Judson's Wellness Center partners with Willow Creek, Amita to host professional training session

  • Gretchen Harro

    Gretchen Harro

  • Jeff Hickey

    Jeff Hickey

Submitted by Judson University
Updated 10/9/2018 9:51 PM

Judson University's Wellness Center will partner with Willow Creek Community Church and Amita/Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health to provide training and support sessions for licensed counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers and nurses.

This is the second CEU training event held jointly by the organizations.


The Mental Health Clinician CEU Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Judson's Creekside South Building, 1151 N. State St., Elgin.

The event is expected to draw mental health clinicians from all faiths, who are looking for ways to earn additional CE hours and also find nourishment for their own body, mind and soul.

The day's event will include training workshops on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) taught by Jeff Hickey, a licensed clinical social worker, director and president of the Chicago Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Gretchen Harro, a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Hickey is an emotionally focused therapy therapist with over 30 years of experience. He is one of only about 25 therapists in the United States that has a highly specialized level of training and expertise in emotionally focused therapy.

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Harro is a certified emotionally focused therapist and has been helping couples shift from disconnection to a safe, secure connection for more than 20 years.

Another training workshop will focus on trauma sensitive therapeutic approaches designed to heal emotional wounds that are often carried in the body.

This session will be led by Andrea Wittig, a certified yoga instructor and owner of New Life Yoga, where she teaches trauma-sensitive Holy yoga. Wittig will be teaching and guiding participants in a mindfulness and breathing exercise that is designed to heal emotional wounds.

"We are aiming to create a series of CEU events that include high quality training for mental health clinicians, while also giving encouragement and refreshment for the sometimes weary souls of mental health professionals," said Carol DiDominicis, the event organizer and the Wellness Center Clinical Supervisor at Judson University. "The inspirational component of the one-day event will energize and inspire those in the mental health field."

Counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and nurses will receive six hours of continuing education credit for their full attendance. Those registering by Saturday, Oct. 13, can receive an early-bird registration fee of $129 per person.

The regular event rate of $159 is available up until Friday, Oct. 26.

Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. To register or find additional details, visit judsonuniversitywc.regfox.com/judson-willow-amita-mhcs.


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