A Warm Welcome to You!

We invite you to attend our upcoming programs.

We are a membership, non-profit 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. People of color must be free of fear and violence, valued equally, and enjoy inner happiness, respect and dignity.

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

Next Program: October 17, 2020

We are pleased to Co-Sponsor our Fall Program with JPA, 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 JPA’s mission (www.jpachicago.org). This program was rescheduled from May 16, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Co-Sponsored by the Juvenile Protective Association

The Walter D. Miller, LCSW Lecture
"Mental Health Consultants Helping Teachers 'Connect to Kids': Relationship-Based Approaches to Deepening Understanding and Support for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems"

This presentation will describe an innovative relationship based approach to mental health consultation for teachers of children in pre-K through 3rd grade in the Connect 2 Kids (C2K) program at the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA). The introduction will describe the intense pressure on many teachers of young children to produce academic gains and behavioral compliance, the goals and overall approach of C2K, and key evaluation findings from JPA’s recent Connect 2 Kindergarten pilot. The bulk of the presentation will articulate how clinical concepts and ideas from Intrapsychic Humanism (IH), which form much of the theoretical foundation for C2K consultation, are used to help teachers and other educators understand and support children with serious emotional and behavioral symptoms in the classroom. The IH topics that will be discussed include how traumatic nurture leads to internalized motives for unhappiness (e.g., negative attention seeking), how meaningful change in social emotional functioning occurs primarily through caring relationships, how unrealistic expectations set children up for failure, the importance of maintaining closeness when children are upset, how to tailor responses and interventions based on the child’s communications and constructive vs. fixated motives, how to develop child support plans, how to identify meaningful signs of progress, and how teachers can remain optimistic in the face of setbacks. Case examples will illustrate the application of IH concepts in both student-teacher and teacher-consultant relationships. We will conclude with a discussion of the implications of IH for deepening our understanding of how caring relationships can enhance the well-being and social emotional development of young children in educational settings.

With the continued necessity for social distancing, this program will be presented using a virtual format. Please watch for the upcoming announcement with online registration.

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 1:30-4:30 pm; 3 CEs
Complimentary for Members; General Admission: $60.00; Reduced Fees for Early Career Clinicians, Post-graduate Fellows and Students


Stephen Budde, PhD, LCSW,
is the Executive Vice President of the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) and a Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Dr. Budde has over 35 years of experience in child welfare and mental health as a researcher, teacher, administrator, trainer, consultant, and therapist. His research and practice interests include relationship oriented intervention strategies; mental health interventions and consultation for professionals in early childhood programs and elementary schools; engagement and retention of children and parents in services in child abuse prevention, mental health, and foster care programs; mental health and psychiatric hospitalization outcomes for children in care; conceptualizing and measuring child well-being; child protection decision making; residential care; and philosophy of science. Dr. Budde has led or participated in numerous evaluations and studies at JPA, previously as Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and at Smart Love Family Services. He has provided expert support on best practices, evaluation, and 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. Dr. Budde designed and oversaw the initial development, clinical services, implementation, and evaluation of JPA’s award winning school based mental health services. His primary roles in JPA’s mental health consultation services for teachers, including the Connect 2 Kindergarten (C2K) pilot, have involved articulating the clinical and programmatic theory of change, evaluating outcomes, and providing clinical consultation to the consultants who work with teachers.

Katie Gleason, MS, LCSW,
has been with Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) since 2012. Katie serves as a Mental Health Consultant and Director of JPA’s Connect 2 Kids (C2K), a program partnering with underserved schools in Chicago to provide expert mental health consultation, training, and support to educators. She has overseen the development and growth of C2K, supporting its expansion from a pilot program focusing on Kindergarten, to a program that now serves educators ins Pre-K through 4th grade in schools impacted by community violence and socioeconomic and racial inequities. In addition to her work with C2K, Katie has experience providing school-based and home-based psychotherapy to children and caregivers. Her practice with children, families, and educators, incorporates knowledge of child development, is trauma-informed, and influenced by several relational theories. Katie 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,
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and 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"

Date and time TBD, 3 CEs

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.


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!