December 19, 2023

9:00am - 4:30pm

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North Park University   

3225 W Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

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A big thank you to our event sponsors! 


Debbie Podmore                                        TRAIN committee member

Lawrence Hall                                            4833 N. Francisco Ave.                              (773) 474-1108 

dpodmore@lawrencehall.org    www.lawrencehall.org




colored-fabric-banner.jpg    HEALING THE HEALER:

Supporting Workplace Well-Being


This year’s focus will be on supporting workplace well-being in a one-day in-person event. Hear from experts on their implemented strategies to building a stronger workplace culture.  Breakout session topics include: supporting staff development through data-driven assessment and coaching; unraveling cultural bias while building cultural sensitivities; using restorative practices for conflict mediation; implementing trauma-informed practices; taking a human centered approach to staff well-being; and strengthening an agency’s resiliency through the SOAR initiative.  Storyteller Jared Bellot, from CULTURE BUILDS by 2nd Story, will kick off the symposium with a personal story of FINDING SUCCESS THROUGH WORKPLACE WELLNESS.

Conference presenters' biographies can be accessed by clicking here.

The event brochure can be accessed by clicking here.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Iasais Mercado, President & Lead Trainer at Envision Leadership Group 

In today’s dynamic and fast-paced world, fostering a healthy workplace culture is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity. However, there may be individuals who threaten to undermine organizations, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and must be confronted.  The culture within an organization shapes its success, productivity, and the overall well-being of its employees.

This year's keynote address with Dr. Isaias Mercado is ready to train that organizational culture champion muscle!  Dr. Mercado will address and explore the detrimental impact of “culture vultures” who compromise individual and organizational performance.  Participants will learn to recognize the subtle signs of negativity and toxicity in the workplace and walk away with proven strategies to confront those who compromise organizational health. A special emphasis will be placed on the steps to creating a high trust, positive and engaging workplace environment through a holistic employee engagement lens.

5.0 CEs/IDFPR and .5 CEUs/IACET available for

Illinois LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, QIDP, and Psychologists (for full attendance)

Lawrence Hall is authorized by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to award Continuing Education (CE) to Licensed Social Workers (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC) (license number 159-00412) and Psychologists (license number 268-000073).  Lawrence Hall is accredited by the International Accreditor for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Lawrence Hall complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Lawrence Hall is authorized to offer IACET CEU (license number 1307425). Original training records are maintained on file at 4833 N. Francisco, Chicago 60625 for a minimum of 7 years from the date of the training. 

The Training Resource And Information Network (TRAIN) is a consortium of service providers who collaborate and share training and staff development resources in order to best meet the needs of those served by community-based organizations.