Joeseph T. Monahan, MSW, ACSW, JD

Hanging Out Your Shingle (Ethics)


[Start a Business] Considering opening your own private practice but don’t know where to start? This workshop provides information and practical advice on the legal steps and business considerations for starting a practice from the ground up. Topics include choosing a business entity, hiring employees and independent contractors, legal forms and privacy issues, and more

Legal and Ethical Dilemmas for the Experienced Professional (Ethics)


[Grow Your Business] As a seasoned social worker you have faced many issues, but there will always be something new to tackle. This session addresses many of the legal and ethical dilemmas facing social workers from subpoenas and testifying in court, to duty to warn and FOID reporting. Also discussed will be transitioning your practice—from locations, expansion, and retirement.

About Joseph T. Monahan

Mr. Monahan is the founder of Monahan Law Group, LLC and one of the preeminent mental health law attorneys in Illinois. Under Mr. Monahan's direction, the firm provides legal services to over 70 hospitals and numerous mental health clinics, child welfare agencies, and social service agencies. In addition to professional clients, Mr. Monahan also represents individuals at all levels of administrative and judicial proceedings. Website:

Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF

Shame in the Workplace: How to Navigate Difficult Emotions in Professional Settings


[Improve Your Leadership] Shame is one of our most primitive emotions. And as much as we like to think we can keep feelings of shame under wraps, it’s notorious for creeping in and causing chaos in relationships. Because workplace relationships often involve criticism, power dynamics, and diverse personalities, work is a great place for shame gremlins to come out and play. In this participatory and informative workshop, we will explore the nuances of self-conscious affects (shame, guilt, humiliation and embarrassment), share common workplace scenarios where shame can undermine effective teams, and demonstrate shame-resilience interventions that can help you foster a healthy work environment.

About Sarah Buino

Sarah is founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor, and a Certified Daring WayTM facilitator. She holds a masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago and specializes in shame and substance use disorders. Early in her career, she tapped her skills as a musician to develop musical intervention groups for people with substance use disorders. She later shared her musical intervention work at the International Association for Social Work with Groups conference in 2010, the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter Conference in 2011, and was published in the journal Social Work with Groups in 2010. Sarah became part of Loyola University's School of Social Work adjunct faculty in the fall of 2015. She is committed to relating the pharmacology and clinical practice of addiction in a relatable way to foster passion for addiction work. She is passionate about mentoring and helping new clinicians successfully bridge the gap between academia and clinical practice. Sarah was honored by the NASW-Illinois Chapter by being awarded the 2017 Emerging Leader Award. The Emerging Leader is an “early” career social worker who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession in the state of Illinois, whose contributions enhance practice knowledge and/or the capacity of the profession and the human service to obtain resources and influence. Sarah has always valued authenticity as a critical component of wholehearted living. Since hearing Dr. Brené Brown speak in the winter of 2009, she has been sharing the concepts of shame-resiliency, authenticity and vulnerability with her clients. She has completed training with Brené Brown's team and is a Certified Daring WayTM facilitator (CDWF).

Carol Mauck, MSW, LCSW, ACSW

Social Work as a Platform for Social Entrepreneurial Businesses Focused in Private Practice: Creating Impact Through Income


[Grow Your Business] Workshop will include using the body of social work knowledge as a platform for creating a social entrepreneurial business. The workshop will offer social business structure alternatives, steps to take in forming a social business, and examples of ways to obtain financial sustainability. In addition, suggestions for establishing a market base and marketing tools will be discussed. At the end of this workshop, participants will have obtained practical knowledge of detailed skills to consider turning their idea for private practice of a social business into an action plan.

About Carol Mauck

Carol Mauck received her Associate of Arts Degree, majoring in theatre, from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri. She transferred to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and continued her education at the University as a Master student in the College of Social Work. Immediately after graduating, she began her career with the State of Illinois, Department of Children and Family Services, working specifically with foster care placements coupled with training and child protective services. After nearly seven years at DCSF, she demonstrated her entrepreneurial skills by establishing a consulting business in Social Work, Activities, and Psychosocial Consulting Services focusing on long term care facilities throughout Illinois. As the founder and president of this business, she employed other social workers in providing consulting services to older adults residing in Illinois facilities. During this time, she taught continuing education seminars at healthcare conferences and conventions regarding the needs of aging adults and participated on State appointed program committees for older adults in residential care. Her passions of caring for older adults culminated in the founding of a successful adult day center where she served as president and owner for seventeen years. During this time, she expanded her teaching career to adjunct lecturing at UIUC School of Social Work. Recently, she sold her adult day center social business and now teaches full time at UIUC.

