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Lunch ‘N’ Learn Webinar - Becoming a Beacon: Tools for Transformation in a Global Pandemic

August  18, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Central)


Registration Fee:  $10 (payment must be made online at time of registration)

Format:  You will receive a link to the Zoom webinar and instructions a few days prior to the training, if your registration fee has been paid. The email will come from or so please be sure to add these email addresses to your safe/white list or check your Junk/Spam folder if you cannot find the email in your inbox.

Presenter: Karen  S. Adler ,LCSW, Licenced Clinical Social Worker/ Psychotherapist at Healing From the Inside Out and Centered and Empowered

Karen Adler, MSW, LCSW ( is a Chicago-based, seasoned, trauma informed psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience working with individuals, couples, LGBTQ adults and teens and families with emotional, behavioral and life transition challenges. Through her extensive training and life experience, Karen has earned a reputation and following as a trusted guide, empowering individuals, couples and families. Along with her therapeutic practice Karen offers supervision and consultation services and holds self reflection, spirituality, meditation workshops and retreats as well as seminars on stress relief, grief and trauma. To address the problem of stress in middle and high schools, she leads numerous workshops throughout the Chicagoland area. Karen also provides conscious parenting services and conducts ceremonial celebrations for milestone events.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Karen has a passion for addressing the needs of those experiencing the effects of trauma, which drew her towards a body-centered approach to therapy. She has studied and practiced Self Acceptance Training (SAT) since 1990 which has been the primary modality for her therapy practice.  Karen currently provides supervision, consultation and workshops on stress at Maryville Crisis Nursery. She is a member of the 004th Police District Domestic Violence Sub-Committee Task Force and provides self acceptance training and stress and meditation workshops for high risk communities.  Karen has a long history of service in Child Welfare and Foster Care. She spearheaded a progressive program to improve conditions for traumatized children in foster care placement while administering critical support to foster families. Her cutting edge paradigm addresses a much needed bridge between birth parents and foster families. Karen co-created and directed Maryville Academy’s Treatment Foster Care program serving traumatized and hard to place youth. Through consultation, training and supervision she worked closely with other social service agencies to adopt this model.

Overview: In today's challenging times this seminar will discuss the effects of chronic stress on the brain and body and how to mitigate and transform it’s negative impact into growth, vitality and purpose. We will explore complicating factors like compassion fatigue and grief and ways in which body centered tools can be used to offer relief to those in the helping professions. Conscious exploration into the body will be introduced as a means to identify and remove blockages that stand in the way of our greatest potential and capacity to share with those we serve. We will discover how becoming a beacon can be achieved, even under the most difficult of circumstances.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn new avenues for mitigating and transforming the negative effects of chronic stress on the brain and body.
  • Learn how to treat complicating factors like compassion fatigue and grief including tools for relief.
  • Explore a body centered approach to working through layers of trauma and stress exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • Learn an energy-giving versus an energy- draining approach to caring for others.
  • Learn to create a new pathway in the brain to allow for becoming more present and a beacon of light for others.

Continuing Education Credits:

2.0 CEU’s are available for LCSW, LCPC, LSW, LPC, and QIDP

All other professionals are encouraged to check with their respective licensing boards for questions about whether this workshop meets criteria for continuing education credits.

Following the event, attendees will receive an email notification with a link to the online evaluation to complete. All attendees MUST complete the online evaluation in order to receive a CEU certificate, no exceptions. Once the evaluation response window closes, CEU certificates will be emailed. This process takes approximately 3 weeks following the event. Evaluations open within two days of the event and remain open for 10 days. Evaluations are unavailable and cannot be completed after the 10 day period. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  The registration fee is non-refundable.

Professional development workshops are sponsored by a partnership between the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park TownshipRiveredge Hospital, and Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System.