The Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues


2018 Southwest Coalition Spring Conference @ Presence St. Joseph Hospital
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

For copy of the event flyer with complete information, please click 2018 Spring Conference Brochure 

Additional information regarding the facility and the event is below:

ENTER – Medical Center ask Concierge for Auditorium B & C


6 CEU’s available for:


(ICB formerly known as IAODAPCA)

Registration:                              8:30am-9:00am

Morning session:                     9:00am-12:00pm

Lunch:                                         12:00pm-12:40pm

Afternoon session:                  12:40pm-4:00pm

There will a 10 minute morning and afternoon break.

Medication Assisted Treatment:

Distinguishing Between OTP and OBOT Models of Care

Presented by

Natalie Thukkaram, NCC, LPC, CADC

Gender Responsive Treatment for Women: Principles and Core Components

Presented by

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC

HERO HELPS – Join Us at the Summit! @ Edwards Hospital Athletic & Event Center
May 11 @ 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Summit on the Opioid Epidemic in Illinois: Bringing it all together

This year’s event will bring together all of the efforts made towards reducing opioid use and overdose in Will County and across the State of Illinois. Keynote speaker Laura Porter from ACE Interface will address the effects of childhood trauma and substance use and Dr. Maria Bruni from DASA and Dr. Nirav Shah from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health will discuss the efforts of the state in opioid abuse.

This is a FREE event, open to the public, pre-registration is not required.

May Coalition Monthly Meeting @ Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at Ingalls
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Topic: Strength Based Assessments and Counseling

Presenter: Peter Bradley, LPC, CRADC, PCGC


1. Understand the basic principles in Strength Based assessment and treatment planning

2. Take a look at some of the philosophical foundations of Strength Based counseling

3. Consider how we communicate with clients, the questions that we can use to inspire Strength Based responses, and adopt non-judgemental approaches that can lead to higher rates of treatment efficacy

Presenter Bio:

Peter Bradley is a two-time graduate from Governors State IUniversity.  After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a double minor (Addiction Studies and Communications) he went on to obtain his Masters of Arts Degree in Community Counseling.

Peter had an extremely rewarding career with the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. At the Council, he served in the Men’s Residential Program in the capacity of a Senior Addictions Counselor and Clinical Supervisor. Peter currently works as a Corporate Services Clinician with the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey, IL.

Peter is a regular lecturer at universities, hospitals, churches and other treatment centers.

Peter enjoys reading, teaching, learning, and spending time with his family, friends, and church family. Advocacy and Outreach are two areas of special interest.


June Coalition Monthly Meeting @ University of St. Francis
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presenter: Larry Dunbar, MS, CAADC, CADP, MISA2

Topic: The Role of Substance Use in Media


1. Provide an awareness of substance use in media.
2. Provide examples of wide range and types of substance use.
3. Provide examples of the many messages sent by media
Speaker Bio:
Mr. Dunbar has worked in the field of substance abuse treatment, prevention and mental health for more than 20 years. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Health Service Administration, both from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois where he currently works as an Instructor and Program Coordinator of Addiction Studies. In addition, he also earned a Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois where he currently teaches as an adjunct instructor in their Addiction Counseling program.