2022 Spring Workshop Series
• There are 8 workshops
• The Spring Workshop Series will be virtual and take place over Zoom
• Each workshop will be 3 CEUs – If you attend all workshops (27 CEUs total)
• Each workshop is on a Saturday from 9am – 12pm (full-day workshop on April 23rd, which is 9am–4pm)
• IDFPR, IL Certification Board, EAP Approved: Counselors, Social Workers, Employee Assistance Counselors, Psychologists, Nurses
|A||March 5th||9am-12pm||Removing the [Dis]grace – Challenging the Stigma of Addiction||Chris Yadron, PhD|
|B||March 12th||9am-12pm||Working with QTBIPOC Youth, Families and their Support Systems||Sherrine Peyton, and Donna Boguslavsky|
|C||March 19th||9am-12pm||The Phoropter Effect: Providing Informed care to Black Clients and Centering their Unique Perspective||Paul Harper, MAM, MSW, LCSW|
|D||March 26th||9am-12pm||Examining Substance Use Disorders & Eating Disorders in LGBTQIA+ Populations||Rachel Goodwin, LCPC, CADC|
|E||April 2nd||9am-12pm||Let’s Talk Gambling & Blockchain/Cryptocurrency/Non-Fungible Token (NFT)||Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP|
|F||April 9th||9am-12pm||Integrating Spirituality and Counseling to Help Clients Change||Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC|
(Full-Day Workshop, 6 CEUs)
|Assaults on the Psyche and Soul: Unpacking Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma While Treating Addictions||Marcia Nickow, Psy.D, CADC, CGP and Joe Whitlock, CADC|
|H||April 30th||9am-12pm||Cultivating the Clinician’s Personal Power||Serena Wadhwa, PhD|
|# of Workshops||General||Student/Senior Discount|
For questions or concerns, please contact:
Lisa Abrams, LCPC, CSADC
Director of Staff Training & Development
312-226-7984 ext. 581
If you are mailing your payment, please make check payable to:
ATTN: Education Department
932 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
Workshop A: Removing the [Dis]grace – Challenging the Stigma of Addiction
Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Presented by Chris Yadron, PhD
Imagine a world in which we all responded to individuals and families suffering from substance use disorder with grace, compassion, and competent care. Societal attitudes and access to treatment have changed a great deal over the past several decades, but not nearly enough to adequately address the current epidemic of substance use. The social stigma of substance use disorder remains and functions as a barrier to outcomes and progress. Using the various formats of lecture content, discussion groups, and illustrative examples, this workshop will help you challenge the impact of negative stigma in both clinical practice and strengthen your commitment as an advocate of social change.
• Increase our understanding of the ways internalized shame and social stigma impact substance use disorder and recovery
• Learn specific strategies to challenge stigma in clinical treatment settings
• Deepen our commitment to advocacy and social change
About the Presenter: Christopher Yadron, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wellbridge Addiction Treatment and Research located in Calverton, NY. Dr. Yadron is a mission-focused executive with over 25 years of nonprofit leadership and behavioral healthcare experience. He has served in numerous capacities throughout his career and brings extensive clinical expertise, robust business acumen, and strong interpersonal effectiveness to his professional roles and commitments. He is skillful at building quality patient services while leveraging philanthropic and research initiatives to advance care and community impact. Prior to his current role with Wellbridge, he was vice president for the west region of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, with oversight for six treatment centers located in Washington, Oregon, and California, and served as the administrator of the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. In this capacity, he also provided executive leadership and support for the national children’s program which has been a forerunner of advocacy, treatment, and education for children of substance use disorder for decades. He holds a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and is also a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor in the State of Illinois. Dr. Yadron often speaks at conferences and workshops on substance use disorder and the family, counselor training and development, organizational leadership, and the stigma of substance use disorder. He is a resolute leader who is passionate about reversing the stigma of substance use disorder and helping individuals, families, and children achieve long-lasting recovery. Originally from Chicago, Christopher now resides with his wife Megan, daughter Ellie, and bulldog Libby in Old Field, NY.
Workshop B: Working with QTBIPOC Youth, their Families and their Support Systems
Saturday, March 12th, 2022
Presented by Sherrine Peyton & Donna Boguslavsky
In this workshop, we will look at the ways in which culture is a strong and valuable protective factor for Queer, Transgender, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QTBIPOC) youth; and with respectful engagement, can bring about healthy long-term outcomes. In this workshop we will examine and challenge how societal factors can shape the way in which professionals and their organizations work with QTBIPOCs.
• Understand the role of culture in supporting mental health.
