1st Annual South Cook County Trauma & Addiction Conference

    Hosted by: The Hope Enrichment Center PC

    Location: Quality Inn/Georgios Banquets at 8800 W. 159th Street, Orland Park, IL.

    Date and time: Friday, October 1, 2021 from 8:00am – 5:00pm CST

    The conference is NBCC approved and offers 6.5 continuing education credits.




        Mel Pohl, M.D.

          Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is the Chief Medical Officer of the Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program.

          He is a Board-Certified Family Practitioner, certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

          Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present. He is the author of A Day Without Pain (Central Recovery Press) and The Pain Antidote - Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers, and Reclaim Your Life with Kathy Ketcham (DaCapo Press).


          Other speakers & topics will include:


          Gary Carr, M.D, FAAFP, FASAM, Diplomate ABAM

            Marijuana & adolescents

            Gary D. Carr, MD is the CEO and Medical Director of Live Oaks Addiction Professionals, Inc. In addition, Dr Carr is Medical Director of Stonewater Recovery Center in Oxford, MS; an adolescent male residential facility. He is an Addiction Consultant for Clearview Recovery Center in Hattiesburg, MS as well as Medical Director of the Professionals Health Network – An organization envisioned and developed by Dr Carr available to assist Mississippi licensed healthcare professionals who struggle with Addiction and/or Psychiatric Illness. He is an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) where he was a lead author of that organizations Public Policies regarding licensed professionals with potentially impairing illness. Dr Carr was also a lead author of the Federation of State Professionals Health Programs (FSPHP) Guidelines as well as a lead author for the Federation of State Medical Board’s (FSMB) policies on Impaired Physicians and Professional Sexual Misconduct.

            Dr. Carr is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and trained in Family Medicine at the Anniston Family Practice Residency Program in Anniston, Alabama. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Carr has served as Medical Director of the Mississippi Professionals Health Program, the Professionals Health Network, and the Washington State Physician Health Program.

            Dr. Carr speaks nationally and internationally on Adult and Adolescent Addiction, Healthcare Professionals with potentially impairing illness and related topics. He has addressed such groups as the Southern Medical Association, the Citizens Advocacy Committee in Washington, D.C., the American Society of Addictive Medicine (ASAM), the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) in Reykjavik, Iceland and the AMA/BMA/CMA International Conference on Physician Health in London, England.

            Dr. Carr is a member of the state and national chapters of both the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Carr worked with the Federation of State Physician Health Programs to develop guidelines for the 46 member states He is Past-Chair of the ASAM Physician Health Committee and was a principle author of the current twelve ASAM Public Polices of Healthcare and Other Licensed Professionals with Potentially Impairing Illness. Dr. Carr is a Past-President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs.



            Carrie Carr MA, LPC-MHSP, LPC- S, LCPC

              EGO State therapy

              Carrie is an innovative and compassionate clinician that employs contemporary and efficacious forms of psychotherapy approaches to ensure that her clients achieve optimal results. She utilizes a multifaceted, holistic approach in her mission to clearly and gracefully lead people towards their chosen goals and aspirations. With more than 25 years of clinical experience in community mental health centers, hospitals, alternative schools, universities and private practice, Carrie can provide you and your family with a unique perspective and wealth of knowledge.

              Carrie founded the Hope Enrichment Center in 2004 with the mission to guide people towards their highest potential and health in order to better equip them have a positive impact on the world. She has spoken around the country on the topics of mindfulness, EMDR Therapy, the treatment of anxiety disorders and trauma. Mrs. Carr has also acted as adjunct faculty at Lewis University, Argosy University and Triton College in the area of psychology. She is a certified EMDR Therapy clinician, consultant, and EMDRIA approved trainer with 15 years of experience with EMDR Therapy. Carrie also has spoken nationally on mental health related topics and has instructed students in psychology at various universities.


              Suzanne Muirheid LCPC, CRADC, CCTP-II, Certified EMDR Counselor, EMDR Consultant-In-Training

                EMDR in the Treatment of Trauma

                Suzanne Muirheid founded Calm Mind Counseling Center with the goal of providing innovative and effective care to individuals struggling with trauma and other mental health issues. In the over 10 years of providing therapy, Suzanne found that most of her clients had experienced some type of trauma that continued to impact their overall well-being. In most cases, the trauma(s) had gone untreated and had taken the form of something else like anxiety or depression. In her efforts to provide her clients with the best treatment possible, Suzanne trained extensively in trauma-informed care and other effective therapeutic techniques.

                As a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician, Suzanne regularly integrates this technique into her work as she has seen it prove effective for many of her clients in a significant way. EMDR works with the brain’s natural healing process to resolve issues at their roots. When a problem is treated at its most base level, symptoms fade quickly and are unlikely to return. In partnership with EMDR, Suzanne will often integrate other techniques such as Ego State Therapy and Mindfulness. Suzanne’s style is holistic and strength-based in that she highlights her client’s existing strengths and supports to foster resilience. She works in partnership with clients to establish treatment goals and actualize the desired change.



                Melissa Gonski MA, LCPC

                  Ethics in Practice

                  Melissa Gonski, MA, LCPC has been in practice since 2006 as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with clinical experience in the behavioral health hospital and private practice settings.

                  Melissa strives to create an open and honest relationship with her patients; she hopes to meet their needs by facilitating conversations about their goals while teaching strategies on how to live healthy and productive lives. She enjoys practicing with individuals, couples, and family counseling. Melissa is especially passionate about working with women issues, specifically perinatal mood disorders, trauma, as well as children, adolescents, and couples.

                  Melissa has a specialization in Children and Families, DBT, Eating Disorders, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Self-Injury, and Trauma. She is trained in EMDR, Gottman Couples training level one, and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.