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IMHCA Annual ConferenceFriday-Saturday-Sunday
March 8-9-10, 2019
6 CEs Each Day = Total of up to 18 CEs

Hyatt Regency Lisle
1400 Corporetum Dr

Lisle, IL 60532


Friday, March 8, 2019
Resolving Trauma Without Drama
By: Bill O'Hanlon
9 am - 4 pm

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Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT, has authored or co-authored 36 books, the latest being Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways To Relieve Depression (W.W. Norton, April 2014). His books have been translated into 17 languages. He has appeared on Oprah (with his book Do One Thing Different), The Today Show, and a variety of other television and radio programs. Since 1977, Bill has given over 3500 talks around the world. He has been a top-rated presenter at many national conferences and was awarded the Outstanding Mental Health Educator of the Year in 2001 by the New England Educational Institute. Bill is a Licensed Mental Health Professional, Certified Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Bill is clinical member of AAMFT (and winner of the 2003 New Mexico AMFT Distinguished Service Award), certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists and a Fellow and a Board Member of the American Psychotherapy Association. He is known for his storytelling, irreverent humor, clear and accessible style and his boundless enthusiasm for whatever he is doing. His seminars are as entertaining as they are educational. Bill is currently also pursuing a career as a professional songwriter in Nashville and has released his first album, Being of Sound Mind, on iTunes.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Various Presenters
TBA
9 am - 4 pm

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Saturday Presenters TBA!
 Sunday, March 10, 2019
What REALLY Makes a Difference? Promoting Lasting Change
By:
Dr. Jeffrey Kottler
9 am - 4 pm

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Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prominent authors and presenters in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, health, education, and advocacy. He has written over 100 books about a wide range of subjects, including On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy,  Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine Madness, Stories We’ve Heard, Stories We’ve Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, Relationships in Counseling and the Counselor’s Life, On Being a Master Therapist, Secrets of Exceptional Counselors, and most recently, Living and Being a Therapist: Selected Writings of Jeffrey Kottler. Jeffrey has also written several successful trade books about a variety of psychological themes: Private Moments, Secret Selves, Divine Madness: Ten Stories of Creative Struggle, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, What You Don’t Know About Leadership But Probably Should, and the best-selling true crime book, The Last Victim: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers that was produced as a feature film (Dear Mr. Gacy). Jeffrey has been a counselor, therapist, supervisor, and educator for 45 years, having worked a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, hospital, medical school, refugee resettlement agency, nongovernmental organization (NGO), university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He is also the founder of Empower Nepali Girls, a foundation that supports and mentors at-risk children He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. Jeffrey is Professor Emeritus of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton and is Clinical Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Baylor College of Medicine. He currently lives in Houston where he works on projects related to refugee trauma with the Alliance for Multicultural Services.


Upcoming events

    • March 08, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Dr, Lisle, IL 60532
    Register
    IMHCA Annual Conference - Friday
    Friday - March 8, 2019
    9:00AM-4:00PM
    6 CEs


    Bill O'Hanlon

    Topic:
    Resolving Trauma Without Drama:

    New, Brief, Respectful and Effective Approaches to Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


    Don't miss this opportunity!
    Register before December 1, 2018 to receive the Early Bird special price!


    Bill's Books will be for sale at this workshop!

