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Annual Conference Saturday - 6 CEs Various Presenters

  • March 23, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Renaissance Chicago Glenview Suites Hotel, 1400 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL 60025


  • 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

Saturday - March 23, 2024
  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Renaissance Chicago Glenview Suites Hotel
1400 Milwaukee Ave
Glenview, IL 60025


$109/night hotel rate: BOOK HERE

6 CEs

2 AM Session Choices

Saturday, March 23, 2024
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Mitich, EdD, LCPC

Emotional Intelligence: Re-engaging Emotion in an Emotionally Confusing World

One thing that all people have in common is the expression of emotion. But where do we learn about emotion? People often struggle defining the emotion they are feeling and how to work through that feeling. Even as clinicians and educators, we focus a lot on theory but not as much on emotion. This workshop will teach you about emotion, synonyms of emotion, and how to express those emotions in a healthy way. The first half will focus on emotional education. The second half will focus on how to reengage the emotion and how to teach people about emotional regulation.

This inclusive, non-prescriptive approach is for all bodies and abilities.

Saturday, March 23, 2024
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Shannon, LCPC, NCC

Supporting Clients of Color in Boundary Work and Re-Engaging the Family System in Healing Intergenerational Trauma

This 3-hour breakout session is designed to provide therapists with condensed yet impactful insights and skills for supporting clients of color in boundary work and re-engaging the family system during the process of healing intergenerational trauma. It's an opportunity for a focused exploration of these critical components of therapy in diverse cultural contexts.

Session Goals:
1. Equip therapists with practical techniques for effective boundary work in intergenerational trauma healing.
2. Introduce strategies for re-engaging the family system as a healing resource.
3. Foster cultural competence and sensitivity in therapists when working with clients of color in a shorter time frame.

Session Topics:
1. Understanding Intergenerational Trauma: A brief overview of intergenerational trauma and its impact on clients of color.

2. Boundary Work in Healing: An exploration of the importance of boundaries in the therapeutic process and their relevance in intergenerational trauma resolution.

3. Re-Engaging the Family System: Recognizing the potential of the family system as a healing resource and its role in clients' healing journeys.

4. Cultural Competence in Therapy: A concise look at the importance of cultural competence and humility when working with clients from diverse backgrounds.

5. Practical Boundary Setting: Techniques for immediate application of boundary setting in therapy, with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity.

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

2 PM Session Choices

Saturday, March 23, 2024

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Yorg, MA, CMH

Beyond the Binary: Counseling Trans & Gender Non-Confirming Folx with ADHD

An estimated 5 million youth and adults identify as trans or gender non-conforming (GNC) and of those, and it’s suspected roughly 4% of those people are diagnosed with ADHD. With young people coming out earlier than ever before, one might argue there has never been a better time to be trans or neurodivergent in the United States. Yet, paradoxically new legislation limiting gender affirming care and access to public spaces is introduced faster than one can keep up. This legislation comes at the cost of depression and suicidality for trans and GNC folx – google searches go up 26-34% with the passing of each new piece of legislation.

Clinicians must be prepared to support this population and the data suggests we are not. Research done to date on this intersection of identities reveals that it is all deficiency based and interventions move toward a neurotypical standard. Few researchers are members of the trans and GNC community, and in the absence of that, the research has not been augmented by community involvement.

In this workshop, attendees will learn how ADHD intersects with gender for this community to create a unique identity resulting in better support of their current and future clients. Attendees will learn how to enhance cultural humility, screen at-risk clients, and facilitate a strengths-based skills group that reduces rejection sensitivity and increases functioning.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm O'Brien, LCPC

Mindful Self-Compassion for Therapists

We tend to be our own worst critics when it comes to relating to ourselves. Interestingly, even those of us committed to helping others be kinder to themselves, can treat ourselves with less compassion in difficult moments than we offer to others when they are struggling.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teaches us how to transfer those inherent compassion skills, that we naturally offer others, to ourselves when life is challenging. Based on the work and research of Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer, Mindful Self-Compassion is designed to offer participants the skills for emotional resilience and lessons in ways to be kinder to oneself during the difficult times in life.

In this 3-hour workshop you will learn about the evidenced-based curriculum of Mindful Self-Compassion and be invited to experience what it is like to be as compassionate with yourself as you are with those you care about. Workshop activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices.

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It can boost happiness, reduce depression and anxiety, and can even help to maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate can lead to greater ease in our daily lives.

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