Monday, February 19, 2018

Redesigning the System: How Artists, Policymakers, and Practitioners Are Shaping Criminal Justice Reform

On April 4, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Illinois Humanities will present a panel discussion exploring the role of art and design in humanizing mass incarceration, strategies for reducing the number of Americans caught up in the criminal justice system, and the possibilities and restrictions of reform.

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Over the past 30 years, America’s prison population has boomed, with the United States now housing five percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners—one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. There is no doubt this comes at a high cost to taxpayers, those incarcerated and their families, and society as a whole. Artists, policymakers, and practitioners have sought to redesign the complex systems and structures that comprise our criminal justice system and fix America’s problem of over incarcerating its residents.
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Moderated by
Carroll Bogert
President, The Marshall Project

Honorable Ruben Castillo
Chief Judge, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Kim Foxx
Cook County State’s Attorney

Jeff Korzenik
Chief Investment Strategist, Fifth Third Bank

Toni Preckwinkle
Cook County Board President

Sarah Ross
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Redesigning the System:
How Artists, Policymakers, and Practitioners Are Shaping Criminal Justice Reform

Wednesday, April 4, 6:00–7:15 p.m.
Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Reserve Your Seat Today

This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited.

Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should visit

IMHCA Annual Conference

Expand your knowledge as a counselor, gain up to 18 CEs, and make new and old networking connections.
Friday - April 6, 2018
9 AM - 4 PM  6 CEs
A Developmental Perspective on Trauma
James Garbarino, PhD

Saturday - April 7, 2018

9 AM - 12 PM 3 CEs
Choice of the following 2 workshops:
The Road to Compliance:  HIPAA Compliance for Mental Health Counselors
Lorna L. Hecker, PhD, LMFT, CHPS
The Importance of Obtaining Initial Legal Advice when Family Issues Are Developing
Gwendolyn J. Sterk
1 PM - 4 PM 3 CEs
Choice of the following 2 workshops:
Counseling the LGBTQ Client
Toni R. Tollerud, PhD, LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS
Exploring the Commonality and Complimentary Elements and Integrative Use of CBT, DBT, and ACT Therapy Skills  
Linda M. Sutton, MA

Sunday - April 8, 2018

9 AM - 12 PM 3 CEs
Choice of the following 2 workshops:
Insurance Credentialing and Billing Workshop
Danielle Kepler, LCPC
Risk Management for Today's Mental Health Professional
Kenneth Kessler, PhD
1 PM - 4 PM 3 CEs
Choice of the following 2 workshops:
Opioid Recovery and Dual Diagnosis
Patricia Miller, LMHC
Didactic Concepts & Best Practices in Holistic Therapeutic Approaches to reduce Trauma & Psychological Distress and Renew Emotional Health & Purposeful Living 
Camille R. Quinn, PhD, AM, LCSW
Register today online or call IMHCA at (815) 787-0515

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Negotiating the Legal and Ethical Landscape of Schools

The school environment poses competing interests between a student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents as established by the U.S. Supreme Court to be the guiding voice in their children lives in value-laden issues. Participants will develop an ethical decision making framework for analyzing and resolving ethical and legal issues through the application of ASCA ethical codes, case and statutory law, school board rules, and community standards.

Through discussion of 40 case studies, participants will be given the opportunity to increase their understanding of the complexities of respecting a minor’s right to confidentiality, to develop a sensitivity to the need to consider their actions in context of each situation
 for each individual student, and to understand the rights of parents.

Topics of discussion will include areas such as confidentiality and duty to warn, minors’ rights
 to privacy, counselors’ responsibilities toward suicidal children, civil and criminal liability, sexually active minors, birth control, abortion counseling, defamation, child abuse, case notes and educational records, malpractice in academic advising, sexual harassment, and personal conduct.

Please click here for more information and to register. 


