| Upcoming Trainings at Live Oak


February 16, 2018: Self-Care Expressive Workshop

February 16th, 2018


1300 W. Belmont Ave. 

3 CEUs available, $30


Join art therapist Lindsay Coulter for a self-care expressive workshop where you’ll use organic, sustainable materials to complete a luxurious aromatherapy eye pillow.

In this workshop you will:
Participate in a collaborative game that deepens your connection with materials and others
Deepen your knowledge of aromatherapy herbs for relaxation and meditation
Learn basic sewing stitch techniques and knot tying
Create a relaxing aromatherapy eye pillow with your choice of organic herbs
Participate in a guided meditation that focuses on caring for your eyes and supporting imaginative thinking

No sewing experience necessary. All materials will be provided by the instructor.

February 16, 2018: Expressive Arts Therapy for Everybody

Expressive Art Therapy for Everybody: An Experiential Workshop

February 16, 2018
3 CEUS available, $30


Sometimes our clients come to us for support to work through past and current experiences that cannot be expressed in words. Our use of creative interventions can help clients to express what might otherwise be “unsayable.” Additionally, expressive arts can be an integral part of professionals’ own self-care, to refuel in order to continue doing this difficult work. This workshop is for clinicians, supervisors, and any direct service staff with an interest in learning about or building their knowledge of expressive arts therapy. Participants will engage in experiential exercises through art, drama, narrative therapy, music, poetry, and body-centered therapies. We will utilize a working case conceptualization to help us understand how we work with clients to identify what expressive interventions could be most beneficial to healing, integrating, or just becoming “unstuck.” This workshop will be experiential in nature and include case examples.

Goals for the Workshop

Upon conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify therapeutic grounds for use of expressive/creative therapies.
2. Develop introductory understanding of different types of expressive therapies.
3. Learn about concepts of attunement, improvisation, and rupture and repair.
4. Practice interventions from art, drama, music, body-centered, and narrative therapies.
5. Practice curiosity and non-judgement in response to expressive content.
6. Develop and practice case conceptualization to explore when and how to use expressive interventions.

Developed & Presented by:
April Kopp, LCSW, MFA
Clinical Supervisor & Psychotherapist
773-880-1310 ext. 7615

March 16, 2018: Clinical Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals and their Families

Clinical Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals and their Families

March 16, 2018

3 CEUs Available, $30


We can only engage in deeper work with trans and gnc identified individuals after we have created a stable base of understanding in an affirmative and welcoming environment. This workshop is for those individuals who have attended an introductory workshop on this topic. This advanced workshop will explore clinical practice issues related to transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Topics explored will include a discussion of advanced terminology, the systemic impacts of "coming out", creating a "coming out plan", the intersection of trans identities with other cultural identities, and explore using an informed consent model for "letters of readiness" for surgery/hormones/document changes/etc.

Developed and Presented By:
Kelly George, LCPC (They/Them/Theirs/Mx.)
773-880-1310 x7622

March 16, 2018: Intro to Affirmative Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People

Intro to Affirmative Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People

March 16, 2018

3 CEUs Available, $30


Transgender/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming identified individuals face challenges that are unique to them, distinctly different from those experienced by sexually diverse & LGB individuals. This workshop will help develop an understanding of the language used to describe trans and GNC identities, develop empathy and understanding for these identities, explore the particular concerns and issues facing trans individuals, and how to create an affirming and welcoming environment to help them achieve their full potential.

Developed and Presented By:
Kelly George, LCPC (They/Them/Theirs/Mx.)
773-880-1310 x7622

April 20, 2018: Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

April 20th, 2018

1300 W. Belmont

$30, 3 CEUs available


This “training” is a tool to help us support clients in reducing the harm associated with any number of potentially damaging behaviors (substance and behavioral addictions, anger management issues, eating disorders, impulse control problems, self-harming...). Harm reduction continually changes. This is a way to be a part of the evolving conversation. I hope to build on the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to effectively reduce harm through engagement, assessment, safety planning, education and referral. At the end of this training it is hoped that we will know a bit more about the history of harm reduction, have a deeper understanding of harm reduction’s definitions and principles, feel more confident in utilizing harm reduction interventions, and be able to challenge any of our own assumptions, attitudes or misconceptions about this approach. This training is useful for anyone who works with client’s feeling ambivalent about changing behaviors that are damaging or have the potential to become destructive in their lives. It will also likely be useful for those of us who feel our own ambivalence about our clients’ behavior.


