When Mental Illness Hits Home

“Family as First Responders;
Seeking Other Help”
Friday, August 28, 2015
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost:  $40 (lunch included)

Call Judy at 618-394-6270 to register.

Illinois Continuing Education Units  Offered for Attendance
5.25 CEUs, LCPC and LCSW – $20


When Mental Illness Hits Home is a unique conference for friends and family members who journey with people with mental illness and for professionals in the mental health field.


Theodora Binion, Th.D., M.Div, M.S., CADCPresenter: Theodora Binion, Th.D., M.Div, M.S., CADC

Families and friends can often feel worn-out and helpless when their loved one struggles with the symptoms of a mental illness. Dr. Theodora Binion is a long-time advocate of person-centered systems of care that promote and sustain long-term substance recovery from addiction disease and mental health disorders. She will talk about using trained peer groups, churches, religious institutions and other local resources to help create circles of help and support for family members.

Theodora Binion serves as the Director of the Illinois Department of Human Services,
Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) and the Acting Director of
the Division of Mental Health (DMH).


Rev. Mike RaysonPresenter: Rev. Mike Rayson

Communities of faith often have skeletons in the closet. When the closet is opened and the dust is cleared away, often times what remains is a healthier and stronger corporate and personal expression of faith. As a minister, father and person who lives with a mental illness, Rev. Mike Rayson will share his own story and how he navigated skeletons for many years.

Rev. Mike Rayson is the Senior Pastor at Nameoki United Methodist Church. He began his pastoral ministry at Port Lincoln Uniting Church, and then at Marion UCA and Seacliff UCA. After returning to radio for a few years as the Music Director of the largest Christian radio station in the southern hemisphere, Hope 103.2 in Sydney, Mike and his children immigrated to the U.S. in 2005. In 2012, Mike was invited to be the guest preacher on Easter weekend at Westminster Abbey in London.

Breakout Sessions


Navigating the mental health system can be complicated and even frustrating. Emily Smith, Executive Director of Karla Smith Foundation, and Rebecca Mowen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker who supervises the Family Navigation and Support Program at the
Karla Smith Foundation, will discuss the process of engaging appropriate clinical and
community supports, and what families should expect during the journey of supporting
their loved one.


What are co-occuring disorders, how do they develop, how are they treated and what are the complications involved? Presenter Dr. Luis Giuffra, a professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Washington University and Medical Director for the Multidisciplinary Assessment Program for Distressed Professionals at Clayton Behavioral, will address these issues. He received the Mortimer Goodman award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in 2011, and has been recognized by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” for the past several years.


Perhaps you have been trained in basic first aid or CPR. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how to deal with another health risk…mental illness. George Smith, M.A., LCPC,CSAD, a certified trainer in Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid from Chestnut Health Systems, will discuss the purpose of Mental Health First Aid: to build first aid skills to help persons in distress and to reduce the stigma of mental illness. For the past couple of years, Mr. Smith has conducted several sessions for community laypersons and health professionals to create “Mental Health First Aiders.”


Karla Smith Foundation
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
NAMI Southwestern Illinois
St. Clair County Mental Health Board


Chestnut Health Systems
Karla Smith Foundation
Victorious Missionaries and many more!

For more information contact 618-394-6270

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