Conference Archive

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

Sunday, June 9th, 2019 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Roycemore School: 1200 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

2019 Schedule:

9:00 – 10:00: Doors Open, Registration & Visit Exhibit Hall
10:00 – 12:30: Plenary Panel
12:30 –  1:00: Visit Exhibit Hall & Pick Up Lunch
1:00 –  2:15: Discussion Group A – Includes Lunch
2:15 –  2:30: Break
2:30 –  3:45: Discussion Group B
3:45 –  4:00: Submit Evaluations & Pick Up CEU Certificates (if needed)


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 Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH

Director of the Center for Multi-System Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic

at the American Institute for Research

Panelist: Rebecca Lahey, MSW, LCSW

Manager of Mental Health and Collaborative Care in the Department of Social Work

and Community Health at Rush University Medical Center

Panelist: Michael A. Fine

Certified Hatha Yoga instructor


1. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health  2. Innovations in Psychiatric Health Technologies  3. Spirituality and Health
4. Healing from the Inside Out  5. Cultivating Emotional Balance  6. Managing Chronic Conditions  7. Integrated Healthcare in the LGBTQI Community  8. The Body’s Toolbox: Yoga and Mindfulness for Mental Health  9. Supporting Loved Ones Facing Health Challenges  10. Understanding the Brain-Gut Connection  11. The VA: Leading the Healthcare Field in Mind-Body Integration 12. Care Coordination: The Missing Link between Physical and Behavioral Healthcare  13. Cannabis: A Balanced Approach  
14. Strategies to Nurture Mental and Physical Wellness 15. Chair Yoga and Reiki for Holistic Health  16. Post-Partum Mental Wellness  17. ACT for Health & Wellness  18.Mind-Body Healing and Wellness  19. Preventing Illness & Restoring Health Through Mind-Body Medicine  20. Enhancing Health through Secure Housing                21. Walking the Sacred Path to Health and Happiness

2018 – Older Adults Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges

2017 – Raising Resilient Children: Prioritizing their Mental Health

2016 – Mental Health: Why Does it Matter?

2015 – Understanding and Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

2014 – Suicide: Responding and Creating Hope

2013 – Trauma

2012 – Managing Anxiety

2011 – Bipolar Disorder

2010 – Addictions

2009 – Shattering Myths

2008 – Women’s Voices

2007 – Supporting Loved Ones

2006 – Early Adult Depression

2005 – Late Adult Depression