Changing Perspectives and Altering Perceptions: Understanding Mental Health

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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
8:00 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Dr. Laurie Harris: Beyond Infection Control: Trauma-informed Care for the First Responder Community Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
9:00 a.m.
Lauren Finnegan Navigating Change
10:00 a.m.
Paula Kennedy Color Cues-Color’s Influence in our lives

 

Friday, September 25
8:00 a.m.
Cherie Barnes Clinical Interventions To Help In The Grieving Process
9:00 a.m.
Steven Rissi Wellness in the Home: The Effects of Human-Centric Lighting
10:00 a.m.
Elaine SmithTrauma and Maladaptive Behaviors

 

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

iCan Dream Center True Heights Treatment, LLC

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

Partner - $400

  • Banner or logo with link to sponsor site on PSC conference landing page, prairiestate.edu/mhc
  • 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, prairiestate.edu/mhc
  • 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:

https://prairiestatecollege-mhc.eventbrite.com

You will receive an email confirming sponsorship within 24 hours.

Sponsor deadline – September 21, 2020.

You will receive an email confirming sponsorship within 24 hours.

For more information, please contact:
Renee’ Bickett
E: rbickett@prairiestate.edu
Google Voice: 708-277-9532

Thursday, September 24, 2020

8:00 a.m. - Keynote Presentation:
Dr. Laurie Harris

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

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

Description:
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 causes of trauma and more ubiquitous nature of trauma in society
  • Understand first responder population and types of traumas currently impacting essential workers and traditional first responder populations

9:00 a.m. - Lauren Finnegan
Director of Clinical Program Services, Sertoma Centre

Navigating Change

Description:
Change. Sometimes it is welcomed; other times it is feared. It forces us to step out of our comfort zones and step into the unknown. It can be uncomfortable, but full of possibility!

Change can impact our mental health in positive or negative ways, but, nonetheless, motivation serves as a driving force behind any change. This presentation will discuss the factors involved in navigating change, including how mental illness and personal values impact this process. Participants will learn practical and therapeutic techniques for enhancing motivation in themselves or clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how mental illness can affect motivation levels.
  • Understand key theories used to explain WHAT motivates change and HOW to motivate change
  • Learn therapeutic and practical techniques to effect change in ourselves and others

10:00 a.m. - Paula Kennedy
Designer and Certified Architectural Color Consultant, Timeless Kitchen Design

Color Cues-Color’s Influence in our lives

Description:
Our entire world is affected by color. In this session you will learn more about how color affects us and how we can adjust our surroundings to better support health and wellness. First, we’ll reveal the fascinating basics of understanding just how the human eye and brain see and interpret color. Because color influences nearly everything in our lives, we can become strategically aware of how to use color to support a sense of wellbeing and joy in our environments.

We assimilate and experience colors through our culture, the seasons and even down to the basic stop sign. This session will explain how the use of color can aid universal design and wellness design in our homes and in our clients’ homes. We’ll take a journey through commercial, product, fashion, and digital marketing’s use of color to better understand how color influences our decisions, feelings, and choices. Participants will be able to then translate that into our own homes and understand the effects of architectural color and paint products.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze industry research, consumer habits, and needs
  • Dissect color use within Universal and Wellness Design
  • Understand colors effects on humans

Friday, September 25, 2020

8:00 a.m. - Cherie Barnes
Clinician, The Healing Group Community, LLC

Clinical Interventions To Help In The Grieving Process

Description:
Grief, trauma, and loss affect all facets of our lives. They have even begun to shape our reality in the midst of the current pandemic and our “new normal.” With so much uncertainty and seemingly constant change, college students are among those having a difficult time dealing with grief.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify symptoms of grief
  • Gain insight into different losses
  • Learn application of techniques and modalities that can be used to cope and deal with grief.

9:00 a.m. - Steven Rissi
Director of Technical Training, CEDIA

Wellness in the Home: The Effects of Human-Centric Lighting

Description:
Wellness in the home is becoming an increasingly important topic in our current climate, and the development of new technologies in the area of humancentric (bioadaptive) lighting may support positive outcomes for many individuals. During this session we will discuss how light affects human biology and how new lighting technologies are being designed to improve biological functions. The program also will explore the topic of light quality and compare the performances of various types of lighting solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how light affects human biology and explain its impact on circadian rhythms.
  • Explain the possible hazards caused by poor lighting.
  • List the major factors to consider when evaluating the quality of light.

10:00 a.m. - Elaine Smith
Director of Technical Training, CEDIA

Trauma and Maladaptive Behaviors

Description:
Individuals who have experienced traumatic events in childhood often demonstrate effects throughout their lives, according to compelling research and data. These effects can manifest both physically and mentally. Data collected from a popular study, The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), discusses developmental effects and life quality in children who have exposure to trauma. The ACES findings concluded that early trauma can adversely affect long-term brain development and function. Early detection, intervention, and trauma-based treatment are essential to the lifespan and socioemotional development of youth. This session focuses on assessing and diagnosing early trauma for clients, with an emphasis on our youth. Join this session to learn about the benefits of holistic approaches, including trauma-informed interventions.)will be discussed to provide a holistic approach.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze effects of early trauma on social-emotional development in youth
  • Discuss and explore effects of exposure to trauma on brain development
  • Describe and discuss correlation to maladaptive behaviors as triggers resulting from early trauma.
  • Examine diagnostic tools needed to rule out co-morbid diagnosis.

Keynote Speaker - MHC 2020

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

Biography

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

Description:
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