Amber Residori, EdD, MSW, LCSW

You’re Already Leading: How Social Work Education Empowers You to Practice Authentic Leadership


[Improve Your Leadership] Social Workers make excellent leaders. Our education, values, and training are fantastic preparation for leadership positions. In fact, we are often promoted because of our strong work ethic, integrity, and people skills. This training session is designed to explore techniques social workers can use in order to move from manager mentality into authentic leadership practices that align with our social work profession. Let's be honest... some of us lead from the front and some of us lead from the sides or the back…but we ALL lead!

About Amber Residori

Dr. Residori is the dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences at Olivet Nazarene University. She received her designation as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2002. As an administrator, she has had extensive experience in strategic planning, budgeting, employee recruitment, training and development. Her professional experience includes extensive work in residential treatment settings with youth and adolescents who have severe emotional and behavioral disorders. She particularly enjoys developing and teaching others milieu management, leadership, building and maintaining a healthy team & organizational culture, and cutting-edge treatment interventions with difficult populations. She enjoys opening new programs from the ground up and has accomplished this in a variety of settings, including: an outpatient practice treating juvenile sexual offenders, a healthy boundaries and anger management curriculum for elementary and high school settings, various new residential treatment programs, a transitional living program, and acute inpatient psychiatric hospital programs. Dr. Residori has previously presented on working with specialized populations in residential settings, team building, creative interventions when working with difficult populations and leadership. As a professor, she has also taught Introduction to Social Work, Human Behavior & the Social Environment I & II, Juvenile Justice, Macro-level Social Work, Crisis Intervention, and Field Placement Seminar. Social Workers have a strong history of leadership. We are often the social movers who organize others toward change in order to ensure the dignity and respect of all individuals. Social Workers have the ideal skill set to lead all types of organizations, not just social service agencies.

Theresa Bussert, MSW, LCSW

To Specialize or Not to Specialize


[Start a Business] This presentation will examine key questions surrounding the complex decision to specialize or generalize your private practice. Whether you are just starting your private practice or exploring ways to increase client flow, the question of specializing vs. generalizing is a complex one. If I specialize or identify as a generalist, will I lose clients who think I can’t help? Areas explored include; specific populations, issues treated, treatment methods, business practices, and developing a treatment team in an outpatient setting. The training will provide case examples, hands-on activities, and practical resources you can immediately use in your own practice setting.

About Theresa Bussert

Theresa Bussert, LCSW, MSW, is clinical director and managing partner at Natural Motivations, Inc., in downtown Naperville. In her private practice she has served as therapist for over 15 years and specializes in eating disorders, body dissatisfaction, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and related issues. As an educator Theresa teaches at Aurora University in the clinical MSW program. She is currently working on her first recovery book. Theresa presents on various aspects of recovery and is passionate about increasing awareness, education, in addition to providing support and guidance to other professionals in the helping fields.

Melissa Iverson, MA, MSW

Grant Writing for Beginners


[Improve Your Leadership] Grant writing is a critical skill for anyone working in a human services organization or anyone with a program in mind that will support their community. This workshop is designed specifically for those who are new to the grant writing process or have little to no experience. Participants will learn about identifying potential funders, become familiar with the grant writing process, and understand the parts of proposal development, submission, and reporting process.  

About Melissa Iverson

Melissa Iverson, MA, MSW, holds dual graduate degrees in social work and gender studies from Loyola University Chicago. She has been practicing in the field of macro social work for the past ten years in various roles including: administration, grant writing, fundraising, staff supervision, program implementation and evaluation, policy development, research, budgetary planning, and overseeing social work internship programs at Northeastern Illinois University. Melissa is currently a doctoral student in the social work program at Loyola University Chicago and an instructor at Northeastern Illinois University. In her role as instructor, Melissa focuses on connecting classroom theory and learning to current social issues students see at their internships and in the non-profit domain. She teaches courses including policy, nonprofit administration, research, and field seminar. In addition to her doctoral coursework and teaching, she is the program coordinator for the SBIRT@LUC training program funded by SAMHSA.

Marcia Cotler, JD

Creating a Workplace Free of Sexual Harassment


The number of sexual harassment claims against high profile individuals in media, entertainment and politics has exploded, bringing national attention to this pervasive workplace problem.  The #MeToo movement is a wakeup call, telling us that despite laws enacted over 50 years ago prohibiting it, sexual harassment continues to be far too common in the workplace.  Research shows that the best way to combat the problem of sexual harassment is for the employer to establish a workplace culture in which respect and civility are both modeled by management and expected of and valued by employees.  Join us in learning to recognize harassment in its various forms including verbal, physical, texting and social media.  We will discuss how to develop and enforce effective sexual harassment prevention policies and create a positive workplace environment in which employee productivity and retention is increased while potential employer liability is decreased.

