Training & Events

ISCA Training- Strengthening Sisterhood

Friday, December 7, 2018

Strengthening Sisterhood: Empowering Girls to Resist Societal Pressures, Fight
Unrealistic Media Standards, and Develop a Healthy Body Image, Part I
Strengthening Sisterhood: School Counseling Techniques to Help Adolescent Girls Manage Relational Aggression, Part II
 Presenter: Dr. Julia Taylor
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
5 PDs/CEs   
UTI Lisle, 2611 Corporate West Drive Lisle, IL 60532

Hosted by Universal Technical Institute


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9th Annual ABC Conference

You don’t have to be a Therapist to be Therapeutic: Building Resilience in Children, Families, Communities, and Ourselves

Hosted by the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics


Friday, November 16, 2018
Moraine Business and Conference Center
9000 W College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465
Learn more about available sessions, registration, and other information:
Elise Vouyoukas


About the ABC Conferences
The first ABC Conference in 2010 was organized by The University of Chicago, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP), Almost Home Kids and the Illinois LEND (Leadership, Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The original “ABC” (Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs) conference has expanded to address Advocating for children’s health, Behavioral/developmental health, and Complex health needs. This is consistent with the evolution of American Academy of Pediatrics policies and priorities as well as the broader understanding of “special needs” children to include children who have experienced trauma, adversity, and negative social determinants of health. This evolution of understanding also enables ICAAP to provide tools and resources for leveraging the individual and collective power of child-health experts’ voices in public arenas. ABC Conference participants can expect to learn about the broad landscape of services and programs that are available to support children with special needs from birth through childhood, and develop skills to make effective referrals and partner with other agencies and systems.

About the 9th Annual Conference
Children and families from all demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds in Illinois experience trauma, adversity, and chronic stress. Social determinants such as where we live, work, and play, can further exacerbate positive or negative physical, emotional, and behavioral health issues. The critical factor that determines if a child, family, and/or community can manage trauma, adversity, and chronic stress successfully is resilience: the process by which the child, family, and/or community moves through a traumatic/stressful event, utilizing various protective factors for support, and returning to “baseline” in terms of an emotional and physiologic response to the stressor.
Caregivers and those in other support systems – including child-serving professionals – have the unique opportunity to bolster key protective factors for children and families to prevent long-term negative outcomes. Those critical protective factors include: Caregiver Resilience; Social Connections; Concrete Support in Times of Need; Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development and; Social and Emotional Competence of Children.
Protective factors are only one tool used to build resilience. The 9th Annual ABC Conference will deliver additional valuable information about how to build resilience in children, families, communities, and ourselves, and advocate for those we serve.

Continuing Education Available!
Certified Health Education Specialist(CHES) *
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Illinois Dental Hygienist Association (DHA)
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) *
Illinois Early Intervention Program (EI)
Illinois Education Association (IEA)
Gateways to Opportunity
Medical Assistant (AMT)
Registered Nurse Pre-Approved Sponsor (RN)

*Approval Pending


Early bird Physician: $125.00
Available to ICAAP/IAFP members and non-members through October 5, 2018

Allied Health Provider: $80.00
Includes providers requesting the following credit(s): DHA, DDD, EI, RN, as well as NP, PA

Community Service Provider: $55.00
Includes providers requesting the following credit(s): CHES, IEA, Gateways, AMT, as well as any other community service provider, and parents

Medical Residents and (any) Students: $50.00


 Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute 

Psychological Warfare And Attacks On Reality: the Role of the Therapist In the Era of Trump

Wednesday, Sept. 26 | 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Sheila Markin Nielsen, JD, MSW | Moderator: Wendy Selene, LCSW

The disruptive effect Trump’s presidency has on our country, our politics, our legal norms, our patients and our own psyches challenges us as clinicians and as citizens. Faced with information that is often demoralizing, destructive or untethered to reality, clinicians have to consider when to respond in a therapeutic mode and when to respond with direct action. Participants will engage with the presenter to clarify their thoughts, goals and sense of responsibility inside and outside the consulting room and consider the place for empathy and the place for action.

Sheila Markin Nielsen is a social worker and attorney, who practiced as a criminal prosecutor and now has a career-consulting firm. In her political blog, The Markin Report, Nielsen explains the complex Mueller investigation and criminal probes of the current administration. Wendy Selene is Director of Conferences and Continuing Education at the Institute and a faculty member and clinician in private practice.

