Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in a program should contact the PDP office at least one week in advance of the event for assistance.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT
 
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.
 
Clinical Supervision:
Tending the Professional Self
NEW: Friday, March 24, 2017 (Hyde Park)
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
CEUs: 6
 
Instructor: Jill R. Gardner
 
Professionals often advance to supervisory roles with little or no formal training in ways to conceptualize the supervisory process. In this workshop, we will approach clinical supervision as an activity focusing on the development, consolidation, and maintenance of the supervisee’s professional self. Emphasis will be on supervision as a relationship and on the importance of focusing on the inner experience of the trainee. Concepts from self psychology and other theoretical perspectives will be used to describe models of supervision. Through a combination of lecture and large-group and small-group discussion, we will address how to do the following: manage supervisees’ anxiety and self-esteem, deal with defensiveness, balance administrative and clinical demands, integrate empathy with limit setting, and engage in effective feedback. Participants will be encouraged to share and examine their current supervisory experiences in the context of the conceptual frameworks presented.
 
This workshop will emphasize work with students and recent graduates; however, participants will find much of the conceptual material applicable to supervisory relationships with employees as well. The workshop is appropriate for both new and experienced supervisors.
 
This workshop is designed to help supervisors be able to:
 
• Create a collaborative supervisory alliance and structure 
• Reduce anxiety and defensiveness in the supervisee 
• Identify internal processes that lead to problematic clinical interventions 
• Provide effective feedback 
• Balance administrative and clinical demands 
• Set appropriate limits while maintaining a positive supervisory relationship
 
This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois Clinical Supervision CE requirement for professional counselors.

Introduction to Project Management
NEW: Friday, March 24, 2017 (Hyde Park)
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
CEUs: 6
 
Instructor: Arnie Aronoff
 
Have you been asked to manage a project for your organization?  Would you like to understand best practices in project management and pitfalls to avoid?

This experiential workshop will you will learn the basics of project management and apply in class what you learn to one of your previous, current, or future projects.  Topics covered include: project charters; cost/benefit analyses; project scope; defining deliverables; creating milestones, target dates, accountabilities; and communicating your project's intent, progress, and completion to the organization.

By the end of this one-day, introductory workshop, participants should be able to:

• Define/identify a project
• Write a project charter to describe project purpose and outcomes
• Conduct a cost/benefit analysis to determine a project's financial viability
• Create a project scope statement to document deliverables
• Format a breakdown of work to define goals, tasks, milestones, target dates, and accountabilities
• Determine needed resources and potential obstacles
• Create a project budget
• Plan communication to the organization about the project

 


The Ruth Knee Lecture on Spirituality and Social Work
Forgiveness in the African American Religious Tradition
NEW DATE: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
NEW TIME: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Tuition: $15* (Free for no CEUs)
CEUs: 1.5 
*PDP discounts do not apply to this program
 
Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus, Princeton University 
 
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017
 
In June 2015, the murder of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist as they attended an evening Bible study class shocked the nation. The reactions of some of the family members of the slain amazed many as they expressed forgiveness for the killer. This lecture examines the long history of forgiveness in the African-American Church tradition, stretching from slavery to the present day, to help explain their amazing act.
 
Albert J. Raboteau is a foremost scholar in American and African-American religious history. His research and teaching have focused on American Catholic history, African-American religious movements, and the place of beauty in the history of Eastern and Western Christian Spirituality. Among his publications are: Slave Religion: The ‘Invisible Institution’ in the Antebellum South, A Sorrowful Joy, and American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals & Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice.
 
The Lecture satisfies 1.5 hours toward the State of Illinois Cultural Competence requirement for social workers.
 
Following the lecture the presenter will be available to sign purchased books.
 

Understanding and Managing the Psychosocial Issues of Chronic Disease
Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
CEUs: 6
 
Instructor: Gary Gilles
 
THIS WORKSHOP HAS REACHED CAPACITY. TO BE ADDED TO A WAITLIST EMAIL pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu.

The prevalence of chronic illness is redefining how healthcare is delivered today. As the life span increases and the baby boom generation reaches retirement, greater numbers of people will be living with chronic conditions. New pharmacological discoveries and advances in technology are often effective in treating the physical aspects of chronic disease, but these treatments do not address the psychosocial needs of patients, family members, and caregivers. Caregivers encounter emotional, relational, and psychological burdens when living with and/or taking care of a chronically ill person, regardless of advances in treatments.

This workshop will identify those psychosocial needs, the toll they take on each party, and practical ways to facilitate self-management. Using a combination of lecture and discussion-based learning, the workshop will explore the definition and implications of chronic illness, the experience of loss, common emotional and social symptoms of patients of various ages, and barriers to compliance with the prescribed treatment regimen. Application of the learning will be applied to several chronic conditions.

