Saturday Feb 28


PIAT North

NAMI Illinois is pleased to bring a second PIATconference to Illinois.

Piecing It All Together  North Conference

 Mark your calendars 


Marie Masterson




Marie L. Masterson, Ph.D. is associate professor of early childhood education at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois. She is a national speaker, child behavior expert, researcher, and author of current articles published in Young Children and Childhood Educationlinking research to practice in early childhood education. She is the co-author of 101 Principles for Positive Guidance with Young Children: Creating Responsive Teachers, and is authoring a positive parenting book due in 2015 for Gryphon House, as well as a best-practices in family childcare book for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).



Dr. Masterson provides educational consulting and professional development to parents and families, childcare centers, schools and organizations to build high quality environments and establish responsive, positive instructional and relational interactions that support optimal achievement and healthy development for all children. She is an advocate for the human rights of children, and supports strength-based, respectful practices that nurture resilience and ensure healthy relationships.


For five years, Dr. Masterson coordinated Old Dominion University Director's Institute, which provided professional development for directors of licensed childcare centers for at-risk children. She is a current Fulbright Specialist, and worked in conjunction with Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand in 2011 to establish an early childhood education training institute. Dr. Masterson conducted research in Ethiopia during the summer of 2014 to develop a positive guidance and character training program entitled, "Empowering Children for Life." Dr. Masterson is the former early childhood specialist for the Virginia Department of Education and continues to provide education and policy consultation related to quality improvement and training initiatives across states.




Finding Hope in Resiliency: Building Strength When We Face the Unexpected -


No one is immune from life's unexpected trauma and stress or from the related issues both visible and hidden that affect young children and their families. Parents, teachers and professionals can work together to overcome fear, maximize assets, and build bridges of strength that can scaffold young children who need support and encouragement. Explore the changing landscape of childhood and learn to overcome misperceptions, reframe challenges, and become a more effective advocate for children who struggle with the signs and symptoms of mental health. Maximize your influence in building resilience as you change your life - and theirs - through the power of positive relationships.


Please continue to check our website so you can stay up-to-date as we continue adding conference breakout sessions.   

Registration will open at 8:00 a.m.

Keynote presentation begins at 9:00 a.m.

Conference will conclude by 4:30 p.m.


  Click Here to Register for PIAT North 

$50 Parents/caregiver of a child with a mental health condition

$75 Mental Health Professional




Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Wheaton Public Library
225 N. Cross Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

-President's Message
-New Board Installation
-Guest Speaker

This year is our 30th anniversary and is full of new opportunities for NAMI DuPage! At our Annual General Meeting you will get a sneak peak at the Community Center being built, NAMI DuPage's new website, and all the exciting events ahead this year. Sue Cahalan, JD will speak about Guardianship and the issues surrounding it.

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SUZANNE M. CAHALAN, J.D., received her law degree from The University of Iowa, with high honors, in 1982 and then served a one year appointment as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Harvey Uhlenhopp, Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa.  From 1983-1985 she was an associate in the law firm of McDermott, Will and Emery, Chicago, Illinois, practicing exclusively in the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate Department.

From 1985 through the present time, she has maintained a private law practice consisting of estate planning, trust and estate administration, consultant work for families with elderly and/or special needs members, guardianship, special needs trusts, estate planning seminars to non-legal groups, and pro bono work with not-for-profit corporations.  

In addition to her professional practice, she has found time for active involvement at her church, local schools and park district boards.  

Sue and her husband, Jim, a corporate lawyer, have lived in Wheaton for thirty years and are the parents of four adult children,  including a child living well with bipolar disorder.

Sue is a volunteer with the National Alliance on Mentally Illness for DuPage County, Illinois,  and is past member of the Board of Directors, having served as secretary of the board.  She is a frequent speaker for educational professionals and parent groups on mental illness in children and adolescents.  Sue facilitates a parent support group for parents of mentally ill children and young adults. Sue also is a state of Illinois teacher trainer and teacher in her local affiliate for NAMI  Basics - an educational class for parents of children and teens with mental illness.


