Educational Institutions

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education’s top priority is to educate communities about mental health, in the hope of reducing the associated stigma. Our work is visible in many areas, but here is some of the work we have done with educational institutions:

2019

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education held an Addressing Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice: Case Study Approach training at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, which was conducted by Kate Mahoney, LCSW (the Executive Director of the institute) and Claire Openshaw, MA, LPC. This intermediate workshop helped clinicians identify a number of different ethical dilemmas they have faced in their clinical practice. This workshop presented a seven-step decision-making model for ethical dilemmas that emerge in clinical practice.  Participants then practiced applying the seven-step model to a number of different clinical case studies presented.

2019

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education was honored to have Larry Stoler, MSSA, Ph.D., present Treating Anxiety: Integrating Western and Eastern Therapeutic Approaches at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology on Thursday, February 21st. This workshop introduced participants to an approach of treating anxiety 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 were 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 helped practitioners gain 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.

2019

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education held a Mental Health First Aid training at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, which was conducted by Kate Mahoney, LCSW (the Executive Director of the institute). This 8-hour course educates participants on how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. The training educated participants on risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

2018

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education held a Mental Health First Aid training at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, which was conducted by Kate Mahoney, LCSW (the Executive Director of the institute) and Elise Roug, LCPC. This 8-hour course educates participants on how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. The training educated participants on risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

2018

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education partnered with the Social Justice Leadership Academy at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to host an education seminar regarding human rights. How Important are Human Rights was presented by the institutes’ fellow, Claire Openshaw, MA, LPC. This presentation aimed at defining human rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, discussing the human rights that are currently being violated worldwide, and outlined the importance of being aware of the resources available to help those whose rights are being violated.

2018

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education was honored to have Jack Schultz perform his one-man show I’m Falling in Love All the Time. Jack shared his profoundly moving story of love, loss, and addiction with us here at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Jack’s emotive, humorous, and powerful performance allowed the audience to deeply connect with his story. His creative use of the sound and smell of coffee being brewed, immediately drew the audience in. Thank you, Jack!

2018

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education partnered with the Social Justice Leadership Academy at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to host an education seminar regarding sexual misconduct. #TimesUpForThatToo: Recognizing and Responding to Non-Physical Forms of Sexual Misconduct was presented by the institutes’ fellow, Claire Openshaw, MA, LPC. This presentation aimed at defining forms of sexual misconduct, educating participants about signs of sexual misconduct, rights and options, and bystander intervention tactics, and providing appropriate resources for participants.

2018

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education was honored to have Liron David, Advocate, BSW, LL.M, Director of International affairs and Development at Enosh – The Israeli Mental Health Association (the leading mental health organization in Israel) present Examining Advances in Mental Health in Israel Through an Ethics Lens. Liron discussed the history of mental health services in Israel and reforms, along with public advocacy promoted by or with Enosh for the rights of people with mental disabilities.

2013-2015

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education’s work is visible in its continued work throughout the community.  Throughout the 2013-2015 school years, NRCI has worked tirelessly to bring mental health education programming to middle schoolers and high schoolers through partnerships with Girls in the Game, Evanston Township High School, and Erie Neighborhood House.  Working closely with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, the institute has brought experts in the field of psychology to share their ideas and experiences with graduate students here at the school, providing students with real-world advice and guidance.

Dr. Maureen Keeshin has partnered with Lakeview High School and Amundsen High School to deliver mental health education training to high school juniors and seniors.  Under the supervision of Dr. Keeshin, Counseling Psychology students will deliver presentations on the challenges of transitioning into Life After High School, the symptoms and effects of depression, prevention and management of text anxiety, and how to support friends and family with mental health issues.  Chicago School students will also explore the stigma related to these topics in an effort to teach awareness, prevention, and coping skills.  NRCI is looking forward to another year of working with Lakeview and Amundsen staff, teachers, and students; a great partnership!

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2012

A TCSPP student worked with youth at an Evening Reporting Center (ERC).  ERCs are alternative to detention facilities for youth who have involvement with the Court.   The presentation addressed coping with aversive conditions in schools (e.g., walking through gang turfs between home and school, violence in school, peer pressure to use drugs).   There was a discussion about the aversive conditions that youth face in school, the impact of not doing anything to deal with the stress (e.g., increase in stress, anxiety, frustration, anger) and the benefits of effective coping (e.g., feelings of safety, control, self-efficacy).  As a group activity, the youth created a bookmark with tips on effective coping. For instance, they decided on the colors (non-gang related), the tips on coping, and the layout of the bookmark.   The participants then reflected on the self-identified coping efforts, their motivation to integrate the skills into their daily lives, as well as the benefits to disseminating this information to other youth in need of support.     TCS later put together their design of the bookmark including their effective coping tips and returned to the ERC to give the youth their bookmarks for them to keep and to distribute.    On the back of the bookmark were resources, including TCS Forensic Center, NRCI, and crisis hotline numbers.   The ERC roster of youth were low on the day of the presentation (three youth).  However, we plan to add this activity each semester as part of the Community Engagement course.

2011

Four TCSPP students developed workshops on coping with parental incarceration among minority youth in two groups:  6-11 and 12-18.  Stressors of dealing with a parent who is currently incarcerated or returning home from incarceration were discussed.  Signs of trouble were also discussed (i.e., sadness, anxiety, anger) and the youth shared their personal stories.  Discussions also focused on what gets in the way of seeking help.  The workshop ended with discussing the benefits to seeking help and resources available that included the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education.  The youth were given a bookmark with the resources (NRCI, TSC Forensic Center, National Runaway Switchboard). The youth completed Satisfaction Surveys.