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Annual Conference Saturday Only - 6 CEs

  • March 11, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Northbrook, 2875 North Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062


  • Includes morning and afternoon workshops.
  • Includes morning and afternoon workshops.

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IMHCA Annual Conference - Saturday

  Saturday - March 11, 2017
6 CEs/PDs

Only full day registration allowed. You are then able to choose, at the conference, one workshop to attend in the morning and one workshop to attend in the afternoon from the 6 listed below. Space in each workshop is not limited. You make your workshop choices at the conference.

Super Early registration until December 1, 2016 only $89 for IMHCA members.

Working with Resistance Clients: Exploring Blocks to Change - Handouts

9AM- 12PM
Crowne Plaza Northbrook
Lincoln B

sented By: Serena Wadhwa, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC, RYT

Resistance is more than denial. Readiness, willingness and ability influence the path to change. Other blocks may exist that keep one stuck. Clients come usually wanting to be “fixed”. Yet conscious and compassionate counseling is about raising awareness, providing choice and increasing entionality, focusing more on the process of growth rather than the outcome of one's path. Clients may not be aware of the blocks to change or even the stages to change various behaviors. This workshop explores blocks to change and provides strategies to increase willingness, readiness, and ability in the process of transforming behaviors. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in some of the strategies presented through activities and discussions, which are voluntary.                 
1. Identify two blocks to change
2. Compare and contrast levels of consciousness relating to the blocks of
change presented
3. Identify two strategies to transform blocks to change

EMDR: An Effective Treatment for Trauma - Handouts
9AM- 12PM
Crowne Plaza Northbrook
Lincoln A

resented By: Nadia Johnson, M.S., LCPC

In this workshop, participants will receive an overview of EMDR Therapy describing its origins, empirical research validating its use in treating trauma, and information regarding EMDR training. Learn how EMDR works to reprocess traumatic events at the neurological level targeting the part of the brain where traumatic memories remain stored ready to be reactivated through present day triggers causing hypervigilance, flashbacks and nightmares. Observe a demonstration of a trauma session using an eight-step protocol.

Divorce: How Can You Help? - Handouts
9AM- 12PM
Crowne Plaza Northbrook

Lincoln C

Presented By: Anna Krolikowska, J.D. and Jennifer Froemel, L.C.P.C.

This workshop will provide you with tools to assist your clients through the process of divorce and provide recent updates to changes in the law. We will also cover the importance of establishing a good working relationship with your clients’ attorney.
1. Changes to the statute:

a. Grounds for Divorce in Illinois
b. Maintenance and completion of Financial Affidavit
c. Child Support
d. Property Division (briefly)
2. Approaches to Divorce
a. Litigation
b. Mediation
c. Collaborative
3.Therapeutic Support
a. Emotional stress on an individual
4. Clinical applications to ways to support your client 5. Case examples

Couples Counseling with Veterans: One Size Does Not Fit All - Handouts
1PM- 4PM

Crowne Plaza Northbrook
Lincoln A 



Presented By: Sara Schwarzbaum, Ed.D., LMFT, LCPC

and Shedeh Tavakoli, Ph.D., LCPC, CCMHC

The mental health needs of Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues are multilayered and demand coordinated treatment at several levels. One of the major and most tragic concerns is the high suicide rate among our veterans. Research has not identified a single cause of such high statistics; however, it is clear that the predictor factors tend to be relational in nature. These interpersonal issues are on a wide spectrum and may include adjustment into civilian life, reconnection with family members, and managing relationships. Research has clearly demonstrated a correlation between PTSD symptoms and family problems, including escalating conflict between couples. It’s important for counselors to recognize couples distress in veterans and the unique public health issues it presents. It is also important for counselors who work with veterans or their spouses to understand the benefits of referring veterans with relationship issues for couples treatment.
Our presentation will discuss the unique challenges and benefits of couples counseling with veterans. Basic methods of assessment, treatment planning, and interventions will be reviewed and demonstrated by using case examples. The objectives of the presentation will be to increase counselors’ understanding of:
1. The unique challenges and benefits of CC with veterans
2. Assessment and treatment considerations of IPV, mental health and SA and how they intersect with couples work
3. The relational framework and how it differs from the individual framework
Specifically, the presentation will include skill building techniques such as:
a. Tasks of first sessions and some advanced interventions
b. Safety considerations including non violence contracting
c. Basic de-escalating techniques
d. Alternating individual and joint sessions

Exploring the Sea of Cultural Competency: Knowledge, Application & Integration - Handouts
1PM- 4PM
Crowne Plaza Northbrook

Lincoln B

Presented By: Serena Wadwha, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC, RYT

This workshop explores how individual and systemic differences shape experiences and influence choices contributing to one’s experience. This workshop focuses more on the process of developing competency. General considerations based on research are explored concerning Eastern, military and other cultural frameworks. We will also review aspects central to religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, SES, privilege, age, status, etc. Questions to explore with clients relating to differences will be discussed. Case studies, discussions, and interactive activities complement the information. Disclosure of experiences is voluntary. Objectives: Identify personal values, Identify 3 specific questions to encourage the therapeutic/treatment process; Identify systemic influences relating to the experience of differences; Identify present comfort levels with differences and two ways to increase this.

Help! My Client has Trauma! Finding Best Treatment Method for Your Client - Handouts
1PM- 4PM
Crowne Plaza Northbrook

Lincoln C

resented By: Sheryl Palinski, MA, NCC, EMDR II, LCPC

This workshop consists of a brief definition of trauma, description of the types of trauma and the levels of trauma. The main focus of the workshop will be focused on taking an in depth look at trauma treatment interventions and what methods work well and which one’s don’t.  The last 15 minutes will be for participants to bring questions they may have regarding a trauma client.

Lunch is on your own.

Hours: 9am-4pm


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

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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