• Learn three steps professionals can take to better serve QTBIPOC youth and their families.
• Learn five steps organizations can take to meet the needs of the QTBIPOC community.
About the Presenters:
About Sherrine Peyton: Sherrine Peyton (she/her/hers) has a Bachelor of Science and over thirty years of experience in social service, specializing in community organizing and strategic planning for community health. Peyton has worked with youth, families, schools, elected officials, businesses, faith-based organizations, states, tribes and social service agencies to improve the lives of youth and families. Peyton works nationally with community partners to facilitate conversations on diversity, equity, inclusion, and systemic solutions. As the Director of Kenneth Young Center’s Community Collaboration Division, Peyton convenes a coalition to address issues such as LGBTQ+ inclusivity, substance use prevention and recovery, reproductive health, positive youth development, HIV prevention, and housing insecurity. In October 2019, Peyton and her team opened the first LGBTQ+ Center for Youth and Young Adults in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. In 2020, Peyton was given the Cook County “Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines Award” by Cook County’s 15th District’s Commissioner.
About Donna Boguslavsky: Donna Boguslavsky (they/them/elle) has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. Donna B. is a community organizer from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. They have worked in that region as a sex educator, immigrant advocate, and is currently the Manager of the LGBTQ+ Center at Kenneth Young Center.
Workshop C: The Phoropter Effect: Providing Informed care to Black Clients and Centering their Unique Perspective
Saturday, March 19th, 2022
Presented by Paul Harper, MAM, MSW, LCSW
Description: The history of America is rooted in historical events that have negatively impacted the perspective and lives of Black Americans. This presentation will aid participants to identify best practices and center Black clients’ perspectives using an evidence-based approach. Participants will also demonstrate an awareness of intergenerational trauma, substance use, and mental health while serving Black clients and families.
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of theoretical perspectives that align with evidence-based clinical practice for successful client outcomes.
• Discern & apply aspects of theoretical perspectives to support successful outcomes for Black American clients/families in a cross-culturally respectful manner.
• Identify a general understanding of the intersection and impact of intergenerational trauma, substance use and mental health on Black clients.
• Identify one or more key American historical events that have impacted Black American lives.
About the Presenter:
Paul Harper, MAM, MSW, LCSW currently, works as Senior Social Worker at the Hennepin County Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic located in Minneapolis, MN. In this capacity, he uses a client-centered approach supported by the principles of harm reduction to meet the client’s desired goals.
Paul uses his eclectic work and lived experience in the military, law enforcement, education, and as a clinician to inform his practice, interacting and assisting clients. Paul most recently taught at Augsburg College in the MSW program as an adjunct instructor and conducted part-time online training with the Training Institute of People Incorporated in Minnesota.
During his thirty-year military career (United States Marine Corps, Army & Navy), he trained, coached, and mentored diverse groups of people. He has created and presented a variety of training classes on topics ranging from equal opportunity, cultural experiences, safety, and diversity.
As a lifelong learner and licensed independent clinical therapist, Paul leverages his unique lived experiences and perspective through a social justice and relational lens to provide respectful, informative, and engaging conversation. Paul values the utilization of the four learning modalities in his pedagogy to help others learn.
Workshop D: Examining Substance Use Disorders & Eating Disorders in LGBTQIA+ Populations
Saturday, March 26th, 2022
Presented by Rachel Goodwin, LCPC, CADC
Participants will explore the unique life experiences people who identify as LGBTQ+ encounter that can be precursors for Substance Use Disorders. We will also examine the co-occurrence of Substance Use Disorders and Eating Disorders in this population and discuss methods to providing trauma-informed, affirming care to LGBTQ+ clients.
• Explore the unique circumstances members of the LGBTQ+ communities often face which can lead to
• Substance Use Disorders and/or Eating Disorders.
• Examine the co-occurrence of Substance Use and Eating Disorders in LGBTQIA+ populations.
• Discuss ways to provide trauma-informed, affirming care to LGBTQ+ clients
About the Presenter:
Rachel Goodwin is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, originally from Dallas, Texas. She is the Residential Clinical Lead at SunCloud Health’s residential program. She has experience treating mental health, with an emphasis on substance use disorders, eating disorders, and trauma, with both adolescents and adults. Rachel has worked in outpatient settings, Partial Hospitalization, and Residential levels of care.
Rachel received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and is pursuing her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). Rachel understands the world of mental health and substance use disorders both professionally and personally, having found recovery from substance use disorders herself in 2006.
