Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Workshop

Carina Santa Maria is accustomed to the reaction she gets when she tells people she’s a social worker who’s worked with victims of sexual abuse and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

“The conversation kind of stops there, because nobody wants to talk about it,” said Santa Maria, the acting director of field education in the Graduate School of Social Work at Dominican University in River Forest.

The university is partnering with Advocate Health to offer Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children workshop, a child sexual abuse prevention training program that teaches adults how to recognize and address abuse, on Nov. 14 at Dominican’s Priory Campus. The workshop is open to the public.  Read more


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Workshop: Ideology, Poverty and Taxes Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Change agents working in community development, organizing, and planning need to pay careful attention to political, policy, social, cultural and economic contexts shaping their practice. This workshop will feature progressive experts on tax policy, poverty policy and trends, and the ideological contexts and trends that those working in Chicago face in their daily community work.

Understanding and Adapting the New DSM-5 Friday, February 13, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

This seminar will explore changes to the diagnostic criteria for some of the more common mental disorders, as well as providing participants with an overview of key changes in the DSM-5.

Self Care for the Helping Professional Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Professional self-care is a key skill set needed by those working in the helping professions. It prevents burn out, compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization.

8th Annual African-American Latino Symposium Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

This symposium will focus on the challenges of incarceration and documentation status for communities of color in Chicago.

By Reason of Sanity Friday, April 17, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

By Reason of Sanity is a riveting story filled with lots of surprising twists and turns about a dysfunctional therapeutic encounter between a practitioner and client.