IMHCA Annual Conference Sunday
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When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Doubletree Skokie
9599 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois  60077
United States
Contact: IMHCA

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IMHCA Annual Conference - Sunday-Only
Sunday- April 8, 2018
6 CEs/PDs

Please register at the IMHCA website.

Lunch is on your own.


9 am-12 pm: Training
12 pm-1 pm: Lunch
1 pm-4 pm: Training

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Danielle Kepler

Biography: Danielle Kepler, LCPC is the founder and “head insurance guru” at Be Your Own Biller, LLC, where she offers consultation to business owners, solo practioners, and non-profits local to Chicago and across the nation. Be Your Own Biller’s mission is to empower clinicians and demystify the insurance credentialing and billing world so they do not need to hire a long-term credentialing or billing service. She co-hosts a podcast dedicated to insurance credentialing and billing. In addition to consulting, she is a clinical therapist and has a private practice in downtown Chicago. She is paneled with over 30 private insurance companies/EAPs and does her own credentialing and billing.

Insurance Credentialing and Billing Workshop

Workshop Description: Many clinicians want to accept insurance in their practices, but shy away from it due to myths, misperceptions, and a fear of becoming overwhelmed with the process. This workshop will walk clinicians through the process step-by-step on how to panel with insurance companies and EAP panels as well as the insurance verification and billing process. Also included in this workshop is how to credential and bill if you want to expand into a group practice. The goal of this workshop is to empower clinicians and demystify the insurance process with practical and easy to follow strategies.

Kenneth Kessler

Biography: Kenneth Kessler, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science with his primary appointment being in the Psychology Department.  He is currently chairman of the Clinical Counselor licensing and Disciplinary Board and is the former chairman of the Clinical Psychologist Licensing and Disciplinary Board.  He has dual licensure in the state of Illinois as a Clinical Counselor and Clinical Psychologist.  He has 17 years of experience in the areas of mental health licensing and regulation and has published a book chapter on the topic of professional risk management.  He has given a number of invited lectures on the topic, has been retained as an expert in cases involving ethics and practice standards and teaches ethics and risk management to mental health professionals at the graduate level. 

Risk Management for Today's Mental Health Professional

Workshop Description: Participants in this workshop will be able to:

Identify common ethical conundrums that lead to or contribute to adverse actions against mental health professionals.

Discuss strategies to address common situations that lead to adverse actions against mental health professionals.

Implement an informed risk-management strategy in their mental health practice that will reduce exposure to future adverse actions.

This three-hour workshop will review approaches to ethical issues that commonly arise in clinical practice. Topics covered in this program will include: virtual psychotherapy, boundary violations, and FOID card reporting and risk management through office policies and practice management strategies. 

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Patricia Miller

Biography: Currently in private practice in Moline, Illinois, Patricia’s expertise in the array of behavioral health services and treatment of co-occurring disorders, primarily MH and opioid-use disorder, stems from having also held clinical leadership positions, respectively, in a hospital-based mental health outpatient clinic, an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, and an outpatient medication-assisted treatment clinic for opioid use disorder, the latter for which she still provides professional consulting and Clinical Supervision.  Barely a side-note in most graduate addiction classes prior to the start of her career in 2001, opiate addiction has become a national epidemic commanding the attention of behavioral health, medical and law enforcement professionals.  Patricia’s varied career has uniquely positioned her, with “hands-on” expertise, to help other professionals understand and address this growing, complex issue that’s devastating so many lives.

Opioid Recovery and Dual Diagnosis

Workshop Description: This workshop offers practical, effective, judgment-free approaches to help overcome dual-diagnosed patients’ very complex, multi-layered barriers to wellness and healing. Come learn how to peel back the layers of dual-diagnosed patients. Discover the richness of recovery and wellness of whole individuals at the other end of the treatment spectrum. The purpose of this workshop is to address the challenges of treating patients dealing with opioid addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders in a ‘where the rubber hits the road’ manner resulting in enhanced engagement and improved outcomes.

Camille R. Quinn

Biography: Dr. Camille R. Quinn is a clinician-scholar, speaker, trauma & wellness expert and Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University, College of Social Work. Dr. Quinn is a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois and has over 15 years of experience providing and managing clinical and therapeutic services to children and families impacted by stress, trauma and violence exposure in Chicago and Los Angeles. Her research primarily focuses the etiology of stress, trauma, suicide, and violence exposure among youth involved in or at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system, as well as developing individual and structural interventions that combine aspects of mindfulness-movement and cognitive-behavioral therapies to reduce mental health burden associated with recidivism.

 Didactic Concepts & Best Practices in Holistic Therapeutic Approaches to reduce Trauma & Psychological Distress and Renew Emotional Health & Purposeful Living

Workshop Description: In this workshop, you will learn the core principles and practices of current and premier holistic and therapeutic approaches to improve your clients’ emotional health and well-being. These approaches can be used in companion with other evidence-based treatment approaches to bolster the healing process for your clients. We will define stress, trauma and violence exposure, as well as each approach that will be demonstrated during the workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply these approaches to client cases and explore practical ways to assess and plan treatment and counseling services for individuals impacted by stress and trauma and/or have histories of violence exposure or victimization. Our central focus will be three-fold: 1) define stress, trauma and violence exposure to enhance clinicians’ abilities to recognize symptoms and triggers associated with disconnection, distress and associated mental health problems, and 2) define and demonstrate the array of holistic therapeutic approaches to ignite the motivation and active participation of attendees in their learning process, and 3) provide hands-on training so attendees can experience the exact circumstance(s) they will be able to create with their clients, including the use of these approaches. We will apply and evaluate, view and discuss the approaches for the specific purposes in use with their clients, such as initiating grounding techniques, body movement and treatment, and tracking of vital signs. Participants will take away techniques designed to assist them in supporting their clients’ wellness, mental health, mastering their lives, and living in their purpose. The workshop will include actionable steps that can be implemented immediately to “UPLEVEL” their clients’ lives and step into their health and purposeful renewal. By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to create counseling and treatment experiences that allow their clients to participate in their therapeutic processes fully, actively and purposefully to enhance the overall quality of their emotional health and quality of life, i.e., PURPOSEFUL LIVING. Workshop facilitators include 4 doctoral level trained facilitators (2 in social work, 1 in education and 1 in naprapathy) and a nurse.

Workshop will be 6.0 CEs/PDs for LPC/LCPC; LSW/LCSW; LMFT; Psychologists.


Cancellation Policy. Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus a $20 administration fee. No refunds can be made seven days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inadequate registration or other circumstances beyond our control. If IMHCA cancels a workshop due to inadequate registration, you will receive a full refund. IMHCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. IMHCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. IMHCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case IMHCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.