Changing Perspectives and Altering Perceptions: Understanding Mental Health

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Address: Mental Health Needs of Human Trafficking Victims
The types of physical and psychological abuse human trafficking victims experience often lead to serious mental or emotional health consequences.  This presentation provides an introduction to the mental health service response to human trafficking, including how victims are identified as trafficked within mental health services, and the challenges professionals face in responding to survivors’ mental health needs.  Attendees will leave the presentation with critical takeaways and trauma-specific techniques that can be used in their work settings.

Keynote Presenter: Donna A. Rennard, LCPC, CAADC, MISA II, EMDR-Certified, CAMT, SRT

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Donna A. Rennard is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Advanced Addiction and Drug Counselor, Mentally Ill Substance Abuse, Level II Registered, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified. Ms. Rennard has been a therapist and Clinical Director at a Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center for 20 years. Her clinical specialties include working with chemically dependent persons and their families, victims of sexual and physical abuse, women with trauma issues, and women who have been sex-trafficked. Ms. Rennard is also a volunteer for the New Name Organization, a church-based ministry providing outreach to victims of sex trafficking. She also has been an instructor at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn for five years.

Keynote Address:  Overcoming the Systemic Violence imbedded in Sexual Exploitation
Structural Violence is the form of violence wherein some social structure or social institution may harm people by preventing them from meeting their basic needs.  Homelessness, exploitation, economic inequality, oppression, exploitation, and the like, has the same impact; and, so, social injustice is structural violence.  Ms. Hatcher will describe how systems and institutions in place to move society forward, cause an almost required harm to certain members of that same society.

Keynote Presenter: Marian Hatcher, Cook County Sheriff’s Office

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Marian Hatcher has been with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for 13 years. She is Senior Project Manager for the Office of Public Policy as well as the Human Trafficking Coordinator. She has facilitated training for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign, I.C.E., Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Diplomatic Security Service and U.S. Dept. of State.

Marian is also a member of a national survivor led organization, the Survivor Leadership institute (GEMS New York) as well as S.P.A.C.E International; SPACE stands for ‘Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment’, an International forum for survivor advocacy. In December 2013, the FBI awarded her for outstanding assistance with their investigative efforts. In April 2014 DePaul University awarded her the Helen F. McGillicuddy Award for her work in the Advancement of Women and Gender Rights and was honored by John Marshall Law School for her role in developing a sustainable legal internship on Human Trafficking with the Sheriff’s Office.


Senator Michael E. Hastings

Senator Michael E. Hastings was elected to the 98th General Assembly in the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During his tenure, Senator Hastings has worked in a bi-partisan manner to pass numerous pieces of legislation that have positively changed the social and financial landscape of Illinois.

Senator Hastings earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership and Management at West Point In 2003, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Following graduation, Hastings deployed to Iraq and rose to the rank of Captain. For his meritorious service in a combat zone, Hastings was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In addition to earning his Masters' Degree in Business Administration with honors from the University of Illinois, Senator Hastings also holds his Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois

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About PSC 4th Annual Mental Health Conference

Prairie State College is hosting its Fourth Annual Mental Health Conference on September 28, 2017. The purpose of this event is to increase awareness of the complexities of mental illness and provide ways to reduce the stigmas associated with it. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a keynote presenter, choose from a variety of breakout sessions and gain new insights during a panel discussion. Those who work in healthcare, education, counseling, social services and emergency services are encouraged to attend to gain new tools to implement in their workplace.  Also, those interested in learning about mental health issues will gain valuable information.

To request additional information, email or call (708) 709-3602.


The event is held in the PSC Conference Center, 202 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411.


7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Exhibit Expo
8:30 – 8:35 a.m. Welcome and Program Overview: Craig D. Schmidt, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, PSC
8:35 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Remarks: Illinois Senator Michael E. Hastings, 19th Legislative District
9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. Keynote Address : Mental Health Needs of Human Trafficking Victims

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10 – 10:15 a.m.  Break
10:15 -11:15 a.m. Keynote Address – Overcoming the Systemic Violence Imbedded in Sexual Exploitation
Marian Hatcher, Senior Project Manager, Human Trafficking Coordinator, Office of Public Policy, Cook County Sheriff’s Office
11:15 a.m. – 12 :30 p.m. Lunch and Exhibit Expo
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (4)
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions (4)
2:45 – 3 p.m. Break
3 – 4 p.m. Cultural Specific Counseling Panel: Hear from mental health professionals who address the needs of specific target populations: African American, Arab American, Spanish speaking population and Medicaid recipients.

Breakout Session Line Up

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


Assessing Black Male Trauma
Dr. Angela Jackson, President, Culturally Competent Consulting
Explore the importance of assessment that is needed for effective mental health treatment of Black male trauma and their families. Participants’ will increase their cultural awareness of biases, assumptions, and values of Black males (including the criminal justice system). The strengths of the African American male will be discussed as an empowerment tool for working with this population.


Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorder in Elderly Populations
Dr. Hope Sanchez, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Home Psych Services
The unique patterns of substance abuse disorder in the 65+ population are often overlooked. Learn triggers, challenges and risks specific to this cohort. Gain information on effective recognition, assessment and treatments specific and unique to this population.


Risk Strategies to Deter Workplace Violence
Carter Larry, MBA, MAOL and Pauline Jakubiec, Risk Management Consultants, Horton Group
Raise your awareness of workplace violence and review a risk assessment, prevention tactics and tools which can be utilized in a healthcare setting.


Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) Questionnaire and its Practical Application
Brianne Hetman, Director of Community Programs, South Suburban Family Shelter
A discussion of the utilization of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study questionnaire to aid assessment for appropriateness for direct human services such as domestic violence counseling or abuser intervention, addiction services, and case management amongst others.

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.


Trauma Informed Care and Treatment
Rachel Hayslette, LCPC, CRC, CCTP, CMHC Housing Admin, Sertoma Centre, Inc.
Gain insights into trauma development, trauma informed care, and various treatment techniques for working with trauma survivors.


 Death By Papercuts: Racism, Mental Health and Healing
Krista Woods, M.S. W., LCSW, President, Integrity Clinical Consulting and Training
Identify how racism and other forms of oppression negatively impact clients’ mental health, and how mental health professionals must help clients achieve recovery by being culturally competent and validating the unique pain faced by clients.


 More than Sad
Alyssa Relyea, Board Member, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) offers distinct “More Than Sad” programs for educators, as well as, teens and parents. Receive an overview of both programs outlining session objectives, goals and desired outcomes for those who participate. Information on how to partner with your local AFSP chapter to bring a program onsite will be provided.


 Let’s Talk Dismantling Uncomfortable Conversations Surrounding Depression
Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACS, Professor of Social Work, Millikin University
Based on the book titled “Your Playbook for Beating Depression: Essential Strategies for Managing and Living with Depression”, learn the prevalence and stigma surrounding mental illness that plays a role in lack of access to care and recovery. Review treatment and recovery as well as advocacy focusing on person centered mental and physical health care.