Mental Health First Aid Training

A 9-hour training course that teaches participants how to assist when someone may be on the verge of a mental health crisis. People across the country are trained in Mental Health First Aid. Participants will learn how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions. The course is delivered by certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors.

When: September 28, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Association House of Chicago, 1116 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Cost: $65-$75
To Register: Click Here

Mental Health & The Law 2017

As a mental health professional, you not only deal with critical clinical matters with your clients – you must also stay up-to-date on seemingly ever-changing laws and procedures. Keeping up-to-date is essential in order to protect your clients and yourself. At this comprehensive one-day seminar you will gain an understanding of confidentiality, risk management, recent legislation and trends in mental health law in Illinois, guardianship, commitment, practical legal options-and more, that will help you stay on top of issues that arise in everyday clinical situations.

When: September 28, 2017
Where: Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC
Cost: $199.99 (postmarked 3 weeks prior to seminar date or $219.99)
To Register: Click Here

When: September 29, 2017
Where: DoubleTree Hotel Chicago, Arlington Heights
Cost: $199.99 (postmarked 3 weeks prior to seminar date or $219.99)
To Register: Click Here

NAMI Northern Illinois – Achieving A Better Life (ABLE Act)

Giving those with disabilities the ability to save. The new Illinois ABLE Act helps individuals save, while preserving their SSI and Medicaid. Ryan G. Monette CFP, ChFC, will speak about the new ABLE saving accounts that offer young adults living with mental or physical health conditions to save for “qualifying expenses” such as a car, college, training, healthcare, prevention and wellness, and other eligible expenses without being taxed by the government or losing their SSI or Medicaid. This is an excellent opportunity to find out about ABLE Accounts without anyone trying to sell you anything. Help provide your loved ones a financially secure future. We welcome anyone with a shared interest in learning more about mental health care and treatment options.

When: October 10, 2017
Where: Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. 706 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103
Cost: Free

2017 Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts Conference

The ILAPSC Conference brings hundreds of individuals together from around the state to explore the latest research and issues of justice-involved individuals with behavioral health needs. The ILAPSC mission is to promote problem-solving courts in Illinois by providing education, assistance, training and development through collaboration of behavioral health and justice systems. The conference will feature presentations from nationally recognized speakers including: Carolyn Hardin, M.P.A, Chief of Training and Research, NADCP, David A. D’Amora, M.S., LPC, CFC, Senior Advisor, Council of State Governments Justice Center, Kathleen West, Dr. P.H.,Hon. Stephen Goss, Circuit Judge, Albany, Georgia, Kristin Wood, District Court Deputy Administrator, Denver, Colorado.

Presentation Topics and Conference Highlights:

  • Equity and Inclusion in Treatment Courts
  • The Intersection of Mental Health and Criminal Justice
  • The Impact of Trauma in Treatment Courts, Understanding Neurobiology, the Brain and Healing
  • Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform – The Governor’s Vision for Reducing the Illinois Prison Population

Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Revisiting Phases and Incorporating Alternative Tracks
  • Sanctions, Incentives and Therapeutic Adjustments
  • Ethics and Problem-Solving Courts
  • Navigating Veterans Administration Services – The Three-Legged Stool
  • Understanding American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria and Placement
  • Challenges of Legalizing Marijuana and its Impact on Treatment Courts
  • Co-Occurring Disorders in Treatment Courts
  • Domestic Violence and Veterans Courts
  • The Role of the Judge in Problem-Solving Courts and Restorative Justice
  • Housing the Criminal Justice Population
  • Level of Service Inventory – Revised; Assessing Risks and Needs

When: October 11-13, 2017
Where: Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
To Register: Click Here

2017 Latino/a Behavioral Health Conference: The Evolution of Mental Health Services & Social Justice

This annual event began twenty-four years ago in 1991 with the purpose of promoting education, awareness, and prevention of mental health issues that affect the Latino/a population. We strive to continue to increase cultural competence, capacity for effective service delivery, and awareness of services barriers to conference participants. 

When: October 13, 2017 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: The Arturo Velasquez Westside Technical Institute, 2800 South Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608
Cost: $2-$8
To Register: Click Here

20th Annual Clinical Aspects of Medical Psychiatry

Mercyhealth, in collaboration with Rosecrance Health Network and the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice, announces its “20th Annual Clinical Aspects of Medical Psychiatry” conference.  This conference is designed especially for physicians and other behavioral health professionals who are interested in cutting edge treatments and medications for psychiatric disorders. Nurses, social workers, teachers, and other clinical staff are also invited to attend.

When: October 19, 2017
Where: Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road, Rockford, IL
Cost: $60 (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and CEUs)
To View the Conference Brochure and for Registration Information: Click Here

The Criminal Justice Response to the Opioid Crisis: Referrals, Resources, and Research

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Live4Lali, Gateway Foundation, Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice, John Howard Association, Law Offices of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
This free conference will offer referrals, resources, and research to assist those suffering from opioid use disorders and are justice involved.
Panels will feature:
* Personal and professional experiences with opioid use disorders and medication-assisted treatment.
* Practices to address opioid use disorders with justice-involved individuals.
* Medication-assisted treatment at each criminal justice intercept point.
Plus free, pre-conference naloxone training.
CEUs & CLEs available!
Police chiefs, officers, sheriffs, probation and court services staff, jail administrators and corrections staff, healthcare and behavioral health providers, students, and the public.
Josiah D. Rich, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Rich is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, a practicing infectious disease specialist at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center, and director and co-founder of The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at The Miriam Hospital.
Ross MacDonald, M.D.
Dr. MacDonald is chief of medicine and assistant vice president for the NYC Health + Hospital’s Division of Correctional Health Services, overseeing provision of medical care for the 60,000 patients incarcerated annually in the NYC jail system.
When: November 1, 2017
Where: The Chateau Hotel & Conference Center, Bloomington, IL
Cost: Free
To Register: Click Here

NAMI Northern Illinois – Managing Holiday Stress

Getting ready for the holidays is different for everyone. Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and learn to recognize your holiday triggers, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.

