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Children’s mental health is the focus of this year’s NRCI conference

June 4 conference is free and open to the public and mental health professionals.

(CHICAGO) (MAY 5, 2017) The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education (NRCI) at The Chicago School (TCSPP) will devote its 16th annual Community Mental Health Conference to the mental health of children. Titled, “Raising Resilient Children: Prioritizing their Mental Health,” the conference will be held at the Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, IL  and will address several key issues impacting youth and families today. Registration is now open.

The conference brings together nationally recognized experts and local resources to help parents, grandparents and other caring adults gain essential knowledge and support to raise children who will have the skills they need to grow into emotionally healthy, well-adjusted adults that can live satisfying lives and be active in their communities. Expert speakers include:

  • Louis Kraus, M.D., Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center.
  • Mark Reinecke, Ph.D., Chief Psychologist, Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.
  • Christine Walker, MPPA, Founder, The Chasing Hope Foundation, which seeks to fill the void in community-based supports for children with autism and related conditions.
  • Schuyler Walker, 16-year old mental health and special education advocate.

Tiffany Masson, Psy.D., Campus Dean of TCSPP’s Chicago Campus will moderate the conference, which will feature 19 discussion groups, designed not only to inform, but also to help advance the discussion about mental and behavioral issues affecting children. They include:

  • Early Childhood: Right from the Start, What Parents Need to Know
  • Children who Learn and See the World Differently
  • Depression and Anxiety in Children and Teens
  • How Schools Help Your Child’s Behavioral and Educational Needs: Know Your Rights and Resources
  • How Violence Affects the Lives of Our Children and Communities

There is no cost to attend the conference, but a voluntary fee of $45 per person would be appreciated. Offered LCSW and LCPC CEUs are $20. For more information, contact [email protected].

It is relatively easy for parents to access a wealth of information from pediatricians, educators and even other parents on how to promote children’s physical health, including how to help children get enough exercise, eat nutritious foods and get adequate sleep.  The strategies for enhancing our children’s mental health can be more challenging to navigate,” said Kate Mahoney, M.S.W, Executive Director, NRCI.

 About NRCI

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education’s goal is to overcome the stigma of mental illness. The Institute provides educational programs and supports organizations engaged in mental health research, education, self-help, anti-discrimination and advocacy. The institute annually plans, promotes and underwrites a Community Mental Health Conference. The Conference — open to professionals and members of the public — addresses critical mental health issues of the day. To learn more, visit

 About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health services. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The university serves nearly 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles and Irvine); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. Our San Diego Campus will open in fall 2017.The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit

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