2018 40th Annual NIEAPA Conference Agenda

Navigating Work Life Transitions:
Meeting Clinical, Professional & Workplace Needs 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 

Drury Lane | Oak Brook

7:30 am
Registration and Check-In

7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Visit Exhibits

8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Session 1
 - Keynote Speaker - Erasing the Distance

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Break and Visit Exhibits

10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Session 1 -
Modern Marijuana and the Implications of Legalization, Presented by: Karen Wolownik Albert, LCSW

Session 2 - Stress WellnessPresented by: Serena Wadhwa, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC, RYT 

Session 3 - “Plan” Might Be A Four-Letter Word But “Planning” Isn’t, Presented by: Larry Gard, Ph.D.

Session 4 - Trauma Informed Care and Clinician Self Care, Presented by: Nancy Little, LCPC and Jasmine Watkins, LCPC

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch & Speaker

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Break and Visit Exhibitors

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Session 5 -
 Incorporating Families into Treatment for Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders and Brain Illness, Presented by: Mary Woods, BC-RN, LADC, MSHS

Session 6 - Work-life Balance 2.0, Presented by: James Porter, M.A.L.S.

Session 7 - Ethical Solutions for EAP and Therapy Clients Facing Separation and Divorce
Presented by: Ann Cerney, MS, LCPC, Gail Petrich, JD, PsyD, and Danya Grunyk, MBA JD

Session 8 - Shame in the Workplace: How To Navigate Difficult Emotions in Professional Settings,
Presented by: Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Break and Visit Exhibitors, Raffle

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Session 9 -
Integrating Addiction Treatment and Trauma Healing, Presented by: Bob Carty, LCPC, CADC, CCJP, Vanessa Lowrey, LCPC, CADC and Jim Nicholas, LCPC, CRADC, EAS-C

Session 10 - Integrating Positive Psychology into Clinical Practice, Presented by: Val Jencks, MS, LMFT, LCPC


  • Enjoy a full day of quality professional development
  • Network with extremely knowledgeable professionals
  • Expand your skills through educational seminars
  • Build valuable resources through regular contact with others in the industry
  • Share ideas, problems and solutions with peers and colleagues
  • Learn more about current trends and innovative ideas
  • Recharge your batteries in the company of other professionals

CEU and PDH Credits are available for CEAP, LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, IAODAPCA 

Northern Illinois Chapter Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA)

Address: 400 E. Randolph #2305, Chicago. IL 60601
Phone: +1 (312) 756-7756
Email: nieapa@corpevent.com

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