Fall 2018 Continuing Education Programs

The Professional Development Program at SSA is a licensed State of Illinois provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. License numbers: 159.000140; 168.000115; 268.000004. It is recommended that professionals review rules for their licensing board prior to registering for a workshop to ensure that the content meets their renewal requirements.

Legal Aspects of Clinical Practice
Date: Friday, September 14, 2018
Session I: 9:00am-Noon
Session II: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Tuition: $75/Session or $150/Day     
CEUs: 3 per session
Location: 10 E Grand Avenue, Chicago

Instructor: Helene Snyder

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The morning session will focus on issues of confidentiality (e.g., mental health records, communications) and the afternoon provides an overview of mandated reporting obligations that are imposed on mental health professionals in Illinois. Proper procedures for record keeping and responding to subpoenas and requests for information will be discussed in both. Each session meets the State of Illinois Ethics requirement for clinical psychologists and social workers.

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Helping Couples and Families Navigate Illness and Disability
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $75
CEUs: 3
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago

Instructor: John Rolland

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Couples and families face daunting challenges as they cope with serious illness and disability. Drawing on his new book, Dr. Rolland gives clinicians a roadmap for helping affected individuals and their loved ones live well with a wide range of child, adult, and later-life conditions. His resilience-oriented approach integrates the psychosocial demands of various types and phases of illness with family and individual life cycle challenges, multigenerational legacies, and beliefs. He describes ways to intervene with emerging challenges over the course of long-term or life-threatening disorders.

Using case illustrations, he provides practice guidelines how clinicians can help families harness their strengths for positive adaptation and relational growth. Rolland’s integrated systemic approach is useful for preventive screening, consultations, brief counseling, more intensive therapy, and multifamily groups, across health care settings and disciplines.

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Managing Performance: Employee Interaction and Human Resources Know-How
Dates: Tuesday, October 9 & Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (both days)
Tuition: $280*
  *Early Bird Discount: $250 until September 15
CEUs: 12
Location: 10 E Grand Avenue, Chicago

Instructor: Arnie Aronoff

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (See above discount offer)

This workshop teaches participants how to supervise employees effectively, focusing on the fundamentals of human resource management and supervisor-employee interaction. Workshop lecture, discussion, and experiential activities cover topics such as orienting a new hire to a job and organization; setting performance expectations; delivering effective feedback; and managing the performance of employees with challenging personalities.

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Theater, Writing and Meaning: A Creative Approach to Narrative Therapy
Dates: Tuesday, October 9 & Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (both days)
Tuition: $280*
  *Early Bird Discount: $250 until September 15  
CEUs: 12
Location: 10 E Grand Avenue, Chicago

Instructor: Adi Barak

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (See above discount offer)

Participants will study various forms of theater and creative writing exercises and their application to narrative therapy. Based on narrative therapy approach, participants will explore the connection between enactment, playfulness, creativity, narrative, and change. Acting or writing experience is not required, and the exercises will offer novel ways of learning about human narratives, as well as the role of arts and creativity in psycho-social interventions.

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Essential Tools for Field Instruction
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $80* 
CEUs: 4
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago

Instructor: Bharathi Jayaram

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Field Education is central to the teaching of professional social work competencies and facilitating connections between theory and practice. This workshop will provide clinical and social administration field instructors with strategies to understand student learning patterns, design effective supervisory meetings, and create a strengths-based focus, while challenging students to grow professionally. *Free to current SSA Field Instructors who register by deadline.

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Political Psychotherapy
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago

Instructor: Adi Barak

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

This workshop will focus on the ways in which a political consciousness and critical consciousness thereof could be developed and/or addressed in psychotherapy.

Through lecture and experiential exercises, participants will discuss the application of political theory to psychotherapy; consider political consciousness as a legitimate therapeutic insight; explore how political ideologies are embodied, and how the body could serve as a way to understand one’s relation to the broader political realm.

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Psychotherapy with Black Women
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago

Instructors: Donna Baptiste & Adia Gooden

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Black women in the United States are a unique population and it is important to understand their personal, social, ecological, and historical experiences to effectively treat them. This workshop will emphasize forging strong therapeutic alliances with black female clients of varying ages and backgrounds, and working collaboratively with them around their social identities and behavioral health concerns. We will also examine constraints to building working alliances with black women when therapists are of different racial/ethnic and gender backgrounds. This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois Cultural Competence requirement for social workers.

