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Building Your Practice In an Era of Integrated Care

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM - Friday, November 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Building Your Practice In an Era of Integrated Care

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Session 2 (September 19) Registration Ended $30.00 $2.64
Session 3 (October 17) Registration Ended $30.00 $2.64
Session 4 (November 21) Registration Ended $30.00 $2.64

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Event Details

Session 4: Models of Integration - A Panel Discussion
November 21st, 1:30-3:30pm

Learning Objectives:
  • To summarize the information presented at the 1st three workshops in regard to thinking about models of integrative care.
  • To develop an understanding of the existing models of integrative primary care.
  • Clinicians will begin formulating plans for development of a model of integrative care that fits their style and means of practice.
  • Clinicians will increase awareness of how they can collaborate with other kinds of specialty practices to provide holistic client care.

About the Presenters

Dr. Lynda Behrendt, Psy.D., R.N.
Dr. Behrendt was a medical nurse for ten years working in home health care, orthopedics, surgery, ER, psychiatry and telemetry.  She has been a counselor and clinical psychologist for almost thirty years. Her specialties include working with adult client with spiritual values, coexisting medical problems and inter-cultural adjustment.For the last 14 years she has worked as the Director of Professional Affairs for the Illinois Psychological Association. She assists psychologists to deal with legal, licensing, ethical, reimbursement and educational issues.

Susy Francis, PsyD, MBA

Dr. Francis has served as the Executive Director of Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago for 10 years. She is a bilingual (Spanish) psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with students, families, and individual adults in a variety of settings. Her passion is creating access to quality mental health resources for people of all socio-economic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. She has been featured on Moody Radio, ABC’s Windy City Live, First Business News Network, and other media outlets to provide relevant insights for listeners/viewers on a variety of topics. She had the honor of being selected as one of CBS's "Women to Know" in January 2014.

Dr. Francis is a frequent presenter at educational, business, and religious institutions and trains over 1000 people every year on topics like workplace performance enhancement, parenting, and healthy relationships. She also serves as an executive consultant to organizations in a variety of fields.

Earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is currently an adjunct faculty. She earned her MBA from North Park University. As Executive Director, she is overseeing the transition to DSM 5 and ICD 10 compliance for a staff of 15 therapists and is responsible for teaching DSM 5 and ICD coding to her students as an adjunct faculty.

Eva Ponder, PsyD, LCSW
Dr. Ponder serves as the Clinical Director of Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago. She has over 20 years of experience working with diverse populations. As the Clinical Director, Dr. Ponder is overseeing the transition to DSM 5 diagnoses among a staff of 15 clinicians. She has been responsible for the implementation of outcome measurements in clinical practice and has presented on this in clinical settings.

Dr. Ponder was a collaborating investigator to the DSM 5 through her participation in DSM 5 field trials. While she has a broad range of clinical experience, she is especially interested in working with clients recovering from traumas, dealing with boundary and relationship issues, and parenting issues. She also provides marital and pre-marital therapy.

Dr. Ponder has been working with cases of trauma for over 15 years. She is trained in EMDR, an evidence based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that has been proven to be highly effective.

Jess Zimmerman, RD, LDN,

Jess is a registered Dietitian at Healthier Tomorrows is passionate about building strong relationships with her clients and providing them with the education and motivation to enhance their current health status to a healthier, more optimal state of being using food as medicine. She takes great pride in spending time with her clients, learning their story and completing the discovery process together to tailor treatment directly to the individual's needs.

Specializing in food sensitivities, digestive issues, diabetes, weight management and increasing overall health and well-being, she utilizes functional nutrition, which incorporates a food-as-medicine approach, addressing the whole person rather than isolated symptoms. She works with her clients to look at both internal and external factors affecting their health and vitality.

Jess offers one-on-one nutrition sessions, along with grocery store tours, recipe tastings, individual cooking lessons, cooking classes, and seminars and workshops. She emphasizes creativity and sustainability when working with clients to develop realistic solutions to overcome obstacles.

About the Series
Integrated care: you've probably heard the term, and are aware of the significant changes occurring in today's health care landscape. More than ever, behavioral health clinicians will need to adapt services to fit an integrated care model, and forge new partnerships with health practitioners of all disciplines.


We invite you you to join Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago for a 4-part series on building a thriving practice in a new era of integrated care. Learn strategies from experts on the cutting-edge of the the health care movement on topics from patient treatment to strategic partnership building with other practitioners. A new era in health care is here--are you ready to for it?


Call: 312-573-8878

Email: Brendan Dry at bdry@chicagocounseling.org

Have questions about Building Your Practice In an Era of Integrated Care? Contact Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago

When & Where

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago
1111 N Wells St
Room 100
Chicago, IL 60610

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM - Friday, November 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago is a faith-based, not-for-profit (501(c)3) mental health agency, providing exceptional counseling and personal development services to individuals all of all ages, couples, and families. Our therapists incorporate evidence-based cutting edge tools into their work with clients and every client receives individualized care based on their needs and goals. Our vision is to make our services accessible to the community, which is why we partner with Chicago area schools, businesses, churches, and other community organizations to provide professional development trainings, seminars and workshops, as well as academic counseling groups for students. We have been practicing in the Near North neighborhood of Chicago for over 40 years and are also an APA (American Psychological Association) approved training site for Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral level psychology students.

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