Many Kadima trainings, events and conferences are held each year that offer education about mental health issues, as well as informative and inspirational programming.

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Kadima hosted its Annual Education Conference at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Mich. on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The focus of the conference was DUAL DIAGNOSIS – High Functioning Autism and Mental Illness: The Transition from Childhood to Adulthood.

The guest speaker was Fred Volkmar, MD an Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, School of Medicine. His presentation focused on issues of dual diagnosis in high functioning adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (also commonly referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome).

The objectives of the event were to provide understanding about the nature and extent of changes in autism outcomes over time; information about co-occurring conditions in individuals who have autism, especially co-occurring with anxiety and mood disorders; and approaches to treatment.

The conference offered continuing education credits to social workers and educators, as well as school counselors, administrators and Psychologists.


Last Year's Event

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Thank you to our sponsors


Miry and Dan Serlin


Gail and Robert Katz


Dr. Ann Katz
Lisa LaBelle
Drs. Marianne and Jay Victor
Lita and Allen Zemmol


Henry Ford Health System Autism Center
Irlen Center/Spiral Wisdom LLC
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Opening the Doors Program
Gail Stewart Berman and Alby Berman
Robin Tobin Murav and Dr. Avery Murav

Thank you to our committee:


Karen Rouff , Wendy Talan


Gail Stewart Berman, Bobbi Gordon, Gail Katz, Phyllis Levitt, Dr. Jeffrey London, Robin Tobin-Murav, Dr. James Schmidt, Phyllis Schwartz, Marianne Victor, Lita Zemmol

pdfView presentation and resources


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Kadima Education Conference