Past Events

The Biological Aspects of Addiction: The Hijacked Brain and the Integration into the Holistic Model
Presented by Sandra Siegel, Psy.D., LCP, LCPC, RN, Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology Department, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

This presentation reviewed the current empirical neurobiological aspects of addiction, including the effects on the brain, genetics, the adolescent brain, and gender differences. The nature of cravings was explained using the “pleasure pathway” and the “hijacking” of the brain leaving the person out of control.

Cultural Foundations in Latino/a Mental Health: History, Theory, and Racially Conscious Interventions
Presented by Hector Y. Adames, Psy.D., Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

This workshop provided an overview of the diverse cultural roots of Latino/as by exploring both the racial and ethnic differences within the Latino/a community. Steps for developing culturally responsive and racially conscious treatments for Latino/as was presented. This workshop provided participants with both a historical foundation as well as practical interventions for clinicians working with the Latino/a community.

Beyond PTSD: Treatment Strategies for Children and Youth Exposed to Complex Trauma
Presented by Catharine R. Thomann, Ph.D., Clinical Director, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago Child Trauma Center; Cody Schraft, Ph.D., Clinical Supervisor, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago Child Trauma Center; and Theresa Valach, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago Child Trauma Center

Children exposed to multiple traumatic events, often in the context of ongoing violence and adversity, frequently present to mental health facilities with a constellation of difficulties that goes beyond our conceptualization of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The presenters discussed the effects of complex trauma exposure in childhood and explored associated treatment models. The presenters discussed these models and cases examples in the context of their own work as mental health practitioners at the La Rabida Chicago Child Trauma Center.

Addressing Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice: A Case Study Approach
Presented by Kate Mahoney, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Claire Openshaw, MA, LPC

Co-sponsored by the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education

Having a code of ethics helps to guide our work, to define our own limits and boundaries, and to protect the individuals we serve, the organizations where we work, and our own professional liability. This workshop presented a seven-step decision-making model for ethical dilemmas that emerge in clinical practice, and participants practiced applying the seven-step model to a number of different clinical case studies.

Making Sense of the Senseless: Treatment Interventions for Bereavement Following a Sudden, Traumatic, or Violent Loss
Presented by Jessica L. Hutchison, MA, LCPC, Psychotherapist in Private Practice

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latino/a Mental Health and the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education

The presenter described how bereavement following a sudden, traumatic, or violent loss is different than that of a natural death. She introduced models of grief that improved grief and loss supports for clients and introduced specific interventions to assist the newly bereaved with making sense out of what appears to be a senseless death.

Integration of Topics of Human Sexuality into Graduate Training
Presented by Eliana Wool, Psy.D.

It is likely that psychologists will encounter topics of human sexuality in their practice considering the vast intersection between psychological and sexual wellbeing. Despite this, most doctoral clinical psychology programs do not require, nor do they offer, courses in human sexuality. This presentation described the relevance and importance of topics of human sexuality to the field of psychology and to integrating such topics in the classroom. The presenter introduced actionable steps and strategies teachers and supervisors can take towards integrating these topics into future training.

Can International Human Rights Based Advocacy Offer New Strategies for Social Justice in the U.S.?
Presented by Nancy J. Bothne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The international human rights framework provides people working in the United States an opportunity to develop new strategies for advocating social justice issues. Unlike those rights protected in the U.S. Constitution, human rights treaties protect economic, social, and cultural rights. The presenter discussed the consultation process that led to the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the main human rights treaties. She also described how human rights are enforced internationally and how they can be used in U.S. advocacy for social justice.

Network Credentialing, Hospital Credentialing, and Provider Enrollment
Presented by Yesenia Servin, CPMSM, Credentialing Specialist, Rush Oak Park Hospital

This presentation outlined how to successfully review and analyze the process for network credentialing, hospital credentialing, and payer enrollment. The presenter provided extensive descriptions on the various types of healthcare credentialing processes and presented a detailed overview of how to create and sustain your own credentialing database.

