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Annual Conference Sunday - 6 CEs Various Presenters

  • March 12, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, 1061 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173


  • Attend all three days of the IMHCA Annual Conference at a discounted rate for members!
  • Attend all three days of the IMHCA Annual Conference at a discounted rate for members!


IMHCA Annual Conference - Sunday
March 12, 2023
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
6 CEs

American Society of Anesthesiologists
1061 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60173


3 AM Session Choices

Sunday, March 12, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

About Janis Clark Johnston, Ed.D. Janis Clark Johnston, EdD in Counseling Psychology

Transforming Retirement: Rewire and Grow Your Legacy

Are you in midlife, a “bystander” planning a future retirement? Do you have clients who are retired, semi-retired, or envisioning never-retirement? Wherever you and your clients fall on a retirement continuum, can you imagine the retire/rewire years with passion? Rewiring is viewed here as a psychological self-reflection time that applies to both work and non-work possibilities. Typically, retirees are viewed as possessing limited possibilities. Ageism stifles respect for aging with such cultural labels of “the aged,” old farts, elders, geezers, gaffers, codgers, or women-of-a-certain age. It is a myth that everyone in the Baby-Boomer-Plus population is “over the hill.” My Retirement Survey of 125 individuals (ages 55-98) in various states of retirement-planning, semi-retirement, or full retirement has resulted in a book (Retire or Rewire, currently in publication). A follow-up of 40 of these individuals investigated how the pandemic affected their well-being. There is a grieving part in many retirees when they relinquish their career identity. This experiential workshop offers training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) language and an IFS-informed Personality Mapping exercise to identify client polarities in thoughts and feelings about retirement. Honest acceptance of opposite parts of one’s personality–both anxiety and resilience–captures the essence of ALL personalities.

Sunday, March 12, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Episode 10: Eating Disorders with Dr. Erin Terada — AaronWeiner, PhDErin Terada, PsyD, CEDS-S

Embracing Uncertainty: How to Support Anxious Youth to Develop Resiliency in Uncertain Times

Attempting to navigate these stressful times can be a strenuous endeavor families face. This presentation will focus on the effects of our current times and the resulting role that anxiety can play in the family. Learning objectives will focus on defining various aspects of clinical anxiety symptoms in Children and Adolescents, clinicians will learn how to support teenagers through adaptive open communication skills along with how to provide psychoeducation to parents, and tips for working with schools to offer solutions to anxiety issues that impact academics. Lastly, learning about the role of resiliency and self-compassion practices in the home or in the learning environment can be a key factor in helping children and adolescents thrive in uncertain times.

Additional workshop TBA!

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch (on your own)

3 PM Session Choices

Sunday, March 12, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Christine Novak, MA, LCPC

Step-By-Step: How Counselors can Help Families with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder

This workshop will review the basics of what ADHD and autism spectrum disorders are and how counselors can help families and individuals with executive functioning challenges. We will touch on how to use the 5 point scale, sensory processing strategies, social thinking skills, and emotional regulation practices. We will also discuss when to refer out and how to help families navigate the special education world.

Sunday, March 12, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Oak Forest Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6) Therapist - Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6) Therapist Oak Forest, Cook County, Illinois - Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6) Counseling Oak Forest, Cook County, IllinoisCrystal Zanders, MA, LCPC, NCC, ACS, and Candace N. Park, PhD, LPC-S, LPCC, NCC

Prolonged Grief Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies

Prolonged Grief Disorder was added to the recently released DSM-5-TR. This presentation will distinguish between the typical experience of grief and the more severe experience of Prolonged Grief Disorder. It will also include a discussion of the theoretical conceptualizations of grief and contemporary treatment strategies.

Sunday, March 12, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Amanda Ann Gregory, LCPC, NCC, EDMR Certified

The Power of Relationships: Attachment Interventions to Heal Childhood Trauma

Traumatized children often experience unmet attachment needs which can cause severe emotional, behavioral, and cognitive developmental issues. Attachment interventions can access and repair relational wounds where behavioral and cognitive interventions are less effective. This presentation will teach multiple attachment interventions including proving physical touch, posturing, engaging in rhythmic movement, creating masks, drawing, and raising pets. These experiential interventions are trauma informed and designed to establish and sustain secure attachment.


Worry free cancellation. If IMHCA needs to reschedule or cancel the conference or create virtual sessions you will be notified and offered a full refund.

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