Fall Workshops

For the first time ever, we will be hosting an extended Fall Workshop Series this year!

• There are 10 workshops
• The Fall Workshop Series will be virtual and take place over Zoom
• Each workshop will be 3 CEUs – If you attend all workshops (33 CEUs total)
• Each workshop is on a Saturday from 9am – 12pm.

2021 Workshops

WorkshopDatePresenterTitle
ASept. 18Ken Martz, Psy.D.Emotional Management for Women in Recovery
BSept. 25Lisa Lackey, M.A., LCPC, CSAT, CMAT – Full day workshop – 9am – 4pm
(6 CEUs)
Made a Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory of Ourselves: Addressing Structural Racism Within America’s Mental Health System
COct. 2Dr. Aaron Weiner, PhD, ABPPAddiction State of the Union 2021
DOct. 9Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADCSlipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders
EOct. 16Dr. Julie Gray, Psy.DThe Impact of the Multigenerational Transmission of Mental Illness/Substance Abuse on African American Families
FOct. 23Becky Carter, LCPCSystemic Racial Trauma and Somatic Healing Concepts
GNov. 6Marcia Nickow, Psy.D, CADC, CGP & Joe Whitlock, CADCLiberating Our Patients and Ourselves: A Decolonizing Approach to Treating Addiction, Trauma and Historical Trauma
HNov. 13Dale Roberson, LCSW, CADCApproaching Clinical Work with Clients in the LGBTQIA+ Community
INov. 20Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADCMotivational Interviewing and Cultural Responsiveness: Evidence-Informed Strategies for Multicultural Practice
JDecember 4thJustin Wolfe, LCPC, CADC, CRC Linden OaksThe Power of Being Enough: Connection, Identity, and Attachment in Recovery

Workshop Pricing

# of WorkshopsGeneral AdmissionStudent/Senior Discount
1$80$70
2$125$115
3$195$170
4$260$220
5$300$230
6$390$340
7$450$400
8$500$460
9$580$500
10$625$570


For questions or concerns, please contact: 
Lisa Abrams, LCPC, CSADC
Director of Staff Training & Development
Haymarket Center
[email protected]
312-226-7984 ext. 581

Workshop A: Emotional Management for Women

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

There has been recent emphasis on the role of beliefs, motivation and medication in treatment.  This session examines the role of emotion in the development and maintenance of these disorders, as well as the role of emotions in treatment with specific applications to women.  As we move toward medical models of treatment, discussion considers the heart of emotions and therapeutic alliance as central parts of the change process to escape from the harmful behavioral processes and attainment of emotional freedom.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify the role of emotions in the development of problematic behavior patterns such as addiction
  • Participants will be able to identify the role of 5 key emotions including fear, anger, and grief
  • Participants will be able to identify the role of emotions in deepening the therapeutic alliance

About the Presenter: Kenneth J. Martz, Psy.D. is an international bestselling author and lecturer. As a licensed psychologist with over 25 years experience in the treatment and management of gambling and other addictive disorders. He was formerly the Special Assistant to the Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Martz has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. He has a dozen publications, most recently Manage my Emotions: What I Wish I’d Learned in School about Anger, Fear and Love, Manage My Addiction, Manage My Meditation and with a pending release of a manual for therapists, Counselor. He has over 100 local, national and international presentations on addictions.

Workshop B: Made a Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory of ourselves: Addressing Structural Racism Within America’s Mental Health System

Saturday, September 25th, 2021 (Full Day Workshop | 6 CEUs)

As mental health professionals, we understand the chief complaint of the client seeking mental health care is merely the tip of the iceberg. The chief complaint is thought of as the problem that a client wants “fixed.”  It becomes the professional’s responsibility to address the complaint and provide interventions to support stabilization. Tip of the iceberg treatment misses the causes and conditions that inform the visible flawed solution.

Addressing structural racism in the mental health systems requires us not to mistake the symptom, racism for the problem. Lasting change takes time, consistency, honesty, openness, and willingness to begin recovery from the mental illness of racism, which is a clear and present danger to health and wellbeing.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the causes and conditions underlying racism.
  • Gain a historical perspective of structural racism and the mental health system.
  • Identify causes and conditions contributing to mental health care stigma within BIPOC communities.
  • Understand the impact of resentment, fear, shame, and silence that perpetuate the traumatic cycle of racism.
  • Learn about the triggers of the present and their connection to the traumatic impact of racism.
  • Explore and acknowledge ways in which racism has been integrated into our minds and actions.
  • Discover ways to support yourself and others.