CE Credits: 1.5 | Fee: $30 (day of: $40) | Register Now

Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31 | 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CNA Center, 151 N. Franklin St
Mark Solms, PhD

Mark Solms, a pioneer in neuropsychoanalysis and a most engaging lecturer, offers a two-day immersion into the cutting-edge field of neuropsychoanalysis, which links, as he puts it, the “science of the mind as an object with those of the mind as a subject.” Topics will include the role of the conscious id and rethinking instinct theory, why people suffer from feelings, the meaning of symptoms, a reconceptualization of repression based on the nature of memory, the tasks of psychoanalytic treatment, and how countertransference, transference interpretations and working through contribute to the therapeutic process. The first day covers the rethinking of theory based on neuroscience findings. The second day will focus on implications for psychotherapy practice.

Mark Solms is a founder of the field of neuropsychoanalysis, which links the clinical findings of psychoanalysis with knowledge generated by neuroscience. He is a member of the British, American and South African Psychoanalytical Associations. His awards and honors include the Sigourney Prize and Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has published over 300 articles and six books. His selected works were published in 2015 as The Feeling Brain

CE Credits: 12.0 | Fee: $300 | pre-registration required

 Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute 

Please save the dates for 2018-19 Psychoanalysis Today workshops:

Working Together for Social Justice
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx | Neal Spira, MD, discussant
Wednesday, October 17

Race & Psychoanalysis
Celia Brickman, PhD, LCPC | Danjuma Gibson, PhD, MDiv
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 

Additional case conferences, seminars and workshops will be posted soon.
The Institute gratefully recognizes Yellowbrick Foundation's sponsorship of the Psychoanalysis Today lecture series
Join Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and Institute for Clinical Social Work at upcoming workshops:

Marcia V. Adler Memorial Lecture: Development and Change
Saturday, September 29 | 9 a.m. to noon
at Institute for Clinical Social Work, 401 S. State St.

A four-year-old, her therapist and a consultant: A conversation about clinical work in memory of Marcia Adler. All proceeds from this lecture will go to ICSW’s Marcia V. Adler Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Presenter Peter Shaft, MSW, LCSW, is an ICSW faculty member and an advanced candidate at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. Discussant Erika Schmidt, MSW, LCSW is president of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, a training and supervising analyst and a longtime ICSW faculty member.

For many years Marcia Adler, Peter Shaft, Erika Schmidt, and Lynn Borenstein met one Sunday a month around Marcia’s kitchen table to talk about psychotherapy with children. They would often present their own work when they had questions or when they felt the process of the treatment represented an important aspect of child work. It is the intention of this program to replicate that experience. This presentation is in memory of her.

co-sponsored by the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute

The Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience & Psychoanalytic Social Work at The Institute for Clinical Social Work Fall 2018 Conference

How Neuroscience Enhances Clinical Practice: A Developmental Perspective
Saturday, October 13 | 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Institute for Clinical Social Work, 401 S. State St.

This conference addresses issues related to the application of current knowledge about brain development and brain functions in the clinical setting. The aim is to enhance clinicians’ effectiveness by enlarging their understanding of patients’ psychodynamics and increasing the repertoire of interventions available to them.

Keynotes “‘My Brain Told Me to Do It:’ A Clinician Considers Neuroscience in the Consulting Room” by Schmidt and “Efficacy: Pursuing the Holy Grail of Psychological Treatments” by Gieseke will be followed by five afternoon breakout sessions, each of which will be offered twice to permit those attending the conference to participate in two different sessions.

 CE Credits: 6

Fee: $90 includes continental breakfast and lunch

Exploring Psychoanalysis fellows program deadline August 1

Application deadline is coming up for Exploring Psychoanalysis, which you may know better as the former Psychoanalysis Fellowship, at the Institute.

This program is offered at no cost to participants! New this year, we also now offer CEUs to program participants. There is no application form, details on how to apply are in the attached flyer or online at

The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy:

Housing Justice for Health Equity

Monday, August 27. 2018
Registration: 8:30–9:00am  • Event: 9:00am – 12:00pm
33 North LaSalle, The Vault Conference Room (lower level)
Registration: Sliding scale ($15 recommended)

Click to Register
In public health, housing is widely considered a social determinant of health. Safe, affordable, accessible, and healthy housing has grown as an area of interest for both the field of public health and the healthcare sector, aligning with housing advocates’ long-term work on this front.

