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For additional information about an event or training listed below, click on the title.  To register, click on the "Register" link within the event or training description. If you have questions about any of the events or trainings listed, please contact the Mental Health Board at 815-455-2828.

Navigating Public Benefits for Special Populations
Friday, May 19, 2017      9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A number of special populations have access to specific public benefits based on the category to which they belong. This presentation will review public benefits access for non-citizens, victims of Domestic Violence, Veterans and justice-involved populations. In addition, best practices for navigating the disability benefits application process will be discussed. The presentation will also examine special factors to consider when working with Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.
Register
 
Psychiatric Medication Overview
Friday, May 5, 2017      9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This workshop will provide a good overview of existing medications, what they are for and the pros/cons of each. There will also be a strong emphasis on new medications that have been currently released.
Register
 
Trauma Informed Therapy Training
Friday, April 28, 2017      9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Trauma impacts one's spirituality and relationships often resulting in ongoing feelings of shame, guilt, rage and isolation. Despite all of this, healing is possible. Topics covered in this training include: What is Trauma: Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Our Lives; Neurobiological Effects of Trauma and Trauma Informed Organizations: Creating Positive Cultures of Care.
Registration is Closed - training is Full

QPR Gatekeeper Training
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. --OR-- Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. --OR-- Wednesday, April 5, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. --OR-- Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6:00 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m. 

Suicide is a public health issue. Nearly 40,000 people in the United States die from suicide annually, or 1 person every 13 minutes. More people die by suicide than from automobile accidents. Take the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Course. In as little as 1½ hours, individuals can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life.
Each attendee will receive a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, as well as resource information for treatment and supports within their community.
The classes offered are four separate sessions of the same presentation, thus attendance is only needed at one session.  A minimum enrollment of 5 persons must be reached to host the course. 
All sessions will be held at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake.

Ethics and Cultural Sensitivity Training for Social Workers
Friday, April 7, 2017     9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This workshop will provide information for social workers for ethical conduct and boundary information, including discussion of common ethical and boundary issues. This workshop will also assist participants to understand what diversity is, and how they can create a more diverse world at their worksites.
Registration is Closed - training is Full
 
Why Try Staff Development
Friday, March 31, 2017     9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This one-day event provides participants with several strategies for improving relationships with youth, successfully implementing hands-on activities, using multimedia as a teaching tool, creating buy-in and more.  Come prepared to get out of your seat, learn through engagement, and have fun!
           

DSM 5 & Treatment Planning
Thursday, March 23, 2017     9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This presentation will focus on the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) released in May 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association. The new structure of the DSM will be reviewed, as well as new and modified diagnoses that are relevant to children and adolescents.

Introduction to Cultural Competency
Friday, March 3, 2017     9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The morning session provides a basic overview of cultural competency terms and concepts.  It will discuss demographics and populations specific to the local region. The afternoon session will help leaders of non-profit organizations, schools, governmental agencies and businesses consider the steps needed to develop a linguistic and cultural competency (LCC) plan for their organization.
           
Grief & Loss Workshop
Friday, February 24, 2017     9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In this workshop, school based professionals will explore their own personal understanding of death and its impact on their ability to support students when a death occurs.  Willow House will work with individuals to create language around loss as well as provide tools to use in school settings.

Domestic Violence: "what mental health professionals need to know"
Friday,  February 10, 2017     9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This workshop will focus on providing mental health clinicians and supervisors with information they need to provide clinical services and support to adults, children and adolescents who have been exposed to domestic violence.

Accessing Medical Benefits Post-ACA
Friday, February 3, 2017     9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The program will begin with a discussion on how Medicare works with other coverage, including Medicaid. It will provide details on Medicaid programs available to eligible Illinois residents. This course will also explain the Health Insurance Marketplace, including the application process, eligibility for subsidies, plan selection and tax implications.
             
Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification Training
CANCELLED
Instructors are on the frontlines of the program and help to train people in their communities in Mental Health First Aid. Instructors teach from a national curriculum, tailor discussions to their participants, and compile a list of local resources for help.
To register, please complete the application packet and send to Denise Bowman at dbowman@mc708.org, fax to 815-455-2925 or mail the completed forms to her attention at the Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60012.
Eating Disorders: "Why don't they just get over it?"
Friday, November 18, 2016     9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Even in the clinical setting, therapists and medical care providers struggle to make sense of this constellation of symptoms and the perception that the client is reluctant to recover. This presentation will focus on the complexities of treating individuals with eating disorders and why recovery is difficult and complex.

Law Enforcement Support Seminars
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 --OR-- Wednesday, November 9, 2016 --OR--
Monday November 21, 2016            8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Law Enforcement Family Support Seminar
Wednesday, November 30, 2016     6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Chief Kent Williams, with Breach Point Consulting, will provide three full day presentations, addressing the traumas and triumphs associated with modern law enforcement and one evening seminar for officers and their families. The Mental Health Board in collaboration with the McHenry County Sheriff's Department is pleased to host these seminars.
           
QPR Gatekeeper Training
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. --OR-- Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. --OR-- Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Suicide is a public health issue. Nearly 40,000 people in the United States die from suicide annually, or 1 person every 13 minutes. More people die by suicide than from automobile accidents.
Take the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Course. In as little as 1½ hours, individuals can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life.
Each attendee will receive a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, as well as resource information for treatment and supports within their community.
The classes offered are three separate sessions of the same presentation, thus attendance is only needed at one session.  A minimum enrollment of 5 persons must be reached to host the course. 
All sessions will be held in the lower level of the Woodstock Public Library located at 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock, IL. 

McHenry County Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Conference
Friday, September 30, 2016     9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
People who have mental health concerns, family members, professionals and community members are all encouraged to attend the 6th Annual Mental Health Wellness and Recovery Conference to learn more about HOPE, EMPOWERMENT and RECVOERY. The conference will include an expo for networking and information sharing as well as presentations by Erasing the Distance Performers and Becky Brasfield.
For more information about the event, click here or contact the McHenry County Behavioral Health Foundation at admin@mcbhf.org or 815-308-0866.  
Working with Autism: A Clinician's Guide to Support for Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Part 2
Friday, September 23, 2016     9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This will be the second day in a two day workshop that will be focused on providing clinicians with the information and skills they need in order to provide support for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Keeping Hope Alive: Breaking the Silence Suicide Prevention Conference
Friday, September 9, 2016     9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force for this one-day conference, which will include keynote presentations "Breaking the Sound of Silence" by Camille Paddock, Adrian Nuño and Andrew Nuño and "Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment and Medication: Matching Treatment with Need" by Dr. Elizabeth McMasters.  A variety of breakout sessions will be offered as well, and lunch will be served.
             
Working with LGBTQ Clients
Friday, August 26, 2016     9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Members of the LGBTQ community have particular therapeutic needs.  Yumi Terajima, Psy.D. will discuss and focus on increasing the awareness and sensitivity of helping professionals when working with this population. At the end of the presentation the participant will have gained the following knowledge: identify the unique stressors the LGBTQ communities may experience; identify the risks and dangers of assumptions regarding members of the LGBTQ community and understand the importance of language and word choice in interfacing with the LGBTQ client.

Epilepsy, Brain Injury and Mental Health - The Challenges We Face
Monday, August 15, 2016          9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Mental Health Board and Epilepsy Foundation of North Central Illinois, Iowa & Nebraska, this presentation will be based on evidence based clinic practice as set forth by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Psychological Association and the National Brain Injury Association.  Topics will include: recognizing the relationship between epilepsy, brain injury and mental health; understanding the importance of a full neurological work up; recognizing the need for therapy and understanding the importance of case management.
To register please contact Nancy Monica at nmonica@efncil.org 
      
Working with Autism: A Clinician's Guide to Support for Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Friday, August 12, 2016        9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This will be the first day in a two day workshop that will be focused on providing clinicians with the information and skills they need in order to provide support for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 
           
Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Medication Overview and Trends
Friday, August 5, 2016          9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Feld will engage the audience with an update and discussion on psychiatric medication for children and adolescents. Utilizing medication combinations that work for a variety of ages including short, medium, and long acting medications will also be reviewed.

