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Thursday: NAMI Certification Opportunity “MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID”

NAMI DuPage and ICEC collaborated to offer convention attendees the opportunity to become certified in “Mental Health First Aid.” This 8-hour class taught participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Trainees  learned how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. This training is included in SAMHSA’s Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. NAMI was recently highlighted on Good Morning America as an organization that addresses the issue of mental illness.


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Friday: Invigorating Kick-off Speaker and Dynamic Keynote Presenters

Keynotes highlighted Trauma/ACEs and Restorative Justice. Students today come to school with many issues and the more informed and prepared the professionals who work with them are, the more successful programming and assistance can be provided.

Representative Terra Costa Howard kicked off the ICEC Fall Convention. She is a legal advocate for vulnerable children, seniors, and families.  She was born and raised in DuPage County, received B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and J.D. from DePaul University.



Keynote Speaker Keith Brotheridge, MSW. LCSW, spoke on “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): A Public Health Problem Impacting Schools.”  As Training Coordinator for The Baby Fold in Normal, IL, he has extensive experience working with children who have been abused and neglected. He highlighted the impact trauma has in the school environment and the implications for schools and organizations working with traumatized children and their caregivers.



Keynote Speaker Kevin Jones, M.S., has spent more than 30 years working in the fields of social services, mental health and education philosophy, with particular emphasis on working with at-risk youth and their families as a practitioner and administrator He spoke on “Restorative Justice.”



Neal E. Takiff is a partner with the law firm of Whitted Takiff LLC. Mr. Takiff received his law degree from New York University School of Law and earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Duke University. He is a frequent speaker in the area of special education law, school discipline and mental health law and is a trained mediator.