Continuing Education for Health Professionals (CEHP)

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Programs for Mental Health Professionals

Programs for Radiology Professionals

Program for Activity/Recreational Professionals

Oakton Community College Alliance for Lifelong Learning Continuing Education for Health Professionals (CEHP) program is an approved continuing education sponsor of continuing education through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for health professionals and paraprofessionals in the following professions:

  • Social Workers/Clinical Social Workers
  • Registered Nurses - LPN/RN/APN
  • Professional Counselors/Clinical Professional Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists/Audiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional Board (ICDVP)

Oakton Community College/ALL Continuing Education for Health Professionals (CEHP) program is an accredited provider of Continuing Professional Education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Oakton Community College/ALL Continuing Education for Health Professionals (CEHP) program will submit applications on an as needed basis for the following health professions:

  • CECH (continuing education contact hours) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • Registered Nurse contact hours through the Wisconsin Nurses Association
  • CEs (continuing education units) through the Illinois Certification Board, Inc. (IAODAPCA)
  • Radiology Technologists: Continuing education through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Medicine Technicians

Universal training hours (UTH) offered to Activity Professionals.


Programs for Mental Health Professionals

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Be an early bird! Take advantage of the reduced registration fee of $99 for full-day programs!
Full-day program: $99 Early Bird • $119 Regular • $129 Walk-in (plus $9 non-refundable processing fee). No senior discount.
Half-day program: $69 Early Bird • $99 Regular • $109 Walk-in (plus $9 non-refundable processing fee). No senior discount.
Registration: 8 a.m., Program: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Continental breakfast included. Lunch is on your own.

Location: Oakton Community College, Ray Hartstein Campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie

Adoption: Lifelong Developmental Ages and Stages
Friday, September 21
Mandy Jones, JD, LCSW
HUH A31-060 [CRN 60396] Early Bird postmarked by August 28
HUH A31-061 [CRN 60397] after August 28
Adoptive families face challenges that often go unnoticed, even by the clinical community. This comprehensive presentation will outline how adoption issues arise at various points in development, from infancy through adulthood. It’s important to consider ethical approaches to working with anyone in the adoption cycle. Issues unique to families with both domestic and international adoptions will be explored. Insight and tips will be provided on how to support clients during various developmental stages.

Is it Me or Did Something Bizarre Just Happen? Understanding Personality Disorders
Friday, September 28
Michael Maniacci, PsyD
HTH A79-060 [CRN 60392] Early Bird postmarked by September 7
HTH A79-061 [CRN 60393] after September 7
This course examines the current DSM5 personality disorders, five key categories of treatment, and four key uses of “personality”. Central developmental factors are examined for each disorder in addition to the characteristics of specific personality styles. Useful clinical intervention strategies, as well as the role of parent education in the treatment of personality disorders, is discussed.

Perspective Taking at the Core of Cultural Competency Globally
Wednesday, October 3
Nancy Peddle, PhD
HMH A77-060 [CRN 60388] Early Bird postmarked by September 7
HMH A77-061 [CRN 60389] after September 7
Perspective taking is at the core of our social interactions. We attempt to consider another’s perspective to help us predict their future actions in all areas of work and play. This experiential workshop allows people to actively explore their own perspective in comparison and contrast with others to enrich cultural competency. Activities will help participants understand that people see things through unique lenses, affected by their psycho-cultural heritage, education, experiences, and their inherent nature which frames perspectives. Examples come from conducting this work in seven countries with 18 different nationalities. This program satisfies the cultural competency requirement for social workers.

Self-Compassion: Pathway Toward Professional Resilience
Thursday, October 18
Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF and Robert Carty, LCSW, CADC, CCJP
HUH A18-060 [CRN 60384] Early Bird postmarked by September 24
HUH A18-061 [CRN 60385] after September 24
Working in the helping services is rewarding, yet it can take its toll on the well-being of professionals, whether they be new counselors or experienced veterans. In this interactive workshop, we examine the importance of self-compassion to build resilience in managing such hazards as professional burnout and vicarious traumatization. In group exercises and discussions, specific actions which counselors can use to enhance their personal and professional development will be highlighted.

