Spring Workshops

2024 Spring Workshop Series

Join us for our 2024 Spring Workshop Series! All workshops take place virtually over Zoom.

IDFPR, IL Certification Board & EAP Approved:
Counselors, Social Workers, CADC, Employee Assistance Counselors, Psychologists, Nurses

NOTE: These workshops are 3 CEUs eachEarn up to 15 CEUS.

Workshop Schedule- 2024 Lineup

AApril 13, 20249AM – 12:15PMIntersectionality of Trauma, Substance Use, and the Criminal Justice SystemLashonda Cameron, LCSW, CADC, CODP1, CCJP, PCGC
BApril 20, 20249AM – 12:15PMAttending to Religion and Spirituality as a Part of Culturally Responsive CareGabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC
CApril 27, 20249AM – 12:15PMKetamine-Assisted PsychotherapyLaura Haberer, LCSW, Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapist, KAP
DMay 4, 20249AM – 12:15PMCANCELLED: I’m Not OK & That’s Okay: Mental Health Microskills to Deal with Life’s Inevitable StrugglesSteff Du Bois, PhD
EMay 11, 20249AM – 12:15PMTailoring Treatment: Addressing the Needs of 18 to 25 Year Olds with Substance Use Disorders and Mental IllnessMark Sanders, LCSW, CADC


# of Workshops   General                 Student/Senior Discount

Registration & Contact

For questions or concerns, please contact:

Ryan Patterson, Project Specialist at rpatterson@hcenter.org or (312) 226-7984 Ext. 594
Lisa Abrams, LCPC, CSADC, Director of Staff Training & Development at labrams@hcenter.org or (312) 226-7984 Ext. 581

If you are mailing your payment, please make check payable to:

Haymarket Center
ATTN: Education Department
932 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607

Workshop Details

WORKSHOP A: Intersectionality of Trauma, Substance Use, and the Criminal Justice System
Saturday, April 13, 2024
9:00AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs
Presented by Lashonda Cameron, LCSW, CADC, CODP1, CCJP, PCGC

In this workshop, participants will learn the connection between trauma, substance use, and the criminal justice system,  including risky behavior.   We will explore the unique considerations/realities of how individuals’ trauma and substance use can result in entering the criminal justice system, and how trauma informed care and approaches can assist individuals in the criminal justice system.  We will practice how to have conversations around trauma and substance use disorder work through case studies and role plays. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe/define trauma and how it relates to substance use disorder and the criminal justice system;
  • Explore the connection between unique pressures of trauma and substance use disorder; 
  • Understand the rationale of individuals’ choices/behaviors that are “trauma” based and how that specifically affects the consequences of entering the criminal justice system;   
  • Identify strategies to manage traumatic events while in the criminal justice system

About the Speaker: 

Lashonda Cameron is a Clinical Program Director with over a decade of successful experience in administration, substance use and mood disorders, and corrections. Lashonda spent 7 years as an Assistant Warden of Programs for the Illinois Department of Corrections at Vandalia and Dixon Correctional Centers as well as the Joliet Treatment Center, a facility exclusively for offenders with a documented mood disorder. 

Lashonda is also one of the facilitators for the CADC program with the McDermott Learning Center at Haymarket Center where she teaches adult learners on various topics with the goal of increased student knowledge and skills to support individuals to be effective substance use disorder counselors.  

Lashonda is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking both inside and outside of the workplace. Lashonda regularly supervises and coaches staff members to be their authentic self with clients, families, and other stakeholders. She works with individuals who face barriers affecting their mental health. 

Lashonda is a licensed clinical social worker and is a certified alcohol/drug counselor, co-occurring disorder professional, certified criminal justice professional, and certified gambling counselor.  Outside of working, Lashonda enjoys hanging out with friends, exercising, and is a lifelong learner.

WORKSHOP B: Attending to Religion and Spirituality as Part of the Culturally Responsive Care
Saturday, April 20, 2024
9AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs
Presented by Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC

Religion and spirituality are dimensions of culture that can be salient sources of healing, hope, and recovery, as well as hurt. At the same time, providers often feel unsure about how to include a person’s experience of faith and spirituality while also maintaining therapeutic boundaries. As a result, many end up avoiding these aspects of a person’s experience due to fears of overstepping boundaries, practicing outside of one’s skills, or causing harm.

This interactive half-day workshop will provide information, tools, and resources for practitioners to increase their self-awareness, practice talking with others about their experiences with religion and spirituality using established tools, as well as practice applying cultural responsiveness to matters of religion, faith, and spirituality in the context of substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.

Learning Objectives:

  • Consider religion, faith, and/or spirituality as a dimension of culture;
  • Name the three core components involved in developing cultural responsiveness to matters of religion, belief, and spirituality;
  • Introduce and administer a spiritual history tool as part of person-centered care

About the Speaker:

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, (they, them) is a liberation-centered bilingual and multicultural clinician, educator, and national subject matter expert whose driving force is social justice.  In addition to their small practice, Gabriela is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, where they coordinate the Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Training Program; as well as the Associate Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health. Gabriela brings over 15 years of experience supporting people impacted by structural and interpersonal violence through innovative and evidence-based clinical, housing, resource advocacy, peer-led, harm reduction, and HIV-integrated care programs. As a person with lived experience of violence and trauma, Gabriela centers survivor-driven solutions, nonpathologizing approaches, and intergenerational healing in all of their work. They have been recognized with numerous awards, including Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Health Award and the Rising Star Award from the Illinois chapter of the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). Gabriela currently authors best practices, leads national capacity-building efforts, and serves as an advisor to policymakers and governing bodies on trauma, substance use, mental health, health equity, and social justice.

