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    • March 09, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Dr, Lisle, IL 60532
    IMHCA Annual Conference - Saturday
    Saturday - March 9, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    6 CEs
    Hyatt Regency Room Reservations $89

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM-3CEs

    Tangible Interventions for Treating Clients with Bipolar Disorder
    Catherine Ness, LCPC

    Workshop Description: For years, the preferred treatment of Bipolar Disorder has primarily been medication management, with psychotherapy frequently being viewed simply as an adjunctive support. Over the past decade, however, more and more research has demonstrated the significant positive effects targeted psychotherapy can have on diminishing mood swings and allowing individuals who struggle with Bipolar Disorder to increase overall productively and life satisfaction. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the most effective therapeutic interventions in working with this population, in additional to gaining a deeper understanding of Bipolar Disorder and differential diagnosis.

    Presenter Bio: Catherine Ness is a psychotherapist and the owner of Affective Counseling. Catherine has been practicing individual and group counseling for 13 years in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community mental health centers and private practice. Catherine has developed a passion for working with those who have Bipolar Disorder and educating therapists about tangible techniques, outside of medication management, that improve the lives of those struggling with this disorder. Over the past 7 years, 75% of Catherine’s caseload have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. Recognizing the lack of specific interventions for this population, Catherine has rigorously researched the most current and effective techniques available in addition to combining her extensive experience to develop a method of treatment that allows her clients to achieve mood stabilization and meet personal goals.


    Practical Approaches to Eating Disorder Treatment
    Jennifer Rogers, M.S.Ed, LPC, NCC

    Workshop Description: Many clinicians feel unprepared to work with individuals with eating disorders. Common myths and misconceptions about these illnesses, in addition to clinicians’ unrecognized weight bias can result in unintentional harm to clients. With additional information and resources, clinicians can improve their competence in treating people with eating disorders. In this workshop, participants will be able to identify various ways eating  disorders may present in individuals, the components of an effective treatment team, the importance of using a Health at Every Size approach to treatment, how implicit size and weight bias may negatively affect clinicians’ ability to recognize and effectively treat individuals with eating disorders, specific interventions to use in individual and group settings, and resources available for clinicians and clients to use in or between sessions.

    Presenter Bio: Jennifer Rogers, M.S.Ed, LPC, NCC graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as a certificate of graduate study in eating disorders and obesity. She has worked with individuals with eating disorders in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. Despite the high mortality rate associated with eating disorders, many graduate programs do not adequately address these pernicious and often chronic mental illnesses. Jennifer’s training and work experience in the field of eating disorders has positioned her to help other clinicians understand these complex illnesses and develop their toolbox to more effectively treat individuals and avoid common mistakes that inadvertently cause harm to individuals in this special population.

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch: is on your own.

    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 3 CEs

    Counseling Traumatized LGBTQ youth and teens for Non-LGBTQ Counselor
    Beryl J. Armstrong, LCPC

    Workshop Description:
    More and more today youth and teens are identifying themselves as lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender or queer or openly questioning their sexual and gender identity (LGBTQ). As a result this vulnerable population is experiencing various forms of trauma and stressors including family rejection, bullying, school harassment, physical and sexual abuse, emotional abuse and intimate partner abuse. These negative experiences increase the risk of homelessness, suicide, substance abuse, HIV/STD, exposure to hate crimes, and sexual exploitation. The aim of this workshop to facilitate a greater understanding of best practices for non-LGBTQ counselor and to work through fears and challenges associated serving this population.

    Presenter Bio: Beryl J. Armstrong lives in Homewood, Illinois with her husband and twin daughters. Beryl has over 20 years of counseling experience. She has worked in various settings including religious, community, hospital, nursing homes, and medical clinics. Beryl currently serves as a Behavioral Health Provider at Family Christian Health Center located in Harvey, IL. Beryl is a counselor trainer and supervisor. She is a featured presenter on the Mental Health Academy; an online training platform for counselor, social workers and psychologist. Beryl believes that the nature of a person can be shaped by immutable things such as upbringing and traumatic experiences. Beryl is known as the transformational specialist.


    Getting In Touch: The Importance of The Somatic Therapies
    Pamela D. Trice, MA, PsyD, LCPC, LMT

    Workshop Description: Have you heard the saying “we hold our issues in our tissues?” It’s true! Our bodies hold and express our stories, attachment styles, self-image, trauma, shame, psychological defenses, and more! This presentation will outline the basic principles on which the somatic therapies are based, and how the interventions provided by various modalities contribute to the healing process for clients. Attendees will learn how to anticipate the somatic needs of their clients, and how to collaborate with professional bodyworkers to address them.

    Presenter Bio: After being a counselor for 10 years, Dr. Trice began exploring the importance of the body in healing and personal growth. After experiencing the transformational impact of the somatic therapies, she returned to school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. She now works collaboratively with other psychotherapists to provide adjunctive somatic therapy/bodywork for their clients. Dr. Trice has presented workshops at several group practices and clinics.

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

    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 for the NCMHCE training a $70 ($20 administration fee, and $50 e-book purchase). The e-book component of the workshop cannot be returned. Upon cancellation, registrants will retain the e-book. For all webinars and audio trainings there is no cancellation. Once you are sent the link to access the training there is NO refund. For all other trainings there is a $20 cancellation fee. No refunds can be made seven days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to  circumstances beyond our control. 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 a 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.

    Proof of IMHCA Membership: To receive the member discount you need to be a current member of ICA and the IMHCA division. If you are unsure, please call and we can verify your membership status.

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