    Presenter Bio

    Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT, has authored or co-authored 29 books, the latest being A Guide to Trance Land (W.W. Norton, 2009), Write is a Verb (Writer’s Digest Books, July 2007) Pathways to Spirituality (W.W. Norton), Change 101: A Practical Guide to Creating Change  (W.W. Norton, Fall 2006), and Thriving Through Crisis (Penguin/Perigee; winner of the Books for a Better Life Award). He has published 54 articles or book chapters. His books have been translated into 15 languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, German, Chinese, Bulgarian, Turkish, Korean, Indonesian, Italian, Croatian, Arabic and Japanese. He has appeared on Oprah (with his book Do One Thing Different), The Today Show, and a variety of other television and radio programs. Since 1977, Bill has given over 2000 talks around the world. He has been a top-rated presenter at many national conferences and was awarded the Outstanding Mental Health Educator of the Year in 2001 by the New England Educational Institute. Bill is a Licensed Mental Health Professional, Certified Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Bill is clinical member of AAMFT (and winner of the 2003 New Mexico AMFT Distinguished Service Award), certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists and a Fellow and a Board Member of the American Psychotherapy Association. He is known for his storytelling, irreverent humor, clear and accessible style and his boundless enthusiasm for whatever he is doing. His seminars are as entertaining as they are educational.

    Workshop Description

    People with post-traumatic stress often suffer for years and develop a variety of troubling and often crippling problems. This workshop will detail a philosophy and methods of working briefly and effectively with people who have been traumatized. An array of new methods have shown that previous conceptions and methods of working with trauma are unnecessarily long-term and re-traumatizing. These new approaches, rather than being based on the past and deterministic models, are oriented towards the present and future and a sense of possibilities. You will leave equipped with a different understanding of how to treat trauma and four specific methods you can use right away in your work. Through lecture, videotaped examples and handouts, participants will be equipped with new tools and ideas to work briefly, effectively and respectfully with even severe and long-standing traumas. Learn how some people turn post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic stress and the research that shows how they accomplish that. In addition to learning new models and methods, come prepared to be entertained. Bill is a lively speaker whose humor and engagement with the audience makes his presentations fun and enlivening.

    Workshop Schedule
     

    Morning

    1. Inclusive therapy: Reclaiming Devalued Experience

    • The Inclusive Self as a means to melting the frozen, repetitive trauma
    • Permission, validation and inclusion

     2. Future Pull: Did you know that the future can cause the present?

    • The Viktor Frankl Strategy
    •  Future pull methods

    Afternoon

    3. In the shape of a bottle: Changing patterns that were shaped by the trauma

    • Neurology: The fast track out of trauma
    • Neurological and perceptual methods for rapidly and painlessly resolving trauma
    • Pattern intervention: Patterns vs. set realities
    • The doing of traumatic patterns
    • De-patterning:  Challenging repetitive patterns
    • Solution-oriented methods

     4. Re-connection: Challenging dissociation and disconnection in the wake of trauma

    • Seven pathways to connection
    • Connective and stability rituals
    • The writing cure
    • Transition and dis-connective rituals

    Summary: Thriving Through Crisis: Turning Post-traumatic Stress Into Post-Traumatic Success

    • The three crucial elements for turning tragedy and trauma into positive growth
    Learning Objectives

    • Learn four rapid methods for resolving trauma.
    • Learn three methods of creating hopeful futures for trauma survivors.
    • Learn to design therapeutic rituals.
    Lunch

    On your own

    Hours

     9:00AM-4:00PM

    CEs
     
    Workshop will be 6.0 CEs for LPC/LCPC; LSW/LCSW; LMFT; Psychologists
    .

    Accommodations

    Mention you are attending the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Annual Conference and receive a special room rate of $89.00 (Standard King or Double Room). Special room rates are available until February 21, 2019. Call 888-421-1442
    to make reservations.

     Cancellation Policy:
    Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus a $20 administration fee. No refunds can be made seven days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inadequate registration or other circumstances beyond our control. If IMHCA cancels a workshop due to inadequate registration, you will receive a full refund. IMHCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. IMHCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. IMHCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case IMHCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.




    • March 09, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Dr, Lisle, IL 60532
    Register
    IMHCA Annual Conference - Saturday
    Saturday - March 9, 2019
    9:00AM-4:00PM
    6 CEs


    Various Presenters and Workshops TBA!

    Workshop Descriptions: Coming soon!

    Learning Objectives: Coming soon!


    Lunch: is on your own.

    Hours: 9am-4pm


    CEs:
    Workshop will be 6.0 CEs for LPC/LCPC; LSW/LCSW; LMFT; Psychologists.


