Rosecrance is pleased to offer webinars featuring our licensed, experienced, and compassionate professionals. Check back for new Webinars as they become available.

The Dangerous Truth about Today’s Marijuana

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

CEU info: 1.5 continuing education credits 

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The webinar

Laura Stack, the founder of Johnny’s Ambassadors, will be discussing the loss of her son, Johnny, the dangers of today’s potent marijuana on adolescent brain development, and the connection of youth marijuana use to mental illness and suicide.

The presenter

Laura Stack is Johnny Stack’s mom and his lead ambassador. In the business world, Laura is better known by her professional moniker, The Productivity Pro®. She is a Hall-of-Fame Speaker and corporate spokesperson for many major brands. Laura is a bestselling author of eight books on productivity and performance topics with a large social media following, and she has given keynote speeches and training seminars to major corporate, association, and government audiences for over 30 years. On November 20, 2019, Laura suddenly acquired the undesired wisdom of knowing what it’s like to lose one’s child, when her 19-year-old son, Johnny, died by suicide. He suffered from delusion from marijuana-induced psychosis and thought the mob was after him. Laura’s world took a 180. She filed for and received 501c3 nonprofit status for Johnny’s Ambassadors, Inc., with the mission to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness, and suicide. Described as a woman with unstoppable drive and unwavering purpose, Laura hopes to help other parents, grandparents, teachers (and frankly all adults with teens in their lives) by honestly and boldly sharing Johnny’s story of his high-potency marijuana use, psychosis, and suicide.

 

Chris and Kathi Sullivan present “Taylor’s Message” and “Not in the Playbook”

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

CEU info: 1.5 continuing education credits

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The webinar

Kathi lost her 17 year old daughter Taylor to underage drinking after a series of poor decisions from many in October 2008. Chris lost his six-year career as a professional football player in 2002 after a series of poor decisions surrounding substances.  Substances, such as alcohol, opiates and heroin were key factors that tore both these families apart, yet brought those together years later for a greater purpose to spread awareness.  Awareness of the disease of substance use disorder, underage drinking and mental health wellness.  Awareness of how choices, good or bad, can follow you for years to come.

As Chris and Kathi share their stories of recovery, parts of their messages become the audiences.  Through their heart felt recollection of their lives, humbly sharing their losses and gains, the audience witnesses a Mom’s view as well as a man in long term recovery journey from a heroin/alcohol addiction to a life of recovery.   Messages of hope, good choices and the ripple effects of the disease of addictions are heard loud and clear.

The presenters

Kathi & Chris Sullivan. Kathi Meyer began to speak about alcohol awareness and the importance of making good choices in 2009 after her daughter passed away from underage drinking. She met her future husband, Chris Sullivan, when she presented at her first parent night. A former NFL player, Chris was attending not as a parent, but as a man suffering from substance use disorder, anxiety and depression. They say through tragedy, beautiful meetings can happen. That was the case with Kathi and Chris’s struggles surrounding substance use. Their powerful messages were destined to join forces in more ways than one! Kathi’s perspective as a mom combined with Chris’s perspective as someone with a long time heroin/alcohol addiction and mental health concerns touches many aspects of the listener. Kathi and Chris consider it a gift to be a small part of the ripple effect that happens from sharing! We never know how one word, one message, one act of kindness can change the outcome of someone’s life and make a positive change in this world.

 

“There’s more to it… What’s going on with us.”

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

2-3 p.m.

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The webinar
Rosecrance Florian Program Director Dan DeGryse will present the fight/flight/freeze response in terms of our physiological response. He will outline how our HPA axis functions and the chain reactions it sets in motion. He will explain how years of this response from countless emergency responses throughout our careers can lead to overexposure to adrenaline and cortisol that may lead to some short term and long-term consequences. These may include heart disease, weight gain, sleep issues, and mental health concerns, to name a few. He will offer some statistics on suicide and PTSD in the fire service and share some proactive approaches to address these. Lastly, He will outline an approach every fire department can implement to improve recognition and addressing the mental and physical health concerns facing our fire & ems personnel.

The presenter

Photo of Dan DeGryseDan has over 29 years of experience as a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department, serving as an officer for 23 of them. Dan presently holds the rank of Battalion Chief/EMT. He also served as the coordinator of the Chicago Firefighters’ Union Local 2 Employee Assistance Program for 14 years. Dan has extensive clinical experience providing individual, group, and family therapy with both adults and adolescents in the area of addiction and mental health issues.  Dan is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), a Certified Labor Assistance Professional (LAP-C), a Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI) and holds advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).  Dan has been a member of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Labor/EAP Committee since 2002.  Dan is recognized as a Master Instructor for the IAFF Peer Support Program.  Over the years, Dan has operated in the capacity of peer supporter in his department and many others, including the efforts following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York.

