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Part 1: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM CDT

Part 2: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM CDT

Part 3: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM CDT.

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Metaphrasis' Intercultural Center
1147 West Ohio
Suite 306
Chicago, IL 60642

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Transportation and Parking:

Street parking is available near the Intercultural Center. There are CTA Blue line stops at Chicago Ave. and Grand Ave. The route for the CTA Bus 65-Grand passes within 1 block at Racine and Grand.

Upon Arrival, please press the "call" button. Next, proceed to the 3rd floor, Suite 306.


Mental Health

Professional Development Mini-Series 

Mental Health Mini Series

Please join Metaphrasis Language and Cultural Solutions, LLC. and guest speaker, Allyse Sturdivant, Ph.D. for a three-part mini-series on mental health education.

March 27th - Mental Health Services: Dispelling the Myths & Mysteries

This workshop will describe what really happens behind closed doors when mental health services are provided. Evaluations, therapeutic services, and follow-up appointments will be explained. The purpose of services will be offered as well as an illustration of the continuity of care from intake through discharge.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will become familiar with the variety of services provided in mental health appointments.
  • Participants will gain exposure to specific areas that are addressed in evaluations.
  • Participants will increase knowledge about the impact of stigma related to mental health services.
    April 17th - An Emotional Rollercoaster: Mood Disorders Explained

An overview of common mood disorders (e.g., Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, etc.) will be provided during this workshop.  Descriptions of symptoms and treatment options will be addressed. General statistics related to the prevalence of the disorder and the impact diagnoses can have on other areas of functioning will be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain knowledge about the symptoms of various mood disorders and the ways in which they are distinct from one another.
  • Participants will increase their awareness of treatment options for mood disorders.
  • Participants will be provided prevalence rates and statistics related to mood disorders.

May 8th - The ABCs of Childhood Psychiatric Disorders

Much attention has been given to mental health disorders commonly diagnosed during childhood (e.g., ADHD, Autistic Disorder, Mental Retardation, etc.). This workshop will identify and explain the symptoms of common disorders diagnosed during childhood. Controversial debates related to diagnosis and treatment will be addressed. Treatment options will be explained. Prognosis for future development and functioning will also be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain exposure to symptoms of common childhood psychiatric disorders.
  • Participants will increase knowledge about treatment options for childhood psychiatric disorders.
  • Participants will explore information on both sides of controversial debates related to the diagnosis and treatment of childhood psychiatric disorders.
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 About the Presenter: Allyse D. Sturdivant, Ph.D.

 Dr. Sturdivant is a licensed clinical psychologist, who has worked with diverse populations in outpatient clinics, medical centers, community mental health agencies, school-based settings, and university-setting counseling centers. She is currently delivering psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults through The Chicago School Forensic Center. Dr. Sturdivant provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy.

Dr. Sturdivant's clinical work and community research has focused on cultural diversity and competence. She has taught classes on culture-related issues at Loyola University Chicago, the University of Illinois, and provided training and consultation to providers throughout the state of Illinois on providing culturally competent patient care. Dr. Sturdivant continues to teach and train in the area of cultural competence throughout the Chicagoland area.

In addition to her work in the area of cultural competence, Dr. Sturdivant is a certified ESL instructor. She received her Cambridge accredited Certification in English Language Teaching to adults (CELTA) from Teaching House, New York. Dr. Sturdivant has taught English Language Learners (ELL) for various countries. She has taught courses of varying levels in New York and in Costa Rica.