When: November 14, 2017, 6:30pm
Where: Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. 706 N. Main St, Rockford, IL 61103
Cost: Free

Fourth Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Council’s Annual Common Ground – Road to Resilience Symposium

The 4th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Council presents Common Ground: Community, Kids, Courts & Education. This symposium offers three breakout sessions, and a keynote presentation by Josh Shipp, best-selling author, global youth empowerment expert, and acclaimed speaker.

When: November 14, 2017
Where: Thelma Keller Convention Center, Effingham, IL
Cost: Attorneys – $75, Others – $40
To Register: Click Here and mail in registration and payment

Fall 2017 Programs for Mental Health Professionals

Oakton Community College Alliance for Lifelong Learning Continuing Education for Health Professionals (CEHP) program is an approved continuing education sponsor of continuing education through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for health professionals and paraprofessionals in the following professions:

  • Social Workers/Clinical Social Workers
  • Registered Nurses – LPN/RN/APN
  • Professional Counselors/ Clinical Professional Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists/Audiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists

Be an early bird! Take advantage of the reduced registration fee of $89 for full-day programs!
Full-day program: $89 Early Bird • $119 Regular • $129 Walk-in (plus $9 non-refundable processing fee). No senior discount.
Registration: 8 a.m., Program: 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Continental breakfast included. Lunch is on your own.

  • Working with Domestic Violence: Male Perpetrators and Family Members Wednesday, September 27
  • Autism in the Family: A Diversity Perspective on Support for Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders* Friday, October 6
  • Ethical Considerations with Telehealth Technology: What Do I Do Now? Friday, October 20
  • A User-Friendly Map of Developmental Psychology in Psychotherapy and Counseling Friday, October 27
  • Somatic Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Treating the Child Not the Symptoms* Wednesday, November 1
  • Current Challenges in Clinical Supervision Friday, November 3
  • Gender Response Services: A Focus on Ethics and Cultural Competency Wednesday, November 8
  • Integrated Assessment and Treatment for People with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders* Friday, November 17
  • Panic and Social Anxiety: Techniques that Really Help People Face Fear, Feel Better, and Do More* Wednesday, November 29

To Register: Click Here


NAMI Northern Illinois – Understanding Self-Harm

What is self harm and why would someone hurt them self?  Our guest speaker will help inform us about why someone begins to cut them self.  She will also focus on dispelling many of the myths.

When the level of emotional pressure becomes too high it acts as a safety valve – a way of relieving the tension. Cutting makes the blood take away the bad feelings. Pain can make you feel more alive when feeling numb or dead inside. Punishing yourself in response to feelings of shame or guilt.

When: January 9, 2018, 6:30pm
Where: Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. 706 N Main St., Rockford, IL 61103
Cost: Free

2018 Mental Health America Annual Conference

MHA is excited to announce our theme for our 2018 Annual Conference—Fit for the Future!

When it comes to mental health, is the United States languishing in the past, or are we fit for the future? MHA’s 2018 Annual Conference, taking place in Washington, DC June 14-16, 2018 will tackle this very question – how can we be fit for the future for mental health?

Our Fit for the Future theme will discuss what we can do as individuals to keep ourselves healthy in the 21st Century – how program evaluations and personal narratives are increasingly connecting exercise and nutrition to overall mental health –and how leaders in the nutrition and personal fitness fields are changing lives for the better and impacting the mental health of millions. We will dive into programs that make use of cutting edge 21st Century technologies, treatments, and research – and how we can use these new tools and techniques to launch innovative and collaborative programs that will bring with them a brighter future for mental health care. And we will talk about what we can do to enact 21st Century policy solutions – to demonstrate how effective earlier interventions and recovery-oriented innovations can make a real difference Before Stage 4 – just as we do with every other chronic disease.

Join MHA and hundreds of others from all over the country as we hear from fitness experts, nutritionists, health and mental health professionals, individuals and families with lived experience, policy makers, media standouts, corporate leaders, researchers, MHA affiliates and more about these important and timely topics. In addition, we will hold a special pre-conference day on June 13, 2018, exclusively for MHA affiliates and invited guests.

MHA will not settle for the answers of the past in mental health care and treatment. We believe in taking charge of a brighter future—where there is always hope. If you do too, then this is a conference you don’t just have to attend, this is a conference you want to attend.

When: June 14-16, 2018
Where: Hyatt Regency Washington, D.C.
For More Information: Click Here

Open and Ongoing

Travel for FREE to a Mentor Court and Learn From the Best!

NADCP’s National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted to visit one of our nine mentor adult drug courts. NDCI’s mentor courts serve as model programs for individuals and court teams interested in starting an adult drug court or for established courts interested in learning innovative practices. The mentor court program is made possible through collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) within the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice.

Adult Drug Court Sites

  • 4th Judicial Circuit Duval County Adult Drug Court
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Savannah-Chatham County Drug Court
    Savannah, Georgia
  • Nez Perce County Drug Court
    Lewiston, Idaho
  • 20th Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Treatment Court
    Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Stone County Adult Drug Court
    Galena, Missouri
  • St. Charles County Adult Drug Court
    St. Charles, Missouri
  • Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Healing to Wellness Court
    Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico
  • 17th Judicial District Treatment Court
    Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Albany County Court Supervised Treatment
    Laramie, Wyoming

To learn more and apply to visit one of these learning sites visit:  Click Here