 

A life beyond my wildest dreams and more

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

CEU info: 1.5 continuing education credits 

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The webinar

Michael Oldenburg will share briefly about his story of addiction and trauma and then about his journey of recovery, treatment, therapy, school. Successes in personal and business life and how recovery and getting help was an important part of that process. This talk will help participants understand that recovery from trauma and addiction is possible and the importance of continuing treatment and recovery

The presenter

Michael Oldenburg has his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Michael is also a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and a Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Level one. Michael has been with the Rosecrance team since 2006 and has worked in inpatient treatment with the Florian Program and has also run outpatient substance abuse groups. Michael currently works as a trauma therapist.  Michael also served in the U.S. Army from 2000-2006 with combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Substance abuse from a sibling’s perspective

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

CEU info: 1.5 continuing education credits 

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The webinar

Ashleigh Nowakowski will share her experience as a sibling, living through her brother’s substance use, recovery and relapse. She will share the unique challenges that siblings face as families navigate substance use. Lastly, she will also provide some helpful information on how to cope with these challenges and provide support to those who are living through it.

The presenter

Ashleigh Nowakowski has been working in the substance abuse prevention field since 2009. Her work includes speaking in middle and high schools, educating parents, teachers and community members and working with high risk youth. Ashleigh entwines her personal experience of living with a sibling’s addiction into all of her presentations. She is passionate about preventing young people from going down a path that could have negative impacts on their life.  Ashleigh has her Master’s degree in Public Administration.

 

Benefits of art therapy & other experiential therapies for PTSD, anxiety, and similar diagnosis

Monday, February 14, 2022

2-3 p.m.

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The webinar

Rosecrance Alumni Coordinator Jada Miller will review what experiential therapies are and how they can be used as coping skills and grounding techniques for first responders. Some therapies covered will be Art Therapy, equine-assisted services, meditation, which includes the use of both non-verbal and verbal expression. Case study examples of specific directives will be shared to shed light onto the subject and to gain further understanding of the benefits of these modalities.

The presenter

Jada Miller is the Alumni Coordinator for Rosecrance. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. Jada is also a Registered Art Therapist and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Jada received a bachelor’s degree in art education from UW-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in art therapy and counseling from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. Jada has worked at Rosecrance since 2010 where she facilitates group and individual sessions, as well as other experiential therapy activities. She leads our program of bringing our military Veterans to engage in Equine-assisted Therapy. Additionally, Jada has fulfilled the role of primary counselor for various populations and facilitated specialty groups on anxiety, trauma, and grief and loss at both our adult and adolescent campuses, and our substance abuse and mental health campuses.

Rosecrance is pleased to offer this collection of video presentations for viewing at your convenience. These videos feature our licensed, experienced, and compassionate professionals who work with our clients every day. To view any of these video presentations, enter your email and a private link will be sent to you.

Coping with Anxiety and Depression During the Holidays

red ornamentThe holidays are known for being a joyous time. But for those of us dealing with anxiety and depression, the holiday season can exacerbate these problems, especially when dealing with substance use disorders. This talk will explore coping mechanisms for anxiety and depression during the holiday season.

About the presenter

John Tumino

Unit Coordinator, Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus

John Tumino has been of a member of the Rosecrance family for the past five years. During his time with Rosecrance, he has acted as an adolescent substance abuse and mental health counselor in residential treatment, a team leader for both adult and substance abuse outpatient programs, and is currently a unit coordinator for residential services for Rosecrance’s adolescent residential program. John has his master’s degree in clinical professional psychology for Roosevelt University. He uses a mix of his mental health training and substance abuse knowledge to help clients gain insight into their cognitive and behavioral patterns and encourages them to make lasting changes. John has experience working with poly-substance abuse disorder, severe depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia. He incorporate CBT intervention, DBT skill building, 12-step work, and client-centered therapy to help the clients he has served.

Click here to view the video from Your Choice to Live.

 

Marijuana and Teens: Brain Under Construction

Marijuana leaf

Adolescence is not only a time of outward physical transformation but also of continuing rapid brain development. This makes the brain more susceptible to the harmful effects of marijuana use. This presentation will provide easy to understand information about the impact of marijuana on the teen brain. This information is meant to provide guidance for parents (and teens) on setting appropriate expectations in a world of increasing marijuana acceptance.

