Over the years, our annual conferences have addressed topics
critical to improving our understanding of mental health and the associated stigma.

Integrating Mental and Physical Health

Held on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Roycemore School, Evanston WE WELCOMED: Opening Remarks: Rabbi Eleanor G. Smith, MD Associate Rabbi at Beth Emet and Internist for Northwestern Medicine in Evanston Moderator: Marvin Lindsey, MSW, CADC CEO of Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois and Executive Director of ProviderCo, LLC Panelist: Dr. Elizabeth…

2018 Conference a Great Success

Every year, the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education holds a community mental health conference. We are proud to share that this year was our seventeenth conference. The focus of this year’s conference was on ‘Older Adults Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges.’ This topic aligns with the institute’ is dedicated to reducing mental…

2018 Conference: Older Adult Mental Health: Opportunities & Challenges

Since its inception, the conference has been held at the Beth Emet Synagogue; however, for the upcoming 2018 conference, we have a new location of Roycemore School in Evanston. So please join us on Sunday, June 3rd for the 17th conference addressing ‘Older Adults Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges.’ Register for the 2018 conference: https://nrci-conference2018.Eventbrite.com.…

NRCI'S 2017 Annual Community Mental Health Conference

“Raising Resilient Children: Prioritizing their Mental Health” was held on June 4th 2017 at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston Our 2017 plenary panel (Dr. Mark Reniecke, Dr. Louis Kraus, Christine Walker, and Schuyler Walker) The conference was opened by RABBI ELEANOR SMITH, MD. KRAUS MD, DIRECTOR OF CHILD PSYCHIATRY AT RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER;…

Thank You for an Execellent Conference

2017 CONFERENCE – RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN: PRIORITIZING THEIR MENTAL HEALTH  The 2017 community mental health conference laid a strong emphasis on raising resilient children. Developmental theorists have described the importance of psychosocial stages, childhood experiences, attachment, and the prevalence of resources that can give a holistic view of a child’s life. However, with the increasing rate…

Trilogy – Partner in Recovery Award

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NAACP Evanston/North Shore Branch 2015 Community Service Award

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Stigma Brochure

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An Informed Community is a Prepared Community!

Learn about changes to migrant programs as a result of the recent presidential election, and how this effects immigrants.

The 2016 Conference Attendees Have Spoken

We saw great success at the 2016 Community Mental Health Conference. More than 300 people attended and we had several dynamic, knowledgeable speakers, including Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, Temple University professor Dr. Mark Salzer, McGaw YMCA CEO Mark Dennis and CARA Program Director Jesse Teverbaugh. Our speakers captivated attendees as they imparted their…

Understanding and Overcoming Stigma

Here’s What You Missed if You Missed this Year’s Community Mental Health Conference On June 7, we opened the doors of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue to welcome 290 attendees to our 14th annual Community Mental Health Conference. Tackling a subject we hadn’t before, we made the focus of this year’s conference stigma, and titled…

Suicide: Responding and Creating Hope

June 1st Conference – SUICIDE: Responding and Creating Hope a Huge Success Struggle against suicide hard but progress seen with candor, less stigma.

Conference & Related Programming

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS PROGRAMMING Due to the invitation of those outside TCSPP, physical attendance to several of our programs this month will be available only through sign-up on Eventbrite. Please check back regularly for updates and Eventbrite links if you want to attend these programs.

The 2016 Conference Attendees Have Spoken

We saw great success at the 2016 Community Mental Health Conference. More than 300 people attended and we had several dynamic, knowledgeable speakers, including Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, Temple University professor Dr. Mark Salzer, McGaw YMCA CEO Mark Dennis and CARA Program Director Jesse Teverbaugh.

Photos from June 5, 2016 Mental Health Conference

Back Row: TCS ES President Dr. Michael Horowitz, Chicago Campus President Dr. Michele Nealson-Woods, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart of Cook County, NRCI Founder Larry Cohen, Mark Salzer, Ph. D., Professor at Temple University, Jesse Teverbaugh, Director of Cara Program, Interim Chief Academic Officer Dr. Ted Scholz, and Interim Chicago Campus Dean Dr. Tiffany Masson. Front…

2013: Trauma

Click here for this year’s morning session audio Click here for the text of Rabbi Eleanor Smith’s spiritual message Please follow these links to hear some of the highlights from this year’s Conference:Part 1Part 2 Presentations from the 2013 Conference available here:Click here for Dr. Cassandra Kisiel’s presentation at this year’s NRCI Conference on TRAUMA…

12th Annual Mental Health Conference: TRAUMA

The impact of Trauma is realized by every age group, race, ethnicity, socio-economic group, gender, community, and workforce.

2013 NRCI Annual Mental Health Conference – Great Success!

NRCI hosted its 12th Annual Mental Health Conference at the Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston.  This year’s Conference, focused on trauma, drew in about 300 professionals and consumers to discuss the variety of issues related to this incredibly important topic.  Tonier Cain, Dr. Cassandra Kisiel, and Dr. Bradley Stolbach served as this year’s panel, with…

2012: Managing Anxiety

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute’s 11th Annual Conference Focuses on Managing Anxiety Participants Share Moving Stories June 4, 2012–The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI) at TCSPP hosted a conference on June 3, 2012, where more than 325 attendees heard Dr. Mark Pollack, Dr. Rick Zinbarg and Susan Richman speak about managing anxiety in children, adolescents and…

2011: Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder: Progress and Promise In 2002 we held our very first conference entitled “Understanding Manic Depressive (Bipolar) Illness.” At that time the illness was estimated to affect 2.5 million Americans, yet was little understood and often untreated. Today, Bipolar Disorder is more fully understood and while there are more effective treatments available, it now…

2010: Addictions

Discovering Hope: Understanding Addictions An addiction is a dependence on a behavior or substance that a person is powerless to stop. Without the substance or addictive behavior, the addict soon becomes incapable of “normal” behavior or human interaction. Substance abuse and its related problems are some of our society’s most pervasive health and social concerns.…

2009: Shattering Myths

Another Triumph The May 31, 2009 Eighth Annual Community Mental Health Conference on Shattering Myths: Men, Boys and Mental Health was another highly successful program. There were more than 300 participants and in excess of 120 sponsoring organizations. Over 90% of the responding participants rated the Conference as “excellent,” “very good” or “good”, over 98%…

2008: Women's Voices

Women’s voices: Understanding Mental Health Issues of Women and Girls Mental illnesses affect women and men differently. Some mental health disorders are unique to women, more common in women or express themselves differently in women and men. Unipolar depression is twice as common in women. Anxiety disorders and eating disorders are also more prevalent in…

2007: Supporting Loved Ones

Someone you love has mental illness — your child, your parent, your friend: Support and solutions. One out of four Americans have a close family member or are themselves being treated for mental illness. Applied to the 2004 U.S. census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.…

2006 Conference: Early Adult Depression

Depression in Adults Between 20 and 50: Prevention and Solutions Depression is the most devastating disease known to mankind… not AIDS, not breast cancer, but depression is the major scourge of mankind.” These are the words of our keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Kramer, in his recent highly acclaimed book, Against Depression. This year’s Conference will…

2005 Conference: Late Adult Depression

Depression in Adults 50 & Over: Prevention and Treatment Depression does not discriminate – it can develop in anyone at any age. Older adults are certainly susceptible; clinical depression, it is estimated, affects more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans who are 65 or older. Many older adults have suffered depressive episodes during…