NAMI Illinois is pleased to bring a second PIATconference to Illinois.
Piecing It All Together North Conference
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER MARIE MASTERSON
Marie L. Masterson, Ph.D. is associate professor of early childhood education at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois. She is a national speaker, child behavior expert, researcher, and author of current articles published in Young Children and Childhood Educationlinking research to practice in early childhood education. She is the co-author of 101 Principles for Positive Guidance with Young Children: Creating Responsive Teachers, and is authoring a positive parenting book due in 2015 for Gryphon House, as well as a best-practices in family childcare book for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Dr. Masterson provides educational consulting and professional development to parents and families, childcare centers, schools and organizations to build high quality environments and establish responsive, positive instructional and relational interactions that support optimal achievement and healthy development for all children. She is an advocate for the human rights of children, and supports strength-based, respectful practices that nurture resilience and ensure healthy relationships.
For five years, Dr. Masterson coordinated Old Dominion University Director's Institute, which provided professional development for directors of licensed childcare centers for at-risk children. She is a current Fulbright Specialist, and worked in conjunction with Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand in 2011 to establish an early childhood education training institute. Dr. Masterson conducted research in Ethiopia during the summer of 2014 to develop a positive guidance and character training program entitled, "Empowering Children for Life." Dr. Masterson is the former early childhood specialist for the Virginia Department of Education and continues to provide education and policy consultation related to quality improvement and training initiatives across states.
Finding Hope in Resiliency: Building Strength When We Face the Unexpected -
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$50 Parents/caregiver of a child with a mental health condition
$75 Mental Health Professional
NAMI DUPAGE GENERAL ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Wheaton Public Library
225 N. Cross Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
-New Board Installation
SUZANNE M. CAHALAN, J.D., received her law degree from The University of Iowa, with high honors, in 1982 and then served a one year appointment as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Harvey Uhlenhopp, Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa. From 1983-1985 she was an associate in the law firm of McDermott, Will and Emery, Chicago, Illinois, practicing exclusively in the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate Department.
From 1985 through the present time, she has maintained a private law practice consisting of estate planning, trust and estate administration, consultant work for families with elderly and/or special needs members, guardianship, special needs trusts, estate planning seminars to non-legal groups, and pro bono work with not-for-profit corporations.
In addition to her professional practice, she has found time for active involvement at her church, local schools and park district boards.
Sue and her husband, Jim, a corporate lawyer, have lived in Wheaton for thirty years and are the parents of four adult children, including a child living well with bipolar disorder.
Sue is a volunteer with the National Alliance on Mentally Illness for DuPage County, Illinois, and is past member of the Board of Directors, having served as secretary of the board. She is a frequent speaker for educational professionals and parent groups on mental illness in children and adolescents. Sue facilitates a parent support group for parents of mentally ill children and young adults. Sue also is a state of Illinois teacher trainer and teacher in her local affiliate for NAMI Basics - an educational class for parents of children and teens with mental illness.
WHEN YOUR CHILDREN BECOME ADULTS:
Once a person becomes eighteen years of age, parents no longer have any legal ability to direct their child’s life choices, health care or financial matters. Learn about the legal process of guardianship: how is the need for a guardian determined, who makes the ultimate decision, what is the process for establishing guardianship, and what is the role of the guardian. Alternatives to guardianship such as powers of attorney and the mental health advance directive also will be discussed
Hope to see you on March 3rd!
SHINING STAR BRACELETS--STILL AVAILABLE
All proceeds from this ‘NAMI’ bracelet will be used to help fund
school presentations to help
"End the Silence" of mental illness.
For information on ordering the bracelet, please contact :
630-752-0066 X 214
Special Events Coordinator
Each bracelet $20
Why not treat someone else?
2 bracelets for $30
Each will include a gift box and shipping.
NAMI DUPAGE/WDSRA DROP IN CENTER
For Information on the program follow the following link
Glenbard Parent Series
Piecing It All Together South Conference - 11th Annual Conference
How Children's Mental Health/Mental Illness Affects Home, School & Community
Southern Illinois University
Good article on bi-polar disorder, told by a person who lives with it.
2014 Annual Awards for Business Excellence
NAMI DuPage was recently honored as one of the 2014 Annual Awards for Business Excellence in the category of Non-Profit Organization. The AABEs highlight successful suburban businesses and organizations and honor the people who make them successful.
Awards were presented to 22 companies and not-for-profit organizations in 12 categories of competition. The award recipients were recognized during an evening reception on March 12, 2014, at Medinah Banquets, in Addison. Approximately 150 business executives, friends and associates were in attendance.
The recipient companies and organizations will be profiled in a special publication of The Daily Herald Business Ledger published on April 14, 2014.
The AABEs, given for business achievement, growth and community involvement, are presented to outstanding businesses and non-profit organizations with a significant presence in the suburban circulation area of the Daily Herald Business Ledger (DuPage County, Fox Valley, NW Cook County, Lake County, West Cook County, Southwest Cook County and Will County.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Help Needed
NAMI has received several new requests from national reporters looking for personal stories. They want to talk with individuals or families about bad experiences with barriers or gaps in the mental health care system---and stories in which a person finally got help and what made the difference.
In general, requests involve:
- Children, teens or young adults
- Emergency rooms and hospitals
- Outpatient services
- Affordability, insurance or other funding issues
- Criminal justice issues—particularly jails
- Homelessness; housing
- NAMI may not be able to acknowledge every submission, but every story will be considered
- Submitting a story does not commit you to being interviewed by the news media
- Names and contact information will not be shared with any reporter until NAMI contacts you first and you give permission
- Ultimately, it’s a reporter’s decision whether to contact a person for an interview. If an interview does not result, NAMI will still keep your story for other opportunities.
Please let us know if you are interested in telling your story to the news media. Please also forward this appeal to anyone else who might be interested. Many thanks for your help!
Director of Media Relations
National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI)
3803 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22205
New Article: Mental Health Parity Rules
|The Residential Treatment Work Group has created a guide for families who may be considering residential treatment services for their children. The Guide includes things to consider when choosing a residential treatment center, funding options, and additional resources and supports for families. The guide is now available at www.icmhp.org or by clicking the image on the left.|