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    Agenda7:30 8:30 a.m.

    Registration, Networking, and Exhibit Expo

    8:30 8:45 a.m.Welcome and program overview

    barnes & noble college AuditoriumCraig D. Schmidt, Vice President, Community and Economic Development

    Prairie State College

    8:45 9:15 a.m.general session

    Trauma and the BrainAshley Kuhl Piwowarski, Psy. D.

    9:15 9:30 a.m.remarks

    Illinois Senator Michael E. Hastings19th Legislative District

    9:30 10:15 a.m.keynote address

    From Washington to Chicago Heights: Roots, Effects, and Solutions for the Criminalization of Mental Illness

    Thomas J. Dart, Cook County Sheriff

    10:15 10:30 a.m.Break

    10:30 11:30 a.m. concurrent Breakout sessions

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    11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Lunch and Exhibit Expo

    Atrium

    1 2 p.m.concurrent Breakout Sessions

    2 2:15 p.m.Break

    2:15 3:15 p.m.concurrent breakout sessions

    3:15 3:30 p.m.Break

    3:30 4:30 p.m. panel discussion

    Journey 2: Supporting My family memberbarnes & noble college auditorium

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    Concurrent Breakout Sessions 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Understanding Mental Illness and Homelessness Room A109Mary E. Garrison, LCSW, ACSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, Millikin UniversityGain an understanding of mental illness and homelessness, awareness of treatment challenges and successes, and knowledge regarding mental health systems response for this vulnerable population.

    Transgender Health and Wellness: Providing Quality, Informed, Compassionate Care Room A131Erica Essary, Psy.D., LPC, QMHP, Sertoma Centre, Inc.This presentation seeks to provide knowledge about the transgender community and their unique needs, as well as ways clinicians can deliver quality, informed, compassionate care.

    Working with Soldiers and Veterans: Getting Them to Talk About Their Pain Room A122Richard Doss, Ph.D., LCP, Strong Minds Institute Clinicians will learn strategies for breaking down rapport barriers of veterans who may be guarded, defensive, or untrusting. Review the types of disorders commonly seen at the Vet Center Readjustment Counseling Center.

    In Our Own Voice Room A132Lisa Guardiola and Nickolas Sundberg, NAMI South Suburbs of ChicagoHear first-hand accounts from those recovering from a brain disorder and learn from their personal experiences.

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    Breakout Sessions Continued - 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Generations of Care for Families Caring for a LovedOne with Dementia Room 1315Cathy Braxton and Tami Neumann, Silver Dawn Senior Friendly CitiesExperience hands on dementia-focused sensitivity training resulting in enhanced empathy for a loved one with this condition.

    Mind, Body, Spirit Connection: Following theYellow-Brick-Road Room 1322Colleen Caron, MS, RN, AMITA Alexian Behavioral HealthCognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and laughter yoga exercises are presented as methodologies to increase the mind-body-spirit connection.

    Recovery Enhanced by Employment Room 1318/1320Tania Morawiec, M.Ed., and Darius McKinney, Illinois Division of Mental HealthLearn the practice principles of Individualized Placement and Supports (IPS) which integrate the clinical mental health team and vocational rehabilitation services in the treatment of mental illness.

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    Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1 - 2 p.m.

    Understanding Mental Illness and Homelessness Room A109Mary E. Garrison, LCSW, ACSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, Millikin UniversityGain an understanding of mental illness and homelessness, awareness of treatment challenges and successes, and knowledge regarding mental health systems response for this vulnerable population.

    Transgender Health and Wellness: Providing Quality, Informed, Compassionate Care Room A131Erica Essary, Psy.D., LPC, QMHP, Sertoma Centre, Inc.This presentation seeks to provide knowledge about the transgender community and their unique needs, as well as ways clinicians can deliver quality, informed, compassionate care.

    Working with Soldiers and Veterans: Getting Them to Talk About Their Pain Room A122Richard Doss, Ph.D., LCP, Strong Minds Institute Clinicians will learn strategies for breaking down rapport barriers of veterans who may be guarded, defensive, or untrusting. Review the types of disorders commonly seen at the Vet Center Readjustment Counseling Center.

    In Our Own Voice Room A132Lisa Guardiola and Nickolas Sundberg, NAMI South SuburbsHear first-hand accounts from those recovering from a brain disorder and learn from their personal experiences.

