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The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will hold its ninth annual conference from 12:45 to 5:30 p.m. on May 23 at Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 Dempster St.

Dr. Sheldon I. Miller, editor of the American Journal on Addiction, will be joined by Mark Sanders, a member of the Addictions Program faculty at Governors State University, and Kathleen Kane-Willis, director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy.

Moderating the program is Dr. Carroll Cradock, president of the Chicago campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Addiction is one of her areas of expertise.

After the panel presentations and a question-and-answer period, participants may choose one of a variety of discussion groups. Cost of the program is $30; after May 17, $35. Full scholarships are available. Visit or call 312-467-2552 for the full schedule, more information, and to register.

The following are just a few of the discussion options:

• “Addiction 101: Understanding the Disease and Its Treatment,” led by Dr. Gary Hill, PsyD, LMFT, CSADC and Susan Reed, MSN, CADC.

• “Impact of Addiction on Brain and Body,” led by Dr. Lukasz Konopka, professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

 • “Strategies and Resources for Families in Crisis,” led by Marcy Cohn, LCSW, CADC.

• “Eating Disorders/ Food Addiction,” led by Dr. Kate Goldhaber and Dr. Howard Farkas.

• “Effects of Addiction in Women, led by Sylvia Corcoran, LCSW, CADC.

• “Men: Addiction and Recovery,” led by Robert Carty, LCSW, CADC, a member of the faculty of the Minority Counselor Training Institute.