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IMHCA Annual Conference
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
 
March 1-15, 2021

IMHCA Annual Conference 2021

Our annual conference will be conducted virtually. You will have the choice of 7 different presentations.

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 Annual Conference All 7 Workshops -
15 CEs

$195 Members / $275 Non-members
 Post Traumatic Success 
LIVE WEBINAR - 3 CEs
March 5, 2021

Upcoming events

    • March 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • RECORDED WEBINAR
    Register

     Empowering the African American Client: 
    Demystifying Mental Health

     

    Angela D Jackson, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

    Workshop Description:
    Client Welfare, Informed Consent, and Avoiding Harm and Imposing Values are ethical standards to consider when empowering the African American client!!  Culturally responsive techniques such as cultural sensitivity, building rapport, and clarifying counseling expectations will be explored via visual media.  Tips for demystifying mental health will be highlighted.

    Bio:
    Angela Jackson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor experienced working with diverse youth, adults, couples, and families. A graduate of Virginia Tech, she has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a concentration in Race & Social Policy. She focuses on building rapport with clients from their cultural context and clarifying the basis for their presenting issues. As a Core Faculty member in the Townsend Institute Master's Counseling Program, Dr. Jackson enjoy empowering students to recognize their strengths and utilize their God-given gifts purposefully. She has gained a unique cultural awareness of the family dynamics and cultural dispositions, particularly with the African American population.



    • March 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • RECORDED WEBINAR
    Register

    Couples Counseling:
    The Essential Frameworks
     

    Sara Schwarzbaum, Ed.D, LCPC, LMFT

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

    Workshop Description:

    Couples counseling is a complex and challenging activity even for the most experienced counselors. Counselors who wish to enhance their skills for working with couples have a variety of models to choose from. This workshop will present an overview the most commonly used frameworks for couples counseling, including EFT, Gottman, Imago, Solutions Focused, and psychodynamic models. The advantages and limitations of the major frameworks will also be addressed, along with treatment sequencing and practical interventions derived from the models.

    Bio:

    Sara Schwarzbaum, EdD, LCPC,  LMFT is the founder of Couples Counseling Associates in Chicago where she works with couples who want to improve their relationship. She provides couples counseling consultation, supervision and training for counselors, private practices and agencies. Dr. Schwarzbaum is Professor  Emerita at NEIU, where she was a faculty member in the Counselor Education Department and the Coordinator of its Master's in Family Counseling Program.



    • March 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • RECORDED WEBINAR
    Register

    Embracing Strength Based Principle: 
    Effective Strategies For Treatment Planning
     

    Joann Preston, PH.D.LCSW MAC CADC ACSW

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

    Workshop Description:

    This workshop will assist you to apply the strength based principles in your work with children, adolescents and their families to improve treatment outcomes.  Participants will learn practical strategies that can be used effectively in any clinical setting to help clients uncover their coping skills, build new relationships, and identify inner resources.   Participants will gain a better understanding of the challenges many clinicians face when working with multi stressed families and how the strength based approach can reduce therapist burn out, encourage the client to take a proactive role in treatment and therapeutic benefits will be identified.

    Bio:

    Dr Preston is a licensed clinical social worker with Chicago public school system.   She has been employed in this position for 28 years.   Her position with Chicago public’s school has rewarded her  the opportunity to mentor many students.  She has numerous positions in social work during her summer hiatus from CPS.    Most notably,  geriatrics and social work with LGBTQ  population.  She has specialized training in sex trafficking, drug addiction and dementia support.   Dr Preston was clinically trained at Loyola receiving her master’s in social work and her doctorate in family therapy from the Institute of Clinical Social Work.    Dr Preston also has a certificate in drug counseling from South Suburban College.  Dr Preston has published articles on African American adolescent females and Aids, Urban LGBTQ population and Crisis Intervention.   Dr Preston leads the dementia ministry at Hill crest Baptist church.    She loves working with adolescent, families and children and assisting them to grow socially, academically, spiritually and emotionally.  Dr Preston state she has never met a kid she did not like.



    • March 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • RECORDED WEBINAR
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    Medical Cannabis & Mental Health
     

    Anne Shragal, MA, LCPC, PEL-SC, ACS

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

    Workshop Description:

    With Illinois legalizing marijuana January 2020, mental health counselors may have clients receiving counseling while also using cannabis legally. Many clients are finding therapeutic benefits with the use of medical-grade cannabis when monitored and used properly. Emerging research indicates patients are reporting a reduction in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc. This, in turn, allows the clinician to work on maladaptive behaviors and cognitive distortions.

