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Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives

"Promoting Mental Health in Children and Adults with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities or other Special Needs."  

Sponsored by The ARC of Illinois. 

8:00-8:30AM registration - 8:30-4PM presentation

This workshop is designed to help participants learn how to promote mental health in children and adults with autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, or other special needs. 

Topics in the workshop will include:

  • Identification of qualities that lead to mental health
  • Teaching and promoting everyday mental health skills
  • Strategies to avoid harming mental health 
  • The role of Positive Affirmations in mentally healthy thinking
  • The importance of learning how to Quiet the Mind
  • Teaching children and adults how to think in “shades of gray”
  • Strategies to model and promote safe emotional expression
  • Social Connectedness as an asset in our mentally healthy lives
  • The importance of Self Knowledge and Self Awareness for mental health and lifelong Self Advocacy skills
  • Mental Health Resources 
  • Six CEU’s will be provided for QIDPs, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Nursing Home Administrators, and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors at the end of the training. To receive CEU’s, you must sign in and must be present to pick up your certificate at the end of the seminar. 

For more information or to resister, go to and click on Events or call 815-464-1832.