Assessing Risk for Harm to Others
Tuesday, July 12, 2016     9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This presentation reviews approaches to assessing for risk of harm to others.  Although people with mental illness are much more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence, mental health professionals invariably encounter situations in which it is necessary to assess for risk of harm to others.  Through a review of the evidence base and best practices, this presentation will provide mental health professionals with an appreciation of the science of violence prediction, the benefits and limits of various approaches to violence risk assessment, and an overview of approaches and available tools for violence assessment. 
Vicarious Trauma: Understanding and Addressing the Effects of Working with People with Traumatic Backgrounds 
Friday, June 24, 2016     9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bearing witness to the traumatic lives of our clients can create cumulative stress in lives of mental health professionals.  In fact, we may feel as though we have been traumatized by the stories of our clients.  Vicarious trauma can have impacts upon a person’s professional and personal life. For persons in the helping professions, it becomes important to understand the signs of vicarious trauma, how to distinguish between vicarious trauma and burnout, and how to cope with the stress of caring for others. This presentation will provide an overview of the definition of vicarious trauma, how to distinguish it from burnout, and what to do about it.
An Introduction to Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment
Thursday, May 12, 2016     8:30 a.m. to Noon
This program will include: an introduction to Integrated Treatment for Co-occurring Disorder (COD); Stress-Vulnerability Model of COD; what is recovery, recovery exercise and shared decision making. It will also include screening and assessment, stages of change and goal setting.
Implementing Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment
Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. -- OR -- Friday, May 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to Noon
This presentation will include: Exercises in recovery language, stages of change, goal setting and behavioral experiment as well as family problem-solving and Q & A time.
Adolescent Drug Use and Addiction
Friday, April 22, 2016      9:00 a.m. to Noon
This presentation will focus on the trends of adolescent substance use, providing information about the pressures adolescents face as well as developmental concerns. National trends, the pattern of addiction, as well as commonly used substances will be discussed.
Vicarious Trauma: Understanding and Addressing the Effects of Working with People with Traumatic Backgrounds - CANCELLED
TO BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.
Bearing witness to the traumatic lives of our clients can create cumulative stress in lives of mental health professionals.  In fact, we may feel as though we have been traumatized by the stories of our clients.  Vicarious trauma can have impacts upon a person’s professional and personal life. For persons in the helping professions, it becomes important to understand the signs of vicarious trauma, how to distinguish between vicarious trauma and burnout, and how to cope with the stress of caring for others. This presentation will provide an overview of the definition of vicarious trauma, how to distinguish it from burnout, and what to do about it.
Psychiatric Medication Overview: Working with Adults
Friday, February 19, 2016     9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This presentation will focus on the use of medication in treatment for individuals with mental health needs, covering the more common diagnoses and appropriate medications for each diagnosis, with a focus on new medications. Consideration for adults will be discussed. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for community clinicians will be included in the presentation.
QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention - Question, Persuade & Refer
Sunday, December 6, 2015     6:00 p.m.
In this one-hour training, individuals will learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life.  This event, hosted by First Baptist Church in Harvard, is open to the community for anyone junior high aged and older.
Self-Injury: Simple Answers to Complex Questions
Friday, December 4, 2015     9:00 a.m. - Noon
This presentation will focus on non-suicidal self-injury, covering effective treatment, the difference between suicide and non-suicidal self-injury, resources for schools in working with students that struggle with non-suicidal self-injury, as well as understanding levels of care.
QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention - Question, Persuade & Refer
Tuesday, November 17, 2015     7:00 p.m.
In this one-hour training, individuals will learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life.  This event, hosted by Living Waters Church in Crystal Lake, is open to the community for anyone junior high aged and older.
Using the DSM 5 in Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
Tuesday, November 10, 2015     9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This presentation will focus on the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), released in May 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association.  The new structure of the DSM will be reviewed, as well as new and modified diagnoses that are relevant to children and adolescents.
Mental Health First Aid
Saturday, September 19, 2015     8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This 8-hour training was developed due to the fact that mental health diagnoses - such as depression, anxiety, impulse control and misuse of alcohol and other drugs - are shockingly common in the United States. Participants will learn skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

  

 

 

 

 

 

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