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I'm Not Sick - I Don't Need Help!
How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment

Featuring internationally sought-after speaker, clinical psychologist and author, Xavier Amador, PhD

Friday, March 9, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation
228 West Miller, Springfield, IL 62781

Conference Fee: $110 (Memorial Health System Employees: $100)
After Feb. 16, 2018: $120 (Memorial Health System Employees: $110)

Registration includes lunch, CEUs, training materials and a free copy of Dr. Amador’s bestselling book.

Conference Presenter

Dr. Amador is the founder of the LEAP Institute. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, clinical psychologist and author of eight books, including the international best-seller, “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help.”  Dr. Amador has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and 60 Minutes. Dr. Amador is a well-known forensic psychologist who has worked on numerous high-profile cases, including the Unabomber, the Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping and 9/11 conspirator cases.

Dr. Amador's research was inspired by his attempts to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill. 


This workshop will provide clinical experts the knowledge and skills to build a strong relationship with mentally ill clients so they engage in treatment. LEAP (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) teaches participants a set of evidence-based practices to strengthen mutual respect and trust to develop effective partnerships. Because of poor insight into the illness and poor adherence to treatment, many persons with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder exist at the margins of society and are unable, or oftentimes unwilling, to utilize available drug therapies and services.  A set of communication and problem solving skills that can be used by mental health providers and other stakeholders can be readily learned by participating in this training program

A set of 7 evidence-based communication tools are taught and practiced during this training. The communications tools will teach attendees how to:

  • Listen without opining
  • Empathize without reality-testing
  • Identify areas of agreement
  • Apologize for words and actions that harmed the relationship
  • Respectfully delay giving contrary opinions
  • Give recommendations in a manner that increases trust and communicates respect
  • Quickly form partnerships to achieve common goals that are linked to treatment




8:30 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks

8:45 a.m.

“I’m Not Sick I Don’t Need Help”- overview of the research on the problem of poor insight into mental illness and how we can help (LEAP)

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

LEAP Tool #1 – Listen (PART I). How to use reflective listening to diffuse anger, lower defenses, and gain trust. Practice role-plays



1 p.m.

LEAP Tool #1 –Listen (PART 2). Practice role-plays
LEAP Tool #2 – Delaying. Practice role plays on how to delay giving your opinion
LEAP Tool #3 – Three A’s. Practice role plays on how to give your opinion
LEAP Tool #4 – Apologies. When and why to apologize. Practice role plays

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

LEAP Tool #5 – Empathize.  Practice role-plays
LEAP Tool #6 – Agree.  Practice role-plays
LEAP Tool #7 – Partner. Practice role-plays

4 p.m. Workshop concludes

Who Should Attend

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, case managers, crisis workers, consumer peer counselors, law enforcement professionals, probation officers, and others who regularly work with persons with mental illness.

Continuing Education (CEUs)

Memorial Health System is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations as a provider of continuing education for Licensed Professional Counselors (Provider #197-000015) and Social Workers (Provider #159-000302). Six hours of continuing education credit will be provided at this conference for social workers and professional counselors.

SIU School of Medicine is a licensed provider for continuing education for clinical psychologists (license #268-000008). This program offers 6 CE hours.

CEUs for Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors have been applied for through IAODAPCA.

Memorial Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-356-2230418).


The conference will be held at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI) located at 228 W. Miller Street on Memorial Medical Center’s main campus in Springfield. Free parking is available in the MCLI parking garage, the second floor opens to the overpass.


Memorial Behavioral Health is a not-for-profit organization providing high-quality, comprehensive mental health and rehabilitation services. 

As an affiliate of Memorial Health System, Memorial Behavioral Health is one of the largest providers of behavioral health services in central Illinois, serving more than 9,000 individuals each year at each of its six sites of care as well as in hospitals and out in the community setting. 

Established in 1947, Memorial Behavioral Health, formerly known as Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois or MHCCI, has more than 65 years of experience caring for children, adolescents and adults.

This professional development conference is supported in part by Memorial Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatric Services MASH fund, a fund administered by Memorial Medical Center Foundation.