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JOIN US NOVEMBER 7 – Executive Functioning, Your Child, and You

by MaineStay Youth & Family Services | Chicago Behavioral Hospital

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FREE TO ATTEND

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Maine Township
1700 Ballard Road  |  Park Ridge, IL 60068

Description: The term Executive Functioning (EF) is being used more and more, yet many people still aren’t quite sure what it means. It’s clear that it is important, but many don’t know why or what to do about it. Enter Andy Mahoney. Andy has worked as a counselor specializing in incorporating neuropsychological testing into his work with gifted and talented individuals for over 30 years and has traveled the country talking to various groups about the importance of understanding the way the brain works and how it affects our day-to-day lives.

In this workshop, Andy will help attendees understand what Executive Functioning is, how to notice the effects of EF strengths and weaknesses in a person’s life and relationships, and how to improve EF skills and make changes. Particular focus will be put on EF issues for children and teens and how parents and helping professionals can understand and help.

If you know a child who is struggling academically (even though it seems like they understand the things they’re learning), who struggles to motivate or communicate or self-regulate, who doesn’t manage their time or their priorities or their physical space well, or who seems to get things one second and forget them the next, then you know a child who could use Executive Functioning support. Find out how to be the support they need.

This free event is appropriate for community members and professionals and includes 1.5 free CEUs for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses. Check in will be from 6:30-7:00 PM. Advance registration is requested as seating for this event is limited.

About the Presenter:
Andy Mahoney, MS, LPC, LMFT is the founder of the Center for Identity Potential and Identity Potential, Inc. He is a recognized expert and pioneer in the field of counseling the gifted and talented. His expertise spans nearly 30 years as a counselor, family therapist, and trainer of mental health professionals. Additionally, Andy has focused his emphasis on identity development to create The Fit, a software program that can be utilized in the context of counseling, career development, personal growth, and business development.

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JOIN US OCTOBER 27 – Introduction to Mindfulness Practice: Clinical and Personal Applications for Mindfulness with Registration

by MaineStay Youth & Family Services | Chicago Behavioral Hospital

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FREE TO ATTEND

When: Friday, October 27, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: Maine Township
1700 Ballard Road  |  Park Ridge, IL 60068

Description: This presentation will provide attendees with a brief overview and history of mindfulness and it’s use in the mental health field. The presenter will discuss the importance of using mindfulness based approaches with children and teens to help improve their behavior, focus and distress tolerance, both at home and at school. Various mindfulness strategies will be taught and practiced during the presentation to provide attendees with hands-on experiences in order to better be able to provide this practice to their own clients. Tools to work with parents and incorporating mindfulness into their parenting will also be discussed.

This free event is sponsored by Maine Township’s MaineStay Youth & Family Services and Chicago Behavioral Hospital. It is appropriate for social service professionals and includes 2.0 free CEUs for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses. Continental breakfast will be available from 8:30-9:00 AM. Advance registration is requested as seating for this event is limited.

About the Presenter:
Greta Nielsen, MA, LCPC, NCC, MBSR-T, is a licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years’ experience providing individual, marital/couples, and group counseling services. She has worked in various mental health and social service settings, which include inpatient residential treatment, non-profit child welfare, and outpatient psychotherapy. Greta has published articles for Huffington Post and the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling of Illinois in which she is on the board of directors and serves as Outreach Chair. She is considered an expert in the treatment of childhood psychological and developmental disorders, some of which include: Impulse Control Deficit, Autism Spectrum, Sensory Integration, ADHD, Selective Mutism, Anxiety Disorders, and Depression. In addition, Greta specializes in many adolescent related challenges and disorders. She is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens facilitator who facilitates a Mindfulness for Teens Program. Greta shares her expertise through various presentations and trainings to mental health professionals as well as to members of the community.

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Stories Of Success

We are excited about the stories of success our patients, their families and our professional partners are sharing. Chicago Behavioral Hospital is celebrating it’s second year of serving the Chicago-metro area and we are proud of the impact the programs and services are having in our community.

Here are a few of our success stories.

 

From Toni, Adolescent Program Patient’s Mom

Checking your loved one into a behavioral hospital has to be one of the hardest things to do, you hope and pray they will receive good care. I would highly recommend this hospital (and have already) to other families looking for a safe place for their loved one that may need help.