Participants will learn to distinguish chronic from acute illness; understand developmental issues and stressors facing patients with chronic illness; weigh the emotional and physical impact chronic illness care takes on families and caregivers; apply the developmental and emotional issues to case studies; identify principles of compliance and non-compliance among chronically ill patients; and to apply methods for enhancing patient and family self-management of chronic illness.

Learning Objectives:

• Distinguish key components of chronic illness from acute illness
• Analyze the prevalence of chronic illness in the larger culture
• Describe developmental issues and stressors facing patients with chronic illness
• Assess the emotional and physical impact chronic illness care takes on families and caregivers
• Apply developmental and emotional issues to cases studies
• Identify principles of compliance and non-compliance among chronically ill patients


Working with Emotion and Attachment: A Brief Overview of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
CEUs: 6
Location: 933 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook

Instructors: Jeff Hickey & Nikki Lively
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
 
Rooted in attachment therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) is an experiential approach that utilizes a systemic and structured model of change to help couples lower conflict and create secure engagement. It is based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of marital distress and adult love and the change process through treatment. These conceptualizations are supported by a substantial and growing body of empirical research on both the outcome and process of treatment.  The EFT therapist first helps partners shift their conflict cycle, then access and express the powerful, often vulnerable, emotion states that have helped maintain that cycle. The treatment strategies and process have been clearly mapped out in three key change events occurring across three stages. EFT has been applied to a wide variety of couple types with many different problems, including affairs, mood disorders, trauma, and chronic illness. EFT is also used in family therapy.

This introductory seminar outlines the theory, interventions and treatment process to help participants get a flavor of this highly researched and well-respected treatment model. In addition to didactic material, there will be a video example for demonstration and time for discussion.

Learning Objectives:

• Describe the process of couple distress from an attachment perspective
• Name and describe the 3 stages of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
• Define and describe the difference between primary and secondary emotion
• Name and describe the 3 change events in the EFT model

 


School Social Workers as Leaders: Ensuring Our Seats at the Table 
Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $75
CEUs: 3
 
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

School social workers are some of the strongest advocates in a school.  But do we spend enough time advocating for ourselves and our profession?  In this workshop we will explore how we can leverage our leadership and advocacy skills to ensure that we have a seat at the table and promote the visibility and viability of the school social work profession.  Drawing upon research about current school social work practice as well as future directions for the profession, the presenters will engage participants in an interactive discussion about their current leadership activities in schools as well as their future goals for furthering their leadership roles and next steps for moving forward. 

Learning Objectives:

• Participants will be able to identify strengths and skills that make school social workers natural fits for leadership roles
• Participants will identify ways in which they can take on leadership roles across many dimensions, whether that be at the school, district, state or national level 


Racialized Trauma: Identity and Self-Care
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
CEUs: 6
 
 
THIS WORKSHOP HAS REACHED CAPACITY. TO BE ADDED TO A WAITLIST EMAIL pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu.

In a world where race continues to abound, confound, and determine outcomes, our racial identities are active and important parts of who we are and how we move through the world. Racialized experiences, however, often cause personal and institutional fractures resulting in traumas at both individual and institutional levels that leave us burned out, disconnected, and ineffective. Coping with racialized experiences that permeate our daily lives frequently leads to a mind/body split that tends to perpetuate rather than interrupt the cycle of trauma. By making space for this needed conversation, this workshop offers an integrated experience designed to build both internal and observational awareness about how race impacts us all on multiple levels. Furthermore, by examining the impact of race at these levels, this workshop is designed as a blueprint for self-care as well as cultural competency.

Using the framework of cycles of racism, this workshop will: explore some of the causes of racialized fracturing, analyze/unpack the resulting traumas (individual as well as institutional), consider how historical responses to racial injustice have been ineffective, and develop tools to begin healing processes. We will also discuss how institutional statements trigger, deliver, and maintain racial ruptures and explore the gaps that are generated by these ruptures. Finally, attendees will examine the impact of their own racialized experiences on practice.

Through the use of case studies, personal reflection, and group discussion, this day long workshop strives to explore the way race and trauma are connected and recur on personal and environmental levels. Participants will develop and interact with racial identity maps, explore the cycles of racism, and observe how the split between the institution and the individual shapes encounters. Attention will also be given to the ways diagnosis can serve as a pathway to personal agency rather than reimbursement in the ongoing quest for social justice.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand and explore the cycles of racism and privilege in society
• Use identity maps as a tool for understanding how racialized trauma is expressed in personal and institutional settings
• Examine the ways racialized experiences create ruptures and silences in people and institutions
• Identify ways to leverage racialized experiences as opportunities for healing for the self, our clients, and our institutions

This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois Cultural Competence requirement for social workers.
 

