Judi Holler

Keynote Speaker

Opening Session: Are You Playing It Safe? How to Amplify Your Personal Brand and Stay Relevant

How would you feel if you…
  • Had more patience with your kids and spouse?
  • Felt confident to ask for what you want?
  • Felt more productive and less overwhelmed?
  • Had the guts to dance with your fear?
Through personal stories and improvisational games, this interactive keynote session will help you understand how to harness the power of your unique personal brand to build a life and career that you love. Participants will learn The BrandProv System framework and will take away the following:
  • How to promote yourself internally and externally
  • Steps to gain a competitive edge
  • How to embrace change and land better professional opportunities
  • Tools to provide more focus and productivity
  • Strategies that will help you expand the reach of your network
  • A personalized value proposition statement you can use immediately
  • An understanding of how to overcome and embrace your fear
  • A chance to improvise!
Speaker: Judi Holler As a professionally trained improviser and Second City Alumni, Judi uses her training every day to maintain a personal brand that keeps her relevant in a world full of constant change. Judi’s background in sales and marketing blended with her radio/television degree help her bring authentic and actionable ideas to her clients.

Kathyrn Smith, MS

Ethical Considerations in Adoption

This course covers social worker's ethical considerations in infant adoption, focusing specifically on the treatment of women considering an adoption plan for their baby. Key principles of social work and child welfare are explored and then applied to real life scenarios.   About Kathryn For as long as she can remember, Kathyrn has had a desire to work in a supportive capacity with children and families. Her 20 plus year career in Child Welfare includes various professional roles with private agency foster care and adoptions. Kathyrn has worked as an individual, family, and group therapist serving people with mild to severe mental health diagnosis and substance use.

Farah Hussain Baig, LCSW

Session: The Muslim Identity: Understanding the Misunderstood

Islam is the second largest religion in the world yet is largely misunderstood. Basics of Islamic cultural and religious influences will be discussed as well as potential discomfort in addressing various cultural issues and practices. Explore the harmful therapeutic consequences that can ensue if cultural influences are ignored.

About Farah:

Farah Hussain Baig, LCSW is the Founder & CEO of InnerVoice Psychotherapy & Consultation. With nearly 20 years of experience in the field of mental health, Farah’s clinical experience includes areas of community mental health, residential treatment, as well as, conducting research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University.

Tierra Winston, PhD

Session: How the Trifecta Effect Resolves Educational Accountability

Lack of accountability in education, especially within the African American community, continues to be a concern despite major efforts to get parents involved. The Trifecta Effect is designed to teach school social workers strategies to hold teachers, parents, and students accountable.

About Tierra

Dr. Tierra Winston began her career and passion for human services in 2003 after she graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She began working as a family educator at Maryville Academy and transitioned to Aunt Martha's Youth Services where she worked with homeless teens. Dr. Winston attended Chicago State University where she graduated in 2009 with a Master of Social Work degree. After working for many years as a school social worker and counselor, Dr. Winston decided to take the next step in academia by pursuing a PhD. As a recent graduate of Walden University, Dr. Winston earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Services with a specialization in Clinical Social Work.

Joeseph T. Monahan, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., J.D.

Ethics and Risk Management in the New Era of Social Work (Part 1 & 2)

The training will cover key concepts in risk management such as confidentiality and its exceptions, duty to warn, and informed consent. The workshop will reveal the major reasons why social workers are sued and what you can do about those risks. We will define what constitutes a malpractice case and emphasize important recordkeeping issues, guidelines for supervision, special tips for clinical and private practitioners, and brief you about your malpractice insurance. 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: http://www.monahanlawllc.com/

Sarah Maria Gutierrez, MSW, LCSW

Session: Emotional Wellness and the Caregiver: Honoring the Internal Experience

Presenters explore the potential for social workers to create innovative approaches to address the dynamic mental health needs of caregivers, helping them to gain a stronger sense of autonomy over their lives, develop new capacities to regulate intense emotional responses, and explore new possibilities for meaningful social connection and engagement. About Sarah: Sarah M. Gutierrez, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist from Rush University Medical Center in the Health & Aging Department. She is dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of Chicago's most under-served communities through the provision of individual and group psychotherapy services, systems advocacy, community trainings, and intensive case management in both community mental health and hospital settings. Some areas of her clinical focus include caregiver issues, chronic medical illness, and issues that impact LGBTQIA communities.