A Warm Welcome to You!

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

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

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

Amidst the chronic racial inequities, violence, and high levels of trauma exposure affecting children and families in Chicago’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods, mental health professionals from the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) are making a difference by helping elementary school teachers address the social and emotional needs of their students through an innovative relationship-based consultation program called Connect 2 Kids (C2K). Educators receive support and guidance from licensed clinicians that can help them compassionately understand and more effectively respond to children with serious emotional and behavioral symptoms in the classroom.

An overview of C2K will outline the overall theory of change, efforts to help teachers with self-care during the pandemic, implementation challenges, and program evaluation findings. We will then describe and illustrate with case material how consultants can use concepts and strategies from Intrapsychic Humanism (IH) to help teachers help their most vulnerable students. Topics will include:

  1. how children learn and acquire motives for unhappiness that underlie counterproductive emotional and behavioral patterns (e.g., negative attention seeking, motives for conflict or isolation, sensitivity to loss);
  2. how common behavioral expectations of young children at school, a narrow focus on compliance, and punitive disciplinary practices and procedures set traumatized children up for failure;
  3. how meaningful changes (for both children and teachers) in functioning and self-confidence occur primarily through empirical experiences of caring relationships;
  4. how to identify and increase reflectiveness about how and when personal feelings can sometimes interfere with teachers and consultants’ best efforts to provide support;
  5. the importance of remaining involved, interested, and non-punitive when children are upset;
  6. how to tailor specific relational interventions and responses based on the child’s communications and an understanding of their constructive vs. fixated motives;
  7. how to proactively provide children with positive relationship opportunities (PROs) that serve as an antidote the negative attention or lack of involvement to which they are accustomed;
  8. 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

  1. Participants will be able to describe at least two important challenges mental health consultants faced (including at least one attitudinal challenge and one organizational challenge) in trying to help teachers develop new ways of thinking about and responding to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems.
  2. Participants will be able to describe at least two types of constructive motives in children teachers can identify during their interactions with students who have emotional and behavioral difficulties.
  3. Participants will be able describe at least two specific relational intervention strategies teachers can use to support students with emotional and behavioral problems.

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 and Students; General Admission: $60.00; Reduced Fees for Early Career Clinicians


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,
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

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!