The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education’s overarching ambition is to reduce the stigma of mental illness, that has been a barrier for individuals, families, and communities receiving much-needed support. The institute aims to provide resources and hope to those that struggle with mental illness, and to those who support them. The institute strives to educate people on mental health issues through various outreach programs.



Treating Anxiety: Integrating Western and Eastern Therapeutic Approaches

Program Offers 3 APA CEs for Psychologists & 3 CEUs for Counselors & Social Workers

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:15pm

To register or for more information visit https://treatinganxiety.eventbrite.com

Presented by Larry Stoler, MSSA, Ph.D., this introductory workshop will introduce participants to an approach to treating anxiety that is based on a foundation that is consistent with modern science, and Eastern spiritual practice, particularly Chinese Medicine.  This approach honors, but also extends the current practice to address and remedy deeper causes of anxiety.  Participants will be taught easy-to-learn Qigong (“Chee-Kung”) practices drawn from Chinese Medicine that they can use for self-healing and share with their patients. This workshop will help practitioners have a better understanding of therapies adapted from Eastern philosophy, gain confidence in using these integrative approaches, and broaden the range of approaches they can use to treat anxiety.

Addressing Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice: A Case Study Approach

Program Offers 3 APA CEs for Psychologists & 3 CEUs for Counselors & Social Workers

Friday, March 8th, 2019 at 9:00am – 12:15pm

To register or for more information visit https://ethicalissuesinclinicalpractice.eventbrite.com for Friday, March 8th

Presented by Kate Mahoney, MSW, LCSW, & Claire Openshaw, MA, LPC. This intermediate workshop will help clinicians identify a number of different ethical dilemmas they have faced in their clinical practice.  This workshop will present a seven-step decision-making model for ethical dilemmas that emerge in clinical practice.  Participants will then practice applying the seven-step model to a number of different clinical case studies presented.



Integrating Mental & Physical Health

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Roycemore School: 1200 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

Registration details coming soon…

Dr. Jeffrey Rediger, Nancy Carstedt, Dr. Stanley McCracken, and Robyn Golden

Our 2018 conference was a success…

The majority of participants rated our 2018 conference as “excellent.” Read what some had to say:

“This conference encouraged me to think differently about several mental health topics”
“A full, rich day with wonderful and inspiring speakers”
“I gained ideas on how to help myself and family members age better”
“I learned information that I can integrate into my personal and professional life”
“The conference opened my eyes more to my field of peer mental health support”
“It was definitely a powerful conference”