It's something that must be done and cannot be done alone
It's something that must be doneand cannot be done alone

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent, and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families, and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.            

Catholic Charities provides services to all persons in need, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race or religious background.


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago was founded in 1917 to help meet the needs of the Chicago area poor. For nearly 100 years, Catholic Charities’ local presence has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of the Chicago metropolitan area’s most vulnerable citizens. The ultimate goal of our services is self-sufficiency, so that individuals and families receive the help they need to live independently and with dignity. In 1945 the agency expanded services into Illinois’ Lake County. Catholic Charities currently operates more than 150 programs and provides services at more than 160 sites throughout Illinois’ Cook and Lake Counties. Our spectrum of programs includes: adoption; child care; individual, couples, and family counseling; substance abuse counseling; domestic violence counseling and case management; emergency assistance centers that provide food, clothing, and short-term case management; homelessness services; employment and job training; immigration and naturalization programs; nutrition and food distribution services for women, infants, children, and the elderly; refugee resettlement; senior services that include affordable housing (both independent and supportive living), home care, and day care; targeted housing, job training, and substance abuse services for veterans; and case management, counseling, and a food pantry for persons living with HIV. During Fiscal Year 2017, Catholic Charities served over 750,000 people. 





Adult Protective Services (APS) Program - 

On July 1, 2013, our program merged from Elder Abuse serving adults 60 and older to Adult Protective Services (APS) serving adults 60 and older and adults with disabilities ages 18-59.  The intake requirements include the following: Age 18-59 with a disability or 60 or over, alleged abuser exists, allegations constitute ANE, and lives in a domestic setting.  Allegations constitute ANE include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, passive neglect, confinement, willful deprivation and financial exploitation and Self-Neglect.  We receive an initial intake report, we do an investigation, we determine from the investigation if the allegations are substantiated or no substantiation, and if substantiated we make referrals and provide goals and interventions to remove the current abuse and/or prevent future abuse. 


This presentation will provide you the following information on Adult Protective Services:

* Defining elder abuse

* Types of abuse as defined by IL Dept on Aging, pertains to adults 18-59 w/ disabilities and           adults 60+

* Description of the problem

* Identifying perpetrators of abuse

* Older women and violence

* Consequences of abuse

* Barriers when working with older victims

* Adults with Disabilities and Violence

* Victimization Risk Factors

* Law/program that protects older adults and adults 18-59 with disabilities

* Reporting

* Survey



Intended Audience: Any Agency that works with seniors or adults with disabilities ages 18-59.


Contact Information:

Lisa McKenney

Adult Protective Services Supervisor


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Trauma Presentations:



Trauma 101

An introduction to the nature of trauma, the PTSD diagnosis, and the role of moral injury in PTSD; brief discussion of treatment options, and the importance of self-care for those accompanying trauma survivors.


Addiction 101

An introduction to addiction from a mindfulness perspective, including its impact on the operation of attention, cognition, emotion, goal-setting, and behavior. Includes a discussion of mindfulness techniques that can retrain attention, recover a sense of basic goodness, and practice non-judgmental non-reactivity to triggers of addictive behavior.


Introduction to Mindfulness Practice

An overview of the concepts of mindfulness, basic practices, supporting research, and widely used interventions.  Mindfulness for daily living.  Mindfulness for challenging experiences.  Integrating practice into a mindful lifestyle. Instructor-led practice in session. 


Mindful Communication

An introduction to concepts and exercises from Marshall Rosenberg's book Non-Violent Communication, that help an individual distinguish judgmental versus observational language, articulate emotions, and express needs.


Positive Parenting

An overview of ideas and techniques for healthy relationships between parents and children based on Positive Discipline, by Jane Nelson, Ed.D., based on principles of Adlerian psychology.


Safe Families, Safe Communities

A discussion of the meaning of safety in families and communities.  What is physical safety?  What is relational safety?  How does safety in family relationships create safety in the community?


Spirituality and Mental Health

A discussion of the meaning and role of spirituality in human life and mental health.  What is spiritual practice?  How does it support happiness and wellbeing across the lifespan?  How does it help us overcome our greatest challenges, heal suffering, and experience joy?  How can spirituality be incorporated into therapy?


Stages of Psychological Development in Children and Adults

An overview of stages of psychological development from infancy to advanced age:  thoughts, emotions, memory, and behavior; setting life goals and a style of striving to meet them; universal human needs for a fulfilling life.


Supporting Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

An overview of the experience of military service members and veterans and their role in society; the special needs of military families experiencing a deployed parent; vulnerabilities and stressors for parents and children in military or veteran families; mental health issues of military service members preparing to deploy, are deployed, and or have returned.  Valuing of veterans in a civilian society.




Contact Information:

Anthony Sorgi

Behavioral Health Project Coordinator


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