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Effective Virtual Group Counseling

The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.



NOTE: This is a Region 5 specific training. This series has a limited attendance capacity due to the interactive nature of the training. Please register only if you intend to fully participate (camera on, breakout rooms, use chat, etc.). If you register and are unable to attend, please cancel your registration, or contact us ([email protected]) and we can cancel it for you so that someone from the waiting list can attend instead. Thank you!




September 27, 2022   | 9:00 AM–12:00 PM CT, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM ET

October 11, 2022  | 9:00 AM–12:00 PM CT, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM ET

October 25, 2022  | 9:00 AM–12:00 PM CT, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM ET




The COVID-19 pandemic required behavioral health providers to make the transition from face-to-face services to virtual treatment almost overnight. This rapid shift in treatment delivery left little time to develop strategies for effective patient engagement in virtual platforms.

Mark Sanders and Bob Carty use stories, music, and their years of technical experience to demonstrate creative ways of increasing virtual group attendance, encouraging group cohesion, managing conflict, and energizing virtual collaborative spaces.




  • Build group cohesion virtually
  • Use activities to energize virtual groups
  • Increase group attendance virtually




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training. 




Bob Carty, LCSW, CADC, CCJP, participated in the behavioral health profession for 40 years in various roles: counselor, supervisor, trainer,  mentor, and board member. In 2019, he retired from his position as the Director of Clinical Services at the Chicago facility of the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation. Previously, he coordinated Grant Hospital's Clinical Training Program for Addictions Counselors, worked as a Deputy Director at TASC, started his own consulting company, and served as the Program Coordinator of Harborview Recovery Center. In 2011, the Illinois Certification Board presented him with the Professional of the Year award. In 2019, the Illinois Association of Addictions Professionals presented him with the William White Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob continues to provide training events throughout the Midwest


Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is the Illinois State Project Manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC and PTTC. Mark has worked for 40 years as a social worker, educator, and part of the SUD workforce. He is founder of the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery and co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery-oriented high school in Illinois. Mark is also an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, and the British Islands.

Recently, Mark Sanders was named as the 2021 recipient of the NAADAC Enlightenment Award in recognition of his outstanding work and contributions to NAADAC, the field of SUD services, and SUD professionals. He is also the recipient of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health’s 2021 Lawrence Goodman Friend of the Field award in honor of the many years of dedicated service Mark has provided to communities throughout his home state of Illinois.

Starts: Sep. 27, 2022 9:00 am
Ends: Oct. 25, 2022 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
September 27, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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