Addiction Studies Alumni Club workshops and events

  • Workshop - February 8 - "Using EMDR with Addiction Individual


    Using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with Addicted Individuals

    Governors State University
    Saturday, February 8, 2014
    8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    $15.00 per person. Open to the Public
    CEU Credits have been applied for through IAODAPCA

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    Presented by Rhonda Sykes, MS MHS LCPC MAC (CEU credits have been applied for)
    Registration required— Deadline: Thursday, February 6 (complete form or call 708.534.7892 to register)

    EMDR is a useful tool in working with addicted individuals as it can greatly assist with relapse triggers, cravings, grief/loss and traumatic histories.

    • Overview the etiology of EMDR
    • The protocol of EMDR
    • How it is used to assist recovering individuals
    • Relapse prevention, cravings and their past traumatic experiences

    Rhonda Sykes is the Principle and is a therapist at Sykes Group, LTD, a private practice with offices in Joliet and Frankfort. Rhonda has been the Executive Director for 13 years at the Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children, a program that assists homeless and abused women and their children.

    Rhonda is a Master’s level Licensed Clinician and has worked as a Clinical Director and Administrator at several hospital-based and private addictions and mental health programs over the last 27 years. Rhonda’s expertise includes developing; implementing and supervising programs as well as monitoring success through outcomes- based approaches. Rhonda also greatly enjoys the work that she does in her private practice with individuals, couples and families.

  • Workshop - April 5 - "Career Sustaining Behaviors of Addiction Professionals


    "Career Sustaining Behaviors of Addiction Professionals"

     Governors State University
    Saturday, April 5, 2014
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    $15.00 per person Open to the Public
    CEU Credits have been applied for through IAODAPCA

    Sign up today!

    Presented by Joseph Thomas, Jr. MHS, CADC, QMHP
    Registration required— Deadline: Thursday, April 3 (complete form or call 708.534.7892 to register)

    Most Addiction Professionals focus is on helping their client population break their habits, but underscore the importance of developing good habits of self- care for themselves.

    • How to integrate CSB into daily life
    • Cultivating unhealthy habits
    • Identify strategies to prevent burnout
    • Developing good habits of self-care

    Joseph Thomas, Jr., MHS, CADC, QMHP, has 18+ years of professional experience in the health science field. His experience includes helping over one thousand addicted fathers and mothers become drug free, helping health care providers stay fit, and educating schools to make healthy menu choices, to name just a few. Joseph has appeared on educator training tapes, cable television, and radio over his life span of achievements. Mr. Thomas proudest moment was becoming a business owner and being a U.S.ARMY veteran. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, going to the movie theater, baking pies, bike riding, and playing basketball.

  • Third Annual Recovery Awareness Walk


    The annual Recovery Awareness Walk has been a great success with more than 200 people attending this past year.  The events takes place in September during Addictions Recovery Awareness Month.  The date will be announced later in the year.