**2018 ICA Pre-Conference Workshop
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**2018 ICA Pre-Conference Workshop

ICA is offering 2 workshops during our Pre-Conference on Thursday, November 8. An all day Workshop: "Let It Be: Using Mindfulness to Reduce Anxiety" with Dr. Shilagh Mirgain presenting. The second workshop is sponsored by the Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors Division entitled " Advancing the Profession in Solidarity" with Dr. Justin Lauka presenting. Please see the descriptions below:

When: 9:00 AM
Where: The Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd
Itasca, Illinois  60143
United States
Contact: Ronna Heinig

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ICA Pre-Conference Workshop

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Let it Be:  Using Mindfulness to Reduce Anxiety

Dr. Shilagh Mirgain
Thursday, November 8, 2018
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This workshop will focus specifically on how to effectively integrate mindfulness practices into therapy for clients who present with anxiety symptoms. You will learn mindfulness-based approaches shown to significantly reduce anxiety and to support developing a kind and compassionate relationship with oneself.  You will explore the specific challenges of anxious thoughts and strategies to break free from patterns of worry, self-criticism and ruminative thinking. You will develop skills to encourage approach versus avoidance behaviors to enhance well-being. No prior mindfulness experience or knowledge required. 

Dr. Shilagh Mirgain is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in Health and Sport Psychology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  A sought after speaker, writer, facilitator and therapist, Shilagh is a frequent contributor to CBS 3 News in Madison and Wisconsin Public Radio.  She was recently featured on the TODAY show discussing skills to cultivate well-being and greater happiness in the workplace.

She writes and speaks on mind-body skills to foster optimal health.   Shilagh is also an accomplished researcher, lecturer and trainer in the field of Mindfulness Meditation. 

In her clinical practice, Shilagh specializes in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and chronic pain and mood and anxiety disorders.  Shilagh is also a sport psychologist to UW Badger student athletes. 


Shilagh received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.

Advancing the Profession in Solidarity

Sponsored by the Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors Division


Lead Presenter: Justin Lauka,  PhD, LCPC, CCMHC, NCC, ACS

Kim Duris, EdD, LCPC; Adam Carter, PhD, LCPC, NCC, ACS; Katie Miley, PsyD

Counselor educators and supervisors are responsible for the training of competent and ethical counseling students. However, the ostensibly singular nature of this belies a more complex range of professional tasks, including gatekeeping, program evaluation, teaching, supervision, scholarship, community engagement, and leadership. Evolving laws, healthcare policy, accreditation standards, and other trends impact the work we do, and the students and clients we serve. This pre-conference workshop will provide a forum that fosters camaraderie and innovation among counselor educators, supervisors, and students. A keynote presentation will highlight emerging trends; roundtable discussions will be offered throughout the day around topics of research, supervision, gatekeeping, accreditation, teaching, and leadership. Upon completion, participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the critical issues the profession faces, a stronger affiliation with peers, and action items to move forward.

This workshop will provide a forum that fosters camaraderie and innovation among counselor educators and supervisors. A keynote presentation and roundtable discussions will help facilitate a deeper awareness of emerging professional issues to collectively act upon within an expanded peer network.

By the end of this workshop participants will:  1. Identify emerging issues and trends within the counseling profession. 2. Increase one's understanding of the professional roles and functions of counselor educators and supervisors. 3. Increase one's network of colleagues