            Once a person becomes eighteen years of age, parents no longer have any legal ability to direct their child’s life choices,  health care or financial matters.  Learn about the legal process of guardianship: how is the need for a guardian determined, who makes the ultimate decision, what is the process for establishing guardianship, and what is the role of the guardian.  Alternatives to guardianship such as powers of attorney and the mental health advance directive also will be discussed


Hope to see you on March 3rd!






All proceeds from this ‘NAMI’ bracelet will be used to help fund

school presentations to help

"End the Silence" of mental illness.

For information on ordering the bracelet, please contact :

Angie Kuhns
630-752-0066 X 214
Special Events Coordinator
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Each bracelet $20

Why not treat someone else?

2 bracelets for $30

Each will include a gift box and shipping.  







For Information on the program follow the following link



F2F Winter 2015 II





Glenbard Parent Series


GPS offers 40 programs a year to parents, guardians, school staff, students, and interested community members throughoutChicagoland.  Our events are posted on the websites of many other large area school districts including (but not limited to) Naperville,Deerfield, Elmhurst and New Trier.
It is the mission of GPS to facilitate real-world parenting skills which will enhance our children's social and emotional development, encourage responsible decision making, and promote respect-based relationships that keep our children safe. The GPS series engages best-selling authors, top research-experts, and high-profile media consultants, whose GPS programs and workshops assist our communities to become proactive and informed. Our GPS programs are free and open to all in the greater Chicago land area.  An average of 400 high school, middle school, and grade school parents, plus school staff and community members attend each of our programs and workshops.






Piecing It All Together South Conference  - 11th Annual Conference    

How Children's Mental Health/Mental Illness Affects Home, School & Community

April 10 & 11, 2015

Southern Illinois University

Edwardsville, Illinois






Good article on bi-polar disorder, told by a person who lives with it. 



2014 Annual Awards for Business Excellence  

NAMI DuPage was recently honored as one of the 2014 Annual Awards for Business Excellence in the category of Non-Profit Organization. The AABEs highlight successful suburban businesses and organizations and honor the people who make them successful.

Awards were presented to 22 companies and not-for-profit organizations in 12 categories of competition. The award recipients were recognized during an evening reception on March 12, 2014, at Medinah Banquets, in Addison. Approximately 150 business executives, friends and associates were in attendance.

The recipient companies and organizations will be profiled in a special publication of The Daily Herald Business Ledger published on April 14, 2014.

The AABEs, given for business achievement, growth and community involvement, are presented to outstanding businesses and non-profit organizations with a significant presence in the suburban circulation area of the Daily Herald Business Ledger (DuPage County, Fox Valley, NW Cook County, Lake County, West Cook County, Southwest Cook County and Will County.




NAMI has received several new requests from national reporters looking for personal stories. They want to talk with individuals or families about bad experiences with barriers or gaps in the mental health care system---and stories in which a person finally got help and what made the difference.

In general, requests involve:

  • Families
  • Children, teens or young adults
  • Veterans
  • Emergency rooms and hospitals
  • Outpatient services
  • Affordability, insurance or other funding issues
  • Criminal justice issues—particularly jails
  • Homelessness; housing
  • Employment

If you are interested in possibly sharing a story, please send a short summary to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include your age, city, and state and telephone contact information.

  • NAMI may not be able to acknowledge every submission, but every story will be considered
  • Submitting a story does not commit you to being interviewed by the news media
  • Names and contact information will not be shared with any reporter until NAMI contacts you first and you give permission
  • Ultimately, it’s a reporter’s decision whether to contact a person for an interview. If an interview does not result, NAMI will still keep your story for other opportunities.

Please let us know if you are interested in telling your story to the news media. Please also forward this appeal to anyone else who might be interested.  Many thanks for your help!

Bob Carolla

Director of Media Relations

National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI)

3803 North Fairfax Drive

Arlington, VA 22205

(703) 516-7963 




New Article: Mental Health Parity Rules 


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NAMI DuPage Overview of Services (PDF)

NAMI DuPage Brochure (PDF)

New Library Resource Page


The Residential Treatment Work Group has created a guide for families who may be considering residential treatment services for their children. The Guide includes things to consider when choosing a residential treatment center, funding options, and additional resources and supports for families. The guide is now available at or by clicking the image on the left.
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