Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at TCSPP Tackles Issue of Trauma at Annual Mental Health Conference, June 2


Tonier Cain to Provide Powerful Personal Story of Devastating Effects of Untreated Trauma

(CHICAGO) (April 30, 2013) “Help, Hope, Healing After Trauma” is the theme of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI) for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) 12th Annual Community Conference on Sunday, June 2 (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue located at 1224 Dempster Street in Evanston. The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute at TCSPP provides resources, hope and community to those who struggle with the stigma of mental illness and those who support them.

Affecting more than 40 million people, anxiety disorders, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), represent the most common mental illness in the United States. Scheduled speakers and group discussion leaders are local and national experts on PTSD, and other anxiety and stress disorders.

Tonier “Neen” Cain, a nationally renowned public speaker, will be a panelist at the Conference. Cain’s courageous story of emergence from drug addiction, multiple incarcerations and two decades of homelessness to become a tireless advocate and educator on the devastating impact of childhood abuse has led to the reevaluation of how we treat the shattered adults that severely traumatized children become. Cain’s documentary “Healing Neen” has won numerous awards and chronicles her rise above the negative circumstances that she has endured. She is currently team leader for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, within the National Association of State Mental Health Program.

In addition, Cain will make two additional Chicago area appearances. She will be the special guest at a special pre-conference event at the TCSPP Chicago Campus School on Friday, May 31 (5 to 7 p.m.), located at 325 North Wells Street, 4th floor. On Monday, June 3, she will share her personal story at a private event at Deborah’s Place, Chicago’s largest provider of supportive housing exclusively for women.  Interested media for this event only should call the Ruth Naomi Cohen Institute at 312-367-2552 for details.

“The impact of trauma is realized by every age group, race, ethnicity, socio-economic group, gender, community, and workforce,” says Jill Randell, executive director at the NRCI. “The goal of this conference is to bring together families, professionals and concerned community members so that they may engage in stimulating, helpful and enlightening dialogue.”

Additional panelists and speakers include:

  • Cassandra Kisiel, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Principal Investigator and Project Co-Director for the Treatment Services and Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and a trauma consultant and Project Director for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
  • Bradley Stolbach, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He is the supervisor of Trauma-Related Psychological Services at La Rabida Children’s Hospital and Project Director of La Rabida’s Chicago Child Trauma Center. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois.

Beth Emet Rabbi Eleanor G. Smith, M.D. will provide a spiritual message at the Conference. 

The Conference will be moderated by Michael Horowitz, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Chicago School Education System. Dr. Horowitz leads a network of nonprofit professional colleges that include The Chicago School of Psychology, Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School, and The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law.

Naomi Ruth Cohen was a gifted artist and a skilled geriatrics counselor. At the age of 30 she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and in the following two years the disease made steady inroads on her life, robbing her of her career, her marriage and much of the joy that had long defined her nature. In May 2000, Naomi took her life. The Naomi Ruth Cohen Charitable Foundation and Institute were founded by Larry and Marilyn Cohen shortly after the death of their daughter. The Institute’s goal is to overcome the stigma of mental illness. Institute income is used to promote educational programs and to support organizations engaged in mental illness research, education, self-help and anti-discrimination.

The cost of the Conference is $40 ($45 after May 20). CEU’s will be awarded. Full scholarships are available. For further information, please call 312-367-2552 or visit

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About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. It serves more than 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Los Angeles and branches in Irvine & Westwood); and Washington D.C. as well as Online programs. The institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and its Clinical Psychology doctoral program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years, and the Los Angeles Campus gained its first award this year. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is a leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit


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