About Marcia Cotler

Marcia Gerber Cotler is principal and founder of Cotler Law LLC, a firm concentrating on matters of employment law.  On behalf of employees, Ms. Cotler’s practice includes negotiating compensation, non-compete, non-solicitation and severance agreements as well as bringing claims for wage and hour violations, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. On behalf of her many corporate clients, she serves as outside general counsel, advising on matters of employee hiring, discipline and termination, as well as the development of employee handbooks, legal compliance, and mitigation of risk. In connection with her employment law practice, Ms. Cotler develops and presents training seminars to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to educational non-profits on matters of harassment and discrimination prevention, and conflict management skills.

Melissa Bercier, PhD, LCSW

Private Practice Panel: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Small Business Savvy


[Grow Your Business] Does the thought of starting your own private practice excite you or intimidate you? If you are like most of us, it’s probably both! Creating your own business can be a rewarding experience when you have the right blend of support and business knowledge. This panel discussion will include Lindsey Adams, LCSW, EMDR Therapist, and Diana Jean-Louis, LCSW who work in various types of private practice and have built unique and fulfilling businesses according to their specific passions within social work. They will discuss their key strategies for starting, marketing, and managing a private practice. At the end of the session, the panel will answer questions submitted by audience members.

About Melissa Bercier

Melissa Bercier received her Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Social Work through Loyola University Chicago and her BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Bercier is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, certified through the Traumatology Institute, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois. Dr. Bercier’s experience in mental health began working in community mental health centers in Chicago. Since then, her experience expanded to psychiatric in-patient treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Stone Institute of Psychiatry in Chicago, IL and Montevista Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. Her experience also includes out-patient psychotherapy and group therapy at Alternatives Community Mental Health Center in Anchorage, Alaska.  From 2006 to 2010 she served as the Three Rivers District Chair on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers-IL (NASW-IL).  Since 2010, Dr. Bercier has worked as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) therapist for Perspectives, Ltd. and is currently an affiliate for them, working with various individual, family, and couples’ issues on a brief-treatment basis for those that seek treatment in the Western Suburbs, as she continues to run Couch Clarity, P.C. Dr. Bercier’s main goal has been to destigmatize mental health enrichment and create a more positive community for all. She believes in being authentic and providing a comfortable and compassionate environment to support Couch Clarity’s clients through meaningful and positive change. Dr. Bercier’s passion is HELPING THE HELPER and has made this a large part of her private practice.  Staying true to her passion and research, Dr. Bercier continues to expand her practice continuing to create and offer exciting opportunities for growth and change for her own staff. Couch Clarity staff are trained and supervised by Dr. Bercier allowing possibilities to run their own Couch Clarity practice. Dr. Bercier has also created Couch Clarity Franchising, Inc. for future practice growth opportunities.

Norm Dasenbrook, LCPC

Starting, Maintaining, and Expanding a Successful Private Practice


[Start a Business] This workshop dives into the how’s of starting, maintaining, and expanding a successful private practice. This practical, nuts and bolts seminar will present tried and true practice-building strategies to begin a practice from the ground up and to expand an existing practice to the next level. This is an abbreviated 1.5-hour course that goes through the basics of opening a practice.To register for a full-day training of the same name (6.0 CEUs) taking place November 14, 2018, go to:

About Norm Dasenbrook

Norm has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has over 26 years experience in counseling adolescents, adults, couples and families. Norm is licensed by the State of Illinois as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. He is a court approved mediator in Boone and Winnebago counties for child custody and visitation issues. He is a consultant and provider to numerous local and national Employee Assistance Programs and Managed Health Care Companies. Norm has extensive experience consulting for businesses, industry, and health care. Lecturer, teacher and consultant to a number of corporations, Norm is a clinician who maintains a private practice in individual, marriage and family counseling in Rockford, Illinois.

Magda Slowik, MBA

Grant Writing for Beginners


[Improve Your Leadership] Grant writing is a critical skill for anyone working in a human services organization or anyone with a program in mind that will support their community. This workshop is designed specifically for those who are new to the grant writing process or have little to no experience. Participants will learn about identifying potential funders, become familiar with the grant writing process, and understand the parts of proposal development, submission, and reporting process.

About Magda Slowik

Magda Slowik, MBA, has 20 years’ experience in fundraising and has managed a variety of programs including grant-writing, individual giving, annual funds, events, board management, and communications. She has worked predominantly in educational institutions such as universities, museums, and think tanks. Magda is currently director of development and communications at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group where she has successfully overseen the growth of fundraising and donor engagement.