From June 8 through June 10, Elmhurst College will host the Haymarket Center’s 21st Annual Summer Institute on Addictions, a series of workshops and seminars for professionals in the fields of substance abuse, addiction-related disorders and treatment.
Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend the conference at a discounted rate.
Haymarket Center is the largest not-for-profit adult detoxification and substance abuse treatment facility in Chicago. This year’s Summer Institute features several keynote speakers, including:
- James O. Prochaska, director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center and professor of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, is internationally recognized as the developer of the stages of behavioral change model.
- Eric Dean Spruth is a certified art therapist and founder of the nonprofit Sacred Transformations, which helps people who have been scarred, tattooed or branded—including gunshot victims, gang members and victims of human trafficking—to rebuild their self-image.
- Mark Sanders, a faculty member in the Addictions Studies Program at Governors State University, has lectured throughout North America and Europe on such topics as mental health, treatment of criminal justice populations, empowering the homeless and the therapeutic benefits of humor.
- Laura Gettinger is director of training at the Midwest Institute & Center for Workplace Innovation, LLC, and assistant director of clinical services at the Chicago Housing Authority.
- Shane Koch is a professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University and a former coordinator of rehabilitation studies and co-director of the Institute for Studies in Addictions at the University of North Texas.
- Raven James is an associate professor of addiction studies at Governors State University. Her research focus is on sexual health and treatment interventions for women in Chicago.
Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni can attend the Summer Institute on Addictions at the discounted student rate of $65 for one day, $125 for two days, or $185 for all three days. Participants should register online and then call the number provided on the registration form to avoid paying the late fee. Walk-ins will incur an extra fee of $35.
The Haymarket Center’s Summer Institute on Addictions, which Elmhurst College has hosted for the last three years, is one of several collaborations that have taken place between Elmhurst and the Haymarket Center. Lee Daniels, a distinguished fellow in Elmhurst’s Department of Political Science and special assistant to the president for government and community relations, serves as chairman of the Haymarket Center’s board of directors.
Elmhurst College also has hosted well-attended public lectures featuring speakers from the Haymarket Center, on topics such as heroin use in the suburbs and human trafficking. Haymarket also has made internship opportunities available to Elmhurst students. Last year, a psychology major attending the Summer Institute on Addictions was inspired to pursue her interest in becoming an addiction counselor, and interned at the Haymarket Center.