial Sales Professionals to establish and sustain their businesses through candid conversation and personal storytelling. Heather went on to serve as the Chief of Staff overseeing a collection of start-ups managing 110 employees on daily operations and creating/implementing HR policies and procedures, with a focus on conflict management and emotional health. Over the past 10 years, Heather has traveled across the country working closely with leadership teams spanning multiple sectors to examine work styles and ideate mental health focused approaches to team management. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. She served as Adjunct Professor at Dominican University and she is certified in Mental Health First Aid.
    Dana Laughlin, EdD, MA, NCC, LCPC
    Moderator/PresenterThe Chicago School
    Dr. Dana Laughlin is Department Chair of The Chicago School's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and a professional counselor who has worked in the mental health field for over 19 years. Her career started in community mental health working with a variety of populations including, but not limited to, addictions, dual-diagnosis, severely mentally ill, and co-occurring disorders. She worked in the Cook County Department of Corrections serving clientele who were incarcerated leading to her dissertation "Correctional Officers Bias and Perceptions towards Inmates who are Mentally Ill." With a BS in Psychology from Illinois State University and MA in Counseling and Doctor of Education from Argosy University, Dr. Laughlin started her teaching career in 2016 joining The Chicago School in the Fall of 2021. Her teaching philosophy centers around the students with whom she has the pleasure to interact and educate. Her goal is to create and maintain an active learning environment that encourages exploration, evaluation, understanding, application, and synthesis of the material presented. Further, she expects and demonstrates ethical behavior, authenticity, and accountability in all professional and personal interactions.
    Tracy Levine, MSW, LCSW
    Executive DirectorNaomi Ruth Cohen Institute
    Tracy Levine (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined NRCI in June, 2021 with over 30 years of experience in behavioral health and direct services. Tracy earned both a bachelor’s degree and her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She also has a certificate in Non-Profit Executive Leadership. Her passion for service and dedication to improving the lives of others is proven through years of leading programs focused on building resilience, strengthening family relationships, and supporting children, families, and emerging adults. Her experience includes serving in senior leadership roles at Chicago agencies providing child and family services, clinical services, and substance use disorders treatment. Additionally, Tracy served as an adjunct faculty in The Chicago School’s Master of Counseling Psychology Program and is a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings. Tracy is a skilled educator, trainer and presenter and an adept advocate for the coordination and implementation of trauma-informed community-based programming, fostering inclusivity, and meeting the needs of the under resourced. Tracy is the Board President of Mental Health America of the Northern Suburbs (MHANS).
    12:00 PM

    Lunch/Exhibit Hall/Poster Presentations

    12:00 PM - 12:55 PMEast Cafeteria (E120)

    Sponsors

    01:00 PM
    Breakout Sessions Round 1

    Nurturing Mental Wellness in Post-Pandemic Workplaces: Understanding Challenges and Building Supportive Cultures

    01:00 PM - 02:00 PMN111
      J Cangialosi, LCPC
      PresenterRelief Mental Health
      J Cangialosi is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a dedicated therapist at Relief Mental Health in Oak Brook, Illinois. With more than a decade of experience in the field of mental health, J brings a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to her practice. J’s extensive background in therapy, which includes almost 10 years at an employee assistance program, has equipped her with the skills to address a wide range of mental health diagnoses. She specializes in anxiety, depression, coping skills, relationship issues, self-esteem, insomnia and sleep problems, stress management, and more, offering valuable support to those navigating these complex conditions. J is comfortable and experienced in working with individuals across diverse sexual orientations, including LGBTQ+ identities. Passionate about guiding individuals in making lasting and meaningful changes that ultimately lead to an improved quality of life, J helps patients explore the barriers that may be hindering their progress utilizing a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to provide the most effective care possible. Her commitment to advancing the field is evident as she actively participates in media opportunities and podcasts, and is a published author on Medium—using her voice to advocate for mental health and destigmatize the challenges that so many individuals face. J earned a Master’s degree in counseling from Argosy University in Schaumburg, Illinois, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She is a member of the Illinois Counseling Association and the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association. Beyond her professional life, she enjoys indulging in escape rooms, solving intricate puzzles and games, and watching Marvel movies.
      Breakout Sessions Round 1

