Mental Health Conference Sept. 28 in Addison, IL

Celebrating Hope: Promoting Mental Wellness and Resiliency
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in Addison, IL

Hosted by the Interfaith Mental Health Coalition and Pathways to Promise, this one-day conference will present various ways that faith communities and people engaged in mental health recovery can work together to educate their communities about mental illness and equip them to develop supportive, caring responses. People from diverse faith traditions who have experienced the journey toward recovery will share their stories, and presenters from a variety of faith communities and mental health services programs will describe ways they have developed the types of relationships and community practices that facilitate recovery and resiliency.

Topics will include:

  • Mental health ministry and companionship team development
  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in faith communities
  • Spiritual support group formation
  • Suicide Prevention (QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer model)
  • Cultural competence in our work
  • Work of different denominations and faith traditions in this are
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Registration is required:
Early bird rate (before Sept 9th, 2016): $40.00.
Registration Sept 10th and after: $50.00

Advocate Health Care, a supporter of the Interfaith Mental Health Coalition, is providing online registration services. Click on to register.

If you want CEUs please indicate the type of CEU you are requesting and bring an additional $10.00 cash to the conference registration desk, or a check made out to Meier Clinics with IMHC CEUs in the memo line.
Scholarships are available.

Conference Objectives:

  • To develop a greater qualitative understanding of the experience of mental illness and the factors that promote mental wellness and resiliency.
  • To develop a greater understanding of the variety of ways that consumers/peers (people who have experienced mental illness) can become partners in overcoming isolation and promoting recovery and community integration.
  • To develop an appreciation of the variety of ways that faith communities can either hinder or help in the recovery process will be presented.
  • To develop concrete methods and approaches for engaging faith communities productively
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Key note speakers are:
Jim Zahniser, MC
Nanette Larson
Craig Rennebohm
A.J. French
Alan Johnson
Kathy Gudonis
Jermine Alberty

CEUs available for LCSWs, LCPCs, RNs, Psychologists (and CRSS IAODAPCA applied for).
Certificates of attendance available.

Conference Location:
Medinah Banquets
550 Shriners Drive
Addison IL 60101
(20-30 min. from O’Hare airport)
Free onsite parking available.

Hotel Reservations
Hilton Garden Inn Addison
551 N. Swift Ave.
Addison, IL 60101
Register by Sept. 6.
For reservations call 630-691-0500, mention Mental Health and Faith Community Conference or register online at
Conference rate of $119 plus taxes.
The hotel is adjacent to the conference facility.

For more information contact: Robert Skrocki, Pathways to Promise,