“Mental Health: Why Does It Matter” A Compassionate Community Responds
Fifteenth Annual Community Conference
Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
“The opportunity and support to live
meaningful lives in the community can be
as beneficial as other forms of treatment.”
– Dr. Mark Salzer
About our Day and About Our Speakers
Welcome to the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute Community Conference, “Mental Health: Why Does It Matter” A Compassionate Community Responds. Our conference is designed to inform, teach and learn more about the most vulnerable in our society and how each of us can help.
Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for registration and exhibit viewing. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with words of hope from Reverend Mark Dennis. Speakers include, Cook County Sheriff, Thomas A. Dart, Dr. Mark Salzer and Jesse Teverbaugh. After a question and answer led by Dr. Tiffany Masson, the first discussion group and lunch will begin at 12:15 p.m. Exhibits and reception will follow. The second discussion group begins at 2:15 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL DISCUSSION GROUPS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CEU’S. For more information about continuing education credit, go to http://nrci-2016-ce-info.weebly.com/
Opening Words of Hope:
Rev. Mark A. Dennis Jr., MDiv, M.M., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of McGaw YMCA. Mr. Dennis is utilizing his expertise as a former consultant and facilitator in the nonprofit sector to further advance the McGaw YMCA’s mission, to ensure all youth realize their potential. He has also served as Senior Pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Evanston.
Thomas J. Dart has been the Sheriff of Cook County since 2006. A former prosecutor and state legislator, he has fought to protect the most vulnerable in our society. There are over 2,500 people with diagnosed mental illness in jail under the Sheriff’s responsibility, making it the largest mental health facility in the country. “The mentally ill have been systematically neglected and demonized and ultimately criminalized in this country. Let us finally prioritize mental health and see justice for the mentally ill out of respect for their humanity, not of our fear.”
Mark Salzer, Ph.D., is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University and Director of the Temple University collaborative on Community Inclusion of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities. He has published over 90 articles and book chapters and has given over 200 presentations around the world promoting community inclusion.
Jesse Teverbaugh is the Director of Student and Alumni Affairs for The Cara Program. Cara prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives and find quality employment. “I know what it feels like to be in pain and not have any hope.” Jesse began as a student, rose to a trainer, supervisor and now Director.
Tiffany Masson, Psy.D., is the Interim Campus Dean at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Chicago, and VP of E-Learning and Global Innovation. As interim Campus Dean, she oversees and advances growth for the institution. She is also charged with positioning TCSPP as a national and international leader in learning.
This conference would not be possible without the ongoing support of our donors, conference speakers, discussion leaders and volunteers to whom we are deeply grateful.
Marilyn and Larry Cohen
Founders. Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute
This program is underwritten by the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute A 501c3 nonprofit corporation.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking for the event at the site is extremely limited. In order to accommodate for this, ADDITIONAL PARKING AND SHUTTLE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE AT ROYCEMORE SCHOOL, 1200 DAVIS ST. (ASBURY AND DAVIS ST.)
Additionally, access to Beth Emet is easily made from the CTA Purple Line - Dempster Stop.
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