INA, Ill. (June 27, 2014) – Clinical Consultant Barbara T. Doyle will soon share her knowledge of mental health during two workshops held on the Rend Lake College campus and co-hosted by RLC and the South Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (SCI-AHEC). Some of the topics will include intellectual and developmental disabilities, communication, and others.
The first workshop, “Becoming the Instrument of Change,” is scheduled for 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7 in the RLC Theatre. The session will educate attendees on how to become better communicators with those who have disabilities. Some practice techniques will include non-verbal skills and responsiveness strategies. The cost of the session is $10.
The second workshop, titled “Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives,” will be held the following day from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the RLC Theatre. This session will show attendees how to promote mental health in children and adults with autism, intellectual, or developmental disabilities. The cost of the session is $25 and includes lunch. Register for both sessions at a total cost of $30.
Doyle is currently the president and CEO of Barbara T. Doyle, MS, Inc., a private practice she started 15 years ago that focuses services to education and support schools, families, and children. Doyle herself has more than 40 years of professional experience and personal knowledge with five family members with disabilities.
“Rend Lake College is happy to host Barb Doyle’s workshops on campus to help others who are caretakers, loved ones, or professional personnel who interact regularly with those who have mental health issues or disabilities,” said Lori Ragland, RLC Dean of Community and Corporate Education.
RLC has been approved as an Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation continuing education provider for physical therapy, registered social worker, occupational therapy, and nursing. The Aug. 7 and 8 workshops are approved for CEUs for the occupations above, as well as CPDUs for teachers. Participants who attend both workshops will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 8 contact hours and .5 credit hours of RLC Continuing Education.