Join us for the McDonough County Interagency Council's Third Professional Development Conference!
Expect several significant speakers, panel discussions, multiple breakout sessions and 30+table top presentations

Today's Speakers

Bringing you perspectives from local, state and national authorities...


Mary Garrison

Millikin University

Professor of Social Work Mary E. Garrison is a licensed clinical social worker and certified as a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Mary teaches courses at Millikin University focusing as clinical practice, ethics, poverty, mental health, and diversity. Mary has had extensive practice experience in the social work field, with over 25 years of public and private practice in mental health services, policy and advocacy. Mary has been active in providing continuing education opportunities for colleagues through professional workshops, presentations, and trainings both domestically and internationally. Mary serves as an advisor to Big Blue Backpacks and is an advisor to the Millikin University student organization Human Service Connection. Mary serves as a clinical supervisor, a consultant to multiple community entities, is a Governing Board Member of the Macon County Continuum of Care and serves as the PIT Homeless Count Coordinator for Macon County. Mary is currently a NASW Illinois Board Delegate, a board member for Kennedy Forum Illinois, the Good Samaritan Inn, and Youth Advocate. Mary engages in research in the areas of poverty, homelessness and mental health. Mary co-authored a book titled: “Your Playbook for Beating Depression: Essential Strategies for Managing and Living with Depression.” Mary advocates passionately and fights for social justice for individuals facing discrimination and marginalization. Mary is a past recipient of the NASW Illinois Social Worker of the Year Award, a two time recipient of the Cesar Chavez Social Justice Award and the first recipient of the Macon County Continuum of Care Advocate of the Year Award.


Sohail Nibras, MD

SIU School of Medicine

Dr. Nibras completed his undergraduate education at Saint Louis University and his medical education at the American University of Integrated Science School of Medicine. He has done research in Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorder at Saint Louis University/Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. Prior to his arrival in Springfield, he completed his adult general psychiatry training at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Nibras is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellow at SIU School of Medicine. He is enrolled in the medical educator track and is frequently involved in educational opportunities. He gives lectures frequently in medical schools, undergraduate classes, local high schools, and in other community settings.


Dr. Andram Chakrabarty, MD

SIU School of Medicine

Dr. Chakrabarty grew up in India and finished his medical schooling there. He finished his psychiatry residency there and was a practicing psychiatrist before his passion to travel the world brought him to America. He had to undertake residency training here again and will be finishing his psychiatry residency at the SIU School of Medicine, Springfield in June this year. Besides travelling, Dr. Chakrabarty’s passion lies in teaching and he plans to join SIU as faculty and continue teaching medical students and residents while providing care to people afflicted with mental illness in Southern and Central Illinois.

Event Schedule

1 Mary Garrison, Millikin University Rural Mental Health: Understanding the barriers and challenges impacting access to and provision of services for rural communities 1:00pm-2:00pm Horrabin Hall Theater
2 Sohail Nibras, MD, SIU School of Medicine
Arindam Chakrabarty, MD, School of Medicine
Rural Mental Health: An overview of depression, anxiety and suicide through the life cycle - from kindergarten to nursing home 2:00pm-3:00pm Horrabin Hall Theater
3 Panel Discussion
  • Jeff Hamer, MPD
  • Janell McGruder, Knox College
  • Aimee Anderson, Bridgeway
  • Sajjad R. Sarwar, MD, MDH
3:00pm-4:00pm Horrabin Hall Theater
4 Breakout
  • Dawn Piper, Free Range Yoga
  • Bill Maakestad, Free Range Yoga
  • Yoga for self care
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Horrabin Hall Gymnasium
  • Horrabin Hall Theater

Professional Development


Professional Development Clock Hours offered through ROE 26 and 33. Information will be given at conference check-in.

CE Credits

Credits given for QIDP, LCPC, LCSW, LSW, and LPC. Please click "CE Credits" above.

Parking Information

Following registration, you will be sent a parking pass. You can park in any lot that is a faculty/staff lot. This will not allow you to park in special permit lots or spaces, handicap spaces or metered spots. Please put the pass on your dashboard.

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