Conference Training Opportunities

10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques

Depression is painful. The symptoms of ruminating thoughts, lethargy, and increasing alienation from others not only create a negative internal and external environment, but actively interfere with carrying out the basic demands of daily life. While depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, there are different causes. Treatment options run the gamut from new technologies that affect brain activity, to stress management, to relieving the impact of childhood trauma, to developing resilience. How does a therapist know where to get started? In this seminar, you will identify four different kinds of depression, learn 10 strategies to jump start therapy, and provide immediate relief of symptoms while setting the stage for longer-term recovery.
When:  March 1, 2017
Where:  Oakton Community College
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2017 Drug Court Practitioner Trainings For Judges

There is no better way to ensure your treatment court is operating at the highest standard than by joining your colleagues for these comprehensive trainings developed by the National Drug Court Institute and the National Judicial College. 
When: March 6-9, 2017
Where:  Reno, Nevada
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Ethics of Caregiving in the Increasingly Complex Healthcare System

Approximately one in three families in the U.S. cares for an aging, disabled or chronically ill family member. The percentage of families caring for a loved one is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade due to many anticipated changes in our healthcare system and federal entitlement programs. The ethics surrounding caregiving challenges some of our deepest beliefs about family, the sanctity of life, dignity of personhood, and death. This workshop takes a close look at some of the most important ethical issues related to caregiving from the perspective of family members and professionals caring for these individuals. Special emphasis will be made to apply the discussion of ethical concerns in the workshop to practical care-giving topics through case studies and personal exploration of participant's values.
When:  March 10, 2017
Where:  Oakton Community College
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Evidence-Based "PATHWAYS" for Human Services

Six (6) certification workshops, Four (4) Days, One (1) Great City.  Bring your team, spread out and build capacity for the work ahead.  Earn up to 26 CE Training Hours.
When:  March 14 - 17, 2017
Where:  Miami, Florida
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Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

Speaker: Hon. Kathryn E. Zenoff, Justice, Second Appellate District of Illinois
Each year, there are an estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses admitted to jails across the nation. That’s equivalent to the populations of Vermont and New Hampshire—combined. Almost three-quarters of these adults also have drug and alcohol use problems. Once incarcerated, individuals with mental illnesses tend to stay longer in jail and upon release are at a higher risk of returning to incarceration than those without these illnesses. Whether you are a state or local policymaker, a criminal justice or behavioral health professional, an individual living with mental illness, or someone who is otherwise committed to reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, you can play a critical role in this initiative.
Continuing Education Units: 1
Provided by the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Psychologist
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, LMFT
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, LCSW / LSW
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, LPC / LCPC
Where: Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc., 706 N. Main, Rockford, IL
When: March 14, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.
To register – walk-ins welcome
Cost: Free

2017 Drug Court Practitioner Trainings For Coordinators

There is no better way to ensure your treatment court is operating at the highest standard than by joining your colleagues for these comprehensive trainings developed by the National Drug Court Institute and the National Judicial College. 
When: March 20-23, 2017
Where:  Reno, Nevada
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Current Trends in Street Drugs: The Synthetic Drug Revolution

Challenging the Chicago heroin epidemic is a wave of designer, synthetic narcotic drugs. With strange chemical names such as "U-4" and "W-18" or a street slang name of "Badger Repellent," these next generation narcotics are up to 10,000 times more
potent than morphine! This one-day seminar updates professionals in the latest street drugs of abuse in Chicago, unique techniques to document drug use when there is a negative urine drug screen, and innovative community responses to this latest drug
When:  March 22, 2017
Where:  Oakton Community College
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Trauma-Informed Responses Train-The-Trainer

This year, the GAINS Center is soliciting applications from experienced trainers (individuals) who are interested in developing their capacity to provide trauma-informed training in their local agencies/communities via the GAINS Center’s How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training program. Selected applicants will to learn to facilitate the training via a centralized Train-The-Trainer (TTT) event and subsequently deliver the training program in their local communities across the country.
When: March 28-29, 2017
Where:  Albany, NY
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Become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year. The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses.
When: April 3rd through April 7th, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday
Where:  McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012
For More Information: Contact Denise Bowman at 815-455-2828.

Evidence Based Strategy & Tactics for Working with Reentering or Justice Involved Citizens

You will be in a position to learn how you can enhance and build upon what you're already doing - not dismantle it! Plan now to join us in New Orleans for;

  • Current and Emerging Correctional Trends
  • The Evidence-based Practitioner Skills
  • Ethical Issues
  • Motivational Interviewing: Core & Advanced Facilitation Skills
  • Use of Motivational Interviewing Facilitation Skills for Services/Treatment Planning
  • Employment Focused Workforce & Career Services
  • Criminal Conduct Interventions
  • Substance Use/Abuse Prevention, Treatment & Management
  • Community Supervision
  • Public Safety Realignment initiative

When:  April 5 - 7, 2017
Where:  New Orleans, LA
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Brain Impairment: Eight Questions Each Clinician Should Know*

