Changing Perspectives and Altering Perceptions: Understanding Mental Health
The 8th Annual Mental Health Conference has been postponed to May 2022 in recognition of Mental Health Awareness month. We are anticipating this conference to be an in-person event. Please check back soon for more details.

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8th Annual Mental Health Conference hosted by Prairie State College


"Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, and Mental Health"

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

It can be incredibly painful to see a child struggle – especially a child you know and love. Sudden or serious changes in the way a child learns or behaves can be cause for concern. Mental health care matters, particularly when it comes to our youth. The consequences of ignoring adolescent mental health conditions often extend into adulthood and can be profound, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But recovery can become reality.

Join Prairie State College for a powerfully insightful two-day webinar focused on addressing and improving the mental health of children and adolescents. Tailored to those who work or live with young people, this event’s lineup will include various licensed experts and trained professionals who can offer modern solutions to tackling mental health concerns.

Participants will learn from a variety of breakout sessions.

This live online event is also open to all parents, guardians, and caretakers of children. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

6.0 CEUs available to Social Workers, Nursing Home Administrators, Registered Nurses, Advanced Practical Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Speech Pathologists through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. 6.0 PDs for Teachers through the Illinois State Board of Education. 6.0 PDCs for Human Resource professionals through SHRM. IAODAPCA credits pending approval by ICB. CDVP and CPAIP credits pending approval.


  • Mental health conditions comprise 16 percent of the global burden of disease and injury in people ages 10-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds, according to WHO.
  • The total number of U.S. children ever diagnosed with ADHD is 6.1 million (9.4 percent), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a national 2016 parent survey.
  • Boys are more than twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed with ADHD: 12.9 percent compared to 5.6 percent, according to the CDC.
  • The average delay between symptom onset and treatment is 11 years, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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 or call (708) 709-2957.

Conference Registration

Early Bird Registration Fee (by 9/7): $49
Early Bird Registration Plus CEUs/PDs: $59

Registration Fee: $59
Registration Plus CEUs/PDs: $69

Earn 6.0 CEUs / PDs
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors
Licensed Professional Counselors
Marriage and Family Therapists
Nursing Home Administrators
Social Workers
Teachers (PD)
SHRM credits


Partner - $400

  • Banner or logo with link to sponsor site on PSC conference landing page,
  • Banner or logo with link to sponsor site on digital event marketing.
  • Larger banner, logo, ad, or short video on day-of webinar/opening slide.
  • Two General Admission tickets to use or distribute at your discretion.

​Patron - $200​

  • ​Banner or logo on PSC conference landing page,
  • Banner or logo on digital event marketing.
  • Smaller banner, logo or ad on day-of webinar/opening slide.
  • One General Admission ticket to use or distribute at your discretion.

To secure your sponsorship, please register at:

You will receive an email confirming sponsorship within 24 hours.

Sponsor deadline – September 20, 2021.

You will receive an email confirming sponsorship within 24 hours.

For more information, please contact:
Renee’ Bickett
Google Voice: 708-277-9532
Conference Registration

Keynote Speakers - Lynn Langton, Manager - ICDVP Training, Crisis Center for South Suburbia and Christine Alcorn-Catena, Director of Support Services, Crisis Center for South Suburbia.
The Impact of Exposure to Domestic Violence on Children - presented by Lynn Langton and Christine Alcorn-Catena, Crisis Center for South Suburbia

Anxiety - Do I Really Have to go to School? - presented by Lauren Willis, School District 158

Social Emotional Impact of the Pandemic on Youth - presented by Daisy Gomez, Hartgrove Behavioral Health System and Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital

Peer Supports in Mental Health - presented by Maria Kroener, Sertoma Centre

Stress Management for Teens of Trauma - presented by Dawn Edwards, School District 233

The Benefits of Exercise and its Ability to Reduce Excessive Cortisol Levels and Control Psychological Stress - presented by Mario Koonce, Vanguard Exercise Management/Park Forest Chiropractic

Keynote Speaker - MHC 2020

Laurie Harris - Post-doctoral Fellow and TRAUMA Program Coordinator, Hartgrove Behavioral Health System, Hartgrove Hospital


Dr. Harris is a post-doctoral fellow and primary Trauma Coordinator for Joint Commission Accredited TRAUMA Program and Hartgrove Behavioral Health System and Chatham Family Counseling Center. Dr. Harris has experience in forensic and correctional psychology, sex offenders, complex trauma, first responder trauma, stabilization and acute mental illness, and military and police psychology. Dr. Harris has presented for various community outreach events with topics ranging from complex trauma, domestic violence, and underserved populations. Dr. Harris has a contagious passion for the field of mental health and intends to continue sharing knowledge and trainings for the general community and mental health professionals.

Beyond Infection Control: Trauma-informed Care for the First Responder Community Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has encompassed nearly every aspect of human lifestyles, and this is especially and significantly evident in the lives of first responders.

The presentation will include a clinical overview of trauma and the basic underpinnings of working with clientele with trauma histories. The more ubiquitous forms of trauma will be highlighted as well, such as community violence, quarantine, and common presenting problems observable by non-providers outside of the mental health field. In light of the current public health crisis, elements of first responder stress and vicarious trauma will be discussed. Population-specific elements for treating first responders, underserved populations, and trauma affected individuals will be explained.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand trauma and clinical work with trauma patients
  • Understand trauma and clinical work with trauma patients
  • Understand first responder population and types of traumas currently impacting essential workers and traditional first responder populations