Recognizing the inextricable link between housing and health, some health sector initiatives—like hospitals investing in supportive housing for selections of patients—have recently begun to address housing needs for some individuals, buoyed by the Affordable Care Act’s focus on population health as part of the Triple Aim. The health sector as a whole should build on these efforts by utilizing its power and influence to support policies to intervene on structural determinants of health inequities related to housing.
  • How do structural inequities stratify access to high-quality, safe, accessible, affordable housing in Chicago?
  • What are some policy solutions to these inequities?
  • What is the City’s five-year housing plan and how can it help support healthy communities?
These and other questions will be explored at this forum.

Health & Medicine is a part of the Chicago Housing Justice League (CHJL), a coalition of 37 organizations focused on advancing a set of principles for Chicago’s next five-year housing plan. The Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing is co-sponsoring this forum with Health & Medicine.

Together, we invite you to join us for this opportunity to hear from Chicago officials leading the planning process, learn about the principles of the CHJL, hear from advocates about in-progress development of the five-year housing plan, and to discuss how the health sector can be a stronger force for influencing equitable housing policies in Chicago.
Thank you to our co-sponsors the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
Additional event details:
  • Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is committed to making policy conversations equitable and inclusive. Our sliding scale fee for forum registrations is one reflection of this commitment, as we do not want costs to hinder anyone from joining these discussions. Please select the registration amount that aligns with your or your organization’s means. Registration fees are used to help cover the costs of hosting Health & Medicine forums.
  • Contact Health & Medicine at 312-372-4292 or with any requests for sign language interpretation, accessibility concerns, and any other questions regarding this forum.
  • Click here for additional event details.

Global Alliance for Africa: Therapeutic Arts Program Trainings 2019 Tanzania

Since 2007, Global Alliance for Africa, in collaboration with East African artists and counselors, has implemented paraprofessional creative arts therapies and counseling training programs for people who work with vulnerable children and communities. We are looking for experienced creative arts therapists and counselors to assist in this training project. Students and new professionals may also apply.
One partial scholarship will be awarded. Deadline for applications is June 1.   
  • Location: Coastal town of Bagamoyo, Tanzania and surrounding area
  • Dates: Jan 19- Feb 2 (with optional Safari Feb 2-4)
  • Applications due June 1
  • Fees: $4800 includes R/T airfare, accommodations, meals and travel within Africa (Additional $850 for optional safari) (Trip fees may be increased if application is made past the June 1 due date.)
For more information or for a trip or scholarship application, please contact:
  • Cathy Moon, Professor & Art Therapy Department Chair, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
  • Tally Tripp, Assistant Professor and Clinic Director, The George Washington University Art Therapy Program,

Music and Munch 2018 Benefit Event

10th annual event * 10 hours of live music!
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Benefit for the Therapeutic Arts Program, Global Alliance for Africa
$15 minimum donation * Children under 12 free
Families welcome! Childcare available
Soko Rafiki fair trade items from East Africa for sale.
A portion of all sales goes to GAA.
Featured musicians: Paolo Apuli, Lee Baker, Chris Belkofer, Kenny Bellinder, Scott Boetcher, Tony Bradley, John Crandell, Mary Honegger & Jim Cubit, Robinlee Garber, Scott Helmke, Hicktafiers (Jim Egan, Mike Egan, John Blevins), Chuck Jennings, Jeff Justman, Waly Lowry, Bruce Moon, Moonshiner, Morman Family Band, Joe Rossi & The Ticking Time Bomb, Dennis O'Conner, John Schelthoff, Tank and the Beez (Brian & Beth Blankenship), Mark Wilson, and more!
What to bring: Contribution to potluck, beverages, folding chair (optional)
Hosted by: Cathy & Bruce Moon * 305 Dunbar Road, Mundelein, IL
847-987-6928 (Cathy) 847-987-6938 (Bruce)
About Global Alliance for Africa
Global Alliance for Africa develops innovative programs that address locally identified needs for vulnerable children in East Africa.
About the Therapeutic Arts Program
The mission of the Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP) is to provide safe space where children and youth can freely express themselves through art, be unburdened of whatever troubles them, learn from each other, and experience a sense of belonging. This is accomplished through yearly paraprofessional therapeutic arts training programs for adult leaders in Kenya and Tanzania. It is co-facilitated by the East African TAP leadership team along with music, dance, drama and visual arts therapists from the U.S. and other countries.
Cathy Moon, an art therapist and one of the hosts for this event, has been working in East Africa with GAA since 2007. She travels each year with a group of creative arts therapists to Tanzania and/or Kenya to collaborate with East African artists and counselors in providing paraprofessional therapeutic arts training programs.