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    Breakout Sessions Continued - 1-2 p.m.

    Empowering the African American Client:Demystifying Mental Health Room 1322Angela Jackson, Ph.D., Culturally Competent ConsultingExplore the counseling implications needed for effective treatment with African Americans. Increase awareness of cultural biases, assumptions and values of African American clients.

    Adult A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. Room 1318/1320Del Larkin, LCSW, CAADC, Salvation Army, Harbor Light CenterReview the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.) in adults and their misdiagnosis. Explore the impact of these on a persons activities of daily life.

    Foundations for Mental Health: Social and Emotional Learning in Schools Room 1315M. Bill Hellyer, MS, OTR/L, Kildeer Countryside School District 96Illinois was the first state to establish statewide, free-standing social and emotional learning standards. Learn the standards and their potential impact within the school system.

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    Concurrent Breakout Sessions 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

    Generations of Care for Families Caring for a Loved One With Dementia Room A109Cathy Braxton and Tami Neumann, Silver Dawn Senior Friendly CitiesExperience hands on dementia-focused sensitivity training resulting in enhanced empathy for a loved one with this condition.

    Mind, Body, Spirit Connection: Following the Yellow-Brick-Road Room A122Colleen Caron, MS, RN, AMITA Alexian Behavioral HealthCognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and laughter yoga exercises are presented as methodologies to increase the mind-body-spirit connection.

    Recovery Enhanced by Employment Room A132Tania Morawiec, M. Ed, and Darius McKinney, MHP, Illinois Division of Mental HealthLearn the practice principles of Individualized Placement and Supports (IPS) which integrate the clinical mental health team and vocational rehabilitation services in the treatment of mental illness.

    Empowering the African American Client:Demystifying Mental Health Room 1322Angela Jackson, Ph.D., Culturally Competent ConsultingExplore the counseling implications needed for effective treatment with African Americans. Increase awareness of cultural biases, assumptions and values of African American clients.

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    Breakout Sessions Continued - 2:15-3:15 p.m.

    Adult A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. Room 1318/1320 Del Larkin, LCSW, CAADC, Salvation Army, Harbor Light CenterReview the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.) in adults and their misdiagnosis. Explore the impact of these on a persons activities of daily life.

    Foundations for Mental Health: Social and Emotional Learning in Schools Room 1315M. Bill Hellyer, MS, OTR/L, Kildeer Countryside School District 96Illinois was the first state to establish statewide, free-standing social and emotional learning standards. Learn the standards and their potential impact within the school system

    Panel Discussion 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.Journey Part 2: Supporting my Family Member

    Barnes & Noble College Auditorium

    Conference evaluation

    Throughtout the day please complete the evaluation form and return it to the registration table, or to a staff member upon completion.

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    General Session

    Ashley Kuhl Piwowarski, Psy. D.Dr. Ashley Kuhl Piwowarski is a licensed clinical psychologist and the director of Outpatient Services for Hartgrove Behavioral Health System. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology, and has previously worked in both inpatient psychiatric and outpatient community mental health settings with a wide range of individuals seeking mental health treatment. She has received specialized training in the treatment of traumatic stress in children, adolescents, and adults.

    RemarksSenator Michael E. HastingsSenator Michael E. Hastings was elected to the 98th General Assembly in the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During his tenure, he has worked in a bi-partisan manner to pass numerous pieces of legislation that have positively changed the social and financial landscape of Illinois. He currently serves on the Appropriations I, Appropriations II, Financial Institutions, Insurance and State Government & Veterans Affairs Committee. Senator Hastings also is the vice-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and holds the title of the youngest serving Senator in Illinois. As a result of his hard work, he was named Legislator of the Year by the Mental Health Association of Illinois, Friend of Agriculture by the Illinois Farm Bureau and an Environmental Champion by the Illinois Environmental Council.

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    Hastings continued

    Senator Hastings earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership and Management at West Point in 2003, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Following graduation, he deployed to Iraq and rose to the rank of captain. For his meritorious service in a combat zone, Senator Hastings was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In addition to earning a Masters degree in Business Administration, with honors, from the University of Illinois, he also holds a Juris Doctor degree from