      Self Care: How to Manage Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression & Thrive

      01:00 PM - 02:00 PMN112
        Pam Brockman, MA
        PresenterArt of Living Foundation & International Association for Human Values
        Pam Brockman is a senior teacher at the Art of Living Foundation & International Association for Human Values. She is also the Illinois Director of Project Welcome Home Troops. Although she is based in Chicago, Pam travels internationally and teaches the Art of Living Part 1, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, Sri Sri Yoga, the Art of Silence Course (Advanced Meditation Retreat or Part 2). She also has special courses for people experiencing depression, life threatening diseases, trauma, veterans, prison inmates, physicians/medical personnel, as well as school staff and youth SKY Kids and SKY Teens. Pam received her BA at Knox College, and MA from Northwestern University. She has been practicing meditation and self-development techniques since 1971. She speaks fluent French and Spanish and is past President of the Rotary Club of Chicago Little Village.
        Shalini Parekh
        PresenterArt of Living Foundation & International Association for Human Values
        Shalini Parekh is a breathwork facilitator with the Art of Living Foundation which teaches the well known SKY Breath Meditation technique for alleviating stress and anxiety and nurturing wellness. She is a longtime yoga instructor in the Chicago area. She is a writer, speaker, as well as a journalist in a previous avatar but now prefers to call herself, "a breath work curator." During the pandemic she taught breathing techniques widely to an increasingly distressed population, including American India Foundation and Google, public libraries, and other forums.
        Breakout Sessions Round 1

        Self-directed Neuroplasticity: Small things done every day lead to big changes

        01:00 PM - 02:00 PME113
          Jenny Arrington
          Panelist/PresenterRebel Human
          Co-Founder of Rebel Human and WrkfloW, Jenny Arrington trained under Harvard neuroscientist, Dr. Srini Pillay, and earned certification under both the Kundalini Research Institute and the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT®, YACEP®). She served as Wellness Advisor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and has worked with various entities including Warner Bros., TED, Microsoft, Cedars-Sinai, BMW, MindBody, and Wix. Jenny's work through Rebel Human helps schools and companies co-create a culture of psychological safety and care through developing skills in self-awareness, emotion regulation, impulse control, self-care and stress management, perspective taking, empathy, relationship building, respect for self and others, social engagement, and ethical responsibility. Jenny has taught internationally in Iceland and at the International Yoga Festival in France. She's worked with Fortune 500 companies and been featured in publications including US News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, Shape, CS, and Chicago Magazine. She is also a published author.
          Breakout Sessions Round 1

          Understanding the Law – Mental Disabilities and the ADA

          01:00 PM - 02:00 PME111
            Terry A. Fox, Esq.
            PresenterSBSB-Eastham, P.L.L.C.
            Attorney Terry A. Fox is currently a Partner in the Chicago Office of SBSB-Eastham, P.L.L.C. He has been involved in representing employers and employees in discrimination-related disputes for more than 20 years. He has been published and conducted presentations to lawyers regarding these topics as well as frequently counseled businesses in the parameters of the law. Terry received his BA in Political Science at Iowa State University and his JD in Law at the University of Iowa.
            Breakout Sessions Round 1

            How To Talk About Mental Health (at work)

            01:00 PM - 02:00 PME117
              Heather Bodie
              Panelist/PresenterErasing the Distance
              Heather Bodie is a public speaker and mental health advocate. She serves as the Executive Director of Erasing the Distance, a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago whose mission is aimed at disarming the deadly stigma that surrounds mental health through storytelling and facilitated conversation. Before her time with Erasing the Distance, Heather spent 5 years working with Financial Sales Professionals to establish and sustain their businesses through candid conversation and personal storytelling. Heather went on to serve as the Chief of Staff overseeing a collection of start-ups managing 110 employees on daily operations and creating/implementing HR policies and procedures, with a focus on conflict management and emotional health. Over the past 10 years, Heather has traveled across the country working closely with leadership teams spanning multiple sectors to examine work styles and ideate mental health focused approaches to team management. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. She served as Adjunct Professor at Dominican University and she is certified in Mental Health First Aid.
              Breakout Sessions Round 1

