Education & Seminars

15 Laws of Growth – MasterMind Study Group

Commit to you in 2020!  Experience the Power of a Mastermind, studying the 15 Laws of Growth by John C Maxwell.  Participate in this 4-week study that will afford you the opportunity to join forces, collaborating with other individuals who are focused on reaching new dimensions and plateaus.  Together we will grow intentionally, stretching, going beyond our comfort zone which is where growth begins.

February 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020

$200, Early bird special $175 through 1/05/2020, first 5 people to sign up receive a complimentary gift.

Tinley Park Business Lounge, 16557 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477



Effective January 1, 2020 sexual harassment training is required for all persons who hold various Illinois professional licenses. Moraine Valley training is $25 and offered for:

Social Workers
Public Accountants
Professional Counselors
Massage Therapists
Nursing Home Administrators
Occupational Therapists

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 | 5:30 – 7 PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 18 | 9AM – 10:30AM
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 | 5:30 – 7 PM

To register, contact us at or (708) 974-5735


Educational series for families with loved ones with mental illness begins February 25

NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago affiliate will be offering the first in a series of 8 sessions of its Family to Family, educational series February 25, 7 – 9:30 p.m. at Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive, Orland Park, Illinois   The program will meet on Tuesdays through April 14. The program and all course materials are free but requires registration.

It is designed for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is taught by NAMI-trained family members of loved ones who live with mental illness, and it includes presentations, discussion, interactive exercises, and strategies for taking care of the person you love. The group setting provides mutual support, compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation.

Family-to-Family covers:

  • how to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • finding and using local supports and services
  • up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • the impact of mental illness on the entire family

To register contact: Marianne Bithos,, 708-335-4008. (Note:  This program will also be offered beginning April 7, 6:30 at St. Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Church, 10700 Kean Avenue, Palos Hills IL 60465.  It will be held for 4 weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 12. Register for this site with L. Renz 708-310-2038)


NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago: Mental health issues in LGBT communities on February 27

NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago: Jay LaPlante, an “out” spoken advocate for greater dialogue for LGBTQ behavioral health needs will speak on “Public Health Allies: It’s more than just a rainbow pin” on Thursday, February 27,  7 – 8:30 p.m. at Hope Covenant Church, 14401 West Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462.

“First, do no harm” is the paradigm in which health professionals practice. Too often, marginalized populations do not receive the same quality of care that this paradigm advocates. Through his personal story and the most recent evidence, Jay La Plante will highlight the critical importance of LGBTQ inclusion in public health conversations and offer solutions for health professionals in meeting the often forgotten needs of the LGBTQ community.

Jay is an MBA Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has a background in risk management and corporate diversity/inclusion and is currently working on a research project in energy finance. In addition to his role as an advocate, he is a suicide survivor. Jay speaks around the South Suburbs to students and adults about his story and how the statistics point to his story being the “norm,” highlighting the critical importance of LGBTQ inclusion in behavioral health conversations and work.


South Suburban College

Starting on January 1st of this year, mandated by the Governor’s office, Illinois employers must provide sexual harassment training to all their Illinois employees at least once a year. The Business & Career Institute can help you stay in compliance with this new mandate. We provide customized training to fit your workforce needs/issues, facilitated by qualified experts in the field. Whether you need 2 people trained or 200, we can accommodate you!

With marijuana now legal in Illinois, don’t forget to review your substance abuse policy! The beginning of the year is also a great time to update your employee handbook and other pertinent policies and procedures. Let us help you with that as well!!

If you would like to learn more about Sexual Harassment or other professional development skills training, please contact:

Alexandra Glumac, MS, SHRM-CP, Client Solutions Specialist at (708) 596-2000, ext. 3254 or


We invite you to join us for the Business Fundamentals Bootcamp presented by Supporting Strategies coming up April 30th. Be sure to reserve your tickets now for this highly popular event!

What: Business Fundamentals Bootcamp
Theme: Bootcamp Toolbox: Lessons on Keeping Your Business Running and Thriving
Who: Over a dozen expert speakers on marketing, finance, law, human resources and more
Where: Elements Conference Center in Orland Park, IL
When: April 30, 2020

After you hear from our all-star cast of speakers, you’ll have time to network with them as well as other local business leaders.

Register before, 3/28 to get 50% off your ticket. Simply use the coupon code EARLYBIRD.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Lynette DeRose
Managing Director