Learning Objectives

• Learn how marijuana interacts with the brain to produce its effects
• Understand the unique aspects of adolescent brain development that make it more susceptible to the impact of marijuana
• Focus on the impact that marijuana has on adolescent brain development and mental health
• Understand the connection between adolescent marijuana use and increased risk for psychotic disorders

Click here to view the video now at Johnny’s Ambassadors.

About the presenter

Photo of Matthew QuinnMatthew Quinn, MA, LCPC, CADC
Community Relations Coordinator

Matthew Quinn provides community relations in the western suburbs of Chicago in DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties. He is a member of the Community Alliance for Prevention in Naperville, the Juvenile Justice Council in Kane County, and a consultant for the Connect For Life program through the Naperville Police Department. Quinn joined Rosecrance as an outreach counselor in 2015. He led the Parent Café parent support group, conducted regular prevention and early intervention (PEI) classes, and conducted substance use assessments in the Naperville office prior to moving into a community relations role. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Notre Dame and his master’s degree in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Quinn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Illinois. He was the program coordinator for the adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) at Linden Oaks at Elmhurst for 8 years prior to coming to Rosecrance. Previously, Quinn had been a therapeutic mentor for troubled teens and a member advocate for an employee assistance program (EAP). He has been counseling adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and family counseling for the past 15 years.

The Impact of Cannabis on Mental Health

Marijuana leafThis presentation will provide education on how cannabis interacts with the brain to produce its effects. It will also focus on the impact that cannabis can have on adolescent brain development and the corresponding impact on mental health. The webinar will then provide information on CBD relative to THC and how the impact of cannabis on mental health is complicated and befits nuanced discussion. The presentation will also discuss how cannabis research is still in its infancy and how we need to be mindful of this moving forward.

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About the presenter

Photo of Matthew QuinnMatthew Quinn, MA, LCPC, CADC
Community Relations Coordinator

Matthew Quinn provides community relations in the western suburbs of Chicago in DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties. He is a member of the Community Alliance for Prevention in Naperville, the Juvenile Justice Council in Kane County, and a consultant for the Connect For Life program through the Naperville Police Department. Quinn joined Rosecrance as an outreach counselor in 2015. He led the Parent Café parent support group, conducted regular prevention and early intervention (PEI) classes, and conducted substance use assessments in the Naperville office prior to moving into a community relations role. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Notre Dame and his master’s degree in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Quinn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Illinois. He was the program coordinator for the adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) at Linden Oaks at Elmhurst for 8 years prior to coming to Rosecrance. Previously, Quinn had been a therapeutic mentor for troubled teens and a member advocate for an employee assistance program (EAP). He has been counseling adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and family counseling for the past 15 years.

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Addressing Suicidal Ideation: the CAMS Approach

People generally need to feel connected to thrive. Social distancing may predispose certain people toward feelings of isolation and depression. Risk of suicide may increase. It is important during these tough times that professionals and families collaborate closely if someone is at risk. This consists of identifying and communicating potential warning signs and having difficult but necessary discussions about suicide. It also involves being increasingly aware of and utilizing resources such as crisis response, hospital-based and other counseling services.

This presentation, “Addressing Suicidal Ideation,” was originally recorded early 2020, before the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were fully realized. While the content of this presentation does not take into account these world events, at Rosecrance we hope you will use this material to understand suicide risk and the CAMS approach to treatment. We are confident you will find this presentation engaging and informative.

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About the presenter

Photo of Jason Relle

Jason Relle, LCPC
Clinical Director

Jason Relle is the Clinical Director at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson and has been with Rosecrance since 2011.  He oversees substance abuse and behavioral health residential programming for adolescents. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor that has worked with children, adolescents and families in various roles within Rosecrance.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University and his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

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Anxiety and Adolescents

Teens may not be at high-risk for severe symptoms from Covid-19, but they are not immune to the stress it causes. Social isolation and cancellation of most school-related events like sports, clubs, dances, and graduations is stressful. They are likely to absorb some of the anxiety from the news and parents dealing with possible unemployment, financial strain, illness, or death in the extended family. It is important to normalize and empathize with these struggles.

This presentation, “Anxiety and Adolescents,” was originally recorded in September of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. While the content of this presentation does not take into account these world events, at Rosecrance we hope you will use this material to understand how anxiety can be effectively treated, no matter the cause. We are confident you will find this presentation engaging and informative.