Professional Art Therapy Group 

410 S. Michigan Dr, Ste 818., Chicago IL 60605 #872-870-1006

Offering a group for helping professionals who specialize in trauma informed care.
The Sunday Download Group for trauma related professionals will be accepting new referrals for the Spring 2018 cohort.

This is an art therapy group for professionals in trauma related fields who may be experiencing symptoms of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue as well as institutional betrayal. Some of the anticipated outcomes of the group are improved work-life balance, less Sunday afternoon dread, decreased feelings of burnout, refreshed ideas about your work, new ways to approach your profession overall. The group is open and main themes will be led by the range of professions and symptoms each group present with.

The group will meet weekly on Sunday’s 3-4:30 pm, beginning Sunday May 13th in the Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Ave, Ste 818., Chicago, IL 60605.

The group is private pay $40 per session, pre-registration and payment is due each Friday by 7pm (to ensure a brief group evaluation can be conducted). The group will run with three pre-registered participants and will be maxed at six participants weekly for safety and confidentiality.

Some things to consider for group participation:
• Participants should be in the helping professions with primary role working with those who have experienced trauma.
  • Members may be experiencing burnout and compassion fatigue.
  • Individuals who are experiencing institutional betrayal would benefit from this group.
  • Willingness to disclose some personal information will be necessary.
  • No art experience necessary.
• Consistent attendance will improve outcomes for participants.

If you have a client you would like to refer to the group, please contact Thrive Art Therapy, LLC ( or # 872-870-1006) We are accepting referrals on an ongoing basis, as this is an open group. Please also feel free to forward this email to other providers who may know individuals that could benefit from a psychotherapy group for helping professionals.

Thank you in advance for any referrals. Please contact us with any questions about the group.

Sincerely, Kristen and Rachael of Thrive Art Therapy, LLC

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

Negotiating the Legal and Ethical Landscape of Schools Workshop 

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. 

Rape Trauma Training

Creative Arts Therapies Conference 
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

Ongoing Support Workshops 

Shame and the Traumatic Impact of Self-Deficits

The Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience & Psychoanalytic Social Work at the Institute for Clinical Social Work announces
The Fall Conference:
Shame and the Traumatic Impact of Self-Deficits
Featuring: Joseph Palombo
Author of: Learning disorders and disorders of the self in children and adolescents; Nonverbal learning disabilities: A clinical perspective; Neuropsychodynamic treatment of self-deficits: Searching for complementarityand co-authored with Bendicsen and KochGuide to Psychoanalytic Developmental Theories
This conference will address the problems that confront patients with neuropsychological impairments, such as ADHD, dyslexia, executive function disorder, and other brain-based disorders. Some can often feel intense shame and humiliation. At times, the impact of these self-deficits can be traumatic and lead to dissociative responses. The presenter will explore the defenses that they develop that often lead to dysfunctional feelings, thoughts and behaviors. For therapists, the challenge is to find ways of responding to such patients and to help them deal with their issues at the level of multiple domains of self-experience.
In the afternoon:
Clinical Applications: Jannira Roman case presentation
Discussants: Virginia Barry and Josh Kellman

When & Where

Saturday, November 11, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm
At: East Bank Club
500 N Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $90.00, includes 6 CEU’s, continental breakfast, lunch, and a complimentary copy of Palombo’s new book.
The Mission of the Center is to maximize the effectiveness of mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults through the integration of neuroscience and psychoanalytic social work by offering educational opportunities to professionals and the lay public.
Founded in 1981 by leading clinicians, the Institute for Clinical Social Work’s accredited degree programs combine academic rigor and clinical training rooted in psychodynamic principles. Ready to advance your clinical expertise? Learn more about the Institute’s Master’s in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy, PhD in Clinical Social Work, and Continuing Education programs at

October Classes at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

The South Side

Natalie Moore, MSJ | Denia Barrett, LCSW

Wednesday, October 47 to 8:30 p.m.

Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio South Side reporter and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, and Denia Barrett, director of the Institute's Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, will engage in a conversation about the impact of systemic racism on residents of the South Side and what clinicians can do about it. 

Moore's book examines the ways segregation seeps into our consciousness and realms of our lives: food deserts, black politics, and violence. Barrett will facilitate the conversation, drawing on her experience with the Institute's Schools Initiatives, which provide individual and group psychotherapy at elementary schools in Englewood, South Shore, and other communities. A book signing for The South Side will follow.

CE Credits: 1.5 | Fee: $30 (day-of: $40)

A Roadmap for Couple Therapy
Arthur Nielsen, MD
Saturday, October 141 to 4 p.m.

A Roadmap for Couple Therapy:
Integrating Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Behavioral Approaches
 presents Arthur Nielsen's integrative approach to couple therapy. 

Using case histories and videos of sessions, Dr. Nielsen will describe the research-tested interventions used by the three main approaches to couple therapy (systemic, psychodynamic, and behavioral/educational) and show how to sequence and integrate them, depending on the problems that couples present.

Arthur Nielsen serves on the faculty of the Institute and as clinical associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

CE Credits: 3.0 | Fee: $60 (day-of: $70) 

Complex Mourning in Untimely Loss of a Sibling in Childhood

Sharon Williams, LCSW

Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. to noon

The loss of a sibling evokes powerful complicated feelings in a child and can affect development and functioning across the life cycle. The child may experience survivor guilt, and family relationships as well as the child's role in the family may change. The developmental age of the child, as well as the nature of the loss, influence the response to the loss. This workshop will provide an overview of the impact of sibling loss, illustrated with case vignettes.

Sharon Williams has been a therapist with Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center and site coordinator at the center's Little Company of Mary Hospital branch in Evergreen Park for 16 years.
CE Credits: 3.0 | Fee: $60 (day-of: $70)
Note: CME credits unavailable

Click here for more information for the events! 

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure 

The Tao of Art Workshop

This Thursday!
March 14th, 7-8:30pm

Purple Cloud Center for Eastern Medicine is proud to announce a unique workshop entitled “The Tao of Art,” featuring art therapist (and SAIC faculty member/alum) Katharine Houpt and licensed acupuncturist and meditation teacher Lorel “Sonny” Zaide. In this class we will be marrying the therapy of creating visual art (drawings/paintings) with the Taoist philosophy of “Wu-Wei,” or effortless action. Meaning, you’ll learn how to peacefully create beautiful drawings that are reflective of your inner brilliance without getting in your own way.

Please click here for more information or to register.

Click here to read Katharine's musings about how the workshop came to be.

Art Therapy Workshop with Barbara Fish  Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640

Art Therapy Workshop: Exploring Relationships Through Image Making
This workshop offers an opportunity to look at relationships in a new way. Images, like dreams, can bring new insights. Join Barbara Fish, author of Art-Based Supervision, introduces the way therapists use imagery to deepen their understanding of their relationships with their clients.

Participants will then be able to make images that visually explore a relationship of their choice. Those who haven't made art since they were children, as well as more skilled artists, can explore ideas and be surprised by their own creative expressions. There is no right or wrong way to make art. As in art therapy, artwork will not be interpreted, as each person is the authority of his or her own image. Drawing materials will be provided. 

Barbara Fish is an artist, art therapist, educator, and supervisor. She is on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a past president of the Illinois Art Therapy Association. 

The cost of this workshop is $10, payable by cash or check at the event. Click here for more information and registration details.

Spring Symposium: Mount Mary University 

School Shootings: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

Please click here for more information and to register. 

Barbara Fish: Workshop 

Please click here to register! 

Upcoming Workshop at Create Space 

CREATE SPACE at Live Oak, Inc.

Reducing Stress Through Art

Create Space will be hosting a one time workshop geared toward adults who are interested in learning creative stress reduction techniques and being part of a supportive community during the art-making process.

Time will be structured to allow for a check-in, demonstration of techniques, art making, journaling, and check-out. No art making or writing experience is needed, just an openness to discovery. 

Date: Saturday, November 12 
Time: 12 - 2 p.m.
Place: 1300 W Belmont, Lower Level 
Price: $30 (includes materials fee)

Workshop will be facilitated by Kristina Vogt, ATR, LCPC and Elizabeth Lease, BA (art therapy intern)

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Kristina Vogt, ATR, LCPC at (773)880-1310x7629 or

Starting, Maintaining, and Expanding a Successful Private Practice: Surviving or Thriving?   

