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Oaklawn hosts and cosponsors a variety of education, training, and fundraising events for both professionals and the general public. For more information about any event, call (574) 283-1234, ext. 1166, or email

Oaklawn's 15th Annual Spring Spectacular with Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls, journalist and author of the memoir, The Glass Castle, will share her real-life story of growing up in nontraditional circumstances and the impact of those experiences on her development. While her story is filled with often harrowing circumstances, she shares her experiences with both candor and warmth. 

The event will be held May 9 at the Lerner Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available for sale by clicking here.

All monies raised by this event will benefit Oaklawn's mental health and addictions services.

The impact of developmental trauma: A clinical, public health and personal perspective

On May 22 and 23, Oaklawn will be bringing Robert Anda, MD, and Sharon Wise, MS, to the Kroc Center in South Bend. This event will strengthen our community’s understanding of the effects of childhood trauma from a clinical and personal perspective. The event will be held two consecutive days, allowing you to choose which day works best for you. 

To register for the event and for a detailed description, please click on the corresponding date that you would like to attend, Thursday, May 22 or Friday, May 23.

Spring Mental Health Breakfasts

This spring, Oaklawn will be offering two free mental health breakfasts in both Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., with presentations from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and 1.0 CEU will be available.

Adolescent Substance Abuse

Michelle Olson, LCSW,CADAC II, LCAC, and Janelle Roberts, LAC, CADAC IV, will be leading our presentation on adolescents, substance abuse and the effect that addiction can have on further development. They will also be discussing their approach to treatment and the impact it can have on recovery.

This breakfast will be offered on March 18 in Elkhart and April 22 in South Bend. Our April 22 group in South Bend is full. 

Register today by clicking on the date you would like to attend!

Child and Adolescent Sexual Development: What's Normal?

Kim Neff, MSW, LCSW, and Kristin Tawadros, Psy.D., will continue our discussion on sexual development by covering the normal sexual stages that children and adolescents experience. They will also highlight red flags throughout those phases and discuss treatment options.

This breakfast will be offered on March 25 in South Bend and April 15 in Elkhart.

Register today by clicking on the date you would like to attend!


Oakleaves is a periodic Oaklawn publication for referral sources. It is designed to address timely mental health and addictions clinical issues as well as inform professionals of Oaklawn's services and educational events.

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