Midwest Chapter Meeting scheduled July 10, 2013

In Oak Brook, IL. Call Lynette Hoy at 630-368-1880 if you would like to attend.

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Anita Bohensky, Ph.D, Distinguished Diplomate NAMA, Whole Child & Adolescent Center

Dear Midwest Chapter of NAMA Members,

I am sharing with you the sad news that Anita — Dr. Rich Pfeiffer’s wife — passed away about 3 days ago.
She had been struggling with cancer for over a decade.
Anita was a psychologist working with Dr. Pfeiffer at Growth Central specializing in children and teens. She was to be a main speaker at the NAMA conference in Tucson.

It was her wish that in lieu of flowers or gifts — that donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society should you desire to do this.

If you would like to send Rich and his family a card — you may send it to:
Rich Pfeiffer, MDiv, Ph.D.
Growth Central
6545 N Via Divina
Tucson, AZ 85750

Our hearts are saddened as Rich and his family go through this loss, as the anger management field loses a pioneer, and personally, as I was looking forward to meeting Anita in October.

Our prayers are with the family.

God bless you all,

Lynette Hoy, NCC, LCPC, CAMS-IV
President, Midwest Chapter of NAMA
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June 5, 2013 Chapter Meeting Update

We had a great meeting last night!  Committee members  and officers present included: Glen Cannon, Secretary; Lynette Hoy, President; Michael Herz; Ofelia Miran; Alex Roseborough.

Discussion and topics included:

1.     Plans for advancing chapter membership and NAMA Standards

a.     Members were encouraged to join the Linkedin group for NAMA

b.     Lynette reported that MCNAMA is linked to NAMA website.

2.     Administrative needs: Membership cards and receipts needed. Mike will    develop  membership cards and receipts.

3.     Ideas and future direction.

a.      Alex and Lynette will be working on VA project,  seek funding  for vetting vendors to provide services and report at the next meeting.

b.     Alex will check into radio and TV opportunities for MCNAMA

c.      Mike suggested offering CEU for chapter meetings.

                                                              i.      Lynette will check with NAMA for CEUs

                                                            ii.      Glen will check with NBCC and NASW. 

4.     NAMA standards for CAMS-II were discussed and the requirements  are listed on the NAMA website.

5.     NAMA fall conference (Oct. 24-25 in Tucson) was discussed. Lynette and Alex will be representing MCNAMA. See Conference description and registration information.

6.    Next meeting set for July 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. Members will be notified as to location the first week of July, 2013.

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NAMA National Conference: Oct. 24-25, Tucson, AZ

Join us at the first National Anger Management Association National Conference.  Approved for CEUs from NBCC, NASW, NAADAC, CA-BBS, IAODAPCA.

Download Conference Flyer!

Presenters include:
Ronald Potter-Efron
, MSW, PhD is Director of the Anger Management Program at First Things First Counseling and Consulting Altoona, WI. He is author of 15 books including the Handbook of Anger Management; Angry All the Time; and Healing the Angry Brain. He is a Distinguished Diplomate of NAMA and CAMS-V.

Patricia Potter-Efron, MS, is Director of the Women’s Domestic Violence Treatment Program at First Things First Counseling and Consulting in Altoona, WI. She is co-author of Letting Go of Anger and Letting Go of Shame. She is a Distinguished Diplomate of NAMA and CAMS-V.

Rich Pfeiffer, MDiv, PhD is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in anger management and relationships. He is author of many books and publications including the Anger Management Workbook and Curriculum, and Real Solution Anger Management Workbook. He is a Distinguished Diplomate of NAMA and CAMS-V.

Lynette J. Hoy is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and the co-author of all editions of “What’s Good About Anger?” and the founder of the Anger Management Institute. She is a Diplomate of NAMA and a Certified Anger Management Specialist-IV.

Steve Yeschek is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, the co-founder of the Anger Management Institute (AMI) and an ordained pastor. Steve coaches clients in anger management and facilitates the AMI anger management groups. He is a Diplomate of NAMA and a Certified Anger Management Specialist-IV.