              Alternative Models for Care: 988 and Crisis Response

              01:00 PM - 02:00 PME115
                Heather Watson, MSW, LSW
                PresenterThresholds
                Heather Watson received her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University and Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has worked extensively with individuals with serious mental illness in community mental health settings as well as with individuals with high acuity medical needs to allow them to remain in the least restrictive environment. In her current position Heather developed the Thresholds Mobile Crisis Response Team to extend services available to the community in the crisis continuum of care.
                Manuel Meza, LCSW
                PresenterThresholds
                Manuel Meza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained his MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work. He has over 20 years' experience in the field, with a focus on providing relational, trauma-informed services to adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings. Manuel began his career working with adolescents in residential treatment settings in various Chicagoland agencies. He has been at Thresholds since 2019, simultaneously leading the Stroger Hospital Emergency Department Crisis Team and the Austin Apartment CSI Team in providing services to individuals experiencing homelessness and diagnosed with a mental illness. Manuel implemented the Thresholds Mobile Crisis Response Team in June 2022, serving individuals in crisis in various areas throughout the Northside of Chicago. He currently serves as Area Director of Clinical Operations at Thresholds, overseeing the Living Room program, Mobile Crisis Response, Stroger Crisis and the Stroger Linkage team. His professional career includes a commitment to serving the needs of individuals who have experienced trauma, a mental illness and/or substance use, regardless of socioeconomic status.
                Breakout Sessions Round 1

                No Session 1

                01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
                02:15 PM
                Breakout Sessions Round 2

                Adult Social and Emotional Skills for the Workplace

                02:15 PM - 03:15 PMN111
                  Susan K. Laue, MS
                  PresenterSEL Behavioral Solutions
                  Sue Laue is a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Trainer and Curriculum Designer for PreK-12 schools in Chicago and the suburbs. She is CEO and Lead Trainer for her company, SEL Behavioral Solutions PreK-12. Since 2007, Sue has trained & coached principals, teachers and staff at over 40 schools to facilitate SEL culture change through strategic planning and wide-ranging curriculum alignment with the Illinois SEL goals and standards. Her work has assisted schools to nurture positive student behavior, mental health, conflict resolution, bullying prevention and increases in academic gains. Sue has coached schools on Second Step and Lions Quest SEL curriculum programs, the use of Peace Circles, restorative practices, and she has conducted adult/parent SEL and bullying prevention training. Currently, Sue is a consultant for Open Studio Project in Evanston, a creative art instruction nonprofit. She has designed OSP’s SEL and Art Curriculum programs for students PreK-12 by aligning the IL SEL standards with the IL visual arts standards. She also trains educators for OSP on social and emotional learning instruction for students and how to implement the new SEL and Art Curriculum. Another project has been creating and writing high school SEL lessons for the Lions Quest SEL curriculum.
                  Breakout Sessions Round 2

                  Unlocking the Power of Play in the Workforce

                  02:15 PM - 03:15 PMN112
                    Jess Vann, MATD
                    PresenterPlayworks
                    Play is a big part of Jess's professional approach to building sustainable transformational relationships and facilitation. She has been able to share her skills on a national and local level throughout her professional career. Jess believes that everyone can unleash their creative and play potential, we all just need a little encouragement and guidance and willingness to lean into discomfort and try it on! When she is not working as a Playworker, she still pursues her love as an artist/actor and vocalist, hosting a podcast, eating jibaritoes, and spending time with family and friends and hanging out with her cat Mayfield. She loves dodgeball and is always looking for an adult league to join!
                    Karen Perkins, MA
                    PresenterPlayworks
                    Karen Michelle Perkins was born in Malbacat, Philippines, before relocating to the United States in 1993. Growing up, she found herself immersed in the vibrant but often challenging neighborhood of Greater Grand Crossing in Chicago's south side. Her academic journey commenced at the American Academy of Art, culminating in her graduation with Cum Laude honors from Chicago State University. Currently, Karen is engaged in advancing her expertise as a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University, where she diligently pursues a Master of Arts in Arts Education. This academic endeavor stands as a testament to her unwavering commitment to honing her skills and insights for the betterment of her community. With an extensive background spanning over a decade working alongside various institutions and community-based organizations in Chicago, Karen has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to promoting artistic and educational accessibility for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) residents in the underserved communities of Chicago's south and west sides. Her passion for fostering equity and inclusivity is evident through her active involvement in transformative educational initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers and fostering empowerment through artistic expression.
                    Breakout Sessions Round 2

