Continuing Legal Education

Children and Mental Health

December 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
3.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)
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Mental illness in children is more common than many may think, with anxiety disorders, depression, and attention deficit disorders being among the most prevalent. Developmental and psychotic disorders are less common, but can impact the child and their families in much greater ways. Don’t miss this seminar that discusses a number of key issues that attorneys need to be aware of when handling cases involving mentally ill children, including:

  • How the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disability Act addresses children’s rights;
  • The confidentiality of minor’s mental health records;
  • The communication barriers with children who are diagnosed with mental illness; and
  • How to promote better dialogue between attorneys and mental health professionals.


Program Coordinator:
Barbara Goeben
, Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Alton

Program Moderator:
Robert J. Connor
, Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago


NOTE: Chicago/Onsite registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page.



9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  The Rights of Minors in Behavioral Health Units
Gain a better understanding of how the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disability Act protects the rights of minors who receive services from mental health and developmental disability facilities. A discussion on case law and legislative history is included, as well as sample pleadings.
Barbara Goeben, Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Alton

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  When Can Mental Health Records of Minors Be Released?
This comprehensive overview examines the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, and discusses how the law applies differently to minors of different ages.
Joseph T. Monahan, Monahan Law Group, LLC, Chicago

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Breaking the Communication Barriers with Children Diagnosed with Mental Illness*
In this segment, our speaker draws on her professional experience to examine the communication barriers you may face when working with children who are diagnosed with mental illness. Learn how trauma, stress, and family litigation affect this population, while getting advice on how to improve communication between the legal profession and mental health professionals.
Dr. Karen Pierce, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago



*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval