Domestic violence, mental health and trauma seminar set

The Madison County Record Sep. 17, 2007, 3:44pm

The Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council is holding its 10th annual fall training on domestic violence, trauma and mental illness at the Edwardsville Moose facility on Oct. 3.

In addition to learning about the effects of domestic violence on mental health and the issues related to mental illness, attendees will learn about the Madison County Crisis Intervention Team and Mental Health Court. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Denice Wolf Markham, Executive Director of Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy, will be the featured speaker.

Life Span Center provides services to domestic violence victims throughout Cook County. Markham trains lawyers working at Chicago's Centralized Court on domestic violence issues and frequently lectures on mental health and domestic violence issues.

Presenters will also include representatives from the court system to discuss domestic violence and the Third Circuit's Mental Health Court program.

Breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge.

This program will be of primary interest to attorneys who practice in domestic violence and criminal defense, medical professionals, social service workers, state's attorneys, and any member of the public interested in learning more about these topics.

Those who wish to attend are asked to register to facilitate food preparation by contacting Tina Culp, council coordinator at 618-465-1978.

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