                    Boundaries in the Workplace: Creating Peace through Honoring Culture and Diversity

                    02:15 PM - 03:15 PME117
                      Klaudia M Carpenter, LCPC
                      PresenterCommunity Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
                      Klaudia Carpenter is a compassionate and dedicated licensed counselor with experience training around boundaries in the workplace and milieu support/dynamics in residential treatment centers. With over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health, Klaudia is deeply committed to helping individuals establish healthy boundaries, cultivate self-awareness, and navigate interpersonal relationships with confidence and resilience. Klaudia holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Chicago State University, and she is currently employed as the Director of Community and Rapid Response Services at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). During her career she has focused on the intersection of boundaries, self-care, and emotional well-being in diverse populations. As a counselor, Klaudia takes a holistic approach to therapy, recognizing the importance of addressing the interplay between physical, emotional, and social factors in clients' lives. She works collaboratively with individuals to identify their unique strengths and challenges, offering personalized strategies and tools to support their journey towards growth and healing.
                      Breakout Sessions Round 2

                      Embracing Neurodiversity: Cultivating Inclusive Workplaces and Services

                      02:15 PM - 03:15 PME111
                        Samantha Kolkey, LCSW
                        PresenterCenter for Independent Futures and Ashley Allis Therapy
                        Samantha (she/her) received her BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is a licensed clinical social worker and began her career working as a case manager and clinician for children, youth, and families within the child welfare system. She has spent the past seven years in nonprofit management as the executive director of a disability services nonprofit organization providing direct services, groups, and opportunities for neurodivergent young adults to succeed academically, work productively, and live independently. In addition, Samantha incorporated executive function and neurodiversity coaching, education, and training to providers, educators, and caregivers to the services offered by the organization. In this role, Samantha supervised and managed an all neurodivergent team, and is neurodivergent herself. Samantha is currently the director of programs and services with the nonprofit organization, Center for Independent Futures, whose mission is to form innovative partnerships to create service models, products, and opportunities to give disabled individuals and their families the skills and strategies to realize full lives. Embracing her own neurodivergence inspires Samantha’s wholehearted approach to her work. Leaning into her personal values of vulnerability, connection, collaboration, and empathy, Samantha believes in approaching everything with compassion and encouraging a growth mindset.
                        Breakout Sessions Round 2

                        Improving Work Performance with Brainspotting

                        02:15 PM - 03:15 PME113
                          Billy Kaplan, LCSW
                          Panelist/PresenterTreeHouse Health
                          Billy Kaplan's work is being his daughters' father and his wife's husband. To support that work he is the President and Clinical Director of TreeHouse Health, a human services company that provides mental health and emotional wellness services to individuals, couples, and families. Billy earned a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He is a Certified Brainspotting Consultant and Practitioner who engaged in two years of intensive study with one of the leaders of Brainspotting who studied directly under its founder, David Grand. Billy is the creator of Parenting in SPACE™, a therapeutic parenting model. He has presented extensively locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics including attachment, trauma, and therapeutic parenting.
                          Breakout Sessions Round 2

                          Talk Saves Lives for Workplace Settings

                          02:15 PM - 03:15 PME115
                            Angela Cummings, BA
                            PresenterAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention
                            Angela Cummings serves as the Executive Director for the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide prevention. As a suicide loss survivor, she is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide by sharing research findings and evidence-based education through AFSP programs. She has worked in suicide prevention for 10 years, and considers it her passion as well as her job. Angela graduated from the University of Texas and has over 16 years professional experience in non-profit work, including extensive volunteer management and fundraising experience.
                            Breakout Sessions Round 2

