Fall Workshops

2023 Fall Workshop Series

Join us for our 2023 Virtual Fall Workshop Series. These workshops will take place virtually through Zoom.

IDFPR and IL Certification Board Approved:
Counselors, Social Workers, CADC, Employee Assistance Counselors, Psychologists, and Nurses

NOTE: Workshops are 3 CEUs each5 Workshops: 15 CEUs Offered.

Workshop Schedule

AOctober 7 9am – 12:15pm The Art of Counseling Substance Use DisordersKim Pinkston, MA, LCPC, CADC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA
Don Pinkston, LCSW    
BOctober 149am – 12:15pmThe Intersectionality of Substance Use: A Guide to Cultural Responsiveness Assessment, Treatment Planning, Client Engagement, and ReferralsPrincess Alston, LMHC, CADC
COctober 219am – 12:15pmNeurodivergent Affirming Care: A Paradigm Shift in Clinical Practice Brooke Garren, LCSW  
DOctober 289am – 12:15pmTrauma-Informed Approaches for Working with Women & ChildrenShannon McCray, LCPC, CADC
ENovember 49am – 12:15pmThe 20 Smartest Things Counselors and Programs Can Do to Promote RecoveryMark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Workshop Registration & Pricing

# of WorkshopsGeneral AdmissionStudent/Senior Discount

Registration is open for our Fall Workshop Series!

To register, click the button below to submit payment based on the number of workshops you plan to register for. Costs can be found in the “Pricing” key above. In the comments of the form, please indicate the letter or name of the workshops you would like to be registered for.  


For questions or concerns, please contact:

Ryan Patterson, Project Specialist at rpatterson@hcenter.org or (312) 226-7984 Ext. 594

If you are mailing your payment, please make a check payable to:

Haymarket Center
ATTN: Education Department
932 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

Course Descriptions

WORKSHOP A: The Art of Counseling Substance Use Disorders

Saturday, October 7
9:00AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs

Presented by Kim Pinkston, MA, LCPC, CADC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA and Don Pinkston, LCSW

The ability to think like an artist can be one of the most effective tools a clinician can use when providing quality individualized care to the people they serve.  Storytelling and improvisational skills are just two examples of the use of the creative process in counseling addictions. Like creative writers, counselors understand that motivation, character development, and honing our skills, are key to understanding the people we serve. These aspects of the work are often what draw us to the field. But there are also demands of productivity, staffing coverage, billing, and stress that can cause us to lose sight of the things about the work that we love.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how creativity enhances the delivery of addiction treatment services;
  • Identify how inspiration, imagination, playfulness, improvisation, and storytelling skills integrate into treatment;
  • Understand one’s own unique approach and creativity are vital aspects of developing rapport and connecting with our clients;
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to explore and display their creative talents.

About the Speakers:

Kim Pinkston, Training Coordinator for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, has been working in behavioral health for over 26 years, specializing in substance use disorders.  As a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), Kim utilizes creative and expressive approaches to counseling to help others explore the body-mind connection.  She has experience working with adults struggling with behavioral health concerns through individual and group counseling programs, both residential and outpatient.  Over the past 15 years, Kim has provided training at various schools, facilities, and conferences on a variety of topics including counseling skills, ethics, expressive art therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, and trauma sensitive care.  Educating is her passion, and she is always grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion for helping others.

Don Pinkston is currently in private practice with Martin Therapy Group in Frankfort and Palos Heights, IL. Don has had inpatient and outpatient management and supervisory roles for Interventions, TASC, The Women’s Treatment Center, and companies now known as Ascension. He has worked with the University of Chicago, Moraine Valley, and South Suburban College as an educator and field liaison. Don has been in the field for more than 30 years.  He is grateful for the opportunity to continue to be an educator, share his expertise, and partner with Haymarket for the Fall Workshop series.

WORKSHOP B: The Intersectionality of Substance Use: The Guide to Cultural Responsiveness Assessment, Treatment Planning, Client Engagement, and Referrals

Saturday, October 14, 2023
9AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs

Presented by Princess Alston, LMHC, CADC

One of our body’s main concerns is safety. We create a secure environment for treatment by recognizing, including, and centering on the cultural identities of our clients.

This workshop explores how to provide culturally responsive substance use treatment for marginalized communities, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and justice-involved individuals. Through storytelling and interactive experiences, we address barriers and mistrust in the behavioral health and medical field, the prevalence of substance use, provider mindfulness, and ways to center client identities for assessment, treatment planning, engagement, and referral.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will define intersectionality;
  • Participants will learn culturally responsive language;
  • Participants will understand the intersection of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and justice-involved individuals;
  • Participants will explore examples of culturally responsive approaches to assessment, treatment planning, client engagement, and referrals.

About the Speaker:

Princess Alston, LMHC, CADC, is a mental health and substance use researcher, behavioral health consultant, and former Division 1 women’s basketball athlete. She has a 15-year career collaborating with NBA and NCAA coaches, schools, hospitals, sports teams, not-for-profits, methadone clinics, and correctional facilities.

As the Director of Clinical Services at Safer Foundation, she helped implement one of the first Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs in two correctional settings in Illinois. Princess’s research focuses on mental health and substance use in marginalized communities, intergenerational trauma, and cognitive performance for athletes.