Substance Use Disorders: Drawing the Science Together and Using it for Clinical Decision-Making
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
CEUs: 6
 
Instructor: Stephanie Renno
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

According to SAMHSA, in the past year, about 20 million adults have an active substance use disorder (SUD).  This is an issue present for healthcare providers and administrators alike, across virtually all social service settings. Substance use disorders and their treatment have been researched extensively, but often programming, policy and practice does not reflect a broad and comprehensive integration of this knowledge.  In this workshop, we will explore substance use disorder through the lens of 10 Broad Principles and 10 Recommendations of Drug Use and Problems laid out by Miller and Carroll in their book “Rethinking Substance Abuse.”  Emphasis will be on synthesizing the research to inform and guide real world practice, policy and program development.  From these principles and recommendations, specific evidence-based treatments will be reviewed. Application of the general principles and will be applied to practice of specific skills; approaching the research to inform clinical decision-making.  

This workshop will use lecture, video, didactic discussion, role play and case examples to allow participants to gain a research-based theoretical and practical understanding of SUD.  Additional specific research skills will be trained and practiced.  

Learning objectives:

• Identify in name and in constitution general principles of  addiction science
• Demonstrate (through discussion) practical application of these principles in diverse settings
• Implement (through demonstration) skills for research based clinical decision-making

Credits for CADC-licensed professionals applied through the Illinois Certification Board.


Father Hunger and Father Wounds: Clinical Interventions with Clients Impacted by Fatherlessness Across the Lifespan
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
CEUs: 6
 
Instructor: Mark Sanders
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
 
Fatherlesssness and being harmed by one’s father are public health crises of the 21st Century. The absence of fathers in daughters’ or sons’ lives increases risks of addiction, destructive peer group affiliations, toxic relationships, and teen pregnancy, in addition to other negative consequences. Father wounds occur when the child was injured by his or her father – emotionally, physically, or sexually. This workshop will examine the impact of father hunger and father wounds across the lifespan. Participants will learn strategies to clinically address the impact of father hunger and father wounds from childhood to adulthood.
 
At the conclusion of this workshop participants will:
 
• Understand the impact of father hunger/father wounds from girlhood to womanhood and boyhood to manhood
• Be able to describe clinical intervention strategies to address father hunger/father wounds across the lifespan
 

Social Work License: Preparation Review Course
Dates: Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (both days)
Tuition: $260*
CEUs: 12
 
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
 
THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu.
 
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.
 

The Lawrence Chapman Memorial Lecture
Working with Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma: Hidden Veterans in Everyday Practice
Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $75*
CEUs: 6
 
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
 
An estimated one in four women and one in one hundred men serving in the US Armed Forces report experiencing threatening sexual harassment and/or sexual assault during their military service, commonly referred to as Military Sexual Trauma (MST). As many service members and Veterans receive services outside of the military or VA system, it is important that practitioners in different clinical settings be prepared to address the impact of MST. This training will introduce clinicians to the problem and scope of MST and its impact, how it may present in a variety of community-based clinical settings (medical, mental health, substance abuse, etc.), explore relevant clinical issues, and provide a framework for approaching clinical treatment with this population.
 
*This program is funded in part by the Lawrence Chapman Memorial Lecture Fund established by Ruth Isserman in honor of her nephew, Lawrence Chapman, who served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Following his service, Mr. Chapman volunteered helping disabled veterans cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues related to their service.
  

Cultural Humility: An Integrated Framework for Serving Highly Vulnerable Populations
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
CEUs: 6
 
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
 
THIS WORKSHOP HAS REACHED CAPACITY. TO BE ADDED TO A WAITLIST EMAIL pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu.

Highly vulnerable populations often present with chronic needs, complex trauma, high ambivalence and diminished opportunities for self-determination as well as self-efficacy. As such, it can be challenging for service providers to effectively engage these populations, and empower them to achieving greater stability and self-sufficiency. Often these populations are rejected by or discharged from social service settings due to the many barriers they encounter and present to accessing services. Additionally, many individuals and communities have developed mistrust of service systems due to experiences of both personal and historical trauma. Complex client needs coupled with significant barriers, requires service provision to be non-pathologizing, highly individualized and adaptable, while also engaging clients as experts in their own lives and building upon their existing strength and resilience.