    Accommodations:
    Mention you are attending the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Annual Conference and receive a special room rate of $89.00 (Standard King or Double Room). Special room rates are available until February 21, 2019. Call 888-421-1442 to make reservations.



    Cancellation Policy.
    Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus a $20 administration fee. No refunds can be made seven days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inadequate registration or other circumstances beyond our control. If IMHCA cancels a workshop due to inadequate registration, you will receive a full refund. IMHCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. IMHCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. IMHCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case IMHCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.
    • March 10, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Dr, Lisle, IL 60532
    Register
    IMHCA Annual Conference - Sunday
    Sunday - March 10, 2019
    9:00AM-4:00PM
    6 CEs


    Jeffrey Kottler

    Topic:
    What REALLY Makes a Difference? Promoting Lasting Changes

    Don't miss this opportunity!
    Register before December 1st to receive the Early Bird special price!

    Jeffrey's books will be for sale at the workshop!


    Presenter Bio


    J
    effrey A. Kottler is one of the most prominent authors and presenters in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, health, education, and advocacy. He has written over 100 books about a wide range of subjects, including On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy,  Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine Madness, Stories We’ve Heard, Stories We’ve Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, Relationships in Counseling and the Counselor’s Life, On Being a Master Therapist, Secrets of Exceptional Counselors, and most recently, Living and Being a Therapist: Selected Writings of Jeffrey Kottler.Jeffrey has also written several successful trade books about a variety of psychological themes: Private Moments, Secret Selves, Divine Madness: Ten Stories of Creative Struggle, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, What You Don’t Know About Leadership But Probably Should, and the best-selling true crime book, The Last Victim: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers that was produced as a feature film (Dear Mr. Gacy).Jeffrey has been a counselor, therapist, supervisor, and educator for 45 years, having worked a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, hospital, medical school, refugee resettlement agency, nongovernmental organization (NGO), university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He is also the founder of Empower Nepali Girls, a foundation that supports and mentors at-risk children He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. Jeffrey is Professor Emeritus of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton and is Clinical Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Baylor College of Medicine. He currently lives in Houston where he works on projects related to refugee trauma with the Alliance for Multicultural Services.

    Workshop Description

    T
    here are discrepancies between what counselors and therapists believe is most helpful in their sessions versus reports by their clients. Whereas practitioners believe most passionately that it is their approach, techniques, and interventions that matter most, clients report something quite different. Even after decades of empirical research we still don’t have a handle on what really leads to lasting changes in people’s lives, both within counseling and in everyday experiences. This workshop explores the nature of quantum change and what factors are most instrumental and most likely to maintain continued progress long after sessions end.

    Learning Objectives


    1.  Review the research and anecdotal reports on the factors that are most associated with lasting change, both within therapeutic relationships, as well as everyday life.

    2.  Learn to conduct more meaningful collaborative assessments with clients to determine what is most impactful, making adjustments as needed.

     3.  Focus more on variables such as modeling, therapeutic alliance, narratives, and the experiences of personal transformation that are most associated with enduring changes.

    4.  Apply principles of quantum change to a variety of clinical and personal experiences, both within the context of helping relationships and in daily life.


    Lunch

    On your own

    Hours
     
    9:00AM-4:00PM

    CEs
     
    Workshop will be 6.0 CEs/PDs for LPC/LCPC; LSW/LCSW; LMFT; Psychologists
    .

    Accommodations

    Mention you are attending the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Annual Conference and receive a special room rate of $89.00 (Standard King or Double Room). Special room rates are available until February 21, 2019. Call 888-421-1442
    to make reservations.

    Cancellation Policy
    Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus a $20 administration fee. No refunds can be made seven days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inadequate registration or other circumstances beyond our control. If IMHCA cancels a workshop due to inadequate registration, you will receive a full refund. IMHCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. IMHCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. IMHCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case IMHCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.



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