    Medical Cannabis & Mental Health is an introductory presentation on the uses of medical cannabis and its implications in Clinical Counseling. Attendees will learn the details surrounding medical cannabis including endocannabinoid and phytocannabinoid systems, strains, and absorptions methods. In addition, participants will get an in-depth look at the implications of medical cannabis on mental health and the emerging research pertaining to this topic. The objective of this presentation is to provide and create dialogue and information surrounding the medicinal use of cannabis in the practice of clinical counseling.

    Bio:

    Anne Shragal became involved with PTSD and medicinal cannabis when she was working with pediatric patients. After hearing about veterans who had PTSD and using medicinal cannabis, she began doing her own research. Since January 2017, Ms. Shragal has been helping patients attain their medical cannabis cards as an additional treatment to counseling, which may assist in symptom relief and have a successful treatment outcome. She also helps to train other clinicians and interns with proper PTSD assessment processes, exposure therapy, and medical cannabis treatment.

    Anne owns and operates her private practice, Breeze Counseling, servicing clients in Oak Park, Downers Grove, and through online therapy. She holds a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor license (LCPC) with a Masters degree in Community Counseling, a PEL endorsed in School Counseling, and nationally recognized Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University in Higher Education and Supervision.



    • March 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • RECORDED WEBINAR
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    Marketing in Private Practice:
    How to Get Clients

     

    Norman C. Dasenbrook, MS, LCPC, Practice Consultant, Dasenbrook Consulting, Counseling-privatepractice.com

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

    Workshop Description:

    Come learn the essential and practical marketing components to starting or expanding a successful private practice. You need to have a business mindset and a plan to do well. This no-nonsense seminar will present tried and true, cost effective marketing strategies to begin a practice from the ground up or expand a limited practice. Do it right the first time!

    The workshop is designed for the clinician who is planning to start a practice within the next year or those who have started a small practice and wish to expand.

    Learning Objectives

    • 1.    Differentiate effective and non-effective strategies for marketing, social media, and building a private practice.
    • 2.    Learn the two essential components of a marketing plan.
    • 3.    Identify methods to market those clients who can benefit from your expertise or niche.

    Bio:

    Norman C. Dasenbrook, MS, LCPC
    is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has over 35 years’ experience in the fields of mental health, consulting, teaching, business and alternative dispute resolution processes. He served as a consultant to the American Counseling Association on Private Practice Issues. He and Robert Walsh launched ACA’s Private Practice Initiative.

    Norm has been providing practice coaching, consulting services and presenting his workshop, “Starting, Maintaining and Expanding a Successful Private Practice: Surviving or Thriving?” nationally for over 20 years. He has authored one of the leading books on private practice, “The Complete Guide to Private Practice for Licensed Mental Health Professionals.” He has just released his latest book, “After 40 Years in Therapy: What Have I Learned? Why We Do What We Do & What To Do About It”, Crysand Press (www.counseling-privatepractice.com). Norm also co-authored “Harnessing the Power of Conflict: Leading, Learning and Living” 2003, Crysand Press.

     He is Past President of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, served on the Governing Council for the Illinois Counseling Association, and winner of the Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, Illinois Counseling Association and Illinois Mental Health Counselor Association.

    Norm has extensive experience consulting for businesses, industry, and healthcare. Lecturer, trainer and consultant, Norm is a clinician who maintains a private practice in individual, marriage and family counseling in Rockford, Illinois.



    • March 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • RECORDED WEBINAR
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    Identifying and Managing Vicarious Trauma Symptoms
    Acquired as a Result of Counseling During COVID-19

     

    Nadia Johnson, MS, LCPC

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

    Workshop Description:

    COVID-19 entered upon the world scene and altered the world as we know it. The pandemic has caused both medical and mental health crises as rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse have skyrocketed. Trauma therapist Michael J. Salas, PsyD., in his article, The COVID-19 Crises is a Trauma Pandemic in the Making,  (Home » PTSD ») puts it this way, “As a trauma therapist, I see a pandemic of another kind brewing, which isn’t being focused on enough. The social, mental, and cultural impact of going through a global pandemic will leave a psychological trauma pandemic behind.” 

     A psychological trauma pandemic is just another way of saying that we are facing a pandemic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as more and more people are developing PTSD symptoms. Therapists are dealing with extremely challenging situations in their work with clients while also dealing with new challenges and stressors in their own lives. As a result, therapists are at risk for developing vicarious trauma symptoms which, if not managed can develop into PTSD.

     The goal of this workshop is to help therapists:

    • ·       Understand the difference between “burnout” and vicarious trauma.
    • ·       Identify the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma.
    • ·       Understand how on-going stress dysregulates the Autonomic Nervous System.
    • ·       Identify self-regulating strategies to reduce symptoms.
    • ·       Develop a “protection” plan.

