Human Services Conference 2017

6th Annual Human Services Conference

Cultivating RESILIENCE with Clients and Communities

Friday, April 7, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067

Human Service Conference 2017Join practitioners, educators, students and leaders for professional development on current human services issues, relevant resources, and best practices for serving our changing communities. At this inter-disciplinary conference, you will find dynamic sessions led by recognized leaders in the field, round-table discussions, panels, visual displays of healing and resilience, and a resource and university fair.

Our theme, Resilience, will involve sessions on clinical issues across the lifespan, under-served groups, social justice issues, and community organization with respect to cultivating resilience with clients and communities. Serving our diverse communities involves adaptation and resilience as professionals, organizations, and communities. As practitioners and organizational leaders, we utilize new resources, expand our competencies and engage in inter-disciplinary partnerships. In order to cultivate resilience in our clients, we engage with multiple systems, intercultural factors, social justice advocacy, and community development issues.

This annual conference is valuable for practitioners, educators, faith and organizational leaders, and students in human services, social work, criminal justice, education, health care, and related fields.


Register online here. Call 847.925.6616 if you have questions.

Public/Professionals: $79; Students: $39

Resource Fair Participants: $25;  University Fair Participants: $99

The registration fee for all participants includes a light breakfast, admittance to all sessions, the Resource and University Fairs, lunch, and verification of participation. Harper students may request a Continuing Education transcript which will reflect that they have attended the conference. All attendees will receive a Verification Letter that they have attended this conference. Third party billing is available.

Sessions and Speakers

Check In: 8 - 8:25 a.m.
Presentations, Luncheon, and Special Features: 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Welcome Presentation

Creating Safe Spaces with Clients & Communities, Dr. Gilo Kwesi Cornell Logan, Logan Consulting Services, LLC.

Luncheon Keynote

Breanna "Bree" Bogucki, Special Olympics Athlete and Global Messenger, All-American for the National Junior College Athletic Association, Human Services Student at Harper College. With Stacey Watson, M.A., LCPC, Human Services Faculty & Counseling Advisor, Office of Access and Disability Services, Harper College.

Morning Sessions

Creating Safe Spaces through Engaging in Diversity Dialogues and Collaboration, Dr. Gilo Kwesi Cornell Logan, Logan Consulting Services, LLC

Integrating the ACES Assessment to Maximize Resiliency Factors in Trauma Interventions, Dr. Robin Palmisano, Children’s Advocacy Center

The Role of Spirituality in Resilience, Stanley McCracken, Ph.D., LCSW, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Inter-Faith Dialogues – Building Communities of Resistance and Resilience,  Father Corey Brost, C.S.V., Founder of Children of Abraham Coalition, Co-Director, Viator House of Hospitality

Fostering Resilience in Latino Communities, Jenny Jarrin, MA, LCPC; Kelsey Salazar, MS. Ed., LCP; Kristine Vasquez, MA, LPC, Barrington Youth & Family Services

Teaching Resilience to Children: Lessons from a School & Police Social Worker, Laura Campbell, LCSW, Park Ridge/Niles School District 64, Harper College Human Services Faculty

Neurocounseling: Cutting Edge Approach to Treatment of Comorbid Disorders, Marta McGuiness, CMHC, NCC, LPC, CADC, Jennifer Zielinski NCC, LCPC, Families and Adolescents In Recovery, Inc.

The Role of Leadership in Developing a Successful Practice, Gina Martin, M.S. Candidate, Barrington Youth & Family Services, and Greg Vrablik, MBA. Principal, The Presidents Forum

Resiliency Factors in Working with Older Adults, Deena Karno, MSW, MPH, LCSW, and Claire Purkis, MA, LCSW, Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation

Available During the Luncheon Program


Afternoon Sessions

The Resilient Social Worker: Self Care in a Digital Age, Ellen Belluomini MacKenzie, Ph.D., LCSW, Dominican University

Current Issues Impacting Muslim Clients and Community Members, Sarah Syed, Psy. D, Post-Doctorate Fellow, Kahlil Center

Ego Defenses and Resiliency Through the Lifespan, Scott Adair Cox, LCSW, Barrington Youth & Family Services and Carrie Estrada, LCSW, Children’s Advocacy Center/Safe from the Start

The Culture of Poverty and Homelessness for Diverse Youth: Hope and Resilience on the Streets, Meghan Hoxhalli, MDiv, MSW, Congregational and Community Relations Coordinator, The Night Ministry

Contemplative Practice and Mindfulness as Resources for Resilience, Michele DeCanio, LCPC, and Debra Reuter, LCPC, Counseling Faculty, Harper College

Displaced Persons: Advocacy and Activism with Immigrants and Refugees, Melanie Schikore, Ph.D., President, Interfaith Coalition for Detained Immigrants

Cultivating Resilience in Grief Work, Rita Rippentrop, M. Div., LCPC, Executive Director, Barrington Youth & Family Services

Current Civil Rights Movements and Opportunities for Activism, Melissa Thompson, LCSW, Dominican University.

Moral Injury and Resilience:  Military Veteran Experiences, Dr. Susan Harrison-Grant, Health Sciences Coordinator and Faculty, Harper College; Jack Flight, LCSW, RDDP, CSOTS, Clinical Director, Indian Oaks Academy, a Nexus Program, Adjunct Professor at Dominican University and Harper College

NEW this year: The Resource Fair fee includes full conference participation. The University Fair fee has been reduced and includes full conference participation.

Six CEUs for LCSW, LCPC, Psychologists, Nurses, Educators (CPDUs) provided FREE by Amita Healthcare.

Six CEUs for ICDVP are provided by WINGS at the door for a $10 fee paid by check to WINGS.  

Contact Valerie Walker,, with any CEU or Conference Program questions. The Conference schedule is subject to change. Please return to this web page for updates.

The Harper College Human Services Conference is jointly coordinated by the Harper College Human Services Program, the Human Services Club, and Harper College Continuing Education.