Princess founded Cultivated Core, offering mental performance coaching for athletes, clinical curriculum, and behavioral health consulting. She also serves as a Board Director and Treasurer for Sisters in Public Health and provides clinical staff training for organizations, including Haymarket Center.

WORKSHOP C: Neurodivergent Affirming Care: A Paradigm Shift in Clinical Practice

Saturday, October 21st
9AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs

Presented by Brooke Garren, LCSW

This interactive workshop will explore an approach that integrates neurodivergent affirming care with trauma-informed principles, ushering in transformative evidence-based practices within clinical settings. Participants will be equipped with the essential knowledge and practical tools to provide inclusive, accessible, and effective care for neurodivergent individuals, including understanding clinician implicit bias. The workshop will cover cultural sensitivity and the importance of dismantling existing stigmas surrounding neurodivergence, fostering an environment of trust and acceptance for both clients and practitioners.

Participants will experience a collaborative learning environment with the content through group discussions, case studies, and hands-on activities. Attendees will exchange ideas and apply the concepts to their own practice in real-time.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate the core principles of neurodivergent affirming care as trauma-informed practice;
  • Incorporate new methods of service delivery to better serve neurodivergent individuals;
  • Identify specific strategies and techniques for implementing neurodivergent affirming care within their clinical settings.

About the Speaker:

Brooke Garren (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker committed to treating individuals, couples, and families navigating neurological differences. Her clinical interests include aiding neurodivergent individuals to understand themselves, hone their differences, and teaching families how to support their neurodivergent loved ones in an affirming way. She also focuses on addressing trauma, sensory integration issues, perfectionism, and self-esteem/self-acceptance.

Brooke is the CEO and founder of Uniquely You Behavioral Health, a neurodivergent affirming care multispecialty group practice in the south-west suburbs of Illinois. She also owns and operates Affirming Minds Coaching and Consulting, working with neurodivergent entrepreneurs.

Brooke received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her master’s degree in clinical mental health social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an advanced practitioner in DIR/Floortime, with extensive training in neurodivergent therapy, crisis intervention, behavioral therapy, substance use disorders, and trauma.

WORKSHOP D: Trauma-Informed Approaches for Working with Women & Children

Saturday, October 8th
9:00AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs

Presented by Shannon McCray, LCPC, CADC

This workshop provides an overview of traumatic stress, its causes, signs/symptoms, and effects across the developmental lifespan, specifically for women and children. This workshop will discuss the ways in which behavioral health providers can perpetuate and prevent trauma in the provision of services and provide evidence-based approaches to delivering trauma-informed care for survivors. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define traumatic stress and its characteristics;
  • Discuss potential impacts of trauma on women and children;
  • Address cultural and systemic factors that impact the delivery of trauma-informed care;
  • Identify evidence-based approaches to working with women/children survivors of trauma

About the Speaker:

Shannon McCray is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor based in Chicago.  A seasoned behavioral health clinician, Shannon has a decade and a half of experience providing trauma-informed care, specifically to those with substance use disorders, those involved in the justice system and BIPOC communities.  Shannon believes in providing gender-responsive, trauma-informed, socially-just and culturally-competent care and enjoys collaborating with other clinicians in the field to develop their awareness in these areas.

WORKSHOP E:  The 20 Smartest Things Counselors and Programs Can Do to Promote Recovery

Saturday, November 4th
9AM – 12:15PM
3 CEUs

Presented by Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

In this presentation you will learn 20 smart things you can do to help facilitate recovery from substance use disorders and mental illness. Topics covered include: incorporating lessons from science into recovery; what the best programs do to help facilitate recovery; lessons from history; becoming more evidence based; lessons from cancer treatment applied to behavioral health recovery; addressing co-occurring conditions; a public health approach to recovery; utilizing peers and breaking intergenerational patterns.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize 20 strategies to help increase recovery rates;
  • Incorporate lessons from science into recovery efforts;
  • Articulate what the best programs do to help facilitate recovery;
  • Utilize a public health approach to recovery;
  • Address co-occurring disorders;
  • Articulate reasons some clinicians are more evidence based than others when helping to facilitate recovery.

About the Speaker:

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC is an international speaker and consultant in behavioral health whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, West Indies, and Guam. He is the recipient of four lifetime achievement awards including the prestigious NAADAC Enlightenment Award. He was one of three finalists for the National Association for Addiction Professionals 50th Anniversary Legends AwardMark is also the recipient of the Illinois Certification Board’s Professional of the Year Award, The Illinois Certification Board, Jessica Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award and The Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the social work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago alumni.

Mark is the author of five books on behavioral health recovery. Recent writings include Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies For Clients With Multiple Addictions Disorders and Relationship Detox: A Counselors Guide To Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships In Recovery. He was lead writer on a trauma informed gun violence prevention curriculum which is being implemented in several large cities in the United States. His groundbreaking monograph Recovery Management co-authored with historians William White and Earnest Kurtz helped shift addictions treatment and recovery from the acute care model solely towards a recovery-oriented system of care. Mark has had two stories published in the New York Times bestselling book series, Chicken Soup for The Soul.

Mark has also had a 30-year career as a university educator having taught at The University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, and Illinois State University School of Social Work. He is co-founder of Serenity Academy Chicago, a program which sponsors recovery-oriented peer groups in local high schools.