Lisa Fittko Internship Applications Due Feb 28
Do you know a young person (18-30) who is passionate about social change and progressive politics? Invite them to apply for the Lisa Fittko Internship at Crossroads Fund. For ten years, the Lisa Fittko internship has engaged young leaders in social justice work through a paid six-month project.
A young person between the ages of 18 – 30; excellent writing and communication skills; experience with digital photography; video or audio production experience; comfortable with basic programming and website maintenance; ability to work independently; able to commit to the internship's full duration; a sense of humor. Commitment to social change and progressive politics, and to the overall mission of Crossroads Fund is essential.
The commitment of the Lisa Fittko Intern is 20 hours/week, for six months from the date of hire. Compensation is $14/hour.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter by Wednesday, February 28, 2018, to:
Emmanuel Garcia, Development and Communications Manager, Crossroads Fund, 3411 W Diversey #20, Chicago, IL 60647
Visit our website to learn more about the Lisa Fittko program.
Funding Opportunities at Crossroads Fund
Seed Fund - Deadline: February 15, 2018
The Seed Fund supports new, emerging, and small community-based organizations that are actively engaged in social change work. Funding is provided for general operating, start-up costs, or projected expenses. The online application is now available. See criteria and more info on how to apply here.
Technical Assistance Fund - Deadline: February 15, 2018
The Technical Assistance Fund supports specific technical assistance needs of smaller organizations. This grant program focuses on projects that reach beyond a group's regular, ongoing work to build the organization's internal capacity. See criteria and more info on how to apply here.
Funding Opportunities and Call for Proposals 
Queertopia 2018 Call for Proposals Due: March 1
On April 21, the Northwestern University Queer Pride Graduate Student Association will host its 11th annual Queertopia Conference. Queertopia is an opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, activists, organizers, and community practitioners to build intellectual community as they pose questions related to gender and sexuality. An abstract is due by March 1. Learn more here

Rape Trauma Training at RVA

Exploring Creativity, Connection and Health

Exploring Creativity, Connection and Health

Exploring Creativity, Connection and Health is presented by SAIC Wellness Center and SAIC Art Therapy Department.  Jeremy Noble, MD, Founder of the Foundation for Art and Healing, will give an expert external perspective on the burden of loneliness and isolation as a personal and public health problem and a description of creative arts based approaches to addressing the challenge.

Date and Time

Monday, February 26 at 4:15 PM CST to Monday, February 26 at 6:00 PM CST


The LeRoy Neiman Center
Sharp Building

In ​the Spaces: A Theatrical Narrative of Disability at SAIC

In ​the Spaces: A Theatrical Narrative of Disability at SAIC is a theatrical production resulting from a partnership between SAIC's ​Alliance for Students with Disabilities, Wellness Center,​ and Erasing the Distance (ETD), a documentary theatre company based in Chicago that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing​.​ Through this partnership, ETD extended their conversations into the world of disability for the purpose of exploring the unique stigmas, challenges and opportunities that exist within the lives of students with disabilities.
​This fall, SAIC students with disabilities offered their unique stories to ETD story collectors. These stories were transcribed word-for-word and then shaped into theatrical material to be performed by professional actors, In the Spaces: A Theatrical Narrative of Disability at SAIC is the final result.

Date and Time

Friday, February 23 at 4:30 PM CST to Friday, February 23 at 7:00 PM CST


MacLean Ballroom
112 S Michigan Ave

The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Open House

The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis invites you to join to hear from faculty and current students about the various Institute education programs.
6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 21
Program directors and current students will share how you can benefit from advanced training opportunities in our programs, including: 
  • Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought
  • Psychoanalytic Education Program
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
    • Adult Psychotherapy Program 
    • Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Program
  • Open Classes (formerly Students at Large)
  • Psychoanalysis for Scholars
  • Exploring Psychoanalysis (formerly Psychoanalysis Fellowship)
  • Psychotherapy Clinic Fellowship
A light supper will be served. Students outside Illinois are welcome at the open house; we will follow up with a video-conference link once they register.

Please contact Alison Chandler with questions. 

Creative Arts Therapy Conference at Marylhurst University

Registration is open for our first bi-annual creative arts therapy conference at Marylhurst University on April 20-22nd.  Early bird registration ends February 28th!

This conference is a collaboration between the Portland Creative Arts Therapies Association, Returning Veterans and Marylhurst University! The conference theme this year addresses cultivating community by connecting human experiences within diverse populations. This includes solidarity across cultural and religious backgrounds, social justice, advocacy, intersectionality, integrating creative approaches and best practices.

The 3-day conference includes paper presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and a half-day advanced practice courses. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to obtain 19 CEUs within multiple disciplines represented, including but not limited to: art therapy, counseling, dance movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, and mental health counseling. 

To register click here

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