About the Presenter: Lisa Lackey, LCPC, CSAT, CMAT, EMDR II, has worked in the field of addiction and trauma since 1994. Lisa and her husband co-founded Insideout Living, Inc. in 1999. Lisa and her spouse envisioned a clinical practice that would help people make sense of parts of their lives that were confusing, overwhelming, and painful. She believes that trauma healing comes from completing an emotional experience that may have only been completed as a physical experience long ago. Through compassion, cutting edge treatment modalities and a great team, Lisa believes that life can change. She helps people understand their own history and how it currently informs the present. Lisa understands individuals inadvertently “trap” parts of their life experience and helps clients understand why these patterns were formed.

Lisa supports clients to begin to form new patterns and believes they can begin to make small shifts that will lead to bigger changes. This process gives access to pain and trauma that are “stuck”, where the feelings can be released. She is driven by the passion to support individuals as they journey toward resolution from the inside out. Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of trauma and substance use disorders.

Lisa has two master’s degrees, one in education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and the other in counseling from National Louis University. She has worked as a pastor; acts as a leadership development consultant and is a public speaker in a variety of venues. She loves learning and teaching. Lisa is also a Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (CMAT). She has had training in Somatic Transformation, and she is a Level II EMDR therapist. Lisa’s passion for the work she does makes her a dynamic and compassionate therapist, as well as an engaging speaker who connects easily with individuals and large audiences.

Workshop C: Addiction State of the Union 2021

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

Addiction is a rapidly evolving field, with new substances, trends, industries, and treatment paradigms constantly emerging.  Addiction State of the Union 2021 will cover all the most relevant trends healthcare professionals need to know, including updates on opioids, marijuana, vaping, addiction during COVID-19, the impact of stigma reduction, and the necessity for data collection and analysis to continue to drive the field forward into 2022 and beyond.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the current state of the opioid epidemic in America, and current initiatives to reduce addiction and mortality
  • Accurately describe the risks of marijuana and nicotine use, as well as how industry has shaped public understanding of these issues
  • Explain how language and policy perpetuates stigma related to substance use disorders, and how to take individual responsibility to break this cycle
  • Identify three practice strategies to ensure clinical care is in alignment with current best-practice recommendations

About the Presenter: Aaron Weiner, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified Psychologist and addiction specialist, and speaks nationally on the topics of addiction, behavioral health, and the impact of drug policy on public health. He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. His perspective is informed by years of experience growing and directing addiction service lines for hospitals and healthcare systems, the current state of medical and psychological research, and his own observations in private practice. Dr. Weiner is the President-Elect of the Society of Addiction Psychology, a member of the Physician Speakers Bureau for the National Safety Council, and on the Science Advisory Board for Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

Workshop D: Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders

Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Many clients with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders slip through the cracks. This involves going back and forth between the mental health system; substance use disorder treatment; the child welfare system; the criminal justice system; hospitals; and periods of homelessness. There are reasons why clients slip through the cracks including: unresolved trauma; unresolved grief; a hidden psychiatric disorder; a process addiction; connection with a drug-using sub-culture; inadequate service dosage; a lack of recovery capital; loneliness; addictive relationships; stigma and shame; a lack of integrated services; and the absence of purpose in recovery.

Learning Objectives
• 15 strategies for helping clients avoid slipping through the cracks will be discussed.
• Articulate reasons clients slip through the cracks.
• Help clients deal with unresolved grief and trauma.
• Help clients shift from cultures of addiction to cultures of recovery.
• Search for hidden psychiatric disorders which may lead clients to slip through the cracks.
• Help clients address loneliness in recovery.
• Help clients discover purpose in recovery.

About the Presenter: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the USA, Europe, Canada, Caribbean, and the British Isles.
Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include: Slipping through The Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients; Multiple Addictions and Disorders: Recovery Management; Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Mark has been a Certified Addiction Counselor for 39 years. He has received numerous awards, including A Lifetime Achievement Award from the IL Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the social work profession and as an alumnus of Loyola University of Chicago.

Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in IL. Previously, he had served as President of the IL Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30-year career as a university educator, having taught at Chicago State University; School of Professional Psychology; and Loyola University of Chicago.

Workshop E: The Impact of Multigenerational Transmission of Mental Illness/Substance Abuse on African American Families

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

Looking at the impact of unresolved generational trauma as it relates to mental health and substance abuse in African American families is imperative for the family to be healthy for generations to come.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the shame that leads to secrets
  • Understand the impact of unresolved mental health and substance abuse on the African American Family
  • Look at the injustice in the judicial system in its treatment of African American offenders with mental illness and substance abuse
  • Explore how mental illness and substance abuse contributes to co-dependency
  • Provide insight and ways to support the African American family in their quest for wholeness

About the Presenter: Dr. Julie Gray has served in the mental health field for over 20 years as an administrator and therapist, providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in community and medical settings, schools, corrections and private practice. Julie treats a variety of psychological and emotional issues, specializing in trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment/life transitions and addictions using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Seeking Safety, Family Systems and EMDR. Julie has a doctoral degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work in Chicago. She also holds a certificate in School Social Work.  Julie believes that every individual has the innate ability to heal themselves and considers herself a guide in that process. She strongly believes in the mind and body connection and is currently training to become a Bioenergetics Therapist and uses Sound Bowl Therapy to assist clients in unlocking blockages.

Workshop F: Systemic Racial Trauma and Somatic Healing Concepts

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

This training is an exploration of Systemic Racial Trauma, Somatic Experiencing Concepts, and tools for healing. Concepts from authors such a: Resmaa Menakem, Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi will be highlighted in their exploration of how white bodies can unknowingly perpetuate racism and how to cultivate an expansive and curious approach toward examining racial biases. Becky weaves in her own experiences as a biracial, brown – bodied person and discusses how racial trauma impacts the nervous system of bodies of color.  Participants will engage in somatic exercises as a method of learning about the somatic concepts of titration, pendulation, constriction and expansion in relation to race related topics. In addition, the traumatic impact of systemic racism will be explored along with various somatic treatment techniques. 

The training will include basic concepts from Somatic Experiencing and Polyvagal Model. There will be discussion regarding recognition of concepts such as Systemic Racism, White Supremacy, White Privilege, White Gaze and Microaggressions. Definitions and examples of the concepts such as Intergenerational, Ancestral, Social and Systemic Racial Trauma will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn about Systemic Racism and related concepts.
  • Participants will develop understanding of how Racial Trauma impacts the nervous system.
  • Participants will explore various somatic healing methods for Racial Trauma
  • Participants will gain a better understanding of Developmental Trauma and Oppression

About the Presenter: Becky Carter is a biracial, cisgender, transracially adopted female. Her ancestors are West African and Sicilian. She has two black adopted children. Becky is a trauma therapist with 20+ years’ experience in helping both women and men heal the wounds of relational trauma that occur in-utero and beyond. She is a member and presenter with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, a Somatic Experiencing Therapist and is trained in Transformative Touch Therapy. Becky specializes in treating Racial Trauma, Sexual Trauma and has a special dedication to supporting adoptees and their families. Becky facilitates the Men’s Trauma Collective, a group for male survivors of sexual trauma. Becky presents in the community on various topics including the somatic impact of systemic racial trauma.

Workshop G: Liberating Our Patients and Ourselves: A Decolonizing Approach to Treating Addiction, Trauma and Historical Trauma

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

Learning Objectives
The attendee will be able to:

  • Describe addiction as a dynamic disease with multiple manifestations or expressions, such as substance abuse, eating disorders and process addictions (e.g., compulsive gambling, sex, internet, spending, raging, rescuing, etc.)
  • Define “cultures of resilience” (Nickow, 2007) and transcendence in the context of addiction recovery concepts, liberation psychology themes, historical and intergenerational trauma and community organizing principles 
  • Describe how race-based trauma, experiences of oppression and everyday exposure to aggressions rooted in systemic racism contribute to addictive disorders and pose barriers to long-term recovery. 
  • Explain how clinicians’ own personal and family histories and personal labor may inform their work and enhance both treatment engagement and treatment effectiveness

About Marcia Nickow: An addictions psychologist and group psychotherapist, Marcia Nickow, Psy.D, CADC, CGP, designed and implemented an intensive, long-term group psychotherapy program in her downtown Chicago private practice at Working Sobriety Addiction and Trauma Recovery Center. Marcia leads 14 long-term process groups weekly — men’s, women’s, multigender, couples, professionals and artists/writers groups. Her clinical interests include intergenerational trauma and addiction, historical trauma, pedagogies of oppression, and anti-racist organizational transformation.