Workshop E: Let’s Talk Gambling & Blockchain/Cryptocurrency/Non-Fungible Token (NFT)
Saturday, April 2nd, 2022
Presented by Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP
Gambling has long been defined as a combination of Something of value, chance, and risk of loss. While these basics remain unchanged, the world around them is quickly moving into the ever-evolving Digital World (i.e., Metaverse). To stay current requires a basic understanding of Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, NFT, and other Digital World realities now impacting the World of Gambling. This presentation will help establish a basic level of knowledge and realities of these new, challenging, and very real dilemmas impacting the World of Gambling.
• Identify, discuss, and confirm some groundwork principles and realities of gambling that involve something of value, chance, and risk of loss.
• Establish a basic understanding of Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, NFT and other Digital World Technology including clinical impacts on mental health.
• Identify, examine, and confirm the growing risks for gambling, gamblers and those whose lives could be negatively impacted by this progressive movement into the Digital World of Gambling.
About the Presenter:
Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin, International Certified Gambling Counselor II, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and a Trainer with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. He has over 35 years of experience as an administrator, clinician, trainer and presenter. Doug has worked with organizations, groups, individuals, and families impacted by Behavioral Health Disorders including Substance Use Disorder, Gambling Disorder and Gaming Disorder. Doug is currently working as an Independent Consultant, EAP Professional, Trainer and Speaker with a specialty in Gambling/Gambling Disorder and Video Gaming Disorder.
Workshop F: Integrating Spirituality and Counseling to Help Clients Change
Saturday, April 9th, 2022
Presented by Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC
Two-thirds of Americans surveyed say they would prefer to work with a therapist who respects their spiritual path and has a spiritual foundation. This skill-building presentation focuses on strategies to integrate spirituality and counseling. A partial list of topics includes The Differences between Religion and Spirituality; religious abuse and religious substance use disorder; Clinical models which integrate the spiritual dimension; Ethics and Spirituality; when spiritual interventions are contraindicated; Conducting a Spiritual Assessment; Issues of culture and Spirituality. Helping clients deal with spiritual bankruptcy; Special emphasis will be placed upon working with clients with histories of trauma, substance use disorders, and mental illness.
• Be aware of the differences between religion and spirituality.
• Be aware of strategies for integrating spirituality into traditional substance use disorders/mental health counseling.
• Be aware of how to conduct a spiritual assessment.
• Be aware of ethical principles that can guide the use of spirituality in counseling.
• Be able to recognize when spiritual interventions are contraindicated.
• Utilize spiritual interventions with clients with mental illness and substance use disorders.
About the Presenter:
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the USA, Europe, Canada, Caribbean, and the British Isles.
Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include: Slipping through The Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients; Multiple Addictions and Disorders: Recovery Management; Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Mark has been a Certified Addiction Counselor for 40 years. He has received numerous awards, including A Lifetime Achievement Award from the IL Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the social work profession and as an alumnus of Loyola University of Chicago.
Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in IL. Previously, he had served as President of the IL Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30-year career as a university educator, having taught at Chicago State University; School of Professional Psychology; and Loyola University of Chicago.
Workshop G: Assaults on the Psyche and Soul: Unpacking Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma While Treating Addictions
Saturday, April 23rd, 2022
Presented by Marcia Nickow, Psy.D, CADC, CGP & Joe Whitlock
Full Day Workshop – 9:00-4:00pm
Description: Those who suffer from substance use disorder and the sequelae of trauma transform by attaching to cultures of recovery. Building on liberation psychology themes, attachment and family systems theories, 12-step concepts and antiracist community organizing principles, this full-day experiential workshop targets healing from substance use disorders, trauma, and historical trauma. Rage, terror, despair, betrayal and devastating intergenerational effects of systemic racism and other collective trauma will be explored in a demo group offering a “liberated zone” for healers to share work and personal experiences. Roots of remarkable triumphs and transcendence will be illuminated. The co-therapists will share how their own ongoing personal recovery from different legacies of historical trauma shapes their work with patients.
• Describe substance use disorder as a dynamic disease with multiple manifestations, such as substance abuse, eating disorders and process addictions (e.g., compulsive gambling, sex, internet, spending, raging, rescuing, etc.)
• Define “cultures of resilience” (Nickow, 2007) and transcendence in the context of substance use disorder recovery concepts, liberation psychology themes, historical and intergenerational trauma and community organizing principles
• Describe how race-based trauma, experiences of oppression and everyday exposure to aggressions rooted in
systemic racism both contribute to substance use disorders and pose barriers to long-term recovery.