WORKSHOP C:  Ketamine-Assisted Therapy
Saturday, April 27, 2024
9:00AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs
Presented by Laura Haberer, LCSW, Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapist, KAP

This workshop will cover the ins and outs of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) as well as clarify the clinical differences between KAP, ketamine infusions and Spravato treatments. Additionally, participants can expect to learn more broadly about the future of psychedelics in mental health and when it may be indicated for their clients. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the clinical protocol for KAP;
  • Understand the difference between Ketamine Infusions, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP, and Nasal Esketamine (Spravato);
  • Learn when KAP would be an effective treatment to consider for your clients

About the Speaker:

Laura Haberer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Laura has been providing psychotherapeutic services for adults since 2018. She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Prior to her work at the Juniper Center, Laura worked for three years in community mental health providing crisis counseling and psychotherapy at the Welcoming Center in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago. Laura is also a Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapist after completing an intensive year-long training program through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Laura provides Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) at the Juniper Center. Additionally, Laura is currently training to become a MAPS Certified MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapist through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

WORKSHOP D: I’m Not OK & That’s Okay: Mental Health Microskills to Deal with Life’s Inevitable Struggles
Saturday, May 4, 2024
9:00AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs
Presented by Steff DuBois, PhD

Struggle is inevitable for us all – our clients, ourselves, and our loved ones. This means that what we do when we struggle is often more determinative of our well-being than the struggles themselves. In this seminar, we will discuss common struggles our clients face, empirically-based small strategies – or “microskills” – that clients can use during these struggles, and exercises to facilitate practicing those microskills. The microskills are based in various empirically-supported treatments, e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT, PCT, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist/Multicultural approaches. Clinicians effectively teaching, demonstrating, and guiding clients on these microskills can lead to clients gaining greater insight, volition, and happiness.

Learning Objectives:

  • List and define over 10 microskills to be used with every day clients;
  • Link these microskills to their own clients;
  • Gain Competence in using these microskills in clinical settings

About the Speakers:

Steff Du Bois (he/they) is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with their own private practice in Chicago. They received their BA from the University of Michigan, earned their PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed their Postdoctoral training in relationship therapy at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Their clinical work focuses on various conditions (depression, anxiety, substance use, etc.) and populations (LGBTQ+, BIPOC, those struggling in romantic and/or sexual relationships). They are an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where they teach graduate students in courses related to Therapy and Diversity. They are a researcher and Health Psychologist, with 40+ peer-reviewed publications, 60+ conference presentations, and 10+ research grants received – focusing on health equity, health behavior intervention, and health in romantic relationships. They recently published the book, “I’m Not Okay & That’s Okay: Mental Health Microskills to Deal with Life’s Inevitable Struggles,” with the goal of increasing access to the strategies often learned in therapy to those who cannot access therapy, who don’t want therapy, or who are in therapy and want extra skills.

WORKSHOP E: Tailoring Treatment: Addressing the Needs of 18 to 25 Year Olds with Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness
Saturday, May 11, 2024
9:00AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs
Presented by Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Few programs are designed to address the needs of Emerging Adults (18 to 25 year olds). Treating them as adolescents or adults can be frustrating for clients, counselors and programs. Emerging adults have the highest rates of: binge drinking; overdose; arrests; premature termination from treatment and poorest outcomes.

This presentation focuses on tailoring treatment to the unique needs of 18 to 25 year old clients. Topics covered include: risk factors for substance use disorder and mental illness among emerging adults; developmental tasks of emerging adulthood and implications for treatment; tailoring treatment to the unique needs of emerging adults; culturally responsive approaches for working with emerging adults and evidence based approaches for counseling emerging adults.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate the unique treatment needs of emerging adults;
  • Recognize the importance of helping emerging adults achieve the 5 developmental tasks;
  • Engage emerging adults more effectively in treatment;
  • Tailor treatment to the unique needs of emerging adults;
  • Provide culturally responsive services for emerging adults;
  • Recognize 4 evidence-based practices which are effective with emerging adults

About the Speaker:

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC is an international speaker and consultant in behavioral health whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, West Indies, and Guam. He is the recipient of four lifetime achievement awards including the prestigious NAADAC Enlightenment Award.He was one of three finalists for the National Association for Addiction Professionals 50th Anniversary Legends AwardMark is also therecipient of the Illinois Certification Board’s Professional of the Year Award, The Illinois Certification Board, Jessica Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award and The Barbara Bacon Awardfor outstanding contributions to the social work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago alumni.

Mark is the author of five books on behavioral health recovery. Recent writings include Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies For Clients With Multiple Addictions Disorders and Relationship Detox: A Counselors Guide To Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships In Recovery. He was lead writer on a trauma informed gun violence prevention curriculum which is being implemented in several large cities in the United States. His groundbreaking monograph Recovery Management co-authored with historians William White and Earnest Kurtz helped shift addictions treatment and recovery from the acute care model solely towards a recovery-oriented system of care. Mark has had two stories published in the New York Times bestselling book series, Chicken Soup for The Soul.

Mark has also had a 30-year career as a university educator having taught at The University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, and Illinois State University School of Social Work. He is co-founder of Serenity Academy Chicago, a program which sponsors recovery-oriented peer groups in local high schools.