                            No Session 2

                            02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
                            03:30 PM
                            Breakout Sessions Round 3

                            Using Evidence Based Employment Service Principles to Improve Employment Outcomes

                            03:30 PM - 04:30 PME113
                              Melissa Chavez Mizener, MA, LPC
                              PresenterImpact Behavioral Health Partners
                              Melissa Chavez Mizener is an Employment Program Supervisor at Impact and a licensed clinical counselor at a private practice. Melissa obtained her B.A at Northeastern Illinois University and her master's in clinical psychology at North Park University. Additionally, she is a Certified IPS Practitioner and Certified IPS Fidelity Reviewer. Melissa has a background in communications and in non-profit development/fundraising. Upon her start at Impact in 2017, she quickly found a passion for supporting individuals with severe mental illness which led her to obtain her master's and supporting the efforts to expand IPS services to FQHCs and bring awareness of services to the Hispanic/Latino community. During her work as an employment specialist, she incorporated motivational interviewing and a solution-focused approach to support her participants in achieving their employment goals while managing their mental health. Melissa continues to train and supervise current Employment Specialists to be the best support and advocate for their participants.
                              Ron Harlow
                              PresenterImpact Behavioral Health Partners
                              Ron Harlow, Impact Operations & HR Manager, graduated with honors from DePaul University, earning a bachelor's degree in sociology. He began working in the community mental health field in 2016 as a Client Services and Billing Specialist at Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center. Ron joined Impact in January 2019. His responsibilities include supervising day-to-day operations, HR, IT, HIPAA compliance, CARF accreditation, and assisting all departments of the organization with anything from Medicaid billing to apartment lockouts.
                              Breakout Sessions Round 3

                              Zoom Fatigue and Mental Health In the Workplace

                              03:30 PM - 04:30 PME115
                                Dana Laughlin, EdD, MA, NCC, LCPC
                                Moderator/PresenterThe Chicago School
                                Dr. Dana Laughlin is Department Chair of The Chicago School's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and a professional counselor who has worked in the mental health field for over 19 years. Her career started in community mental health working with a variety of populations including, but not limited to, addictions, dual-diagnosis, severely mentally ill, and co-occurring disorders. She worked in the Cook County Department of Corrections serving clientele who were incarcerated leading to her dissertation "Correctional Officers Bias and Perceptions towards Inmates who are Mentally Ill." With a BS in Psychology from Illinois State University and MA in Counseling and Doctor of Education from Argosy University, Dr. Laughlin started her teaching career in 2016 joining The Chicago School in the Fall of 2021. Her teaching philosophy centers around the students with whom she has the pleasure to interact and educate. Her goal is to create and maintain an active learning environment that encourages exploration, evaluation, understanding, application, and synthesis of the material presented. Further, she expects and demonstrates ethical behavior, authenticity, and accountability in all professional and personal interactions.
                                Breakout Sessions Round 3

                                Drawing the Line: Preventing Burnout, Building Resilience, and Better Relationships Through Effective Boundaries

                                03:30 PM - 04:30 PME117
                                  Carly Tindall-Biggins, PhD, NCSP
                                  PresenterThis Chicago School
                                  Carly Tindall-Biggins is the Associate Director of Clinical Training for the School Psychology Department at The Chicago School and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Prior to starting her role as Associate Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Tindall-Biggins worked as a school psychologist in a suburban high school. In this role, she engaged in diverse range of school psychological practice. Her roles and responsibilities included those related to collaborative problem-solving, multi-tiered systems of support, crisis response and intervention, and comprehensive case study evaluation. Along with this, she has experience teaching classes related to research methodology, systems change, and neurodiversity.
                                  Natalie LaDuke PhD, LCP, NCSP
                                  PresenterThe Chicago School
                                  Natalie LaDuke is an Assistant Professor for the School Psychology department at The Chicago School. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. LaDuke received her doctoral degree in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Her research is focused on childhood stress, social-emotional assessment and intervention, and resilience. She was awarded Dissertation of the Year by Loyola University Chicago. Dr. LaDuke previously worked as a school psychologist, where she implemented school-wide mental health screening and social-emotional learning across the district. Her teaching expertise is focused on neurodiversity, research methodology, social-emotional assessment, and school-based mental health support. Dr. LaDuke also works at O'Koon Psychology Group, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adolescents who present with learning, social/emotional, and academic concerns.
                                  Breakout Sessions Round 3