Sarah Blaszczak
773.880.1310 ext. 7292

May 18th, 2018: Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice

May 18th, 2018


1300 W. Belmont Ave. 

$30, 3 CEUs available


It is almost impossible to be anywhere in the world of mental health without hearing the phrase
“trauma-informed practice.” Though the phrase is ubiquitous, there is no universally agreed
upon definition. Individuals and organizations often claim a trauma-informed framework
when actual practice might reflect something less than optimal. This workshop will explore
several overarching tenets of trauma informed practice while also discussing the ways trauma
impacts how we see ourselves, how we see our relationships, and how we see the world.
Specific focus will be placed on various lenses through which we consider the impact of
trauma. These include: intersectionality; definitions and types of trauma; attachment and
development; neurodevelopment and neuroscience; the relationship between trauma and loss;
and vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue.

Goals of the Workshop

Upon conclusion of the module, participants will be able to:
1. Understand and discuss the basic tenets of trauma informed practice.
2. Distinguish conceptual definitions of trauma from diagnostic definitions.
3. Discuss types of trauma and ways clients are exposed to trauma, with an emphasis on
the unique features of complex trauma.
4. Identify developmental and neurodevelopmental effects of trauma and their influence
on human/client behavior.

Developed by:
Jeff Levy, LCSW, CTRS
Co-Founder and CEO
Adapted and Facilitated by:
Sarah Blaszczak, M.A., LMFT
Affiliate Supervisor and Psychotherapist

June 15, 2018: Improv and Therapy: The application of improvisational theater to clinical therapy

Improv and Therapy: The application of improvisational theater to clinical therapy

June 15, 2018

9am- 12pm 

1300 W. Belmont Ave. 

$30, 3 CEUs Available


The basic tenets of improv teach us to listen, be present, and to “say yes.” Improv asks us to give up control and to allow the creative process to unfold in the moment. It’s about taking risks, making choices, and always supporting our scene partners. The intersections between the worlds of improv and therapy are numerous. As therapists, we strive to listen to our clients, to be with them, and to support them in being in the driver’s seat of their own lives. Improv teaches us to weave “mistakes” into the tapestry of the piece and to create something beautiful out of the unexpected, much like therapy. This workshop will include experiential improv activities and discussion on how to apply those ideas to our work as clinical therapists. We will also revisit the incredible power of play in life and in work!

Goals for the Workshop

Upon conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Deepen an understanding of the basic tenets of improv.
2. Identify ways in which improv principles can be applied to clinical therapy.
3. Increase a sense of playfulness, presence, and collaboration in relation to clinical work.

Developed and Presented by:
Sarah Logsdon, LSW, CADC

Sarah began studying improv in Chicago in 2005 and has enjoyed performing, teaching, and coaching. She has performed at the iO Theater for more than 10 years with groups including Revolver, Close Quarters, The Scene, and Deep Schwa. Sarah is a group therapist with the Improv for Anxiety Program at Second City. Sarah is also a psychotherapist at Live Oak and has additional experience and training in yoga, mindfulness, and substance abuse counseling.

July 20, 2018: Your BODY and My Body in Our Therapy Room

Your BODY and My Body in Our Therapy Room - July 20th at 9am

Friday July 20, 2018


1300 W. Belmont Ave.

$30, 3 CEUs available


In the ongoing practice of psychotherapy, therapists and clients often rely on verbal communication and overlook non-verbal signals in the therapy rooms. Yet, therapists and clients increasingly experience emotions stuck in their bodies or encounter barriers to process body-centered experiences, through movement or sensation, especially when there is a trauma history that makes verbal engagement difficult if not re-traumatizing. This workshop will guide participants to connect with their bodies through movement experiential and body awareness activities in order to increase understanding of non-verbal communication and body-centered process in therapy rooms. Clinical tools to facilitate body-centered experiences will be discussed.

Through embodiment practice, participants will:

1. Develop a more informed perspective of the body-mind connection

2. Discuss applications of their own body experiences to their clinical practice (bottom-up process)

3. Learn skills to facilitate grounding and mindfulness practice, kinesthetically empathize with their clients, and foster here-and-now experience.

 Faciliated by Wei-Chiung Chen-Martinez, LPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA

Other Training Opportunities

Other Training Opportunities

We are also thrilled to continue to collaborate with Bloom Yoga Studio by offering a Certification in Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy.

We are also able to bring workshops to agencies in Chicago, other cities in Illinois, or to other states.

Questions regarding particular seminars or special arrangements may be directed to Corina Mattson via e-mail to, or via phone at 773.880.1310, ext. 7624. También ofrecemos los servicios en español.

Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy Training

Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy Training

23 hour Program for Mental Health Service Providers

Module Format & Information

Completion of all Modules is required for certification. Module 1 serves as an intro to the remaining modules

  • Theory & Didactic
  • Experiential & Applied Practices
  • Process & Integration
  • Optional Consultation Group—Facilitated once per month between each of the training sessions


Each Module will have an accompanied short reading assignment. Each Module will ask participants to engage in the following two integrative assignments: Reflect on: What are my learning edges as related to this Module, before and after participating. Act on: Integrate one concept from this module into a session, or reflect on how you might do this.

Module Schedule and Content

This program is hosted by Bloom Yoga Studio, Cathedral Counseling & Live Oak.  The next offered session will run 1/27/18- 3/4/18, and will be faciliated by Livia Budrys, AM, E-RYT, LCSW, SEP, and Francine Kelly, LCPC, SEP, LFYP, E-RYT.
All Modules are Required

Weekend One:
Foundation I: Saturday 1/27-  1:30-6pm (4.5hrs) (Bloom)
Foundation II Sunday 1/28- 1-5pm (Cathedral)

Weekend Two:
Skills I: Saturday 2/10- 1:30-6pm (4.5 hrs) (TBA)
Application I: Sunday 2/11- 1-5pm (Cathedral)

Weekend Three:
Skills II: Saturday 3/3-  1:30-6pm (4.5 hrs) (Bloom)
Application II: Sunday 3/4- 1-5pm -  (Cathedral)


  • Nervous System and Breathing Anatomy
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment
  • Countertransference and Empathetic Receptors
  • Body Language, Tracking and Assessment
  • Boundaries
  • Practice: Cultivating Sensitivity to Prana
  • Yoga Philosophy and Psychology 101
  • Asana and Posture Groups with related health benefits
  • Integrative Principles and Parallel Western Concepts
  • Chakras and the Subtle Body Systems
  • Breathing practices for Mood Disorders
  • Restorative Yoga practice for Anxiety and Depression
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Meditation Basics
  • Types of Addiction
  • 12-Step and Yoga
  • Yoga and impulsivity
  • Approaches and Restorative Yoga for Eating Disorders
  • Somatic and Yoga Integrated Framework of Trauma
  • Effectively working with trauma symptoms and reactions
  • Medical issues and chronic pain
  • Practical Applications

Total fee is $800 for new applicants. 

Consultation Group

This group is geared toward counselors, social workers, expressive therapists and other mental health professionals seeking consultation and support for clinical, administrative and professional needs. Participants will have the opportunity to present challenging cases or professional concerns and will receive guidance and support using a variety of clinical lenses. Licensed professionals, as well as those seeking clinical licensure (LCPC) are encouraged to join.

Day/Time: two Saturdays per month from 9-10:30a
Location: 30 N Michigan Ave, Suite 508
Cost: $40 per group
Facilitator: Joanna Zakhem, LCPC, ATR  

For more information, please email.

Clinical Supervision Group

Live Oak offers comprehensive group supervision for post-graduate professionals working towards clinical licensure. The group is comprised of no more than five professionals from different mental health fields, and offers a diverse array of consultation. Particular attention is given to trauma-informed practice, vicarious traumatization, using multi-cultural and relational lens, and clinical identity development. The group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30pm at the Lakeview (Belmont) office.

For further information, please contact Tanya Wilhoit, LCSW, CADC at 773-880-1310 ext. 7766 or

April 20, 2018: Winter Workshop- Photographic Narrative

Winter Workshop: Photographic Narrative

Healing Through Bookmaking

April 20, 2018 


$30, 3 CEUs available

1300 Belmont Ave, Lower Level

Adopting a style for your illness is another way of making it a mere character in your narrative.” Anatole Broyard

Through the use of personal photographs over one's lifespan accompanied with text participants create their own book or visual narrative of life. The intention of this process is to provide a space for organic healing to unfold as we connect seemingly disparate elements of our life from the past to present into a cohesive narrative, which can be kept or shared with others. By creatively integrating tangible photographic prints through constructing a physical narrative brings elements of authorship and empowerment in the often challenging and even unpredictable nature of life.

Goals for the workshop:

Process of healing through developing meaning of our lives through photographs.

Developing relationships with our own past and connecting it to our current condition.

Creating a physical book that can be kept and shared with others.

Facilitated by: Corina Maria Teofilo Mattson and Jonas Ginsburg

Please bring 30 images using the following words as prompts for picture selection:


The following materials will be available:
Pens (diversity of types and colors)

Please bring in your own supplies if you would like