Upcoming Events

Event Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:00am, Event Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 8:00am

Whether it’s on the evening news, your Facebook newsfeed or a commercial, we often hear, “there’s a pill for that.” And, while that’s true, we have found that teaching adults skill building, such as how to deal with stressors and respond appropriately to situations, is a greater indicator to success than just taking their medicine every day.

Join us for the morning to hear from Oaklawn's Medical Director, Dr. Daniel Kinsey, as he shares his expertise on the following topics:

1.       The  evidence-based support of developing  life-skills before prescribing

2.        How immediate prescribing can lead to inappropriate effects on the individual

3.       The value of psychotropic medications in treatment

4.       The method of complimentary skill-building and medication management to improve an individual’s chance of recovery

Register for the Elkhart location on March 8 by clicking this link

Register for the South Bend location on April 12 by clicking this link

Event Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 8:00am, Event Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 8:00am

Does operating from a trauma informed perspective pose unique ethical considerations? This workshop explores the elements of a trauma informed approach and how they influence the environment of care and the work of individual practitioners.

  • Review SAMHSA’s trauma informed approach and ways these apply in behavioral healthcare settings.
  • Understand competencies needed for effective trauma informed work.
  • Discuss the complex influences of race, culture, gender and religion on exposure to and interpretation of trauma.
  • Reflect on personal experience and its influence on our work with individuals who have experienced trauma.
  • Learn strategies for self-care that promote health and well-being.

Register for the South Bend location on March 21 by clicking this link

Register for the Elkhart location on April 18 by clicking this link


Event Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join us for the evening to hear from baseball legend, Darryl Strawberry. 

About Darryl

Darryl Strawberry was once regarded as one of the greatest sluggers in baseball, hitting 335 home runs and 1,000 RBI. During his 17-year career, he won four World Series titles, was an eight-time All-Star and won National League rookie of the year honors in 1983. Yet his struggles off the field were infamous. He faced multiple suspensions, arrests, convictions and even served time in prison. For Strawberry, drugs, alcohol, sex, even the game itself, was all an escape from the depression that came from growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father.

Today, Strawberry is a new man. He’s an ordained minister, and he and his wife, Tracy, founded Strawberry Ministries, which operates two Christian treatment centers in Florida, and the Darryl Strawberry Foundation, which supports people with autism. He is the author of multiple books and shares his story to give hope and help people transform their lives through the healing power of the gospel.

Darryl will share his journey of recovery as Oaklawn hosts its annual fundraiser.

For sponsorship opportunities that include a meet-and-greet with Darryl, click here.

Event Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 9:00am, Event Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 9:00am

The Whole-Brain Child

Oaklawn will host a one-day seminar featuring Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., LCSW, co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers — “The Whole-Brain Child” and “No-Drama Discipline.” The seminar is intended for anyone who works with youth, with a special emphasis on whole-brain strategies for clinicians and teachers.


Through two sessions, Dr. Bryson will share the latest scientific research on brain development with clear, immediately practical strategies to help children and youth move from reactivity to resilience.

Dr. Bryson encourages clinicians to keep their own developing brains in mind as they nurture their clients’ growing minds. She provides creative examples of how she uses brain science in her own practice to help children and adolescents see things differently and acquire new tools to develop resilience and feel hope about achieving lasting change in their lives.  Clinicians will leave with a new framework for understanding their clients and their own work, along with several specific whole-brain strategies to help young people move from reactivity to resilience.

She will also explore how to leverage whole-brain strategies in the classroom — taking difficult moments and turning them into teachable moments that help children thrive. She discusses the importance of creating a culture within a classroom — even within an entire school — where students, parents, teachers and administrators all recognize the crucial role of relationships in learning and brain development.

Attendees will leave equipped with 10 brain-based strategies to help children handle their emotions in high-stress situations. These strategies are intended to help bridge the gap between what happens in therapy or the classroom and what happens at home.

About Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

Dr. Bryson earned her LCSW and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing...


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