                                  Art & Wellness in the Workplace: Using Creativity to Manage Stress and Build Community

                                  03:30 PM - 04:30 PMN111
                                    Maira Egan, MACAT, ATR-P
                                    PresenterOpen Studio Project
                                    Maira Egan, MACAT, ATR is a lifelong multimedia visual artist and a graduate of Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. Through her passion for teaching, learning, and community art-making, she has incorporated creative processes into therapeutic spaces with a variety of populations. Maira is currently the Lead Art Therapist & Program Manager at Open Studio Project in Evanston, Illinois. In this role she facilitates therapeutic art-making groups in various settings, working primarily with children in Chicago-area public schools to develop social-emotional skills. She also works with a variety of adult groups, having recently adapted OSP's therapeutic arts curriculum for individuals with visual impairments. Her passion for art, mental wellness, and social justice all play a role in the work she does as an art therapist for OSP.
                                    Patti Vick, MFA
                                    PresenterOpen Studio Project
                                    Patti Vick received an MFA in Visual Communication from The School of the Art Institute. She is the lead adult facilitator trainer at Open Studio Project (OSP), an art and social service non-profit, and has been a teaching artist there since 2014. Patti is a certified meditation instructor through the University of California's Greater Good Science Center's two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program created by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Patti has had the honor of making art alongside individuals using the Open Studio Process to explore relationships, identity, aging, work, health, joy, peace, spirituality, addiction, grief, climate change, wellness, healing and all aspects of change. She is passionate about creating space for communal art making and self-reflection. Art making is a refuge where we can meet ourselves exactly as we are.
                                    Rob Lentz, MFA
                                    PresenterOpen Studio Project
                                    Rob Lentz, MFA is the Executive Director of Open Studio Project, Inc. He is an artist, administrator, and curator, with an extensive background in community art studios, exhibits, and non-profit management. Rob is a founder and former Executive Director of Project Onward, a Chicago-based art studio and gallery for artists with disabilities, and previously served as Director of Visual Arts for Gallery 37, the City of Chicago art program for teens. For over 20 years, Rob has managed safe and supportive studio environments, leading teams of teaching artists, administrators, art therapists and students. He has curated exhibitions, written, and lectured extensively about the disability arts movement. Rob serves on the Board of Directors of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.
                                    Breakout Sessions Round 3

                                    Self-Care and Community Wisdom from a Circle Practice

                                    03:30 PM - 04:30 PMN112
                                      Tom Golebiewski, PhD, LCSW
                                      Presenter.
                                      Dr. Thomas Golebiewski has worked in schools for over 45 years, spending 26 years as Department Chair of Social Work at New Trier High School. He has been an adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and is currently consulting to schools through Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy and is teaching at Loyola University in the School of Social Work. Tom is in private practice in psychotherapy, counseling and consultation in Wilmette, IL, and a consultant at Wolcott School, an independent school in Chicago. He is a frequent presenter for the Illinois Principal's Association on Mental Health Issues in Schools as well as a member of the Lake County Family Violence Coordinating Council and a Lake County Court Approved Domestic Violence Evaluator and Treatment Provider. He is on the Illinois Domestic Violence Fatility Review Commission. He volunteers at the Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Responder, is an Associate of the AKRice Institute and a member of CCSGO. Dr. Golebiewski received his BA and MSW from Loyola University in Chicago and PhD in Clinical Social Work from The Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, Il. He is a Certified Teacher through the Cultivating Emotional Balance and Mindful Meditation Teacher Certification Programs and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
                                      Breakout Sessions Round 3