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Effective Therapy for Bereavement, Grief, and Loss in Adults
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 
CEUs: 6
Location: 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook

Instructor: Janna Henning

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Losses such as changes in a relationship or career, leaving a home or community, or illness, death, and bereavement are among the most common issues clients bring to therapy. However, recent changes in grief-related theory and diagnosis and a lack of formal training in this area may leave therapists feeling unprepared to work effectively with the unique, complex, and personal nature of each client’s loss. This dynamic, interactive workshop will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and skills you need to work confidently and effectively with grief and loss.

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Engendering Inclusion: Providing Affirming Services to Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Adults
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 
CEUs: 6
Location: 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook

Instructor: Aren Drehobl

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Transgender and gender nonconforming people have existed throughout history. In recent years, however, dramatically increased visibility and growing social acceptance have led more transgender people to openly discuss their identities, experiences, and needs. Even clinicians with extensive experience working with gender diversity have difficulty keeping up with rapidly evolving terminology, thinking about best practices, and available resources. This workshop will cover these topics and others to help participants provide truly affirming services to transgender and gender nonconforming adults. This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois Cultural Competence requirement for social workers.

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Motivational Interviewing with Difficult-to-Engage Clients
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago

Instructor: Gabriela Zapata-Alma

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This workshop will orient attendees to the key principles and applications related to motivational interviewing and provide attendees an opportunity to practice skills and discuss approaches to working with clients who are not ready for more intensive treatment approaches. Credits for CADC-licensed professionals applied through the Illinois Certification Board.

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Clinical Supervision: Tending the Professional Self
Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago

Instructor: Jill R. Gardner

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

In addition to teaching clinical skills, supervisors often need to balance administrative and clinical demands, manage supervisees’ anxiety and self-esteem, integrate empathy with limit setting, and engage in effective feedback. This workshop will present models for dealing with these practical tasks, while helping the supervisee consolidate a sense of professional self. This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois Clinical Supervision requirement for professional counselors.

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Program Evaluation: Getting What You Need
Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago

Instructor: Debra Hass

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

This workshop will examine evaluation from the perspective of organization staff and board members. Participants will practice creating theories of change and choosing indicators that reflect the intended impact of their programs, respond to stakeholder concerns, and, most importantly, provide opportunities to learn from and use evaluation for program improvement. 

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Bridging the Couple Chasm: Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 Training
Dates: Friday, November 16 & Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm (both dates)
Tuition: $475*
CEUs: 14
Location: 933 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook

Instructor: Michael McNulty

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

This two-day workshop is an intensive overview of The Gottman Method, an evidenced-based approach to couples therapy. Participants will learn to identify key points in couples’ interactions when interventions will be most effective; strategies to help partners shift from attack to connection; methods to help couples solve their own problems; skills to empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues; and tools to support couples’ friendship and intimacy. CEUs will be provided by SSA. Certificates for completing Level I will be awarded through The Gottman Relationship Institute. *Tuition includes a 300 page manual

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The First Six Sessions of Therapy
Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 
CEUs: 6
Location: 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston

Instructor: Mark Sanders

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Research reveals that clients make most of their progress within the first six sessions of counseling. Yet nearly 50% of clients are no-shows at their second session. In this work shop you will learn evidence-based approaches which help clients successfully complete a minimum of six sessions including: feedback-informed counseling, behavioral couples counseling, the use of motivation incentives, and stage-based interventions.

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Social Work License: Preparation Review Course
Dates: Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (both days)
Tuition: $260*
CEUs: 12
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago

Instructor: Sophia F. Dziegielewski

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

This comprehensive course covers test-taking strategies and relevant clinical content in order to prepare for the social worker or clinical social worker exams. Course materials and content and will cover topics such as: social work values and ethics (three hours to satisfy the state of Illinois ethics requirement for social workers); human growth and development issues; assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies utilizing the DSM-5™; models and methods of social work practice; and clinical supervision. This course consistently fills to capacity. Early registration is encouraged. *Tuition includes review course manual with sample test questions and related materials, as well as the opportunity to contact the instructor with questions following the course.

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Utilizing Superheroes in Play Therapy and Counseling
Date: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150 
CEUs: 6
Location: 969 E 60th Street, Chicago

Instructor: Sophia Ansari

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Superheroes are an integral part of childhood. The themes in favorite comic books can be used to help children and adults with the struggles we all encounter at some point in our lives (losing a loved one, being bullied, making poor choices). Utilizing Superhero/Comic Book play therapy, the creative counselor can incorporate several modalities of treatment such as play therapy, art, drama, cognitive behavioral therapy, bibliotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and others. The history and effectiveness of treatment, introduction to resources, and new and creative play therapy interventions created by the presenter will also be discussed. Thisprogram has been approved for 6 contact hours by the Association for Play Therapy (Approved Provider 15-422)

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