Conference: Integrating mental and physical health

Panelists Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, Michael Fine and Rebecca Lahey.

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will hold its 18th annual conference, "Integrating Mental and Physical Health," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at Roycemore School, 1200 Davis St. in Evanston.

The main panel at the event will feature Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, director of the Center for Multi-System Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic at the American Institute for Research and Rebecca Lahey, manager of mental health and collaborative care in the Department of Social Work and Community Health at Rush University Medical Center.

They'll be joined by Michael Fine, an attorney whose left arm was traumatically amputated in a traffic accident, leaving him with chronic residual limb pain syndrome.

Fine, the husband of State Sen. Laura Fine, has become a certified Hatha Yoga instructor as a means of controlling the pain and has served as co-chair of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board and an advocate for the use of medical cannabis.

The conference will also include 21 afternoon discussion group sessions on subjects ranging from the impact of adverse childhood experiences on health through mind-body healing and wellness.

The regular registration fee for the conference is $40, but Evanston residents can register for $20 by using the promotional code 32520 when registering online.

For more information on the conference call 312-467-2552 or email [email protected]

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