Participants are given tactics for screening for language, attention, memory, and cortical functions. Also, an overview is given to help differentiate biologically based presentations of depression, anxiety, and psychosis from their more familiar, psychologically based versions. Many clients present with complex problems. One of the first issues to check is the role of biology and possible brain impairment in their lives. Explore the alerting and presumptive clues that are indicative of organic impairment. A multistage outline and screening interview to rapidly assess whether a medical evaluation is required will be demonstrated and practiced.
When:  April 7, 2017
Where:  Oakton Community College
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National TASC Conference on Drugs, Crime and Reentry

Each year, the National Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) Conference brings people from around the country together to explore the latest advancements and issues in the treatment and recovery of people in the justice system with behavioral health needs. A national membership organization representing TASC programs across the U.S., National TASC’s mission is to offer leadership, advocacy, and policy recommendations for innovative supports to help people in the justice system with behavioral health needs achieve healthy and productive lives.
When:  April 10–12, 2017
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
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Therapeutic Entanglement: The Web of Counter-transference

Because clients often elicit a reaction in the clinician, we as therapists, will not always be in the "neutral zone." Explore the clinical utilization of the phenomenon of counter-transference. While analytic in origin, we will focus on how to integrate counter-transference into the therapy process and discuss how to utilize counter-transference as a therapeutic tool. Discuss and explore ethical implications of counter-transference. Using case studies, discussions, and exercises to increase self-awareness, we will identify how to recognize counter-transference, identify how counter-transference can deepen the therapeutic relationship, and help clients become more comfortable with vulnerability.
When:  April 20, 2017
Where:  Oakton Community College
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Leadership 2.0: A Workshop for Behavioral Health Supervisors and Directors

Drawn from research, historical leaders, practical experience, and Hall-of-Fame coaches including Vince Lombardi and Phil Jackson, this workshop is for behavioral health supervisors who are interested in taking their leadership abilities to the next level. Topics covered include: The ten things that great leaders do; how to evaluate yourself as a leader in the behavioral health field; the role of the leader in building team cohesion during hard times; a seven-step process for hiring the most talented employees; 12 steps for retaining talented employees; and ten strategies for increasing morale within the organization.
When:  April 28, 2017
Where:  Oakton Community College
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Community Supervision Training

This four-day comprehensive training is designed for Community Supervision Officers (to include probation, parole, pre-trial services, and law enforcement personnel).  Since community supervision officers are most often in the field monitoring the status of drug offenders, it is vitally important that they create partnerships within the drug court team and the community.  NDCI uses an expert panel of Probation and Law Enforcement Officers to deliver the best in team approaches and strategies for building community support.
When: May 15-18, 2017
Where: The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada
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Mental Health America 2017 Annual Conference

Join affiliates, advocates, policy makers, healthcare providers, executives, members of the media, artists, and others as we explore the theme, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. There will also be pre-conference sessions on June 13, 2017 for MHA affiliates only.
When:  June 14 – 16, 2017  
Where: Washington, DC  
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NADCP Annual Training Conference

NADCP annually hosts the world's largest conference on treatment courts and criminal justice reform. With over 30 tracks and hundreds of sessions, this conference provides the training you need on critical topics affecting your program. Our conference is more than training sessions. This is our annual opportunity to come together as a community and share ideas, collaborate, rejuvenate and of course...have some fun!
When: July 9-12, 2017
Where: Washington, DC
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Addressing the Challenges of Poverty National Conference 2017

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty brings together all sectors of a community in one venue for networking and learning in order to create healthier, stronger communities, colleges, and schools. This annual event focuses on bringing all parts of a community together to build sustainability in all sectors: schools, criminal justice, higher education, businesses, health care, and more. It is time for us to join forces. Learn how to move your mission forward. Learn from experienced practitioners.
When: Sunday, September 24 – Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Where:  St. Louis, MO
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Travel for FREE to a Mentor Court and Learn From the Best!

Whether you’re starting a new Adult Drug Court or re-tooling an existing program, don’t miss the chance to receive training from some of the best programs in the country. This FREE training opportunity is provided by the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice of Assistance (BJA).  If approved, NDCI will fund a Mentor Court visit for up to three visitors from an applying jurisdiction.

Adult Drug Court Sites
  • Women's Rehabilitation Alternative Probation (WRAP) - Chicago, IL
  • San Diego Superior Court - South County - Chula Vista, CA
  • Savannah-Chatham County Drug Court - Savannah, GA
  • Billings Adult Municipal Treatment Court - Billings, MT
  • St. Charles County Adult Drug Court - St. Charles, MO
  • 39th Judicial District, Stone County Adult Drug Court - Galena, MO
  • Ramsey County Adult Substance Abuse Court - St. Paul, MN
  • Fairbault, Martin & Jackson Counties Adult Substance Abuse Court - Fairmont, MN
  • DeKalb County Drug/DUI Court: CLEAN Program - Sycamore, IL
  • Nez Perce County Drug Court - Lewiston, ID

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