Conference 2017
Larry CohenChair/Founder of Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental health Education

Marilyn CohenVice Chair/Founder of Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental health Education 

Kate Mahoney, Executive Director; Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental health Education

Dr. Michael HorowitzPresident; TCS Education System

Dr. Michele Nealon-WoodsPresident; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Mayra ChaconDirector; Center for Latino/a Mental Health

Jill GlennDirector; Community Partnerships

Dina GlaserDirector; Applied Professional Practice and Training Consortia

Dr. Maureen KeeshinDepartment Chair; Counseling Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


DIRECTOR: Kate Mahoney, LCSW

Kate Mahoney is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health. Kate earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University. She completed her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute, Kate served as Executive Director of PEER Services, a nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization that has offices in Evanston and Glenview for the past 28 years. She is active in the community, is a frequent presenter at conferences and community forums, and is a strong advocate for reducing the stigma that for too long has prevented many individuals from accessing mental health services and interfered with individuals impacted by mental illness from being fully integrated into the community.

Kate has dedicated much of her career to impacting public policy in order to increase access to care. She currently serves on the board of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health. She represents Illinois on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence. She is a past president of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association and the current president of the Illinois Association for Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment. She was the 2015 keynote speaker for the ACLU Peoria Chapter Annual Dinner in which she spoke about access to behavioral health treatment as a civil liberties issue.
Kate’s contributions to the field have been acknowledged by colleagues at the local and national level. She has received two awards from the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health. She was the 2010 recipient of the Mental Health America – North Shore Community Service Award. In 2013, Kate was awarded the prestigious national Nyswander/Dole award for her leadership in addressing the opioid epidemic.

Kate has a long history of chairing conferences and presenting workshops for mental health professionals. She served on the NRCI conference planning committee since 2007 and was a discussion leader for a number of our conferences. She Is a past conference chair for the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health Annual Conference and is serving as Accreditation Committee Chair for the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence Conference which will take place in New York City in March 2018.


IMG_3707LEAD FELLOW: Claire Openshaw, MA, LCPC

Claire is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor currently undertaking her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has been a Lead Fellow with the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education since 2017. Claire has worked with individuals in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and inpatient settings; conducting child, individual, family, couple and group therapy, as well as case management services. She has clinical experience working with individuals with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, from various cultural backgrounds. Her clinical focus is on trauma, grief, and immigration-related issues. Claire works from a collaborative style, primarily adopting a Client-Centered, Relational-Cultural, and Adlerian Therapy approach with a focus on trauma-informed and mindfulness practices. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Additionally, Claire has engaged in many community service programs with at-risk youth, the elderly, and survivors of sexual assault.





IMG_3707FELLOW: Elizabeth Selph, MBA, Clinical Psychology Masters Program Student

Elizabeth is in her last year of the Masters in Clinical Psychology Program with a Trauma concentration at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Elizabeth has been a Fellow with the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education since 2019.  She is currently in training at Associates in Human Development Counseling working with parents/co-parents and children in high conflict situations, domestic violence victims and perpetrators, and families and their children working with DCSF or Shelter.   Elizabeth is exploring clinical styles with a focus on a modern psychoanalytic perspective emphasizing object relations theory.  Her focus is on providing space for her clients to explore and transform deep relational issues, generational trauma, and learning new ways of relating based on held values. She adopts the philosophy that relationships and our ways of being influence every aspect of our lives both consciously and unconsciously.  Elizabeth grew up as Third Cultural Kid (TCK), which affords her a unique view of how each of us finds our cultural, personal, and interpersonal identities in our complex multicultural communities.