Marcia serves as senior organizational and clinical advisor at SunCloud Health Outpatient Treatment Center. She also conducts clinical staff trainings at Haymarket Center. This past February, she co-led  a day-long workshop, “Groups as Cultures of Resilience: A Psychodynamic-oriented Decolonizing Approach to Treating Addictions and Trauma,” and an open session, “A Tale of Two Cities: Pandemic Response Narratives from New York and Chicago,” at the annual conference of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). 

With more than 30 years’ experience treating the full spectrum of addictions, eating disorders and trauma, Marcia has worked in inpatient, outpatient, halfway house, forensic, correctional, hospital, veterans’ hospital, social welfare, school, homeless and street outreach settings. Her earlier work as a journalist and a community organizer helped inspire her trauma-focused, multigenerational treatment model.

A presenter at conferences nationally and internationally, Marcia has taught addictions, trauma, group psychotherapy, social psychology, diversity studies and forensic psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 

Marcia is a co-author of A Group Therapist’s Guide to Process Addictions. She also is co-recipient of the 2015 Alonzo Award for Excellence from AGPA for her contributions to the scientific literature on psychodynamic group psychotherapy.

Marcia is co-chair of the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience Special Interest Group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She formerly served on the boards of the Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations, the Illinois (now Great Lakes) Group Psychotherapy Society, and the Serenity Academy in Chicago. 

About Joe Whitlock: Joe Whitlock’s career in the health care field, primarily in addictions and mental health, spans more than 25 years. For the past five years, he has worked as a substance abuse specialist at SunCloud Health Outpatient Treatment Center, running process and psychoeducational groups, and conducting individual therapy. Joe also co-leads couple’s groups at Working Sobriety Addiction and Trauma Recovery Center.  

A graduate of National Louis University with a degree in human behavior, Joe has worked at agencies and treatment centers throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, including Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, Southwood Interventions, Alexian Brothers, and  Bonaventure House-Amita Health. He has provided trainings in various aspects of addictions and mental health.  This past February, he co-presented a full day workshop at the annual conference of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.: “Groups as Cultures of Resilience: A Psychodynamic-oriented Decolonizing Approach to Treating Addictions and Trauma,” 

Joe’s agency work has focused heavily on addictions treatment and case management services for criminal justice and other marginalized populations. He has engaged the homeless as an outreach worker, counseled clients and runs groups.  Joe has also administered social service programs and supervised teams.  Joe is dedicated to treating substance use disorders and process addictions, and to helping clients discover life beyond addiction.

Joe is drawn to working with addicted people from all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds, striving to remove the stigma of addiction and uplift those devalued by systems. He is committed to transforming institutions to better serve people, families and communities. The joy and rewards that one gets from helping people, Joe states, “The work I do is not something that can be put in a pocket or a bank account, but something that I hold in my heart.”

Workshop H: Approaching Clinical Work with Clients in the LGBTQIA+ Community

Saturday, November 13th, 2021

It is important to recognize that some equality for the LGBTQIA+ community continues to shift in a more positive direction. However, shame, stigma, bullying, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, still create barriers for many LGBTQIA+ people to access and receive affirming care. The presentation is designed to develop provider skills in delivering culturally responsive prevention and treatment services for these populations. Content focus areas include various levels of privilege/oppression that exist within the community, physical health, substance abuse treatment, mental health, and other health-related concerns for LGBT populations. In addition, this presentation discusses the impact of trauma (along with statistical data), risk/protective factors, and methods to increase affirmative practice and “ally-ship.”