6 CEs/CEUs/PDs 

The landscape of private practice for mental health professionals is ever changing.  The thriving practice must adapt, change, and continue to redefine its relevance to clients and referral sources. For the mental health professional just starting, to the large group practice, thriving practices take risks and differentiate themselves from the competition.

This practical, nuts and bolts seminar will present tried and true practice building strategies to begin a practice from the ground up and to expand an existing practice to the next level.

9 AM - 4 PM
Loyola University - Chicago
9 AM - 4 PM
Loyola University - Chicago
Fri- Sat, March 3-4, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM
NIU - Naperville
9 AM - 4 PM
Crowne Plaza- Northbrook
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM
Doubletree - Skokie

For more details click here

36th Annual Illinois Art Therapy Conference
Intersecting Art Therapy ​and Social Justice

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 

This year's conference seeks to strengthen the role of art therapist in promoting social change, and to deepen our commitment to practices that aim to achieve social justice. We are presenting a call to action to acknowledge our responsibility to our community and to educate ourselves about prevalent issues of individual, collective, and institutional oppression, injustice, and violence. We aim within this conference to promote an open dialogue in order to dissect these processes, define the role that we as art therapists can play, and learn how to better serve as allies and direct collaborators for transformative social change.
CEUs will be sponsored by The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and will be free of charge. Please bring your license number (IL state license and/or ATR-BC number); it will be needed for certificate completion.
Click here to register!

Therapy Center of Philadelphia: Meeting at the Body

The Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia's three-year, experiential program is one
weekend per month from September through early May, easily done while working.  
  • Build strong clinical community
  • Take your skills to a more creative, risk taking, and deeper level,
  • Integrate yourself with your clinical work and your politics,
  • Learn so much about yourself in the process!

Counterbalance VII: An evening of integrated dance at Victory Gardens

Access Living, Bodies of Work and Momenta Dance Company present:

Counter Balance, an evening of Physically Integrated Dance
Saturday, May 21 at 2pm and 7pm
Victory Gardens Theatre,
2433 North Lincoln Ave.,
Chicago, IL , 60614

Featuring Works by:
 Anita Fillmore Kenney, Ginger Lane, Laurel Lawson, James Morrow, Sarah Najera, Douglas Scott (Full Radius), and Alice Sheppard

With Performances by:
Nura Aly, nili R. Broyer, Gia Falzone, Lisa Green, Stephanie Kanter, Ginger Lane, Kris Lenzo, Linda Mastandrea, Sarah Najera
And Guest Performances by:
James Falzone, Laurel Lawson and Alice Sheppard

Matinee: Adults $15 / Students and People with disabilities $10 / Kids 10 and under are $5 Evening: Adults $20 / Students and people with disabilities $12 / Kids 10 and under are $5

For groups of 10 or more - $10 per member of group



Nandito Na Ako: I'm Here, Now

Join the curators and artists of "Nandito Na Ako: I'm Here, Now" in collaboration with the Asian & Asian American Students at SAIC (AAASS), for a panel discussion including several Chicago Filipinx-American artists inside and outside of SAIC. Through dialogue and art, we will dissect the complexities inherent to being Filipinx-/American in an attempt to better understand the fluidity of our identity and how one navigates their identity as Filipinx-/American artists and designers.

The panel will feature MAAT alumna April Knighton, Mental Health Promotion Specialist & Art Therapist at the SAIC Wellness Center.

More info about the exhibition:

Panel Info:
Thursday, May 19 at 6 PM
Leroy Neiman Center, 1st Floor


1st PLACE :: $2,000 cash award plus...
• Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens ($999)*

2nd PLACE ::  $1,500 cash award plus...
• Sigma 24mm 1.4 DG HSM | ART lens ($849)*

3rd PLACE ::  $1,000 cash award

4th PLACE AWARDS (x5) ::  Five $125 awards

All Honorable Mentions will be listed in the November 2016 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine and will receive a certificate of outstanding merit.
* Lens award for US residents only. First and Second Place winners in all other countries will receive additional award of $500 in lieu of lens.

For more information, click here.

Alzheimer's documentary screens in Chicago, Loyola Museum of Art, March/April 2016

To coincide with the exhibit William Utermohlen: A Persistence of Memory, the Loyola University Museum of Art is screening “I Remember Better When I Paint” Saturdays at 1pm in March and April 2016.

