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Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 6 - 12, 2019

Visit and follow the IMHCA Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages for daily posts shining a light on mental illness and helping to exchange stigma for hope throughout Mental Illness Awareness Week. Also, join us in sharing why you care about mental illness awareness.



A note from the IMHCA Board President, Dr. Laurie Siegel on volunteerism:

Excerpt from the President’s Pen in the September 2019 IMHCA Newsletter

“Maybe you wonder why myself or others (board members and others, which may include yourself), would volunteer to be a part of ICA, IMHCA or other professional organizations. To answer this somewhat puzzling question, is as follows;

I recently have been doing research on HAPPINESS, and how one can truly be happy. Through my happiness research, the one thing that keeps resonating is that the key to happiness is helping others.

There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others.

“For it is in giving that we receive” — Saint Francis of Assisi

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity” — Leo Tolstoy

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give” — Winston Churchill

“Making money is a happiness; making other people happy is a super happiness” — Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus

“Giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping, because giving gives you purpose. When you have a purpose-driven life, you’re a happier person” — Goldie Hawn

Scientific research provides data to support the evidence that giving is a powerful pathway to personal growth and lasting happiness. Through MRI technology, we now know that giving activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex. Experiments show evidence that altruism is hardwired in the brain and it’s pleasurable. Helping others may just be the secret to living a life that is not only happier but also healthier, wealthier, more productive, and meaningful.

In order to get the best out of HELPING OTHERS, please consider the following suggestions:

  • Find your passion and also find ways to integrate your interests and skills with the needs of others.
  • Choose what helping activities are right for you, and what feels good for you.

In closing, I guess I wouldn’t be being doing my job as an advocate for both volunteerism and giving back if I didn’t encourage all of you to reach out and step up to volunteer for IMHCA.

If you are interested, please feel free to email me at laurie.siegel@nl.edu

-Laurie Siegel”

IMHCA Leadership

Executive Board Members:

President: Laurie Siegel
President-Elect: Matt Littlefield
Secretary: Jessica Dyrek
Treasurer: Judy Fawell
Past President: Nadia Johnson

Board Members:

Fran Giordano
Toni Tollerud
John D’Anca
Hector Zavala
Norm Dasenbrook
Serena Wadwha
Regina Verhelst
Coresair Mack


Rachel Banick, Association Director
Dan Stasi, Executive Consultant
Rachel Gorsuch, Division Coordinator
Maddy Mershon, Administrative Assistant

Upcoming IMHCA CE Workshops & Conferences:

October 17, 2019 – Ethics in Social Work and Counseling:  Updated Practices (3 CEs) – Skokie, IL

November 19, 2019 – Addressing Ethics and Best Practices in Supervision for Counselors & Social Workers (6 CEs) – Northbrook, IL

December 6-7, 2019 – Starting, Maintaining, and Expanding a Successful Private Practice (10 CEs)) – Northbrook, IL

December 14-15, 2019 – NCMHCE/LCPC Test Prep Workshop (12 CEs) – Skokie, IL

February 18, 2020 – Trauma Informed Supervision: Strategies to Avoid Burnout (6 CEs) – Naperville, IL

February 21-22, 2020 – NCMHCE/LCPC Test Prep Workshop (12 CEs) – Naperville, IL

February 28-29, 2020 – Starting, Maintaining, and Expanding a Successful Private Practice (10 CEs) – Naperville, IL

June 27-28, 2020 – NCMHCE/LCPC Test Prep Workshop (12 CEs) – Northbrook, IL

September 14, 2020 – Group, Peer, and Triadic Clinical Supervision Strategies: Best Practices (6 CEs) – Schaumburg, IL

September 16-20, 2020 - Private Practice Boot Camp 5 Day Intensive Training (25 CEs) – Schaumburg, IL

September 26-27, 2020 – NCMHCE/LCPC Test Prep Workshop (12 CEs) – Schaumburg, IL

December 1, 2020 – Addressing Ethics and Best Practices in Supervision (6 CEs) – Naperville, IL

December 5-6, 2020 – NCMHCE/LCPC Test Prep Workshop (12 CEs) – Skokie, IL


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