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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.

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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.

2021 Annual IH Society Membership Begins January 1st

Join the IH Society for the greatest savings on this year's CE Programs

Whether joining for the first time or renewing your membership, it's time to sign up for 2021 to attend our three new enriching programs at our lowest available rates. Membership in the IH Society enables you to pursue your ideals of learning and professional development at whatever stage you are in your career. Psychologists, social workers, and professional counselors can earn 10 CEs this year with the addition of a 4-hour interactive workshop on anti-racism.

The annual membership fee covers the fees to attend our Winter, Spring and Fall programs at substantial savings over non-member program fees. Our low membership rates are tailored to all levels of professionals with discounted rates for early career licensed clinicians, further discounts for those with professional degrees who are not yet licensed, and free for graduate students.

Join the IH Society to attend all three programs below at our very lowest rates. Join now and watch for Winter, Spring, and Fall program announcements to come, and then register for each program, in turn, to inform us of your attendance and to receive the Zoom link for the live webinars. When registering for those programs be sure to use the complimentary fee category, "IH Society Member."

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Membership in the IH Society will give you access to the three exciting programs below at our lowest rates!

2021 Professional Development Programs

The Walter D. Miller, LCSW Lecture
“I’m so tired of this pandemic!”:
Therapeutic Interventions to Help Clients Sustain Self-Care for the Long Haul
A Panel Discussion About Therapists’ Experience in Treating Clients During a Public Health Crisis

Moderator: Carla Beatrici, Psy.D.;
Presenters: Ilinka Novakovic, LCSW, Bill Pasola, Psy.D., Felicia Owens, Psy.D., Carol Johnson, LCSW

Live Webinar: Saturday, January 30, 2021, 1:30-4:30 pm
3 CEs for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors

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We are currently experiencing one of the worst public health crises, the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020, with the gravest outcomes expected in January. We know from public health experts that the best available public health weapon against the pandemic are people’s behaviors, attitudes and adaptations like wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing, yet many are having difficulty implementing and sustaining these effective measures. As mental health clinicians, we strive to respond to risks involving significant health and safety concerns by helping our clients take better care of themselves, and in the case of parents, help them take better care of themselves which will help them take better care of their children. The stakes are high now as clients grapple with making choices in a pandemic facing unknown risks with sometimes life and death consequences. The pandemic represents unprecedented challenges for clients and therapists.

How can we strive to support our client’s self-caretaking motives to make choices that protect themselves and others? How can we strive to help our clients accept and mourn unprecedented losses brought on by the pandemic, and support our client’s motives to forego some forms of interpersonal pleasure for the sake of their own safety and that of others? Given the numerous amount of losses clients are experiencing during the pandemic, how do we provide compassionate therapeutic support to help our clients feel connected and cared about during a time of isolation and unprecedented challenges that affect every area of their lives?

On the therapist side, how can we strive to regulate our own personal motives and reactions, including therapeutic ambition, in the service of the treatment alliance when our clients may want to talk about other matters or may not be in a place to discuss their choices in response to the pandemic? How can we work through personal losses when clients may be engaging in risky behaviors but not open to intervention? How do we best manage our own feelings or difficult personal experiences that we may be dealing with during the pandemic?

A panel of experts will share clinical examples representing teens, adults, minority parents, and seniors to elucidate how they are helping clients navigate the pandemic with these therapeutic goals in mind. Insights and strategies from Intrapsychic Humanism will be applied to better equip mental health professionals ability to help clients including:

  1. How meaningful change in self-care is fostered in the context of the therapeutic caregiving relationship
  2. Ways of compassionately supporting and strengthening clients’ constructive motives for self-care and care of others including, how to cope with losses and disappointments constructively
  3. Ways of recognizing the difference between clients’ genuine reflective motives for self-care versus non-reflective, non-constructive motives that are often invisible yet can influence them to engage in risky behaviors
  4. An understanding of motives for unhappiness that can underly clients’ non-constructive responses and behaviors to the pandemic, including denial or minimization of risk and disregard of public health recommendations
  5. An understanding of difficulties some clients might have in accepting and mourning losses that interfere with following health and safety guidelines
  6. Ways of identifying specific signs of progress, understanding the non-linear nature of change (2 steps forward and 1 step back), and remaining optimistic and therapeutically available in the face of setbacks, such as when clients engage in unsafe behaviors after a period of following health guidelines
  7. Ways of distinguishing between our personal motives (personal agenda, needs and reactions) and caregiving motives, with the goal of keeping personal motives out of the therapeutic work with our clients
  8. How developmental and cultural factors influence clients’ experience of the pandemic

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the underlying basis for clients’ difficulty with accepting and mourning losses, including the capacity to forego some pleasurable experiences in favor of safety for self and others
  2. Define and describe the two conflicting sets of motives that clients present with in treatment: motives for genuine self-care and constructive coping versus motives for unhappiness and pathological coping, and the competitive dynamic between them
  3. Describe the unique understanding of perplexing setbacks in therapeutic progress and how to remain available to re-engage client’s constructive motives for self-care in the face of setbacks
  4. List three therapeutic interventions to help strengthen clients’ preference and motivation for self-caretaking choices that promote optimal health and safety for self and others, including how to help clients mourn losses constructively
  5. Define the difference between personal versus caregiving motives and describe the importance of regulating personal motives in therapeutic work


Carla M. Beatrici, Psy.D, Director of Clinical Services, Smart Love Family Services
Dr. Beatrici received her Psy.D. at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a clinical psychologist and clinical supervisor with over 25 years clinical experience working with children, adolescents, parents and adults. Dr. Beatrici is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry, where she treats patients, supervises interns, and teaches child development to psychiatry residents.

