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Family Leaders Conference

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives: Promoting and Protecting the Mental Health of Children with Disabilities or other Special Needs

 Presented by the Illinois Family Leaders Collaboration: Resources and Inspiration for Adult Family Members and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison Ave,  Peoria, IL

Registration 8:30-9:00am, Conference 9:00am to 3:00pm

Workshop Description

Mental Health is essential for successful life outcomes. The World Health Organization defines mental health in this way: “Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Mental health is our goal for every child with disabilities!

This workshop is designed to help participants learn how to protect and promote the mental health of children with autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, or other special needs. Topics in the workshop will include identification of qualities that lead to mental health; how to promote mental health during everyday life activities; strategies to avoid harming the mental health of children with disabilities; recognizing the impact of trauma; using Positive Affirmations for mentally healthy thinking; and the role of Self-Knowledge, Self-Awareness, and Self Advocacy in lifelong mental health.

The information in this workshop will be provided for educational and informational purposes only.The materials and strategies presented in this workshop will not be a substitute for the services of a mental health professional such as a physician or therapist.


The Conference is for adult family members & caregivers of children (birth-22) who have developmental delays or disabilities. Service providers & educators are also welcome.

CONFERENCE COLLABORATORS: Early CHOICES • Family Matters Parent Training Information Center • Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association, Inc. • Project Reach: Illinois Deaf Blind Services • STARnet Region I & III • The Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information Center / Family Voices • Parents of individuals with disabilities


This workshop has been approved for 5.0 contact hours for:• Educator License Renewal

 CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area #3

CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals

Gateways to Opportunity credit in area B

EI credit (0.5 Atypical Development, 2.5 Intervention, 0.5 Typical Devel., 1.5 Families)


There is a $15 per person (nonrefundable) registration fee for family members and a $25 (non-refundable) registration fee for professionals. Breakfast and lunch are included. Checks should be payable to “Family Matters,” but mailed with the registration form to Starnet Regions I & III (address on form) by April 15, 2017. Registration is limited. CHILDREN CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED AT THE CONFERENCE.

Information or financial assistance: Deb Einhorn, Family Matters, 866-436-7842 x8016,

or Mary Smith, STARnet Regions I & III, 217-602-0124,

STARnet Regions I & III • WIU Horrabin Hall 32 • Macomb, IL 61455

800/227-7537 • 309/298-1634 • Fax 309/298-2305 •

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