David Hoy is the senior partner of The Law Offices of Hoy & Sahlas, Ltd. and has nearly
30 years of experience as an attorney.  David is familiar with the legal implications for anger

Christian Conte, PhD is a psychologist, author, and professional speaker who specializes in
anger management and communication, and was an award-winning, tenured professor at the
University of Nevada, Reno. He co-founded a center in South Lake Tahoe, California, to work
with people who have been convicted of violent crimes.

Presentations include:

Healing the Angry Brain: Helping Angry, Aggressive and Domestically Violent Individuals Change their Brains and Behaviors
Anger and the Angry Brain
Changing the Angry Brain
Necessary ingredients for real change
Beyond Emotional Intelligence: The Future of Adult Development
7 Affective Systems: Neuroscience Looks at the Primitive Brain
New Mindfulness Techniques for Anger Management
Keys to Defusing Anger and Hostility in Marriage
Treating Angry Men and Women within a – Perpetrators of Domestic Violence – Setting

Legal Implications for Anger Management 

Yield Theory of Anger Management: Working with people who have been convicted of violent crimes 

Registration – 

NAMA Members: $199

Non-members: $250

Students (birth date after 1989): $125

Registration – (after 5/1/2013)

NAMA Members: $299

Non-members: $350

Students (birth date after 1989): $199

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"This is exciting. I wish I had joined early on. Last night was the perfect timing for me. Everyone is so nice. I am sending my membership fee to the PO BOX address." O.M.

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About the Chapter

Statement of Purpose: The purpose of this organization shall be to promote and enhance research-based anger management education and services to the public and to advance the National Anger Management Association leadership, standards and code of ethics providing the foundation for credentialing anger management programs, leaders, educators and professionals.

Geographic area: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

The following shall be the goals and objectives of the Midwest Chapter of NAMA on the local and State level:

  • Promote the advancement of NAMA approved anger management services
  • Support the expansion of the body of knowledge of clinical anger management treatment and research
  • Assist in providing leadership at the local level by: advocating NAMA’s Anger Management Specialist Certification programs, NAMA’s standards, NAMA’s anger management specialist directory
  • Adhere to and promote the NAMA individual and program credentialing standards and code of ethics
  • Promote various anger management research projects
  • Advertise and promote Membership in NAMA and the Midwest Chapter for all anger management professionals (residing in aforementioned States)
  • Promote NAMA approved educational anger management programs/services and promote awareness of NAMA standards and credentialing to: the public, community leaders, law officers, professionals, court systems, workplace, managers, educational, healthcare, legal, religious and other institutions
  • Support the assessment of programs along with educators, researchers, mental health and other professionals providing anger management programs and services
  • Promote research-based anger management methods and techniques
  1. Affiliation: The Midwest Chapter of the National Anger Management Association shall be an official chapter of the National Anger Management Association (herein referred to as NAMA).
  1. Membership. Any NAMA Active Member, Student, Fellow or Diplomate residing in the designated Chapter geographic area may officially join the Chapter ($25.00 annual fee required), although anyone may attend open meetings and events hosted by the organization.
  2. Events and meetings.

The Chapter shall meet 3-5 times during the calendar year.

The Chapter shall host meetings and such events as: Open Midwest Chapter member meetings; educational and organizational events.

Next meeting: March 21, 2013. 7 p.m. Hyatt Place, Lombard, IL

2013 Officers:

President: Lynette J. Hoy, NCC, LCPC, CAMS-IV

Juana Rivera-Vidal, CAMS-I

Secretary: Glen Cannon, LCPC, CADC, CAMS-III

Treasurer: Lucy Rios, CAMS-I

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First Chapter Meeting

The Midwest Chapter of NAMA was launched Jan. 23, 2013 with six members in attendance! We adopted a Midwest Chapter Charter and code of ethics.

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