                                      Cover my Mental Health - Resources for Overcoming Insurance Obstacles to Care

                                      03:30 PM - 04:30 PME111
                                        Joe Feldman, MBA
                                        PresenterCover My Mental Health
                                        Cover My Mental Health founder and President Joe Feldman began advocating for access to mental health care after overcoming denials for his daughter's residential care, including with a successful federal lawsuit. His advocacy work has included policy-driven discussions with legislators and regulators, a board role with The Kennedy Forum Illinois, presentations to parent groups, and publication of actionable guidance such as a 2021 article on medical necessity letters in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. Joe received his BS in finance from The Wharton School and his MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management. He has significant business development experience and has served in many board, advisory, and volunteer roles.
                                        Breakout Sessions Round 3

                                        No Session 3

                                        03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
                                        04:30 PM

                                        Networking Reception

                                        04:30 PM - 05:00 PMEast Cafeteria (E120)
                                          Tracy Levine, MSW, LCSW
                                          Executive DirectorNaomi Ruth Cohen Institute
                                          Tracy Levine (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined NRCI in June, 2021 with over 30 years of experience in behavioral health and direct services. Tracy earned both a bachelor’s degree and her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She also has a certificate in Non-Profit Executive Leadership. Her passion for service and dedication to improving the lives of others is proven through years of leading programs focused on building resilience, strengthening family relationships, and supporting children, families, and emerging adults. Her experience includes serving in senior leadership roles at Chicago agencies providing child and family services, clinical services, and substance use disorders treatment. Additionally, Tracy served as an adjunct faculty in The Chicago School’s Master of Counseling Psychology Program and is a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings. Tracy is a skilled educator, trainer and presenter and an adept advocate for the coordination and implementation of trauma-informed community-based programming, fostering inclusivity, and meeting the needs of the under resourced. Tracy is the Board President of Mental Health America of the Northern Suburbs (MHANS).

                                          CEU Information

                                          Breakout session descriptions include the following codes for CE/CEU eligibilty. Approval is supported by the Office of Continuing Education at The Chicago School. Please check session descriptions carefully - while the panel and all breakouts are approved for APA and IDFPR, there are some exceptions for NASP, SHRM and ISBE.

                                          APA - American Psychological Association

                                          BBS - California Board of Behavioral Sciences

                                          IDFPR - Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (counselors and social workers)

                                          ISBE - Illinois State Board of Education (educators)

                                          NASP - National Association of School Psychologists

                                          SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management

                                          Full CE/CEU information available here: NRCI Conference Catalog

                                           

                                          If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to OfficeofCE@thechicagoschool.edu. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

                                          Lunch Options

                                          You may choose one of the following (lunch catered by Corner Bakery):

                                           

                                          Power Greens & Grains Salad

                                          power greens, ancient grains, chickpeas, oven-roasted tomato, cucumber, hard-boiled egg, honey balsamic vinaigrette

                                           

                                          Harvest Salad

                                          mixed greens, grilled chicken, sweet crisps*, bleu cheese, walnuts, apple, dried cranberries, balsamic vinaigrette

                                           

                                          SANDWICHES

                                           

                                          Uptown Turkey Avocado

                                          oven-roasted turkey, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise

                                           

                                          Tomato Mozzarella (V)

                                          fresh mozzarella, tomato, roasted red pepper, arugula, basil, balsamic vinaigrette

                                           

                                          Carved Ham & Swiss

                                          pecan wood smoked ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, red onion, stoneground mustard

                                           

                                          Albacore Tuna Salad

                                          albacore tuna, celery, red onion, basil, green onion, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, harvest bread

                                           

                                          Poster Presentations

                                          The following poster presentations will be available for viewing in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch:

                                          Mental Health in the Workplace for the LGBT+ Population - Charlie Ford, MHP

                                          Stressors and Challenges for the Clinical Work within Community Mental Health Settings - Paola Montserrat Castro Palacios, MS, QMHP

                                          Vicarious Trauma in Mental Health Providers: How Helping Others Impacts Us - Amber Greviskes, MS