TCSPP Recognizes National Mental Health Awareness Month


Events scheduled in Southern California, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

(LOS ANGELES) (May 7, 2014)—According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), nearly 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year. Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the U.S. In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP)—the leading nonprofit national graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences—will host events across all campuses, and in the broader community, highlighting an array of mental health issues and topics. TCSPP faculty and other mental health experts will lend their expertise and experience to help audiences become more enlightened and informed about mental illness to help reduce the stigma that persists today. Events include:

  • Thursday, May 8 (8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m.)

Childhood Trauma and Delinquency Presentation

Mendota Civic Center

1901 Tom Merwin Drive

Mendota, IL, 61342

TCSPP Faculty Dr. Laurie Benton will teach a workshop on skills to effectively engage youth with severe social and emotional problems, and also combine lecture, discussion and videos for a lively and engaging format discussion.

  • Saturday, May 10 (1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.)

Bridging the Keirsey Temperament Sorter: The 5 Love Languages

TCSPP Irvine Branch Campus

4199 Campus Drive, Suite 400

Irvine, CA 92612

TCSPP Faculty Dr. Jennifer DeFeo will speak about the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, which organizes personality characteristics into four temperaments: Rationales, Idealists, Artisans and Guardians. Combined with an understanding of Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages, Dr. DeFeo will show how understanding your own temperament can assist you in creating better relationships, finding a career path, and understanding others. RSVP Required

  • Tuesday, May 13 (12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.)

Personality Clashes at Work: How People Annoy Each Other in the Office

TCSPP Washington, D.C. Campus

901 15th St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

TCSPP Faculty Dr. Linda Klonsky presents an interactive workshop about personality differences and the role they play within a work environment. The session includes a brief Myers-Briggs assessment and a series of activities that highlight personality profiles and implications for people and relationships in the workplace.  RSVP Required

  • Thursday, May 15 (11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.)

Managing Difficult Employees

TCSPP Irvine Branch Campus

4199 Campus Drive, Suite 400

Irvine CA 92612

TCSPP’s Dr. Jay Finkelman, Ph.D, and Dr. Robert Miller, both experts in business psychology, will address the difficult challenges entailed in the management of employees who behave poorly. RSVP Required

  • Thursday, May 15 (7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.)

        Suicide and the African American Community

Second Baptist Church

1717 Benson Ave

Evanston IL, 60201

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology presents this special program designed to help people identify the warning signs of distress. Speakers include Dr. Reginald Richardson and Dr. Jacqueline Anderson.

  • Thursday, May 15 (5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.)

Drugs and Substance Abuse among Asian Pacific Americans

        TCSPP Washington, D. C. Campus

901 15th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

The APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs in partnership with TCSPP hosts this community forum to raise awareness about the physiological impact of substance abuse and addiction among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

  • Friday, May 16 (12:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m.)
  • RSVP via email

Domestic Violence: An Introductory Psycho Legal Discussion

TCSPP Westwood Branch Campus (and webinar)

1145 Gayley Ave #322

Los Angeles, California

The Chicago School’s Forensic Psychology Department discusses the incidence and impact of domestic violence across diverse populations, as well as federal domestic violence laws and court policies. RSVP Required (Note: Must RSVP to receive webinar information)

  • Friday, May 30 (12:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m.)

Building Sustainable, Healthy and Productive Communities in Africa

TCSPP Washington, D.C. Campus

901 15th St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

Eric Lundgren, Director of International Programs at Africare will speak on the challenges and satisfaction derived from working in developing countries.


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About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology:

Founded in 1979 and celebrating 35 years, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. It serves more than 4,500 students across campuses in Chicago; Los Angeles (with branches in Irvine and Westwood); and Washington D.C., as well as online programs. The institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Clinical Psychology doctoral program offered at the Chicago Campus is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years, and the Los Angeles Campus gained its first award in 2013. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is a leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit

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