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Nov
09

The Mind Body Connection Discussed at Conference

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Me and my mom at the Conference

Me and my mom at the Conference

The Mind Body Connection

Last week I attended the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in Las Vegas.  The focus of the conference this year was “Treating the Whole Patient – The Mind Body Connection.”  This was perfect for me!  It fits right in with my interest in treating emotional and relationship issues related to physical illness and injury.  It also fits well with my interests and experience in improving wellness, healthy lifestyles, pain management and stress management.

Treating the Whole Patient

I believe it is important to treat the whole patient even when they don’t present with obvious pain or physical problems.  Often people’s physical routines and lifestyle choices have a profound impact on their emotions.  Not to mention that people’s emotions can significantly impact their self-care and physical wellness.

This is also why I routinely collaborate with my patients’ primary care providers, psychiatrists, and/or other relevant doctors (with each patient’s permission of course).

Dr. Dorota Rytwinski, Dr. Baiba Ercum (my mom), Anda Jines (me), and Dr. Celina Nowakowska at Psychiatric Congress Lunch

Dr. Dorota Rytwinski, Dr. Baiba Ercum (my mom), Anda Jines (me), and Dr. Celina Nowakowska at Psychiatric Congress Lunch

Networking at the Conference

It is interesting to hear and talk with other mental health professionals at conferences.

My mom (a psychiatrist) and I  happened to meet two psychiatrists from Poland who now practice in the US.  We had a lovely lunch together.

I also had the pleasure of running into Dr. Modali, a psychiatrist whom I know through my previous work at the Southern Illinois University Wellness Center as well as through my previous work at Southern Illinois Regional Social Services, in Carbondale, IL.

My Continuing Education

There were many interesting workshops to choose from.  Here is a quick list of the ones I attended:

  • Treating the Whole Patient: The Mind Body Connection, Day 1
  • Treating the Cancer Patient with Cognitive Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy to Aid Adjustment to Cancer
  • Treatment of Premenstrual and Perimenopausal Psychiatric Disorders
  • Collaborating with Primary Care Physicians in Pain Management
  • Fibromyalgia – An Update
  • Insomnia:  A Healthcare Gap That is Growing
  • The Spiritual Meaning Interview: CHaMB
  • Addressing ADHD Issues Across the Life Span
  • Hypoactive Sexuality Desire Disorder in Women
  • The Quest for Happiness:  Unstalling Stalled Treatment
  • Happiness:  New Insights from Social Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Minds on the Edge:  Facing Mental Illness
  • Tourette’s Syndrome:  A Trinity of Symptoms
  • Depression and Pain:  Advances in Neurobiology and Treatment

I’d like to send a warm thanks to my mom for inviting me to join her at this conference.  I enjoyed the workshops as well as your company very much.

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477);  near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.  Click here for more about Anda Jines.

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Jul
24

Southwest Community Services Make Fundraising Fun

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Local Community Services Center Holds their First Eye 4 Style Fundraiser

Sandy Sorrentino-Bookhout, SCS Director of Development, and Anda Jines MS LCPC, at Eye 4 Style Fundraiser

Sandy Sorrentino-Bookhout, SCS Director of Development, and Anda Jines MS LCPC, at Eye 4 Style Fundraiser

I spent an enjoyable evening last night, with the folks from Southwest Community Services (SCS), of Tinley Park.  The fundraiser, called “Ladies Night Out,” was held at Eye 4 Style in Burr Ridge, which was packed with jewelry, handbags and accessories of various sorts.  It was fun, and it was great to know that all our purchases helped support the important services that SCS offers.  If you are a nonprofit looking for fundraising ideas, you might want to consider Eye 4 Style.

The Cause

Southwest Community Services offers vocational rehabilitation training for adults with developmental disabilities, psychological serices and employment skills training for adults, as well as individualized occupational, speech and physical therapy/rehabilitation services for children and adults.

As you can imagine, with so many programs and services, and with the recent cuts in funding, they could use volunteers to get involved and help out, even if it’s just for a couple of hours per week.  To volunteer, please call Marcia Kennedy at 708-429-1260.

Thank You

SCS accepts Medicaid, which I do not.  So I occasionally send referrals their way.  I’m thankful to have a great group of caring people nearby, who offer such a variety of services.

I want to say thank you to everyone involved at Southwest Community Services.  You are very important members of the Tinley Park Community.  And thank you to Sandy Sorrentino-Bookhout for inviting me to this event.

Categories : Mental Health
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