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This year the Mental Health Conference will be held virtually and presented as a two-day webinar event.

 

Thursday, September 24
8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Friday, September 25
8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Conference Overview

Prairie State College is hosting its Seventh Annual Mental Health Conference virtually on September 24-25, 2020.The Mental Health Conference increases awareness of the complexities of mental illness and provides ways to reduce associated stigmas. Participants have the opportunity to learn from a keynote presenter and attend a variety of breakout sessions.

Those interested in learning about mental health issues will gain valuable information. Participants who work in healthcare, education, counseling, social services, and emergency services are encouraged to attend to gain new tools to implement in their workplace.

Early Bird Registration Fee (by 9/1): $49

Early Bird Registration Plus CEUs/PDs: $59

 

Registration Fee: $59

Registration Plus CEUs/PDs: $69

Continuing Education

CEU’s are available to nurses, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical professional counselors, and nursing home administrators through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. PDs will be provided to teachers through the Illinois State Board of Education. SHRM PDCs will be available to Human Resource professionals.

Contact Us

To request additional information, email continuingeducation@prairiestate.edu  or call (708) 709-2957.

Conference Registration

Early Bird Registration by Sept. 1 - $49
Early Bird Registration plus CEUs/PDs by Sept. 1 - $59

Registration $59

Registration plus CEUs/PDs $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)
SHRM credits

Sponsorship

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Premier: $750
-Five 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
-CEUs will be offered for an additional fee

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
-CEUs will be offered for an additional fee

Patron: $200
-One conference registration
-Exhibit table
-Company logo on day of program materials, event signage, and scrolling slide appearing on auditorium screen
-CEUs will be offered for an additional fee

Sponsor Deadline September 13, 2019

For more information, please contact:
Stefanie Seeley 708-709-7950/sseeley@prairiestate.edu

To secure your sponsorship, please complete and submit the form below. You will receive an email confirming your commitment within 24 hours.

Payment options:

Check: 
Make checks payable to Prairie State College and mail payment to Prairie State College, Attention Stefanie Seeley, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Credit Card:
Upon receipt of confirmation email, contact the Business Office at (708) 709-3577 with credit card information (Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Breakout Session Proposals

Session 1: Caring for the Caregiver
Presenter: Catherine Stowers, M.S.W., LCSW, Program Manager
Affiliation: PLOWS Council on Aging
This session will address issues that caregivers often face, which can include depression and anxiety. The stress of caring for a person with dementia has been shown to affect the caregiver’s immune system for up to three years after the caregiving ends.  As professionals working with older adults and their families, we must be prepared to provide support to the caregiver to help reduce stress and burden while they care for their loved one.

Session 2: Faith-Based Support Groups
Presenter: Vinnie Adams, Worship Leader and Special Needs Ministry Director
Affiliation: Faith Church
Using this session will outline the purpose and mission of a local faith-based mental health support group centered around the narrative and model of “Fresh Hope”. Participants will learn the purpose and distinction of a peer-to-peer support group, formats and models of what a faith-based mental health support group looks like, and how faith and mission influence the support group

Session 3: Complementary Therapy-Hypnotherapy
Presenter: Valerie Hammond-Johnson, M.A., M.A.C.P, CRADC, CCHT, PNLP, PTT, CSC, PEFT
Affiliation: CEO, Mindset Transformations
Participants will learn about hypnotherapy as a complementary technique for treating some mental health disorders, which can substantially benefit the individual, family, and community. The purpose is for professionals to discover additional techniques that can significantly improve the stability, recovery, and well-being of clients and healing of the community. Participants will experience the benefits of hypnosis first hand during the session.

Session 4: Disaster Mental Health
Presenter: Diana Loch, LMSW, Regional Recovery Manager
Affiliation: American Red Cross
In this session, participants will discuss how disaster mental health services differ from traditional mental health services. Topics included in the session include trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief.

Session 5: Disrupting The Cycle: Co-occurring Disorders in School Age Adolescents
Presenter: Rachel Harden-Maddox, M.H.S, M.A., CADC, Professional School Counselor
Affiliation: O.W. Huth Middle School
This session offers an informative exploration of the most common mental health issues/disorders found in adolescents ages 12 through 18, and co-occurring disorders that may be present. Participants will learn how to recognize key indicators of students within this age range that may be struggling with both mental illness and drug use, as well as what resources are available to the educator within the school and community to effectively help facilitate change. This session offers an informative exploration of the most common mental health issues/disorders found in adolescents ages 12 through 18, and co-occurring disorders that may be present. Participants will learn how to recognize key indicators of students within this age range that may be struggling with both mental illness and drug use, as well as what resources are available to the educator within the school and community to effectively help facilitate change within the student, while incorporating the parent/guardian for additional support.

Session 6: Advocating for Someone with Dementia: Understanding the Dangers of Hospitalization
Presenter: Margaret Fitzpatrick, M.S., RN, CRNA
Affiliation: Founder/Author, Getting the Best Care
Patients and family members who are coping with the challenges of dementia face unique stress that increases whenever the person with dementia is hospitalized. Over six million Americans have dementia and it impacts the lives of nearly 36 million people who live with and care for them. This presentation is for advocates for the aging who need to understand how to weigh the burdens versus the benefits of medical interventions, and help participants see the importance of developing individual healthcare goals so people with dementia are not subjected to unnecessary medical interventions that offer few benefits, but can cause great harm.

Session 7: An Exploration of Self-Compassion, Life Balance, and Burnout in Counselors: A Canonical Correlation Analysis
Presenter: Sarah Silva, M.A, LCPC, NCC
Affiliation: Doctoral student at Walden University and owner of Accepting Therapy
There has yet to be empirically validated interventions for the treatment of burnout. This session addresses an initial exploration of the relationship between the subscales of counselor burnout, life balance, and self-compassion to see if life balance and self-compassion mitigate and/or prevent the experience of burnout in counselors. Results of two canonical correlation analyses will be presented, as well as implications for professional counselors, counselors in training, clinical supervisors, counselor educators, and stakeholders.

Session 8: Community and Police Officer Mental Well-being: We are not as different as you may think.
Presenter: Mitchell R. Davis III, M.S.C.J. Chief of Police
Affiliation: Hazel Crest Police Department
This presentation is designed to educate the general public about the commonalities that exist between police officers and themselves. It also serves to point out the added challenges that are inherent to the profession of police work. Participants will learn how police officers deal with members of our communities that are in mental and emotional distress, as well as systems and other tools designed to assist law enforcement in dealing with mental issues in various ways.