From the first moment I walked in Chicago Behavioral Hospital I was greeted warmly by your front desk ladies. Meeting other staff member such as Jose, just got better, he truly cares about the adolescent.  It seemed like everyone worked together; including the substance abuse therapist in working for aftercare for my son. They immediately asked me about my son and what he likes to do, and how he copes best. We worked together as a team to get my 16 year old son in better place. They helped my son with his school work, the teacher connected well with my son as well. My son is an elite athlete, having the gym on site was extremely helpful, it gave my son some confidence back by while playing games against some of the staff. Other amazing staff I want to give a shout out to are Erica & Armando .. but truly I loved everyone and so does my son.

 

From Richard, Director of a local counseling center

As the director of a local counseling center, I have referred several clients to CBH and all of them have told me their experiences have been wonderful. Everyone I have had contact with at CBH has been very friendly and easy to work with. I have toured their facility and was impressed with how much effort they have put into making a comfortable environment for their patients. It didn’t feel like a hospital at all! I’ve appreciated their attention to the little details and how they are trying to create a pleasant and helpful treatment experience for all.

 

From Juan, RN

I’m a nurse who also works for a busy interdisciplinary psychiatric practice and we have made several referrals to CBH. The service they have given us and our patients has seemed excellent. Our patients have come back saying positive things. We had one situation lately, which is always a sad one, where we had to send one of our older adolescent patients to the hospital who has come down with the first episode of a major psychiatric disorder. This type of situation is always hard on everyone; the patient, their family, and even the mental health practitioners who have to break this first news to everyone. I found Chicago Behavioral to be quite sensitive to the situation and to respond to it wonderfully. This was a Hispanic family and they gave special attention to them, educating them to become aware of what their son was going through. They particularly praised a manager named José who spent a lot of extra time communicating with the family in Spanish and helping get them through the trauma of knowing that their son had come down with a psychotic illness. The family was very happy with how they were treated. There was good communication with us as the outpatient care givers during the process, and the coordination of care and setting up his follow-up appointments with us was also good. We also found the social worker named Stella to be very invested and caring of this young man. Just a thank you to CBH and a recommendation to others that they have been great to work with and are a great new treatment resource for the Chicago area.

Depression and the Drug Addiction Relationship

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric services can encompass a wide range of mental illnesses including, but certainly not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, eating disorders and much more. Each of these can eventually lead to drug or alcohol abuse, especially in teenagers who are faced with tough decisions on a daily basis from peers in and out of school.

When you feel that you or a loved one may be in need of assistance in Chicago IL, don’t be afraid to call the experts at Chicago Behavioral Hospital for more information on treatment options.

How to Identify Depression

Depression is not just a feeling of being sad, it can be a deeply rooted and very serious mental disorder that can occur in both children and adults. Some of the most noticeable signs of depression are:

Feelings of hopelessness. Depression leads you to feel that things in life are just hopeless, a never ending uphill battle. As a result, you are more of a pessimist, seeing the glass half empty instead of half full.

Irritability and restlessness. These two can go hand in hand; when you are not resting well, you can be irritable. Depression can make it hard for you to get good sleep, or can make you feel uncomfortable which might make you irritable and short tempered.

No interest in past passions. You may have once loved playing sports, painting or photography but no longer care for it anymore. You would rather stay in bed and forget the world is out there. This is a large red flag of an underlying issue and could be a definitive sign of depression.

Thoughts of suicide. A very serious sign, but not uncommon with someone dealing with clinical depression. Thinking about, talking about, or insisting that the family would be better off without you should be taken seriously.

Everyone is unique, so obviously each person may experience things differently. But if you think a friend or family member might be battling depression, the good news is that there is help out there and treatments available.

Using the Chemical Crutch

Many adults and youth facing depression or other psychological issues may turn to drugs or alcohol. This can include anything from heroin and prescription drugs to aerosols and cleaning solvents. Regardless of the drug of choice, you can find help and fellowship to overcome the depressive feelings and the addiction to harmful chemicals. All it takes is a single phone call to Chicago Behavioral Hospital.