Professional Development


MaineStay Youth & Family Services, in partnership with Chicago Behavioral Hospital (CBH), provides free professional development workshops to help support the valuable work licensed professionals perform in our community every day. Continuing education units (CEUs) are offered for free to social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses.

MaineStay and CBH host morning professional development workshops, along with evening community education seminars, featuring engaging and knowledgeable speakers on a variety of relevant topics related to mental health, clinical treatment strategies, and common family concerns. Events are held at the Maine Township Town Hall located at 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge, unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Events

Adult Protective Services: Identifying and Reporting
Holly Lichtman
Friday, March 3, 2023
9:00-10:30 AM

Past Events

Providing Trauma-Informed Counseling to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Survivors in LGBTGEQIA+ Populations
Arielle Kalvelage
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
10:00-11:30 AM

Helping Emerging Adults Become the Best Versions of Themselves: Infusing Positive Psychology with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dr. Norman Miller, Jessica Cannone, Angela Moyer, Alexa Prodromakis
Thursday, April 21, 2022
1:00-3:00 PM

The Power to Change: Group Work and Domestic Violence
Megan Wiesner
Monday, June 7, 2021
1:00-3:00 PM

Complex Healing for Patients and Families: Assessment and Interventions for Mood, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders
Friday, January 31, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Oakton Community College, Des Plaines

Activities That Work
Dr. Charla Waxman
Friday, October 25, 2019
9:00-11:00 AM

Self-Compassion: A Powerful Path to Well-Being
Dr. Liz Maloney
Friday, September 27, 2019
9:00-11:00 AM

Innovative and Integrative Approach to Managing Bipolar Disorder
Catherine Ness
Friday, June 7, 2019
9:00-11:00 AM

Getting to the Core: Understanding Attachment Patterns in Eating Disorders
Juliet Cáceres
Friday, April 19, 2019
9:00-11:00 AM

Prescription Drug Abuse and the Gateway to Heroin
Karen Wolownik Albert
Friday, March 15, 2019
9:00-11:00 AM

Comprehensive Treatment and Evidence-Based Outcomes for Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders
Friday, January 25, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Oakton Community College, Des Plaines

Navigating the Complexities of Domestic Violence
April Flores Brayton
Friday, October 12, 2018
9:00-11:00 AM

Borderline Personality Disorder and Trauma Patients
Melissa O’Neill
Friday, September 21, 2018
9:00-11:00 AM

Addressing Trauma with Integrative and Holistic Therapy Approaches
Amy Schillinger, Megan Baumdicker, Svitlana Volos, Rachel Ackerman
Friday, June 15, 2018
9:00-11:00 AM

The Importance of Expression: How Language Processing and Sophistication Impacts How We Think and Function
Garrett Hartman
Friday, April 13, 2018
9:00-11:00 AM

Mandated Reporting and Beyond: Understanding the Role of a Mandated Reporter and What Happens After That Call Is Made
Nora Harms-Pavelski
Friday, March 16, 2018
9:00-11:00 AM

Using Developmental Psychology in Psychotherapy
Dr. Michael Maniacci
Friday, January 19, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Introduction to Mindfulness Practice: Clinical and Personal Applications for Mindfulness with Children and Adolescents
Greta Nielsen
Friday, October 27, 2017
9:00-11:00 AM

Understanding Procrastination: It’s NOT About Time
Rev. Dr. Joseph Ferrari
Friday, September 29, 2017
9:00-11:00 AM

Father Hunger and Father Wounds: Clinical Interventions with Clients Who Are Impacted by Fatherlessness Across the Life Span
Mark Sanders
Friday, June 9, 2017
9:00-11:00 AM

Fetanyl, Sizzurp, Vaping and other Current Drug Trends
Rachel Obafemi
Friday, May 12, 2017
9:00-11:00 AM

The Use of the Cardinal Virtue of Humor in Therapy: A Serious Discussion
Dr. Michael Smith
Friday, March 17, 2017
9:00-11:00 AM

Working With Challenging High-Risk Adolescents: An Individualized Family Therapy Approach
Matthew Selekman
Friday, January 20, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Anger and Addiction
Glen Cannon
Friday, October 14, 2016
9:00-11:00 AM

Managing the Memories: How to Help Veterans with PTSD
Steve Ruohomaki
Friday, September 9, 2016
9:00-11:00 AM

Don’t Try Harder, Try Different
Dr. Patrick McGrath
Friday, June 3, 2016
9:00-11:00 AM