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Counseling In and For a Changing World

November 8,9, & 10, 2018

The Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd, Itasca, IL 60143
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Dr Shilagh Mirgain,

Pre-Conference Presentation: "Let It Be: Using Mindfulness to Reduce Anxiety"

Let It Be:  Using Mindfulness to Reduce Anxiety 

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. 

Friday Keynote:  "How to Thrive in Changing Times"

How to Thrive in Changing Times

As we are surrounded by stress, the challenges of life and a changing landscape of healthcare, it can be easy to start simply surviving and disconnecting from passions and purpose. Drawing from mindfulness and mind-body medicine, this keynote will provide empirically supported skills and simple practices to cultivate greater well-being and happiness. It will provide insight into how to nurture yourself, build greater confidence, and stay resilient so you can truly thrive in your work and personal life.

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.


See a presentation by Dr. Mirgain on YouTube


Joe Sanok

Saturday Keynote:  " Fostering AHA  Moments in a Changing World"

What do Apple, Star Wars, and a rhinoceros have in common? Where does clinical experience meet and fight with technology? Where do ideas come from and how can we foster them in ourselves and our clients? The world has changed and the field of counseling usually lags behind. Opportunities abound for counselors to move beyond traditional counseling. With podcasting, e-courses, and apps, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the possibilities. Usually we get paralyzed by doing it perfect. But there is another way to think about this changing world. 
Joe Sanok is the owner of Mental Wellness Counseling a private pay group practice in Traverse City, MI. He is also a TEDx speaker and has the #1 podcasts for counselors, The Practice of the Practice Podcast, which has been downloaded over a million times. He consults with practice owners that are starting, growing, and scaling a practice. Also, he helps them go after big ideas to change the field. His website, www.practiceofthepractice.com/resources is one of the top website resources for counselors.