Community Education Day 2024

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Reservations are limited and will close on Thursday, May 16, 2024.

$10 per person includes buffet and admission to all sessions.

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A ½ day workshop about mental illness and addiction.

Sunday, May 19, 2024
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Manor House
7440 Mason-Montgomery Rd.
Mason, OH 45040

An afternoon of enhancing awareness about the facts of mental illness and addiction. Knowledge helps break down stigma and encourages individuals and families to seek life-changing help.

Community Education Day 2024 Schedule

11 a.m. Registration & Resource Center Opens

11:30 a.m. “Nourishing The Mind” Buffet

12 p.m. Welcome
Paul R. Crosby, MD, MBA, President and CEO; Lindner Center of HOPE

Brandon Saho, Creator – The Mental Game Podcast
Cincinnati native and former sports reporter with WLWT-TV, Brandon Saho, said goodbye to his dream job in 2022 to focus on his mental health. Brandon says he was at his lowest. He was depressed and alone and he didn’t know how to live.

Brandon spent time as a patient at Lindner Center of HOPE and realized that he didn’t want anyone to struggle like he did, so he started The Mental Game podcast. Brandon spends time talking with athletes, musicians, and celebrities with the goal of saving lives through these conversations. Brandon recently returned home from a 30-state tour in 30 days, speaking with kids, teens, parents, and adults about mental health. His goal is to “help people realize that it’s OK to ask for help, that we can get through these moments, and that those feelings are temporary.”

12:45 p.m. Friendship Bus Launch, Manor House Entrance

Join us for a friendly farewell to Michael G. Leadbetter, MD. Dr. Leadbetter, retired plastic surgeon, will launch his year-long friendship bus tour of the United States June 2024 raising awareness around the importance of friendship and connection for mental wellness. The trip is in memory of Leadbetter’s wife, Debbie, his life partner for 49 years. The couple had planned much of the trip before Debbie passed, with the goal of visiting friends around the country, highlighting the significant role friends played in their lives and their mental wellness.

Leadbetter intends to donate $25 to Lindner Center of HOPE, for every friend he interacts with on his journey. He is also hopeful that interested individuals that he meets will contribute to Lindner Center of HOPE and/or mental health causes of their own in recognition of his year-long tour. Leadbetter has a list of 150 friends he would like to visit who have played an important part in he and his wife’s journey.


2024 Breakout Sessions

Befriending Your Body: Strategies to Heal Our Relationship with Food and Our Body

Heather Connor, LISW-S, Outpatient Therapist, The Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Outline influences that negatively impact our relationship with food and our bodies.
  • Review strategies to come into a better relationship with food and our bodies. Strategies discussed include Self Compassion, Intuitive Eating, Embodiment Practices, and general Self Care.


Insights into Depression

Nik Raju, MD, Staff Psychiatrist, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Outline characteristics of different forms of depression.
  • Describe treatment options for depression.


Self-Care is More than a Spa Day – a conversation about how to build a life that you don’t need to escape from

Anna Guerdjikova, PhD, LISW, CEDS, CCRC, Associate Professor of Clinical-Geo, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati, Director of Administrative Services, Harold C. Schott Eating Disorders Program, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Review the six types of self-care and their contribution to wellness.
  • Discuss the difference between motivation and intention in self-care.
  • Explore the place of personal values in self-care and outline five individualized committed actions to sustainable self-care.


Is it Autism?

Elisha Eveleigh, PhD, Child Psychologist, Lindner Center of HOPE, and Tracy Cummings, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Excellence and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Explore some common myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Review diagnostic criteria for ASD.
  • Discuss the role of psychological testing for ASD.


Turn off the Faucet!!  The Impact of Caffeine, Sleep, and Nutrition on Anxiety and Depression

Brian Berendts, MSN, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Describe the effect of caffeine and its effect on anxiety and sleep quality.
  • Outline how poor quality and quantity of sleep effects moods and resilience to stressors.
  • Review how food choices effect not only physical health but also mental health and stability.


Empowered Parenting

Megan Schrantz, EdD, LPCC, and Kristy Hardwick, EdD, LPCC-S, Therapists, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Outline how to create and promote healthy relationships with your children.
  • Describe how to implement boundaries and rules without feeling guilty.


What We Seek in a Therapist and How to Identify a Good Match

Michael Groat, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Review the options available for mental health treatment available today.
  • Identify the importance of connection, collaboration, competence, and compassion in choosing a provider.
  • Discuss the different therapeutic approaches available and how to choose among them.


Making It Through A Crisis:  DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

Nicole Bosse, PsyD and Shannon Jensen, LISW-S

This presentation will:

  • Demonstrate Crisis Survival Skills to increase healthy coping with stress and distress.
  • Teach Reality Acceptance skills to increase healthy coping with trauma and pain.


Addicted to Numbing Mental Illness with Alcohol, Gambling, and the Internet

Chris Tuell, Ed.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, Clinical Director of Addiction Services, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Discuss the integrative relationship between mental illness and addiction.
  • Describe the addicted brain as it pertains to mental illness.
  • Discuss the CUBIS Model of Co-Occurrence, and how it provides an outline in identifying and treating mental illness and addiction together.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Nelson F. Rodriguez, M.D., DABPN, FAPA, Medical Director, Neuromodulation (ECT, TMS, VNS) Service, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

This presentation will:

  • Describe the basic principles of Transcranial Magnet Stimulation (TMS).
  • Identify the clinical indications of TMS.


What Is Stress and How Do We Manage It?

Peter White, MA, LPCC, LICDC, Outpatient Therapist, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Define what stress is and what it is not.
  • Define what relaxation is and what it is not.
  • Demonstrate relaxation.


Levels of Care on a Mental Health Journey

Paul Crosby, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Lindner Center of HOPE

This presentation will:

  • Describe and differentiate the various levels of mental health care.
  • Demonstrate how Lindner Center of HOPE utilizes these levels of care to support an individual’s journey.