Transforming Blocks to Change
Tuesday, October 23
Serena Wadhwa, PsyD, LCPC, CADC, RYT
HMH A86-060 [CRN 60380] Early Bird postmarked by September 28
HMH A86-061 [CRN 60381] after September 28
Clients usually come wanting to be “fixed,” and their resistance can come in the form of many blocks. Readiness, willingness, and ability influence their path to change. Creative counseling involves expanding the toolbox to raise awareness, increasing self-efficacy and intentionality, and helping to focus on the process of growth rather than just the outcome. This program explores blocks to change and provides strategies to increase client’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes to personal blocks and the process of transformation. Questions to explore with clients will be discussed. Case studies, discussions, and interactive and engaging activities complement the information. All activities are voluntary.

The First Six Sessions in Therapy
Saturday, October 27
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC
Morning Program, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. (3.0 hours)
HMH B93-060 [CRN 60346] Early bird postmarked by October 6
HMH B93-061 [CRN 60347] after October 6
Research reveals that clients make most of their progress within the first six sessions of counseling, yet nearly 50 percent of clients are no-shows at their second session. Learn to increase the probably that clients will make it to six sessions and learn strategies to engage clients within the first five minutes of conseling. Evidence-based approaches which help clients successfully complete a minimum of six sessions include feedback-informed counseling, behavioral couples counseling, the use of motivation incentives, and stage-based interventions.

Critical Incident Trauma: How to Prepare for It, Cope With It, and Survive After It
Wednesday, November 7
Carrie Steiner, PsyD
HUH A89-060 [CRN 60537] Early Bird postmarked by October 15
HUH A89-061 [CRN 60538] after October 15
Many current offerings on critical incident trauma fall short by dealing almost exclusively with the aftermath of a traumatic event, the symptoms of trauma exposure, and basic treatment options. However, successful coping also requires prevention and intervention, as well as an understanding of pre-event, event, and post-event factors that impact trauma and either a negative or resilient response to it. Presented by a police psychologist and former police officer, this program is an engaging exploration of how to positively impact the lives of victims, responders, and law enforcement agencies before, during, and after critical incidents. Dr. Steiner’s professional experience is invaluable as she shares first-hand knowledge of the successes of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs, as well as clinical strategies such as EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, Yoga, and somatic experiencing. This presentation is practical and realistic, with honest dialogue about how to handle both the factors that we can control in a traumatic event and those we cannot.

Ethical Considerations with Boundary Issues
Friday, November 16
Ruth Lipschutz, LCSW
HMH A48-060 [CRN 60342] Early Bird postmarked by October 19
HMH A48-061 [CRN 60343] after October 19
Ethical issues related to professional boundaries are among the most problematic and challenging. Boundary issues arise related to personal disclosure, dual relationships, and potential conflicts of interest. The use of technology (social media, electronic records, email, texts, video conferencing, etc.) has dramatically increased the situations in which boundary consideration occurs. Practitioners in rural areas face additional challenges. Best practices result from living into the standard of care through informed and thorough critical thinking. Explore the distinction between boundary crossings and boundary violations, including a conceptual framework for ethical decision-making. Examine the appropriate application of relevant laws, codes, and standards. This program satisfies the ethics requirement for social workers and psychologists.

The New Social Anxiety: New Perspective and Treatment of Social Anxiety in the iGeneration and Beyond
Wednesday, November 28
Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD
HTH A56-060 [CRN 60338] Early Bird postmarked by October 31
HTH A56-061 [CRN 60339] after October 31
Therapists have to deal with a changing world of causes and symptoms of social anxiety. In 2008, the Internet was placed into our hands on phones for 24/7 electronic connection, and the iGen became the first generation to grow up with the impact of social media profoundly affecting social learning. This seminar looks at “the new social anxiety”—from anxiety over ‘adulting’ due to lack of competence (genuine deficits of skills) to lack of confidence from lack of life experience. Constant exposure to negative self-comparison over social media also spurs anxiety that has interesting new names like FOMO (fear of missing out). Other age groups experience this impact as well. Millenials, Gen X, parents, and the aging population are distinctly affected by the changes in social structure brought about by electronic connection.

Mindfulness in Clinical Practice
Wednesday, December 5
Brit Holmberg, LCSW, M.Div.
HTH A34-060 [CRN 60334] Early Bird postmarked by November 9
HTH A34-061 [CRN 60335] after November 9
The term mindfulness is everywhere from magazines to television to MBA courses and mental health settings. In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of this buzzword and discover strategies for incorporating mindfulness into their personal and professional practice. The focus of this program is group settings, but the resources provided are also relevant to individual clinical work.