Cultural Humility provides a highly applicable and grounded framework for the flexible delivery of services to highly vulnerable populations across diverse cultures, communities, and needs. Many times we work with individuals and communities that are different from our own, which can work as a natural reminder for us as service providers to reflect on our differences and how these may impact our clinical process and service delivery. This workshop will explore cultural issues not only where we experience difference, but also in contexts where we share culture with our clients, as these situations can often present the greater risk of engaging assumptions and less effective practice.

This workshop helps participants examine and reflect on intersectionality, as well as how individual, group and system-level practices and environments support diverse and vulnerable populations, and ultimately how to improve on building safety for our clients to access and engage our services. Through  brief lecture, case presentation, small group activities, and self-assessment/reflection exercises, this workshop will touch on many special populations, including LGBTQ, Latinx, African American, and immigrant populations, as well as those whom have experienced intimate partner violence, homelessness, incarceration, trauma, severe mental/behavioral health issues, substance use, and other chronic medical issues such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

Learning Objectives:

• Identify key differences between Cultural Humility & Cultural Competence
• Identify 4 basic components and values of Cultural Humility
• Increase concrete skills and strategies in the application of Cultural Humility
• Increase the practice of self-reflection, clinical supervision, and examining how one’s own culture(s) and experiences impact the assessment of and interventions with clients
• Recognize how history can continue to shape present-day beliefs and behaviors
• Become aware of how language contains implicit messaging that can marginalize others
• Identify strategies to support diversity and client self-disclosure within individual, group and agency service settings

This workshop satisfies the State of Illinois Cultural Competence requirement for social workers.
 

Gender Responsive Services for Girls and Women involved in the Criminal Justice System
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $75
CEUs: 3
 
Instructor: Gina Fedock
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This workshop will cover key components and examples of gender responsive services for girls and women involved in the criminal justice system. In addition, this workshop will include trauma-informed practices to benefit girls and women.

Participants will learn how to:

• Incorporate an understanding of gender and trauma into service provision
• Develop policies and practices that promote health and wellbeing, as well as successfully meeting criminal justice goals
• Promote safety and healthy coping for girls and women
• Address multiple concerns for girls and women
• Build a collaborative, community support network for girls and women

 

Motivational Interviewing Practices for Helping People Make Difficult Changes (Intermediate Level)
Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time; 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
CEUs: 6
 
Instructor: Tim Devitt
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This workshop will provide an overview of intermediate Motivational Interviewing processes and practices for helping clients make difficult changes. It is designed for participants who have learned the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model of Change, and have practiced fundamental Motivational Interviewing in their work with clients.

The session will be interactive and provide several opportunities to learn and refine skills for helping clients enhance their intrinsic motivation and commitment for making difficult changes. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss and flexibly practice strategies that include a) recognizing, eliciting, and reinforcing change talk and commitment language, b) recognizing and responding to change talk and c) negotiating the development and implementation of change plans. The learning activities will strive to be aligned with the spirit of Motivational Interviewing and stress working with clients in a manner that engenders collaboration, compassion, evocation, and ultimately accepts their right to choose their own path for change. 

The workshop is designed for practitioners working in mental health, substance abuse, medical care, corrections, and treatment settings where clients are struggling to make difficult changes in their lives. 

Learning Objectives:

• Participants will be able to explain the importance of conveying the spirit of Motivational Interviewing in their work with clients
• Participants will be able explain how the four processes of Motivational Interviewing (i.e., engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning), contribute to people making difficult changes when experienced in the context of a therapeutic relationship
• Through didactic and experiential practice, participants will be able to state how to a) recognize, evoke, and respond to change talk, b) recognize and respond to sustain talk, and c) negotiate the development and implementation of change plans

Credits for CADC-licensed professionals applied through the Illinois Certification Board.
 
 

Bridging the Couple Chasm: Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 Training
Dates: Thursday, May 11 & Friday, May 12, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm (both days)
Tuition: $450*
CEUs: 14
 
Instructor: Michael McNulty 
 
THIS WORKSHOP HAS REACHED CAPACITY. TO BE ADDED TO A WAITLIST EMAIL pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu.
 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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.

Upon conclusion of this workshop, participants will learn:

• How couples really sustain their marriages–in contrast to common myths and misconceptions
• How the quality of relationships affects the immune system, physical health and well-being
• How marital problems change over time, but never go away–even in happy couples
• Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
• Skills that empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues
• Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
• Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse

CEUs will be provided by SSA. Certificates for completing Level I will be awarded through The Gottman Relationship Institute.

*Tuition includes the Gottman Level 1 manual.
 

 
Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in a program should contact the PDP office at least one week in advance of the event for assistance.

 

Callie Freitag, AM '15

Callie Freitag, AM '15

“I choose SSA because I wanted a school that would not only give me a theoretical framework for policy analysis but also put me face-to-face with the people I want to serve.”