Through intensive trainings and community webinars, Illume brings information about evidence-based practices to you from regional experts and internationally-recognized behavioral health leaders.

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Upcoming Events

Trauma in Black Youth/TAY- Suffocated Grief

Join Illume: The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence  on Friday, May 20, from 11a.m.-2p.m. (Central)

Description: Dr. Tashel Bordere’s presentation will assist organizations with the understanding of suffocated Grief, specifically within Black transitional age youth (TAY) (ages 16-25) and recognizing symptoms of distress, reducing stigma, and increasing skills in responding to distress.


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Recent and Selected Events

Illume has hosted several internationally-recognized experts to discuss the positive impact of evidence-based practices.

Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

July 26, 2022

Keynote by Emily Dreher, LPC, NCC, DBT-LC

Registration information soon to come.

Collaborative Decision-Making with Your Clients: Practical Strategies for Clinicians

June 16, 2022

Keynote by Emily Triechler, Ph.D

Register in advance for this event here.

BREATHE Trauma Treatment

June 16, 2022

Keynote by Pallavi Nishith, Ph.D.

Register in advance for this event here.

Trauma in Black Youth/TAY- Suffocated Grief

May 20, 2022

Keynote by Dr. Tashel Bordere

Register in advance for this event here.

Serving Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)


Keynote by Sarah Pratt

Ethics Training

March 31, 2022

Keynote by Barb Zawier, Allison Murphy, and Julie Blanco

CRA Training

March 29-30, 2022

Keynote by Julie Blanco

Engaging Challenging to Serve Persons

February 22, 2022

Keynote by Don Shipp, Leon Farrar, and Brittany Barbour

Wellness Coaching

January 31, 2022-February 3, 2022

Keynote by Greg Seymour & Kristen Gramann

Introduction of Skill Building Interventions into Community-Based Services

January 25, 2022

Keynote by Sam McCullough and Tim McKay

Mental Health Recovery: What Helps and What Hinders

December 10, 2021

Keynote by Nanette Larson

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD in SMI

December 2-3, 2021

Keynote by Pallavi Nishith, Ph.D.

Thinking Skills for Work (TSW): An Evidence Based Practice to Improve Cognitive and Work Functioning

November 4, 2021

Keynote by Drs. Susan McGurk and Kim Mueser

Does Race Still Matter: What Does It Mean to Pursue Racial Equity?

October 29, 2021

Keynote by Khatib A.F. Waheed

Mental Health First Aide

October 6, 2021

Presented by Anton Jefferson and Jamie Holmes

Black Girl Bleu

September 30, 2021

Film with Director’s Panel

Mental Health First Aide

September 29, 2021

Presented by Anton Jefferson and Jamie Holmes

Trauma and PTSD in Serious Mental Illness

September 24, 2021

Keynote by Pallavi Nishith, Ph.D. with Julie Blanco

Grief & Loss: Understanding and Supporting a Grieving Community

August 26, 2021

Keynote by Caren Franke, MS

Erasing the Stigma of Substance Use

August 17, 2021

Keynote by Craig Miner

Covid in Community: Suicide Prevention through a new Lens 

August 10, 2021

Keynote by Bart Andrews, Ph.D.

Emerging from the Pandemic:  How to be Your Best while Transitioning from Surviving to Thriving 

July 7, 2021

Keynote by Dr. Gary Morse, Ph.D.


June 29 – July 1, 2021

Julie Blanco

An Update on the Clinical and Research Practices on the IMR Program

May 12, 2021
Keynote by Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D.

Evidence-Based Substance Use Treatment
February 11, 2021
Keynote by Robert J. Meyers, PhD

Current Trends in ACT Research & Practice
January 19, 2021
Keynote by Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD

Can a Recovery-Oriented System be Evidence-Based? Mental Health Practices, Processes, and Services
December 4, 2020
Keynote by Robert Drake, M.D, PH.D.

Parenting in Today’s World
September 17, 2020
Kevin Wells, MSW

Pursuit of Happiness Program
August-September 2020
Gary Morse, Ph.D.

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness Training for Central Baptist Church
July 30, 2020
By Meagan Doty, LCSW

Recognizing Acute Stress Risks During COVID-19
July 27, 2020
Julie Blanco, LCSW, CRAADC, CCDP-D and Pallavi Nishith, Ph.D.

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness Training
May 19, 2020
By Meagan Doty, LCSW

Parenting in Today’s World
May 29, 2020
Kevin Wells, MSW

Training Opportunities

Julie Blanco, Illume Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Call 314-615-9105 / Ext. 239

The Center of Excellence’s key personnel and “faculty” have extensive expertise in a wide range of behavioral health Evidence Based Practices training content and implementation experience that can be shared with providers, agencies, and system leaders throughout behavioral health systems. Our experts are available to speak about Evidence Based Practices, best practices, and promising practices, in a variety of areas. Our goals in these engagements are to share knowledge, raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote compassion.