Prairie State College to Host 10th Annual Mental Health Conference

Prairie State College to Host 10th Annual Mental Health Conference
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Prairie State College to Host 10th Annual Mental Health Conference (Chicago Heights, IL) — Prairie State College (PSC) will host its 10th Annual Mental Health Conference featuring keynote speaker Jasmin Ford, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Patient Advocate. The conference will be hosted on Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the PSC Conference Center on the main PSC campus at 202 S. Halsted in Chicago Heights. Join us for a day of insightful discussions and learning in the mental health field.

The guest speaker and presenters will share strategies and discuss various topics including: understanding different mental health conditions, promoting mental well-being, destigmatizing mental health, and exploring innovative approaches to treatment and support. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend the keynote address and choose from various breakout sessions listed below.

Breakout Sessions:

The Science of Resilience
Presented by: Kristine Argue-Mason, MPA; Executive Director, Partnership for Resilience

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs and Trauma)
Presented by: Maria Dorner-Kroener, MA, LPC, NCC, CRADC; Licensed Professional Counselor, Beyond Healing and Counselor II, Symetria Recovery

Mental Health Recovery and Schizophrenia
Presented by: Lisa Guardiola, MHP, RSS; Community Outreach and Education Trainer, Sertoma Star Services; President, NAMI Alliance of Peer Professionals; Vice President, NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago

Healing Through Play: A Primer in Theraplay®
Presented by: Mandy Jones-Fischer, LCSW, RPT, JD; Executive Director, The Theraplay Institute

Coping with Complicated Grief
Presented by: Jessie Monreal, CADC; Treatment Advocate, Recovery Centers of America

A (Hopefully) Not Depressing Talk about Depression
Presented by: Leanne M. Mull, MHA; Co-Director, Blue Tower Solutions, Inc.

Food, Mood, and Body
Presented by: Tina Musselman, MA, LPC, RD, CLT; Owner, Functional and Integrative Dietician and Counselor, The Pointe, Inc.

Fostering Inclusive Environments to Support LBGTQ+ Mental Health
Presented by: Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW; Director of Operations and Programming, Youth Outlook

Deliberately Ensuring Inclusion in Providing Counseling & Mental Health Services
Presented by: Krista Woods, MSW, LCSW; President and Clinical Director, Integrity Clinical Counseling and Training, LLC

Registration Information:
Standard Registration Cost: $59 ($79 including CEU/PD)
Late Registration Cost (beginning May 1, 2024): $79 ($99 including CEU/PD)
Deadline: May 10, 2024

Registration Link: 10th Annual Mental Health Conference

The Mental Health Conference is open to participants from all backgrounds, with a special focus on professionals in healthcare, education, counseling, social services, and emergency services.

Prairie State College to Host 10th Annual Mental Health Conference


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