Friday, April 5, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM CDT
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McHenry County Mental Health Board 
620 Dakota Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

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Kristen Doherty 
McHenry County Mental Health Board 
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Petition and Certificate Training 
Presented by Sarah Dzurik, JD & Shira Greenfield, LCPC

 Friday, April 5, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 Free: 2.75 CEU's for attending this training  (IAODAPCA Included) 

Who Should Attend: Psychiatrist (MD), Psychiatric Nurse (RN), Psychologist (Ph.D), Social Worker (MSW), Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), and other mental health professionals. 

The course will walk attendees through the involuntary admission process from the preparing of the petition to the filing of the petition to the court hearing on the petition and provide guidance on avoiding the pitfalls in the legal process.


A “training copy” of a petition will be examined line by line and each attendee will have a mock-up petition with notes to take home. We will also discuss other documents and circumstances that might apply in an effort to decrease anxiety regarding what to expect from a psychiatric admission.


Course Objectives: 

  • Gain understanding of the step by step legal process involved in involuntary psychiatric admissions.
  • Gain understanding of the preparation and the hearing process for involuntary admissions and learning what to expect in an involuntary admission hearing.
  • Gain familiarity with the Illinois State Documents that pertain to psychiatric admissions including voluntary, petition, certificate and documents pertaining to the admission of a minor.
  • Increase confidence to use these documents appropriately.
  • Gain ability to clearly explain what circumstances qualify a person for psychiatric admission.
  • Understand commonality and differences of Guardianship and Power of Attorney and what the limitations are of each.
  • Gain understanding of rights and protections of minors who meet criteria for inpatient psychiatric admission.

Presenter: Shira Greenfield, LCPC


Shira Greenfield is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.  Shira received her Masters degree in counselor education from the University of Iowa in 1985.  Since then she has worked as a therapist, a crisis intervention worker, a diagnostician, a clinical manager and an educator.  She is currently a Manager for Northwestern Medicine’s Woodstock Hospital Behavioral Health Services.


Presenter: Sarah Dzurik, JD

Sarah Dzurik is a McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney. She is assigned to the civil division and her responsibilities include representing the various McHenry County governmental departments in a broad range of civil legal matters. Her current job duties focus on civil mental health matters, criminal child support cases, providing guidance on Freedom of Information Act requests, providing legal counsel to the McHenry County Board, and writing contracts and legal opinions for county departments. She has been with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office for three years. Sarah received her Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 2012.