Dec 06 2018


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



Using Good Relationships and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Feeding Therapy

Presented by Susan Millner, LCSW

This talk opens with a description of one family’s journey with multiples, premature birth, and multiple medical interventions. The speaker will describe her family’s difficulty finding the right team, finding answers, and moving forward.

The presenter will discuss the importance of a therapeutic alliance or relationship, the felt bond between parents and therapist, and why is critical to a child’s development and growth. Participants will break into small groups to brainstorm ways to build relationships with team members, families, and children, followed by a group discussion of these ideas. Participants will then learn about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and how it can be used in feeding therapy, brainstorm common problems faced in feeding therapy that seem to require a different or psychological intervention, and talk about how ACT might be applied.

Speaker bio
Susan Millner is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with adults, couples, and families. She has a special interest in mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain and illness, grief and relationship concerns. She is also passionate about working with parents and families of children with special needs and/or medical issues. Susan uses a variety of evidenced based practices with a specialty in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Susan received her Bachelor’s in Science at the University of Michigan followed by a Master’s in Education at the University of Virginia. After working for several years as a special education teacher, she returned to Loyola University of Chicago and earned her Masters’ of Social Work degree. She is currently the Vice President of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences.

Susan is also the mother of four kids with a variety of medical and developmental needs. Her personal experiences give her unique perspective into the lives of special needs families.

Event will be held at the Albany Park Police Department at 4650 N Pulaski, Chicago, IL (free parking across the street)

Cost: $15
EI credits have been applied for.