Ilinka Novakovic, LCSW, Psychotherapist, Smart Love Family Services
Ms. Ilinka Novakovic received her MSW at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. She is a psychotherapist, parent educator and coach, who has extensive experience both writing and presenting child development seminars and courses to parents and professionals. She has worked in several outpatient mental health agencies providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.

Bill Pasola, Psy.D., Psychotherapist, Smart Love Family Services
Dr. Bill Pasola received his Psy.D. from Roosevelt University, where he specialized in child, adolescent and family therapy. He has experience serving a diverse array of clients and his clinical work has spanned short-term crisis intervention to long-term individual and family therapy. Dr. Pasola is also a former William J. Pieper Doctoral Fellow at Smart Love.

Felicia M. Owens, Psy.D., LPC, Minority Families Program Founder, Smart Love Family Services
Dr. Felicia M. Owens received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has more than 15 years of experience. As part of her work, Dr. Owens facilitates diversity seminars and workshops while working in partnership with the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park to provide ongoing support and services to minority parents and children. Dr. Owens is committed to helping guide individuals and families to increase the quality of their lives.  

Carol Johnson, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, Smart Love Family Services
Ms. Carol Johnson received her MSW from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. She is a psychotherapist with 30 years of clinical experience in diverse settings with people of all ages, and recently with an emphasis on older adults and aging issues, and an experienced parent educator. She was at the founding of Smart Love Family Services. She was previously a teacher and school social worker in schools, and a consultant for Easter Seals Head Start Program. Ms. Johnson was a former adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work.


Ethics and Racial Equity
An Interactive Workshop on Racial Equity and Anti-Racism
in Everyday Clinical, Ethical, and Organizational Situations

Brit Holmberg, MSW, LCSW, Marion Malcome, MSW, LCSW

Live Webinar: May 1, 2021, 1:00-5:00 pm
4 CEs for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors (2 Ethics, 2 Cultural Competence)

This unique workshop examines contemporary ethical dilemmas using a racial equity lens. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how institutionalized racism impacts both organizational and clinical spaces, and the important role of practitioners in transforming such spaces. Using case studies, facilitators will educate participants on how to center the experiences and needs of Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) using an anti-racist framework. Participants will learn practical interventions and tools to respond effectively to these contexts with integrity, authenticity, and sensitivity while striving for racial equity. This is an interactive workshop that will involve breakout groups and experiential activities to help elucidate the content and practice the concepts that are introduced.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to:

  1. Identify three ways that institutional racism impacts their practice (agency, colleagues, and clients)
  2. Describe how working to oppose and undo institutional racism is an ethical imperative
  3. List three concrete practices and tools to respond ethically to institutional racism and advocate for racial equity
  4. Describe four ways they can practice ethically to counteract institutional racism in their agency, as well as in the larger community


Brit Holmberg, LCSW,
Brit Holmberg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nearly a decade of experience providing mental health services to a wide array of populations. Brit received a B.S. from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago, and a MDiv from Garret Theological Seminary.

Prior to joining Loyola University of Chicago's student Wellness Center as a staff therapist, Brit offered individual and group therapy to adults at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and in private practice. He uses a strengths-based approach to support clients in identifying their core values and finding their voice. Brit’s clinical interests include mindfulness, anti-racist practice, spirituality, and group work. He has offered a variety of workshops, consultation, and trainings on these topics across Chicago and Illinois.

Marion Malcome, MSW, LCSW
Marion Malcome a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois, has dedicated her professional and personal life to raising awareness about mental health amongst people of color and preparing professionals to effectively support this same population and appreciate their unique history and needs.Marion received her BS in Psychology with a minor in Afro-American Studies and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in community mental health, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Marion has over ten years of experience in direct clinical social work practice. She has practiced in the field of mental health, ranging from hospital and psychiatric impatient settings, private practice, to community mental health throughout the city of Chicago. Marion is the Owner and Chief Consultant of SydneyMalcome LLC, a boutique consulting firm providing a range of supporting services to small socially-minded organizations. SydneyMalcome LLC has recently expanded to provide organizations with consultation and training on antiracist practices, privilege and organizational change. Currently, Marion is a fourth-year Doctoral Student at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA). Marion’s research interests are at the intersection of place, race and mental health. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the long-term impact of stressors within high-burdened neighborhoods on the mental health of African American women and mothers. Marion is passionate about mental health equity for communities of color and sees this work as an issue of social justice.

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.

Live Webinar: Saturday October 16, 2021, 1:30-4:30 pm
3 CEs for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors

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 look forward to seeing you at our programs!