Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives: Mental Health of Children & Adults with Disabilities or Special Needs.

Thursday, Oct. 29 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
KCC Workforce Development Center Conference Hall
$95, includes materials and contact hours.

Download the Registration Brochure Here

Mental Health is essential for successful life outcomes and it is our goal for every person. But what is mental health? Is it simply the absence of mental illness or is it something more? The World He

Healthy Minds

alth Organization says “Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

This lively and thought-provoking workshop is designed to help participants learn how to protect the mental health of children and adults with disabilities and how to promote the development of skills and abilities that support mental health.

Topics will include:
• Qualities that lead to mental health
• Teaching and promoting everyday mental health skills
• Strategies to avoid harming mental health
• The role of positive affirmations in mentally healthy thinking
• The importance of learning to “quiet the mind”
• Strategies to model and promote safe emotional expression
• Social connectedness as an asset in our mentally healthy lives
• The importance of self awareness, self knowledge and self advocacy in living a mentally healthy life

Please note: The information in this workshop is provided for educational and informational purposes only. The diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders is not included. The materials and strategies presented in this workshop are not be a substitute for the services of a mental health professional such as a physician or therapist.

Meet the instructor
Barbara T. Doyle, M.S., is a nationally known educator, author, master teacher, trainer, keynote presenter and consultant. Her focus is on children and adults with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, autism with hearing and/or vision impairment, autism with mental illness, deafness and deaf-blindness. She serves early intervention programs, public and private schools, families, advocacy groups, universities, mental health programs, professional organizations, and adult provider agencies. Doyle is committed to helping to create a society in which everyone can experience safety, mental and physical health, social connectedness, participation, contribution and productivity. She is an engaging and lively presenter, noted for her practical strategies delivered with humor and humanity. She also has seven family members with disabilities, five of whom have autism spectrum disorder. Her website is

FREE Parent Training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)


TAP is offering a two part training in Applied Behavior Analysis with Dr. Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky, Ph.D., BCBA-D Associate Professor in Special Education at the U of I and Linda Tortorelli,  Coordinator of The Autism Program

Dates: November 3rd (Part 1), & December 1st (part 2)

Time: 6:30-8 pm

Location: Christopher Hall, 904 W. Nevada, Urbana IL

Event is FREE but spots are limited- Please RSVP with Linda Tortorelli at or at 217.244.0928

1st Presentation on Applied Behavior Analysis

This training will be an introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis. We will present information about the basics of ABA, why individuals engage in behaviors (or why they don’t) and the beginning of how behavior can be increased, decreased or changed. Parents will be trained to use some simple tools to dig deeper into the reasons their child engages in behaviors of concern.

2nd Behavior Chat
Bring your questions and examples about challenging behavior to an informal discussion session with Dr. Meadan-Kaplansky and Linda Tortorelli. We will help walk you through the process of using ABA strategies to begin to understand why individuals engage in behaviors (or why they don’t) and discuss some strategies that can help improve your child’s behavior.

BE Safe Teaching Teens and Adults with Disabilities How to Interact Safely with the Police

besafeAs the population of individuals with autism continues to grow and grow up, there is a critical need to effectively teach safety skills. Learn about tools and methods to keep teens and adults safe in the community including priming, video modeling, role play and interviews. There will be two events, a full day workshop on October 14 for parents and professionals (registration fee), and a FREE interactive movie event the evening of October 15 when you can bring your teen or young adult to experience BE SAFE.

BE Safe Teaching Teens and Adults with Disabilities How to Interact Safely with the Police
Presented by Emily Iland, M.A.
October 14, 2014
Registration: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Workshop: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Centre Drive, Champaign, IL
Fee: $100.00 includes BE SAFE DVD, Curriculum and lunch
Credit Hours: October 14 – 6 CEUs for educators
Registration Deadline: October 3, 2014

Click HERE to register and pay by credit card.

Be Safe The Movie Interactive Screening
Bring your teen or adult to a FREE interactive Screening of BE SAFE. We’ll learn safety skills by watching BE SAFE and doing fun activities with local police! For more information visit:
October 15, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Champaign Public Library 200 W Green Street Champaign, IL
Fee: Free

Click HERE to register.