Continuing Education clock/contact hours will be offered for Illinois social workers (3.0/6.5 clock hours), professional counselors (3.0/6.5 clock hours), marriage and family therapists (3.0/6.5 clock hours), psychologists (3.0/6.5 clock hours), nursing home administrators (3.0/6.5 clock hours), addiction counselors ICB members (3.0/6.5 clock hours approved or pending approval), ICDVP members (3.0/6.5) CE hours, nurses (3.0/6.5 contact hours), occupational therapists (3.5/7.5 contact hours), speech and language pathologists/audiologists (3.0/6.5 clock hours), teachers (3.0/6.5 PDs), and dietitians (3.0/6.5). 6.5 universal training hours (UTH) will be offered to other professional groups.

*6.5 contact hours for advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses through IDFPR.

Note: All live programs start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Late arrivals or early departure may result in adjustment of continuing education clock hours on participant certificates of attendance.

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Programs for Radiology Professionals

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$99 Early Bird • $119 Regular • $129 Walk-in (No senior discount.)
Registration 7:30 a.m.; Program 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Morning coffee and lunch provided.

Location: Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines

New Presenters:
Rita Odegaard, M.A., M.D. and Cornell David Galimore, B.S., A.A.R.T., M.R.I.

Bone Radiography and Complementary Cross-Sectional Imaging from a Radiologist’s and Technologist’s Perspectives
Saturday, Oct. 20
XRA A88-060 [CRN 60402] Early Bird postmarked by September 26, 2018
XRA A88-061 [CRN 60403] after September 26, 2018

Learn optimal techniques for digital imaging of bone and cross-sectional imaging of the musculoskeletal system as well as basic physics.We address normal anatomy of bone and its radiographic correlation, followed by a presentation of interesting, and “aunt minnie” cases. Specifically, physiologic processes are presented that result in the abnormal radiologic appearance of trauma in children and adults, genetic disorders, bone tumors, infection and joint disease, and their corresponding diagnostic images. The talk concludes with a lecture on the cutaneous injuries and radiologic appearance of child abuse.

Chest Radiography and Complementary Cross-Sectional Imaging from a Radiologist’s and Technologist’s Perspectives
Sunday, Oct. 21
XRA A34-060 [CRN 60405] Early Bird postmarked by September 26, 2018
XRA A34-061 [CRN 60406] after September 26, 2018

The technologist discusses optimal techniques for digital imaging of chest and cross sectional imaging of the pulmonary system as well as basic physics. Normal anatomy of the chest and its radiologic correlation is addressed, followed by a presentation of interesting cases. Specifically, we present physiologic processes that result in the abnormal radiologic appearance of the lungs, pleura, mediastinum, and pulmonary vasculature system. The course concludes with a lecture on the temporal changes in the utilization of diagnostic imaging and how these patterns vary in regards to our aging population.

Workshop attendance submitted to IEMA for 7.0 direct continuing education credit hours, Category A.

Programs begin promptly at 8 a.m. Late arrivals or early departure may result in an adjustment of continuing education clock hours on participant certificates of attendance.

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Program for Activity/Recreational Professionals

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36-hour Basic Orientation Course for Activity Directors
Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, September 11, 13, 17, 20, 25, 27.

Location: Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines campus (Room 1604, main building)

$450 Advanced Registration and $475 Walk-in (plus $9 non-refundable processing fee) No senior discount.

Registration 8:30 a.m.; Program 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Includes instruction, course notebook, morning refreshments and certificate of completion.
Lunch on your own. Bring a bag lunch to eat in the classroom or purchase lunch in the campus cafeteria.

Continuing Education clock/contact hours are now offered for Illinois licensed nursing homes administrators (36 clock hours).

Course fulfills all Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements by including information regarding resident rights, activity care planning for quality of life, human wellness and self-esteem, etiology and symptomatology of persons who are aged, developmentally disabled or mentally ill, therapeutic approaches, philosophy and design of activity programs, activity program resources, program evaluation, practitioner behavior and ethics, resident assessment and supportive documentation, standards and regulations concerning activity programs, management, and administration. Enrollment limited to 40 students. If proof of enrollment in this class is needed, call 847.635.1438.

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