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We invite you to attend our upcoming programs.

We are a non-profit, membership organization that sponsors Professional Development Programs for mental health professionals suitable to all stages of clinical training. Psychologists, social workers, and professional counselors can expand and refine their clinical expertise and skills while earning continuing education credits. We are a Continuing Education Sponsor of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

We also offer Public Lectures, co-sponsored by Smart Love Family Services, on contemporary issues in diverse fields, including early child development, education, parenting, child welfare, self-help, business, and social decision making.

Black Lives Matter.

In our primary mission at the Intrapsychic Humanism Society providing programs to promote the ongoing professional development of psychotherapists, we are committed to furthering their actualization of the ideals to become more fully available to all the unique experiences and feelings of the individuals under their care. We are committed as well to supporting mental health professionals in becoming ever more aware of invisible personal motives and identifications, including those that are race related, which might limit this availability and interfere with their therapeutic motives. In so doing, we strive to support therapists in providing relief for their patients’ emotional pain and in furthering their patients’ development of inner happiness and self-caretaking in order to create secure, satisfying lives.

2020 Programs

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Co-Sponsored by

We are pleased to Co-Sponsor our Fall Program with the Juvenile Protective Association, a non-profit organization founded over 115 years ago by Jane Addams and her colleagues as part of the Settlement House movement. Social justice and racial justice are integral to the mission of the JPA.

The Walter D. Miller, LCSW Lecture
Connect 2 Kids: Equipping Teachers (and At-Home Teachers) with Relationship Strategies to Reduce Children's Emotional and Behavioral Barriers to Learning

Stephen Budde, PhD, LCSW, Katie Gleason, MS, LCSW, Rameya Shanmugavelayutham, LCSW

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 1:30-4:30 pm
3 CEs for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors*

Complimentary for Members and Students; General Admission: $60.00;
Reduced Fees for Early Career Clinicians, Post-graduate Fellows, & JPA Staff;
COVID-19 Hardship fee: $20.00

Register Here!

Program Description

The educational worlds of children and teachers, including new at-home “teachers,” have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. With the multitude of stresses and losses children and teachers are facing, it has never been more important to equip educators with understanding and strategies to reduce children’s emotional and behavioral barriers to learning. Strategies will be presented from an innovative program at JPA, Connect 2 Kids, that are used by licensed mental health clinicians to provide support and guidance to elementary school teachers who work amidst the chronic racial inequities, violence, and high levels of trauma affecting children and families in Chicago’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Insights and strategies from Intrapsychic Humanism, which are being used to help teachers compassionately understand and more effectively respond to even the most vulnerable students, can also be applied by at-home teachers, including:

  1. how children in distress are often set up for failure by common and unrealistic behavioral expectations of young children, a narrow focus on compliance, and punitive disciplinary practices and procedures
  2. how to better understand the unhappiness that underlies children’s counterproductive emotional and behavioral patterns, including negative attention seeking, motives for conflict or isolation, and sensitivity to loss
  3. how meaningful change (for both children and teachers) in functioning and self-confidence is fostered through caring relationships
  4. how to tailor specific relational interventions and responses based on children’s communications
  5. how providing children proactively with positive relationship opportunities and remaining involved, interested, and non-punitive can serve as antidotes to negative attention-seeking
  6. how to identify specific signs of progress (for children and teachers), understand the non-linear nature of change (2 steps forward and 1 step back), and remain optimistic in the face of setbacks

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of the program:

  1. Participants will be able to describe how meaningful improvement in children's functioning and self-confidence is fostered through caring relationships
  2. Participants will be able to describe two relational strategies teachers can use when children are exhibiting emotional and behavioral difficulties
  3. Participants will be able to describe signs of progress in children that teachers can support and strengthen

*In compliance with IDFPR, online programs require a post-presentation exam to ensure attendance. Standard practice requires 75% correct responses in order to receive CEs.