The Saturday, April 9, 2016 screening follows with a discussion featuring co-director/co-producer of the film Berna Huebner. She is the founding director of the Hilgos Foundation that supports and encourages ongoing creativity for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Screenings: Saturdays at 1pm in March and April 2016. Discussion with the filmmaker following the screening on April 9, 2016.
Time: 1pm
Where: Loyola University Museum of Art,820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Entry: Free with museum admission

I Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer’s. A film by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation.

Master Supervision Workshop

Supervising Trauma Counselors: Developmental & Relational Needs of New Clinicians
Led by Ann Friesema, MA, LCPC, ACS

6 CEUs will be available! (LPC/LCPC/LSW/LCSW)

Saturday, February 27, 2016
9:00am - 4:00pm with 1-hour lunch
3640 W. Fillmore St.
Chicago, IL 60624

Participants will receive training on strategies for assessment of developmental needs, strategies for creating positive working alliances, methods for addressing symptoms of vicarious trauma in supervision.

To register, click here.

The Resilience Project

The Resilience Project aims to explore how we as humans deal with trauma, using storytelling and performance as a way of finding universality and strength in the face of adversity.

Structured as a residency, in The Resilience Project, Joe Goode Performance Group works with a marginalized population in the community to create a performance piece based on their real-life experiences. This residency programming consists of interviews and conversations with the selected community members. The communities the company has engaged with thus far have been combat veterans and the elderly. In the Chicago project, the focus will be on combat veterans. Their personal feelings, insights and unique stories of vulnerability and resilience will be woven into a performance piece and shared with the larger community.

For more information & dates of the workshops, click here.

Creative Arts Conference in Evanston

Research opportunity!

Northwestern University Researcher Interested in Interviewing  Art Therapists Who Work with Older Adults ($35 payment for interview)

We are recruiting clinically trained art therapists who currently practice art therapy with older adults to participate in an interview. The interview will be held in-person or via video chat (i.e. Skype) and will last for about one hour.
You will be asked to discuss current strategies and challenges of helping older adults share artwork created in art therapy sessions, and the possible benefits of sharing the artwork. You also will be asked to evaluate prototype ideas for new technologies that could help you better support the older adult in sharing artwork. All of your answers will be made anonymous. You do not have to answer questions that you do not want to. You can stop the interview at any time.
All participants will be audio- and video-taped for this interview. This is so that we can remember what you say and accurately understand your feedback on the prototypes. 
You will receive $35 for your time.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please let me know, and I will follow-up with you shortly.
We appreciate your interest in our research.

Amanda Lazar

Name of principal investigator:         
Anne Marie Piper
Department of Communication Studies
School of Communication
Northwestern University

Beauty in Exile: A Lecture and Discussion with Riva Lehrer featuring clips from the film "Self-Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer

Friday, February 9th, 2:00-4:00pm at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL, 60607
This program is part of EXPOSURE: A Series of New Developments in Disability Arts & Culture

We live in a world utterly obsessed with physical beauty, yet disability seems to exempt one from being seen as beautiful. This talk is in part a memoir of sexual identity, and in part an examination of the societal wall that separates the disabled from inclusion in corporeal delight. Images will be shown from the history of Lehrer's art, which strives to uncover the glamor inherent in non-normative bodies.

Gallery 400 is located at 400 South Peoria. The Lecture Room is across the hall from the Gallery space.

This series is free and open to the public.

ASL interpretation, real-time captioning, audio description and personal assistants will be provided.
This is a wheelchair accessible space.
Please refrain from wearing scented products.

Presented by Bodies of Work, 3Arts, UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development, and the Disability Resource Center at UIC, EXPOSURE considers ongoing projects and works-in-progress of the 2015 - 2016 3Arts University of Illinois at Chicago Fellows. Featuring the work of Riva Lehrer, Arlene Malinowski, and Barak adé Soleil, this new series offers insight into the practices of artists exploring the intersectionality between disability, art, and culture. Through this series of programs, EXPOSURE intends to continue the dialogue around issues of disability aesthetics in cross-media artistic modes of production and the cultural space, which the 3Arts Fellows occupy.

This series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to 3Arts. Bodies of Work and UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development are proud to partner with 3Arts to present these unprecedented fellowships and public programs in support of disability culture.