Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 ICA Annual Conference

"Reinventing Community"

November 13, 14, 15
Marriott Hotel, Schaumburg, IL

*For STUDENTS, the conference package is $190 before November 1st and $225 November 1st and after.
*For VOLUNTEERS, a deposit of $10 is required. (More information below.)
*If you are interested in carpooling to the conference, email cslnews@depaul.edu.


Interested in volunteering for the conference?

To volunteer, graduate students must make a registration deposit of $10 which will be returned in cash at the completion of service.

Graduate students are required to volunteer for ONE time slot and are free to attend the rest of the annual conference as they please. Meals are NOT included in the Grad Student Registration.

You are able to volunteer your time the Sunday and Wednesday before the conference, at the conference, as well as the Sunday after the conference.

Click here for volunteer registration.

Conference Activities

Learn: Thursday Pre-Conference, your choice of a full day workshop: Crossing the Mental Health/HealthCare Divide: Building the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Care Team. Your chance to learn from other disciplines such as Psychiatrists, MDs, Insurance Providers, and Attorneys. Or, do one or both half day workshops on Advanced Private Practice, or the Experience of Combat and Deployment. Friday and Saturday, choose from 59 workshops and 28 poster sessions. You can earn up to 19CEs or CPDUs for the 3 days!

Feast: Thursday and Friday Receptions, and Friday and Saturday Continental Breakfasts and Lunches.

Fun: Laugh with the Therapy Players following the awards reception. Enjoy a Yoga session, get a Chair Massage or a Career Consultation. Exchange Books, win Gift Baskets, play Exhibitor Bingo and Network with your fellow counselors.

Read more about the ICA Conference in the latest issue of the ILLINOIS COUNSELOR magazine.

Mindfulness Program

Mindfulness for Eating Disorders
alexian brothers behavioral health hospital

Integrating knowledge of health, nutrition, and how food makes you feel.

Mindfulness is in Fashion, 
But How Does it Work? 

The food challenges facing those struggling with an eating disorder are often overwhelming and beyond their control. Mindfulness instills a level of self-awareness that enhances acceptance and improves the ability to make appropriate choices. There is an overall sense of peace and calmness that reduces the arousal state produced by negative thoughts and emotions.
The anxiety that drives the anorectic and bulimic to surrender to food aversions can be offset by ‘gentle eating’ and acquiring the skills to uncouple destructive thoughts. The binge eater can master extracting maximum sensory pleasure that will pacify their cravings and short circuit their compulsive behavior through slow eating and mindfulness techniques. The goal is to retrain and thereby rewire the brain through the acquisition of knowledge and experience. Healthy and appropriate eating is attained by developing a more habituated behavior of remaining within the boundaries of hunger and fullness or “zone of indifference.” One must learn to accept that the urges to eat are a moving target that necessitates the skills of mindfulness to navigate through the daily challenges one encounters. Please join guest speaker, Ralph
Carson, LD, RD, Ph.D., for the enlightening program, Mindfulness is in Fashion, But How Does it Work, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Dr. Carson is Executive Director of FitRx, American Addiction Center in Tennessee, and Clinical Nutritional Advisor of Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

November 4th, 2014
9 AM - 12 PM

NIU Conference Center | Hoffman Estates
3.0 CEUS available for this event, and continental breakfast will be served.