The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Hosts 11th Annual Mental Health Conference, June 3


“Managing Anxiety and Maximizing Life for Children, Adolescents, and Adults” is the subject of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) 11th annual conference from 12:30–5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 Dempster St. in Evanston. 

Affecting more than 40 million, anxiety disorders represent the most common mental illness in the United States. Scheduled speakers are local and national experts on stress and anxiety disorders, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder, and more. Panelists include: 

  • Mark H. Pollack M. D., Grainger Professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center; founder and former director of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress at Massachusetts General Hospital 
  • Rick Zinbarg, Ph. D., professor and director of clinical training in the psychology department at Northwestern University, and the Patricia M. Nielson Research Chair and director of the Anxiety and Panic Treatment Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University 
  • Susan A. Richman, Esq., co-founder of OCD Chicago and past president of the organization; at the age of 28, Richman developed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and was unable to work or manage her life until finding appropriate treatment. Susan has dedicated her life to helping others with OCD  

“Anxiety disorders are among the most common, distressing and disabling illness,” said Dr. Pollack. “We will review the impact of these conditions and discuss some of the cutting edge therapeutics available to help affected individuals.” 

The conference will be moderated by Dr. Carroll Cradock., a psychologist, mediator, child specialist and parenting coordinator who counsels adults, children and adolescents. Dr. Cradock is the past president of the Chicago Campus of TCSPP. 

Discussion groups will be led by the top mental health professionals in their field.

Closing remarks will be given by Rev. Scott Mitchell, MTh., Psy.D, Executive Director, Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center. Rev. Mitchell is a licensed clinical psychologist and a fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. 

“This conference will shed light on what is currently known about anxiety disorders and their treatment as well as the latest research breakthroughs,” said Dr. Zinbarg. 

Cost of the conference is $30. CEU’s will be awarded. Full scholarships are available. 

For further information, please call 312-367-2552 or visit

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