    Bio:

    NADIA JOHNSON, MS, LCPC

    Nadia 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 certificate 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 twenty-eight years of experience in the counseling field. Her experience includes working at Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling for a number of years as a trauma therapist as well as the Clinical Super­visor. In 2003, she started her own private practice providing trauma treatment to children, adolescents and adults. She has worked with the Rockford Police De­partment providing trainings on managing acute stress, doing critical incident debriefing, and counseling police officers experiencing trauma-related symptoms. She has been a presenter for the Illinois Counseling Association, the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association, and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexu­al Assault. She has served on the board of the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association since 2004, serving two terms as President, currently she is ICA’s President Elect-Elect and has been on Illinois Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary Board since 2015.



    • March 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • RECORDED WEBINAR
    Register

    Post Traumatic Success

    Dr. Fredrike P. Bannink MDR

    3.0 CEs  (Available March 5, 2021) LIVE
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

     Empowering the African American Client: 
    Demystifying Mental Health

    Angela D Jackson, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

    Couples Counseling:
    The Essential Frameworks
     

    Sara Schwarzbaum, Ed.D, LCPC, LMFT

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

    Embracing Strength Based Principle: 
    Effective Strategies For Treatment Planning  

    Joann Preston, PH.D.LCSW MAC CADC ACSW

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.
     Medical Cannabis & Mental Health  

    Anne Shragal, MA, LCPC, PEL-SC, ACS

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.
     

    Marketing in Private Practice:
    How to Get Clients

    Norman C. Dasenbrook, MS, LCPC, Practice Consultant,
    Dasenbrook Consulting, Counseling-privatepractice.com

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

     

    Identifying and Managing Vicarious Trauma Symptoms
    Caused by The Stress of Counseling During COVID-19

    Nadia Johnson, MS, LCPC

    2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-15, 2021) ONLY
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.



    • March 05, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • LIVE WEBINAR
    Register

      Special Featured Annual Conference Presentation
    Live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Post Traumatic Success
    3.0 CEs Available March 5, 2021 LIVE
    Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

    Dr. Fredrike P. Bannink MDR is a clinical psychologist and a lawyer, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, trainer and author of 45 books. She is also a Mental Health Trainer for Doctors without Borders (MSF).

    www.fredrikebannink.com

     Post Traumatic Success
     

    Post Traumatic Success aims to help clients transform what happened to them to make them better instead of bitter. This approach combines the theory and practice of positive psychology and solution-focused brief therapy with traditional approaches. It veers away from a focus on pathology (what is wrong with clients and how to repair the worst) to a focus on what is right with them and how to create the best – that is, from posttraumatic stress to posttraumatic success.

    Bannink’s model comprises the three R’s of posttraumatic success: Recovery, Resilience and enrichment (posttraumatic growth). Trauma therapists will learn what it takes to help survivors benefit more substantially from psychotherapy and how to support clients in developing longer-term resilience. They will learn how to increase their clients’ self-efficacy and self-esteem, and make psychotherapy shorter in time, more cost-effective, and more lighthearted for their clients and for themselves.

    In this presentation Dr. Bannink will equip participants with practical direction for adopting a more positive approach and expanding their range of available techniques.

    It is time to turn the tide on treating trauma by shifting the focus from reducing distress and merely surviving to building success and positively thriving.

     Bannink, F.P. (2014). Post Traumatic Success. Positive Psychology and Solution-Focused Strategies to Help Clients Survive & Thrive. New York: Norton. 

    This book has so far been translated into Chinese and Dutch.

    Prof. B.L. Fredrickson: “The best of positive psychology for those who need it most.”

     Bannink, F.P. (2015). 101 Solution-Focused Questions for Help with Trauma. New York:

    Norton.  This book has so far been translated into Dutch and Estonian.                      

     Dr. Bannink presented for IMHCA in both 2017 & 2018. Her evaluations were exceptionally good.

    -       I have learned (and remember) so much! I am very excited to put SFBT into practice with my clients. This may be life-changing. Also looking forward to reading and utilizing your books

    -       Great training! Best speaker I have ever seen!

    -       I wanted to thank you and tell you how much I appreciated your presentation. I learned so much and have taken away so much more than any other presentation I have been to. I wish there was more time in which I could spend with you one on one individually. Thank you!

    Dr. Bannink’s training is one of if not the best training I have attended in my 20+ years in this field. She has a great sense of humor and I like her linear approach and thinking. She responded to questions from trainees in a positive way 

     

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