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About the presenter

Photo of Carlene CardosiCarlene Cardosi, LCSW, CADC
Regional Vice President of Residential Services

Carlene Cardosi is Regional Vice President of Residential Services, and has been with Rosecrance since 2008. She has worked at both the adolescent and adult residential substance abuse treatment centers in Rockford. Carlene started as an intern working with adolescent girls at the Griffin Williamson Campus, and she has worked her way up through various positions across the organization. After her internship she worked as a primary counselor with the girls and then as a unit coordinator with the boys. She was then given the opportunity to supervise the women’s programming at the Harrison Campus for adults. In 2015 she was promoted to Assistant Administrator at the Harrison Campus, where she took on a leadership role mentoring coordinators and other staff. In 2017 she was promoted to Clinical Director of Residential Services, where she developed programs for both adolescents and adults. In 2018 she was promoted to Regional Administrator, and she oversaw services in Milwaukee, McHenry County, Des Plaines, and Chicago. Now as Vice President of Residential Services she supervises Rosecrance’s Griffin Williamson and Harrison campuses in Rockford and the Lakeview facility in Chicago.

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Helping Parents Get Past “No!” – How to support parents in the recovery process

Helping Parents Get Past No“Helping Parents Get Past No: How to Support Parents in the Recovery Process,” will provide attendees current information on behavioral health trends in both the areas of substance abuse and mental health. The webinar will detail recovery myths and the role of family in the recovery process. Attendees will gain a better understanding of what motivates change and be educated on the associated stages of recovery. Additionally, the webinar will provide helpful tips and engagement strategies when providers are dealing with resistance from a client or their family.

Resistance to treatment is oftentimes a barrier to parents getting their child the help that they need. Rosecrance is dedicated to educating parents and other providers on what motivates change and how to engage resistant clients.

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About the presenter

Photo of Jason Relle

Jason Relle, LCPC
Clinical Director

Jason Relle is the Clinical Director at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson and has been with Rosecrance since 2011. He oversees substance abuse and behavioral health residential programming for adolescents. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor that has worked with children, adolescents and families in various roles within Rosecrance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University and his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

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Marijuana and the Brain

Marijuana leafMatthew Quinn, Community Relations Coordinator at Rosecrance Health Network, discusses the impacts of marijuana use on the brain. The discussion includes: information on the chemical composition of marijuana and the physiological response when it is consumed, how marijuana and the brain interact to produce effects, how marijuana affects the adolescent brain and the impact on structure and function, and other impacts of marijuana use.

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About the presenter

Photo of Matthew QuinnMatthew Quinn, MA, LCPC, CADC
Community Relations Coordinator

Matthew Quinn provides community relations in the western suburbs of Chicago in DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties. He is a member of the Community Alliance for Prevention in Naperville, the Juvenile Justice Council in Kane County, and a consultant for the Connect For Life program through the Naperville Police Department. Quinn joined Rosecrance as an outreach counselor in 2015. He led the Parent Café parent support group, conducted regular prevention and early intervention (PEI) classes, and conducted substance use assessments in the Naperville office prior to moving into a community relations role. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Notre Dame and his master’s degree in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Quinn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Illinois. He was the program coordinator for the adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) at Linden Oaks at Elmhurst for 8 years prior to coming to Rosecrance. Previously, Quinn had been a therapeutic mentor for troubled teens and a member advocate for an employee assistance program (EAP). He has been counseling adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and family counseling for the past 15 years.

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Youth Substance Use Prevention during COVID-19

Sheltering-in-place is presenting unusual challenges and stress for teens. Preventing substance use during these times presents a unique challenge for parents and professionals. This presentation provides information on how to recognize potential warnings signs for substance use while teens are stuck at home and practical tips for how to prevent it. It also touches on other topics such as vaping and Covid-19 and increased alcohol use among adults.  

About the presenter

Photo of Matthew QuinnMatthew Quinn, MA, LCPC, CADC
Community Relations Coordinator

Matthew Quinn provides community relations in the western suburbs of Chicago in DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties. He is a member of the Community Alliance for Prevention in Naperville, the Juvenile Justice Council in Kane County, and a consultant for the Connect For Life program through the Naperville Police Department. Quinn joined Rosecrance as an outreach counselor in 2015. He led the Parent Café parent support group, conducted regular prevention and early intervention (PEI) classes, and conducted substance use assessments in the Naperville office prior to moving into a community relations role. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Notre Dame and his master’s degree in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Quinn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Illinois. He was the program coordinator for the adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) at Linden Oaks at Elmhurst for 8 years prior to coming to Rosecrance. Previously, Quinn had been a therapeutic mentor for troubled teens and a member advocate for an employee assistance program (EAP). He has been counseling adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and family counseling for the past 15 years.

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