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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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Mental Health Services for Women Opens

Chicago Behavioral Hospital opened an inpatient and intensive outpatient women-only program for the treatment of mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, and suicidality. Women who have an addiction to drugs, alcohol or prescribed medication can also receive treatment in The Women’s Program at Chicago Behavioral Hospital.

“We offer trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management for women of all ages and all walks of life,” says the Chief of Operations.

The program is offered on the newly renovated floor of the hospital and also in the outpatient program on the campus of the hospital.

“Women do not have to go through the hospital program to start the intensive outpatient program, if she does not need inpatient treatment she can start group therapy right away,” the outpatient program director said.

Chicago Behavioral Hospital offers free assessments available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a mental health professional. In the assessment the patient and family can work together with a licensed clinician to choose the best option to begin treatment.

What makes Chicago Behavioral Hospital different from other hospitals is an evidence-based approach to behavioral healthcare. CBH plans to open a faith-based program that will be provided in collaboration with Meier Clinics, a nationally known provider of faith based counseling and mental healthcare based in Wheaton, IL.

47 New Psychiatric Beds Added

Chicago Behavioral Hospital opened two newly renovated floors adding 47 psychiatric beds to the now 125-bed psychiatric hospital. The new space offers a safe, inviting environment for patients in need of mental health treatment.

Chicago Behavioral Hospital invested 3.4 million dollars in the renovation and upgrade of 22,000 square feet of existing space on the third and fourth floors. Patients will benefit from spacious new rooms with private bathrooms and large group therapy and activity rooms. The renovations also include upgraded finishes and hardware, new flooring, new energy-efficient light fixtures and an upgraded ventilation system for optimal air quality.

“It is important for patients in a psychiatric hospital to feel relaxed and safe. The hospital environment contributes to the healing process,” according to psychiatrist and medical director, Dr. David Bawden.

What makes Chicago Behavioral Hospital different from other hospitals is an evidence-based approach to behavioral healthcare. CBH plans to open two new specialty programs, the women’s program and a faith based program.  The faith based program is provided in collaboration with Meier Clinics, a nationally known provider of faith based counseling and mental healthcare.