Stephen Budde, PhD, LCSW,
Dr. Stephen Budde is the Executive Vice President of the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), a Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and a Research Affiliate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Dr. Budde has over 30 years of experience in child welfare and mental health as a researcher, teacher, administrator, trainer, consultant, and therapist. Dr. Budde oversaw the initial design, implementation, and evaluation of JPA’s award winning school based mental health services. His roles in JPA’s mental health consultation services for elementary school teachers include articulating the clinical and programmatic theory of change, evaluating outcomes, and providing clinical consultation to the JPA mental health consultants. Dr. Budde has led or participated in numerous evaluations and studies at JPA, previously as Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and at Smart Love Family Services. He has provided expert support on best practices, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force, and multiple private foundations, child welfare agencies, and mental health providers.

Katie Gleason, MS, LCSW,
Katie Gleason is the Senior Clinical Supervisor at Erie Neighborhood House, overseeing the mental health programming at their Early Childhood Center. In this role, she provides clinical supervision to clinicians providing play therapy and serves as the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant to the Center. Previously, Ms. Gleason worked for the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), serving as the Director of JPA’s Connect 2 Kids (C2K) program partnering with underserved schools in Chicago to provide expert mental health consultation, training, and support to educators. She oversaw the initial development and growth of C2K, supporting its expansion from a pilot program focusing on Kindergarten, to a program that serves educators teaching in grades Pre-K through 8th grade, and served as one of the Mental Health Consultants working with the teachers. At JPA, Katie also provided school-based and home-based psychotherapy to children and caregivers. She is committed to working with individuals and communities impacted by trauma and socioeconomic and racial inequities. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado, an MS in Child Development from the Erikson Institute, and her MSW from Loyola University Chicago.

Rameya Shanmugavelayutham, LCSW,
Rameya Shanmugavelayutham is the Acting Director of JPA’s Connect 2 Kids program and a Mental Health Consultant with JPA’s Connect 2 Kids program where she provides contextually relevant consultation to Pre-K through 3rd grade teachers across Chicago. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University Chicago in Spanish Language and Literature and a second Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an Infant Mental Health Certificate from the Erikson Institute.

2021 Programs

We are working on developing programs to include minority perspectives and address diversity and equity in our Professional Development and Public Lecture Series for 2021.

Our originally scheduled Fall Program is being rescheduled to early 2021.

The William J. Pieper, M.D. Lecture
Q&A with Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.
on Inner Humanism® Psychotherapy
for Adults, Adolescents, and Children

Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.

Dr. Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. will answer questions from participants on the principles of Inner Humanism® psychotherapy and their application to treating adults and adolescents in individual psychotherapy, children in play therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and consultation with preschool teachers.

Some questions of general interest will be submitted in advance by the clinical staff and trainees at Smart Love Family Services. The majority of the program will be dedicated to answering questions posed by attendees. Questions on any and all considerations related to diversity and race will be very welcome. Anyone who would like an orientation ahead of the program can find a succinct overview of Inner Humanism® psychotherapy in The Privilege of Being a Therapist as well as other relevant presentations and articles at Articles - Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.

Date and time TBD, 3 CEs


Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.,
is an author and psychotherapist who works with children and parents, and serves as a consultant to agencies and other mental health professionals. She is a founding board member of Smart Love Family Services, for which she provides ongoing consultation and insight to the clinical and early childhood education staff. She also serves on the Board of the Intrapsychic Humanism Society. Both of these non-profit agencies are based on Intrapsychic Humanism, the comprehensive psychology of child development, psychopathology and treatment developed by Dr. Pieper and her late husband, William J. Pieper, MD.

Dr. Pieper authored two best-selling, award winning children's books, Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! and Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them. And she co-authored with Dr. William Pieper the best-selling parenting book, Smart Love: The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Regulating, and Enjoying Your Child; the popular adult self-help book, Addicted to Unhappiness: How Hidden Motives for Unhappiness Keep You From Creating the Life You Truly Want, And What You Can Do (2nd Edition); and Intrapsychic Humanism: An Introduction to a Comprehensive Psychology and Philosophy of Mind. She has written and presented on Inner Humanism® psychotherapy, and also on applications of the theory of Intrapsychic Humanism to teaching, parenting, foster care, the question of free will, and children’s dreams and fantasy life, among other topics.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these programming changes, and thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you at our programs. Take good care of yourselves!