Changing Perspectives and Altering Perceptions: Understanding Mental Health

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Conference Overview

Prairie State College is hosting its Fifth Annual Mental Health Conference on September 27, 2018. The purpose of this event is to increase awareness of the complexities of mental illness and provide ways to reduce the stigmas associated with it. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a keynote presenter, choose from a variety of breakout sessions and gain new insights during a panel discussion. Those who work in healthcare, education, counseling, social services and emergency services are encouraged to attend to gain new tools to implement in their workplace. (CEU’s and PD’s are available for an additional fee). Also, those interested in learning about mental health issues will gain valuable information.

Contact Us

To request additional information, email continuingeducation@prairiestate.edu  or call (708) 709-3602.

Agenda

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Check –In, Exhibitors  and Breakfast
8:30– 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Craig D. Schmidt, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Prairie State College.
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. General Remarks
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.    Keynote Address
Illinois' Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis -  Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions (4)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  General Sessions: Addressing Mental Health Issues through the Civil Court System

Judge Maureen Ward Kirby, County Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
Judge Nichole Patton, Circuit Court of Cook County
Marcia Horan, Cook County State’s Attorney
Veronique Baker, Director, Legal Advocacy Service, Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

1:30 – 1:45 pm.     Break
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.   Breakout Sessions (4)
2:45 – 3 p.m. Break
3 – 4 p.m. Panel Discussion

Register for the Conference

Register by Tuesday, September 25
Registration: $49
Registration and CEUs: $69
Earn 6.0 CEUs / PDs
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors

Licensed Professional Counselors
Marriage and Family Therapists
Nurses
Nursing Home Administrators
Social Workers
Teachers (PD)

Sponsorship Registration

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Premier: $1000
-Ten conference registrations
-Exhibit table
-Company logo on day of program materials, event signage, and scrolling slide appearing on auditorium screen
-Announcement of company name during event welcome
-Full page ad within program book
-Company literature in participant packet

Partner: $400
-Three conference registrations
-Exhibit table
-Company logo on day of program materials, event signage, and scrolling slide appearing on auditorium screen
-Announcement of company name during event welcome
-Half page ad within program book
-Company literature in participant packet

Patron: $200
-One conference registration
-Exhibit table
-Company logo on day of program materials, event signage, and scrolling slide appearing on auditorium screen

Sponsor Deadline September 14, 2018

Conference Presenters

Keynote Presenter: Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti

Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti was sworn in as Illinois’ 47th Lieutenant Governor on January 12, 2015. She is currently the highest ranking Latina in the history of the state of Illinois. She is a working mother of three, an attorney, an adjunct professor of law and a former Wheaton City Councilwoman. Evelyn is committed to fighting for all Illinois residents.  She will apply the same passion to her new role that has propelled her throughout her life, from humble beginnings in Hialeah, Fla. to becoming Illinois’ first Latina Lieutenant Governor.


General Session Presenters

Judge Maureen Ward Kirby, County Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
Judge Nichole Patton, Circuit Court of Cook County
Marcia Horan, Cook County State’s Attorney
Veronique Baker, Director, Legal Advocacy Service, Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

Breakout Session Presenters

Cara Levinson
Kathy Booton Wilson
Dr. Richard Doss
Lara Asous
Krista Woods
Shelly Lustrup
Tiffany Chaiwised
Terri Maxeiner

Keynote Address

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Illinois' Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis
Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force has designed a comprehensive Opioid Action Plan in order to prevent opioid use, promote recovery and to avert opioid overdoses. Mental health disorders are often a dual diagnosis with opioid use disorder.

During her keynote presentation, Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti, co-chair of the task force, will discuss the ways the state is working with medical providers, law enforcement, treatment centers, and community organizations to implement the plan.

General Session

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Addressing Mental Health Issues through the Civil Court System. 
Increased judicial involvement could be valuable in improving mental health outcomes for people with mental illness. However, many practitioners are not familiar with civil court processes. Discover the roles of key players in the civil court system, including judges, the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, the State’s Attorney’s office, private attorneys, hospitals, and service providers. Understand what involuntary treatment orders and civil commitment proceedings involve, and how to petition the court for these remedies.

Presented by: 
Judge Maureen Ward Kirby, County Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
Judge Nichole Patton, Circuit Court of Cook County
Marcia Horan, Cook County State’s Attorney
Veronique Baker, Director, Legal Advocacy Service, Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

Breakout Session Line Up

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Helping Prevent Suicide in Your Community
Cara Levinson, Attorney, Law Office of Cara B. Levinson
Receive an introduction of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s “Talk Saves Lives” program, and view the short film, “It’s Real,” to become acquainted with these tools and ways to incorporate them into your workplace or community. 

Harm Reduction and Housing First Approaches in Homelessness
Kathy Booton Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer and Adjunct Faculty, Deborah's Place; Prairie State College
Gain an understanding of the concepts of harm reduction and Housing First in addressing homelessness. Take away practical tools for helping people access and maintain housing while finding recovery and hope. 

Helping Family Members Understand Mental Illness and PTSD among Veterans and Returning Soldiers
Dr. Richard Doss, Clinical Psycologist, Chicago Heights Vet Center - Department of Veterans Affairs
The transition from being a soldier to being a civilian is a hard one. Taught to drive on, drink water, and be a man, soldiers often feel as though they have no one to turn to.  Learn ways to help soldiers and those who love soldiers find understanding and insight into the effects of serving in the military. 

Arab Americans and Mental Health
Laura Asous, Arab Americans and Mental Health
Arab Americans are susceptible to mental health problems and mental disorders, often due to difficulties and trauma experienced in their countries of origin. Become familiar with cultural barriers that have impacted Arabs from getting the help they need, in order to be able to deal with their trauma.

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Healing Past Traumas for Marginalized Individuals and Communities While Living in Challenging Times
Krista Woods, M.S.W., LCSW, President, Integrity Clinical Consulting and Training
Learn how culturally-appropriate and relevant services are necessary to help clients work through their past and present traumas, in order to feel empowered to move forward. 

 The Living Room Model
Shelly Lustrup, LCSE, Director of Recovery Support Services, NAMI Metro Suburban
Learn about the Living Room Model, the impact it has on our community, and the referral process. Hear from someone with real-life experience, who has benefited from the program. 

Relieving Stress and Anxiety through Movement
Tiffany Chaiwised, Community Mental Health Social Worker, Sertoma Centre
Identify the effects that yoga has directly on the brain and how practicing yoga regularly can relieve stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.   

Dynamics in Dementia
Terri Maxiner, CEO, Bridge Care Consulting Inc.
Enhance your knowledge in order to identify the most common forms of dementia, dementia related symptoms, and dementia related behaviors.  Learn various techniques to improve communicating with those who have dementia.