Clinical Implications of Mandated Reporting
Presented by Michelle Cutler, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The presentation provided a brief overview of the role of the Mandated Reporter and the procedures by which to make a mandated report per Illinois DCFS regulations. The clinical implications of working with families throughout this process was discussed, including issues such as when and how to involve caregivers, how to support families during the process, and how to maintain the therapeutic relationship.

Fundamentals of Hypnosis
Presented by Paul Larson, Ph.D., Psychologist, Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Donald Moss,
Ph.D., Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University; Sean Sterling, Ph.D., Department Chair of Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; and Eric Willmarth, Ph.D., Director of Training for the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University

Co-sponsored by Saybrook University

This two-day workshop provided participants with a basic skill-set to conduct simple hypnotic interventions, along with knowledge about hypnotic concepts and approaches, and a familiarity with research-based applications of hypnosis to common medical and behavioral disorders. Attendees were given the opportunity to apply the skills taught throughout the presentation by utilizing lecture, role play, demonstration, and small group practice. The course is designed to follow the Standards of Training in Clinical Hypnosis as presented by D. Corydon Hammond and Gary R. Elkins for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis-Education and Research Foundation (2005).

Fostering Healthy Sexual Function in Survivors of Sexual Trauma
Presented by Maria Papachrysanthou Hanzlik, Psy.D., HSPP, Clinical Psychologist

The sequelae of sexual trauma can be far reaching for survivors including difficulties related to sense of self, view of the world, and interpersonal relationships. This workshop addressed the assessment and treatment of survivors of sexual trauma with particular attention toward sexual health recovery.

Let’s Talk About Sex…Ethically: Ethical Treatment of Sexual Concerns in Therapy
Presented by Maria Papachrysanthou Hanzlik, Psy.D., HSPP, Clinical Psychologist

Sexual transgressions with patients is one of the most frequently cited ethics violations. Although mental health professionals are trained to behave in an ethical and beneficent manner, clinicians are less frequently trained about how to address sexual issues when they arise in clinical work. This introductory ethics workshop explored how to address sexual issues with clients in an ethical manner.

Ethical and Risk Management Strategies for Mental Health Professionals

Presented by Scott Hammer, Attorney, Wilson Elser

This workshop explored approaches to ethical and legal issues that commonly arise in therapeutic practice. Topics covered included: legal and ethical strategies for dealing with suicidal patients; proper note taking and retention of records; Duty to Warn in Illinois; the Illinois Mental Health Confidentiality Act; psychotherapy and cyberspace; and death, disability, or retirement and how to properly close a practice.

Procrastination: It’s NOT About Time
Presented by Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D., Experimental Social-Personality-Community Psychologist, Professor Psychology and St. Vincent DePaul Distinguished Professor, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Procrastination – the intentional delay of important tasks or decisions to the point of feeling personal discomfort. Pervasive, yet not well understood – until lately. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Joseph Ferrari presented a review of the science, including his 30 years of researching the topic, helping us understand the causes and consequences of chronic procrastination which is common among 20% of men and women across the USA and globally.

BUILDING FOR ETERNITY: Ethical Application of African Centered Concepts in Delivering Mental Health Services
Presented by Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies

This workshop examined the biases and assumptions we bring into professional spaces, explored the need for a culturally different worldview, examined culture at the deep structure level, and exposed participants to a model of skill development the can be useful in enhancing personal and professional interactions.

PREPARE/ENRICH Training Workshop
Presented by Ronald Bacon, MSM, MA, M.Div, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In this introductory workshop participants learned to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH relationship inventory and couples assessment tool. Scientifically validated as a foundational program for all aspects of couples counseling, PREPARE/ENRICH automatically tailors the content of the assessment to the couple’s unique relationship stage and family structure. In this workshop, participants went through training on the program providing them with the skills and qualifications needed to use the PREPARE/ENRICH materials effectively.