When Mental Illness Hits Home

Friday, August 23, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Shrine Visitors Center
Cost: $40 (lunch included)

Illinois Continuing Education Units Offered for Attendance
4.75 CEUs, LCSW, LCPC, APRN, RN, LPN Cost: $35


Following a crisis, we will have multiple responses that often place our health in jeopardy. Whether facing cancer, divorce, job loss, tours of duty, domestic violence, substance abuse or the death of a loved one, we seek to understand and know what helps us to “bounce forward.”

Registration is closed now, if you have questions please call 618-394-6281.

Following a crisis, it often is impossible to bounce back to the way we were. It is critical that we understand the dynamics of crisis recovery to respond effectively and to “bounce forward” to a new way of living. Together we will surface strategies and resources that are future orientated and will enable us to heal when we struggle through our trauma.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will:

  • Understand what makes an event traumatic
  • Learn the bio-psycho-social-spiritual impact of a crisis event
  • Identify characteristics and traits associated with positive outcomes that enhance resilience
  • Apply skills and strategies that facilitate resilience and improve health following a crisis.

Gary BehrmanMorning Keynote Presenter: Dr. Gary Behrman, PhD, LCSW
is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University (SLU) Schools of Social Work, Allied Health and Medicine for the past 29 years. As a regionally recognized clinician, educator and consultant, he specializes in treating anxiety disorders and depression and has a clinical practice in Kirkwood, MO. He has extensive training in trauma recovery and served as a first responder for numerous crisis events around the country, including an assignment at Ground Zero following the attacks on 9/11 and with Ferguson/Florissant (MO) School District following the unrest in 2016. His research and publications are in trauma recovery and the role of spirituality and faith in the healing process.

Afternoon Keynote Presentation: Photovoice: “Taking the Steps to Shine”
Photovoice has been instrumental in early recovery by bringing awareness of the stigma that people attach to individuals living with a mental illness. This Photovoice project has been offered at several conferences and art shows. The first step was creating the theme, “TAKING THE STEPS TO SHINE.” The next step was to take photographs. After that, narratives were written to voice what makes each particular photo meaningful to the individual photographer.

Photovoice was developed in 1992 by Caroline C. Wang of the University of Michigan and Mary Ann Burris from the Ford Foundation in Beijing, China. The idea was built on the premise that images and words together can effectively express communities’ and individual’s needs, problems and desires. Photovoice was first used to empower the silenced rural women in Yunnan Province, China, to influence the policies affecting them. Since then the method has been used for research, education and social change, but its use is unlimited. Photovoice ignites interest about important topics that are relevant within a community and allows expression through photography.

Breakout Sessions

How do you know if you are supporting or enabling your loved one with a mental illness and/ or substance abuse problem? There is a fine line between those two reactions. Since it is not always easy to identify a specific behavior as supporting or enabling, this session will explore those options and their corresponding consequences. The goal of this session is to clarify those differences, and to offer a practical process to move from enabling to supporting. Through presentation, group interaction and discussion, we will discover ways to become better supporters of our loved ones and to open a path to greater resiliency for everyone.

Tom Smith is officially retired but still works a lot in the area of mental health/substance abuse/suicide mainly through Karla Smith Behavioral Health, an organization named after his daughter who had bipolar disorder and died by suicide in 2003.

Today, more than 20 million people are living with substance use disorders in the United States. Recovery from addictive substances like opioids and methamphetamine is challenging . . . but recovery does happen so there’s hope! In this session, you’ll learn about two success stories in our community, the peaks and valleys of what to expect in early and long-term recovery, and some new tools you and loved ones can take home to keep running up that hill!

Gordon Anderson is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor for Chestnut Health Systems. He is trained in the Community Reinforcement Approach, as well as Helping Men Recover treatment program.

James Jordan is a Peer Recovery Specialist with Chestnut Health Systems and a recent graduate of the Peer Recovery Coach Academy from Helios Addiction Recovery Services. His recovery journey of over three years began when he was the first graduate of the White County, IL Drug Court Program.

This session will share the work the St. Clair County Suicide Prevention Alliance is undertaking in suicide awareness/education. Resources and concepts in fostering resiliency will be presented, as well as a personal message of recovery.

Chris Norton, MSW is the Director of Crisis Intervention and Youth & Family Support Services for Chestnut Health Systems. She is a member of the St. Clair County Suicide Prevention Alliance and a participant on Chestnut’s Zero Suicide committee.

Kaitlyn Wilson became a trained QPR Gatekeeper Instructor in 2018. She also serves on the St. Clair County Suicide Prevention Alliance.

For more information, contact 618-394-6281 or email programs@snows.org


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

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Call for Help Inc.
Furry Friends Recovery
Gateway Regional Medical Center
Victorious Missionaries and many more!