Learning Objectives

  • Unpack pronouns and the key differences between gender identity, gender expression, sex-assigned-at-birth, and various other key terms and concepts.
  • Discuss different phobias and -isms, privilege, the Riddle Homophobia Scale, and biphobia in society.
  • Disclose related health issues as they relate to lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
  • Utilize statistics to understand trauma, the lasting effects of trauma, intimate partner violence, violence against transgender women of color, and risk/protective factors.
  • Evaluate ways to engage in more affirmative practice in working with sexual and gender minorities, issues with the “coming out” process, and ways to increase “ally-ship.”

About the Presenter: Dale Roberson, LCSW, CADC, a University of Chicago graduate, has been a substance use therapist for the Recovering with Pride (RWP) program at Howard Brown Health Counseling Center since October 2020. His most recent professional experience includes the Manager of Outpatient Services at Haymarket Center for two years prior. Dale’s trauma-responsive clinical applications include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), substance use management/harm reduction, and motivational interviewing, to name a few. In addition to his work at Howard Brown Health Counseling Center, Dale is a facilitator for Haymarket Center’s six-month CADC/Addiction Counselor preparatory course; in recent years, teaching and providing in-service multicultural diversity and awareness competency trainings have contributed to his expanding skill sets.

Workshop I: Motivational Interviewing and Cultural Responsiveness: Evidence-Informed Strategies for Multicultural Practice

Saturday, November 20th, 2021

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a highly evidence-based approach to supporting people who are navigating self-defined goals in the areas of substance use, mental health, physical health, and more. As a practice that is based in partnership, acceptance, and empathy, MI has been found to have positive effects with people of diverse ages, genders, and racial and ethnic identities.  At the same time, practitioners must guard against the assumption that any approach could be ‘culturally neutral’ or universally applied across contexts and experiences. Instead, practitioners are invited to reflect on their application of MI strategies while increasing their responsiveness to individuals and families as unique ecosystems of cultural identities and experiences within a larger societal structure. This experiential workshop will offer an overview of available evidence, multi-level strategies to increase cultural responsiveness in MI practice, and tangible tools and resources to enhance practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify at least three MI-consistent techniques that can enhance culturally responsive practice.
  • Increase awareness of when MI-consistent techniques may require adaptation to enhance cultural responsiveness.
  • Develop a foundational understanding of available research evidence and resources to aid in culturally responsive MI practice.

About the Presenter: Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, is a liberation-centered bilingual and multicultural clinician and educator whose driving force is social justice.  In addition to a small practice, Gabriela is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, where they direct the Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Training Program; as well as the Director of Policy and Practice on Domestic Violence and Substance Use at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health. Gabriela brings over 15 years of experience supporting people impacted by structural and interpersonal violence through evidence-based clinical, housing, resource advocacy and HIV-specific programs. Currently, Gabriela authors best practices, leads national capacity-building efforts, and provides trauma-informed policy consultation to advance health equity and social justice.

Workshop J: The Power of Being Enough: Connection, Identity and Attachment in Recovery

Saturday, December 4th, 2021

Individuals will gain awareness of how substance use contributes to feelings of isolation and disconnection from others and themselves. Individuals will identify risk factors that place individuals at risk and how to address each client’s needs. Individuals will identify resources and interventions that can be utilized to assist the client in their recovery.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify impact of substance use and stigma on sense of identity and connections in relationships.
  • Identify risk factors in adolescents and adults for a substance use disorder(s).
  • Identify resources that can aid in the recovery process for individuals and promote a sense of identity not fused to their substance use.

About the Presenter: Justin Wolfe is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Justin is a graduate of Adler University in Chicago, IL where he obtained his master’s in counseling with a specialization in rehabilitation. Justin is now the Clinical Director at Footprints to Recovery. Justin had been with Linden Oaks Hospital for nine years operating as a manager of programming where he had been active in developing the treatment curriculum for the Adult and Adolescent Dual Diagnosis and Addiction Services Programming. Justin has experience working in residential treatment settings with adolescents on probation with co-occurring disorders, Adult Residential Addiction Treatment, and currently also works in private practice seeing adults, adolescents, and families. Justin has been active in the community providing education and trainings in schools, conferences, local organizations, and had the opportunity to present at the ASAM National Conference on Utilizing Contingency Management within Addiction Treatment. Justin is also a former High School Boys Varsity soccer coach.