• Explain how clinicians’ own personal and family histories and personal labor may inform their work and enhance
treatment engagement and effectiveness
About the Presenters:
About Marcia Nickow: A substance use disorder psychologist and group psychotherapist, Marcia Nickow, Psy.D, CADC, CGP, designed and implemented an intensive, long-term group psychotherapy program in her downtown Chicago private practice at Working Sobriety Addiction and Trauma Recovery Center. Marcia leads 14 long-term process groups weekly — men’s, women’s, multigender, couples, professionals and artists/writers groups. Her clinical interests include intergenerational trauma and substance use disorder, historical trauma, pedagogies of oppression, and anti-racist organizational transformation.
Marcia serves as senior organizational and clinical advisor at SunCloud Health Outpatient Treatment Center. She also conducts clinical staff trainings at Haymarket Center. This past February, she co-led a day-long workshop, “Groups as Cultures of Resilience: A Psychodynamic-oriented Decolonizing Approach to Treating Addictions and Trauma,” and an open session, “A Tale of Two Cities: Pandemic Response Narratives from New York and Chicago,” at the annual conference of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).
With more than 30 years’ experience treating the full spectrum of substance use disorders, eating disorders, and trauma, Marcia has worked in inpatient, outpatient, halfway house, forensic, correctional, hospital, veterans’ hospital, social welfare, school, homeless, and street outreach settings. Her earlier work as a journalist and a community organizer helped inspire her trauma-focused, multigenerational treatment model.
A presenter at conferences nationally and internationally, Marcia has taught substance use disorder, trauma, group psychotherapy, social psychology, diversity studies, and forensic psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Marcia is a co-author of A Group Therapist’s Guide to Process Addictions. She also is co-recipient of the 2015 Alonzo Award for Excellence from AGPA for her contributions to the scientific literature on psychodynamic group psychotherapy.
Marcia is co-chair of the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience Special Interest Group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She formerly served on the boards of the Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations, the Illinois (now Great Lakes) Group Psychotherapy Society, and the Serenity Academy in Chicago.
About Joe Whitlock: Joe Whitlock’s career in the health care field, primarily in substance use disorders and mental health, spans more than 25 years. For the past five years, he has worked as a substance abuse specialist at SunCloud Health Outpatient Treatment Center, running process and psychoeducational groups, and conducting individual therapy. Joe also co-leads couple’s groups at Working Sobriety Addiction and Trauma Recovery Center.
A graduate of National Louis University with a degree in human behavior, Joe has worked at agencies and treatment centers throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, including Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, Southwood Interventions, Alexian Brothers, and Bonaventure House-Amita Health. He has provided training in various aspects of substance use disorders and mental health. This past February, he co-presented a full-day workshop at the annual conference of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.: “Groups as Cultures of Resilience: A Psychodynamic-oriented Decolonizing Approach to Treating Addictions and Trauma,”
Joe’s agency work has focused heavily on substance use disorder treatment and case management services for criminal justice and other marginalized populations. He has engaged the homeless as an outreach worker, counseled clients and runs groups. Joe has also administered social service programs and supervised teams. Joe is dedicated to treating substance use disorders and process addictions, and to helping clients discover life beyond addiction.
Joe is drawn to working with people struggling with substance use disorder from all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds, striving to remove the stigma of SUDs and uplift those devalued by systems. He is committed to transforming institutions to better serve people, families, and communities. The joy and rewards that one gets from helping people, Joe states, “The work I do is not something that can be put in a pocket or a bank account, but something that I hold in my heart.”
Workshop H: Cultivating the Clinician’s Personal Power
Saturday, April 30th, 2022
Presented by Dr. Serena Wadhwa
In this workshop, we’ll focus on how to empower. We will explore definitions of what personal power is, how personal power is lost, and elements of personal power. Empowerment, in some ways, helps one advocate for themselves, reduces stigma, and step into one’s assets. Participants will learn various strategies to help clients cultivate personal power including strategies such as value clarification, developing a mission statement, exploring routines and rituals, and differentiating between active and passive participation. This workshop includes discussions and activities.
• Identify a working definition of personal power
• Identify five aspects of personal power
• Identify two ways to empower the self or another
About the Presenter:
Dr. Wadhwa is a psychotherapist who specializes in substance use disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders. She is a professor and program director of the Addictions Counseling program at an Illinois university. Dr. Wadhwa enjoys a variety of roles as a consultant, creator, presenter, trainer, stress coach, yoga instructor and blogger. She authored two books on stress and books relating to the workplace.
For questions or concerns, please contact:
Lisa Abrams, LCPC, CSADC
Director of Staff Training & Development
312-226-7984 ext. 581