26th Annual Summer Institute on Addictions

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

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12:00pm – 1:30pm – Keynote Speaker
Chuck Ingoglia, MSW
President and CEO National Council for Behavioral Health

About Chuck Ingoglia: As president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, Chuck Ingoglia leads the national charge to ensure people living with mental illness and addictions have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. To accomplish this, he harnesses the voices and support of the more than 3,000 National Council members who serve over 10 million individuals nationwide.

Prior to being named president and CEO, Chuck led the National Council’s policy and practice improvement work, directing the organization’s federal and state policy efforts and overseeing training and programs offered to more than 500,000 behavioral health professionals across the U.S.

Chuck draws from personal experience and deep knowledge of the field acquired from more than 26 years of professional experience to provide services, including site-of-service technical assistance, to members. He effects change at both the national and state level by playing a major role in policy advocacy and analyses on issues relevant to behavioral health. His efforts center on key issues such as parity, health care reform, and improving access to behavioral health treatment in communities.

Before joining the National Council, Chuck provided policy and program design guidance to the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Earlier in his career, he directed state government relations and service system improvement projects for the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America), performed policy analysis for the National Association of Social Workers, and designed educational programs for mental health and addictions professionals for the Association of Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

Chuck holds a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, both from The Catholic University of America.

1:30pm – 2:00pm – Lunch Break

2:30pm – 5:30pm (3 CEUs)
Choose from Workshop A or Workshop B

Workshop A:
Topic: Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders
Presented by Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

About Mark Sanders: 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 39 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 Description:
Many clients with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders slip through the cracks. This involves going back and forth between the mental health system; substance use disorder treatment; the child welfare system; the criminal justice system; hospitals; and periods of homelessness. There are reasons why clients slip through the cracks including: unresolved trauma; unresolved grief; a hidden psychiatric disorder; a process addiction; connection with a drug-using sub-culture; inadequate service dosage; a lack of recovery capital; loneliness; addictive relationships; stigma and shame; a lack of integrated services; and the absence of purpose in recovery.

Learning Objectives:
• 15 strategies for helping clients avoid slipping through the cracks will be discussed.
• Articulate reasons clients slip through the cracks.
• Help clients deal with unresolved grief and trauma.
• Help clients shift from cultures of addiction to cultures of recovery.
• Search for hidden psychiatric disorders which may lead clients to slip through the cracks.
• Help clients address loneliness in recovery.
• Help clients discover purpose in recovery.

Workshop B:
Topic: Treating Trauma, Addiction and Eating Disorders in a Self-Reflective Organization
Presented by Dr. Kim Dennis & Dr. Marcia Nickow

About Kim Dennis: Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist. “Dr. Kim”, as she is known, has been treating addictions, mood disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, and personality disorders for more than a decade. In 2016 she co-founded SunCloud Health and currently serves as Medical Director and CEO.

Dr. Kim has helped thousands of remarkable people with their illnesses. Her knowledge of eating disorders and addiction is not just limited to her academic and clinical experience, but also as an individual who has had her own personal experience as a woman in recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. Today, she can combine her personal journey with her medical training to help patients become emotionally strong and responsible problem-solvers, who are inspired to create fulfilling lives for themselves. She believes in and maintains a holistic perspective in the practice of psychiatry, incorporating biological, psycho-social, and spiritual approaches.

Dr. Kim obtained her medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she served as chief resident. During her training, she was part of the multi-disciplinary eating disorders team specializing in treating young people with eating disorders and their families.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, Academy for Eating Disorders, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and the American Society for Addiction Medicine. She is published in the areas of gender differences in the development of psychopathology, co-occurring eating disorders and self-injury, and the use of medication with family-based therapy for young people with anorexia nervosa. She is also on the Editorial Board of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Kim contributes regularly to news networks, such as ABC News and CNN, and other national press such as the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and Web MD. Additionally, she has been published in professional magazines such as Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare. She is a monthly columnist for It’s All in the Journey magazine and was recently featured on TLC Discovery Channel’s My Strange Addiction and ABC’s “20/20.” Dr. Kim has a regular blog called, Live Free.

About Marcia Nickow: An addictions psychologist, group psychotherapist and trauma specialist, Marcia Nickow, PsyD, CADC, CGP, designed and implemented an intensive long-term group psychotherapy program in her downtown Chicago private practice. Marcia leads 14 weekly ongoing process groups—men’s, women’s, multigender, multicultural, couples, professionals and artists and writers’ groups. Her clinical interests include intergenerational trauma and addiction, historical trauma, sociology of oppression, psychology of aggression, and anti-racist organizational transformation.

Marcia serves as senior organizational and clinical advisor at SunCloud Health Outpatient Treatment Center. She also conducts clinical staff training at Chicago’s Haymarket Center. She has recently led workshops for the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) on decolonizing treatment and on collective trauma and health disparities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the fields of addictions, trauma, and social justice, Marcia has worked in inpatient, outpatient, halfway house, forensic, hospital, veteran’s hospital, school, correctional, homeless, and street outreach settings. Her earlier work as a journalist and then a community organizer helped inspire her trauma-focused, multigenerational treatment model.

A presenter at conferences nationally and internationally, Marcia has taught addictions, trauma, group psychotherapy, social psychology, diversity studies, and forensic psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Co-author of A Group Therapist’s Guide to Process Addictions, Marcia 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, and the Illinois Group Psychotherapy Society.

People with addiction —alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex, love, technology, work—transform by “attaching” to a culture of recovery. A treatment organization that engages its leaders and clinicians in honest and authentic self-reflection is best able to create a healthy therapeutic milieu. The co-presenters will describe a treatment model for addictions, eating disorders and trauma (complex, intergenerational, historical, collective) that prioritizes attunement to cultural, family and community contexts, as well as parallel process. A clinical supervision model that encourages self-examination as a key component of assessing and treating patients will be demonstrated.

Learning Objectives:
• Explain addiction as a brain disease and a dynamic disease with multiple manifestations or expressions, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, and process addictions (e.g., gambling, sex, relationships, internet, work, etc.).
• Detail how treatment organizations can create healthy therapeutic milieus by encouraging self-reflection and personal labor among organizational leaders and clinicians.
• Cite examples of how clinicians’ untreated addictions, unworked traumas, and implicit biases may replicate and show up in the therapeutic milieu through a parallel process.
• Demonstrate how a healthy treatment milieu could provide a foundation for recovery from trauma (complex, intergenerational, historical, collective), as well as from exposure to conflict, rage, and lived experiences of systemic oppression.


Workshop Registration & PricingSingle Workshop1 Day2 Days3 Days
General Admission$80$135$255$360
Senior Rate (62+ years of age)$70$80$175$250
Student Rate$70$80$175$250

For questions or concerns, contact:
Lisa Abrams, LCPC, CSADC
Director of Staff Training & Development
312-226-7984 ext. 581