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IMHCA Annual ConferenceFriday-Sunday

April 6-7-8, 2018
6 CEs each day = Total 18 CEs

Doubletree Skokie
9599 Skokie Boulevard  Skokie, IL 60077

Friday, April 6, 2018
9 am - 4 pm
Dr. James Garbarino holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair  in  Humanistic Psychology and was founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago.

A Developmental Perspective on Trauma

This presentation will explore the developmental significance of trauma. It considers single incidents, multiple incidents, and chronic severe trauma in early childhood as forces shaping development through adolescence into adulthood.

 Saturday, April 7, 2018          9 am - 12 pm   Saturday, April 7, 2018          9 am - 12 pm
The Road to Compliance:  HIPAA Compliance for Mental Health Counselors
Lorna L. Hecker, PhD, LMFT, CHPS is the director of Educational Services at Carosh Compliance Solutions in Crown Point, Indiana, where she develops and manages the HIPAA related training, working with clients on developing their internal training to achieve HIPAA compliance.

The Importance of Obtaining Initial Legal Advice when Family Issues Are Developing
Gwendolyn J. Sterk has been practicing family law since 1989 and successfully started her own law firm, Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the Family Law Group P.C., in 2015. Gwendolyn and her team believe in a holistic approach to the practice of family law and strive to not only service a client’s legal needs, but also help manage a client’s emotional and over-all well-being.
  Saturday, April 7, 2018          1 pm - 4 pm    Saturday, April 7, 2018          1 pm - 4 pm

Counseling the LGBTQ Client
Toni R. Tollerud, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS and Rev. Linda Slabon, LCSW, MA, M.Div. Dr. Tollerud was a Presidential Teaching Professor of counseling in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. As an educator for over 39 years, Dr. Tollerud has had extensive experiences in supervision training including student teachers, school counselors, agency counselors, and counselors-in-training.
Exploring the Commonality and Complimentary Elements and Integrative Use of CBT, DBT, and ACT Therapy Skills
Linda M. Sutton, MA is a National Board Certified and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and  member of the Illinois Counseling Association.  Linda M. Sutton earned a BA in psychology and a MA in counseling at Governors State University in University Park, IL.
   Sunday, April 8, 2018          9 am - 12 pm  Sunday, April 8, 2018          9 am - 12 pm
Insurance Credentialing and Billing Workshop
Danielle Kepler, LCPC is the founder and “head insurance guru” at Be Your Own Biller, LLC, where she offers consultation to business owners, solo practioners, and non-profits local to Chicago and across the nation. Be Your Own Biller’s mission is to empower clinicians and demystify the insurance credentialing and billing world so they do not need to hire a long-term credentialing or billing service.
Risk Management for Today's Mental Health Professional
Kenneth Kessler, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science with his primary appointment being in the Psychology Department.  He is currently chairman of the Clinical Counselor licensing and Disciplinary Board and is the former chairman of the Clinical Psychologist Licensing and Disciplinary Board.
  Sunday, April 8, 2018           1 pm - 4 pm Sunday, April 8, 2018           1 pm - 4 pm
Opioid Recovery and Dual Diagnosis
Patricia Miller is currently in private practice in Moline, Illinois, Patricia’s expertise in the array of behavioral health services and treatment of co-occurring disorders, primarily MH and opioid-use disorder, stems from having also held clinical leadership positions, respectively, in a hospital-based mental health outpatient clinic, an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, and an outpatient medication-assisted treatment clinic for opioid use disorder, the latter for which she still provides professional consulting and Clinical Supervision.
Targeting the Brain’s Ability to
Heal Traumatic Stress Reactions

Nadia Johnson, M.S., LCPC
, graduated from National-Louis University with a Master’s degree in Human Services/Counseling.  In addition to her degree, she has received extensive training in working with trauma, a certification from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, and is certified in EMDR therapy.  She has over twenty-five years of experience in the counseling field.

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