2022 Professional Development Programs
Intrapsychic Humanism Seminar Series
We will be marking our 20th Anniversary with the launch of
new initiative, a Continuing Education Seminar Series
Core Concepts and Clinical Applications
We are beginning a series of seminars that will meet for an hour a month for four months. The seminars will be led by highly experienced clinicians who will combine informal presentation with discussion formats, including some clinical applications, to facilitate learning the core concepts of Intrapsychic Humanism.
Fall 2022 Seminar
Essential Human Nature: How the Quality of Intrapsychic Caregiving Determines Both Healthy Development and Psychopathology
Marian Sharkey, Ph.D.
Virtual, Wednesdays October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, 10:30 – 11:30 am
4 CEs for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors
Complimentary for 2022 Members and Students
General Admission: $90
Early Career Professionals: $60
This seminar will provide mental health professionals at all levels of training with an introduction and
overview of the theory of Intrapsychic Humanism: An Introduction to a Comprehensive Psychology and Philosophy of Mind (Pieper & Pieper, 1990). The theory sets forth a psychology and philosophy of mind,
and a comprehensive, unified theory of child development, psychopathology, and Inner Humanism
psychotherapy. Over four one-hour meetings, we will consider how the quality of intrapsychic caregiving
shapes both healthy development and psychopathology. We will examine effects on child development
of accurate and informed caregiving, as articulated by the authors, as well as uninformed and inaccurate
caregiving. We will discuss the role of these contrasting caregiving experiences in forming a person’s
self-worth. In particular, we will explore how misidentifying uninformed, inaccurate caregiving with optimal
caregiving leads to confusing unhappiness with happiness and underlies unstable, conflicted personal
meaning. We will discuss how this understanding of psychopathology can be helpful in clinical work.
October 5, 2022
Mutuality and the Intrapsychic Caregiving Relationship, Part 1 (pages 11-16)
We will consider how parents and therapists can become more informed about the intrapsychic motives
of their children and clients through an understanding of the mutualized process of the intrapsychic
caregiving relationship. We will contrast the theory’s concept of intrapsychic caregiving as a way of
knowing another’s mind with other ways of knowing, such as empathy and introspection.
November 2, 2022
Mutuality and the Intrapsychic Caregiving Relationship, Part 2 (pages 11-16)
We will consider the theory’s articulation of intrapsychic caregiving as an act of psychic structure building
versus an act of understanding, and we will discuss how accurate or informed intrapsychic caregiving
builds intrapsychic structure and advances the child’s or client’s sense of pleasurable inner well-being or
December 7, 2022
A Closer Look at Personal Meaning and the Perceptual Identity Process (pages 16-23)
We will examine more deeply the process by which the child’s intrapsychic motive is responded to by the
parent’s caregiving motive and we will consider how the quality of the intrapsychic caregiving informs this
process. We will consider the effects of accurate or informed caregiving and inaccurate or uninformed
caregiving on the development of personal meaning or the child’s sense of self-worth.
January 4, 2023
Personal Meaning in Psychopathology and Inner Humanism Psychotherapy, and the Search for Certainty (pages 32-36)
We will continue our discussion of how the personal meaning that is generated through the intrapsychic
caregiving relationship shapes a person’s sense of self-worth, with a focus on how this process unfolds in
psychopathology. We will explore how the personal meaning acquired in psychopathology comes from a
misidentification of inaccurate or uninformed caregiving with optimal caregiving and how this confusion of
unhappiness with happiness creates an unstable experience of inner-well-being. We will consider the
theory’s understanding of human development in the context of human beings’ search for certainty and
At the conclusion of the program participates will be able to:
- Describe how intrapsychic humanism conceptualizes mutuality in the intrapsychic caregiving relationship.
- Describe how children misidentify unhappiness with happiness in psychopathology.
- Describe two consequences of the misidentification of unhappiness with happiness in psychopathology.
- Describe how parents and therapists can help children and clients continue to feel care and pleasurable self-worth when experiencing external losses.
October 5th and November 2nd Seminars:
Pieper, M.H., & Pieper, W.J. (1990). Intrapsychic humanism: An introduction to a comprehensive psychology and philosophy of mind. Chicago: Falcon II Press. Chapter 1, pages 11-16.
Books - Intrapsychic Humanism
December 7th Seminar
Pieper, M.H., & Pieper, W.J. (1990). Intrapsychic humanism: An introduction to a comprehensive psychology and philosophy of mind. Chicago: Falcon II Press. Chapter 1, pages 16-23.
Books - Intrapsychic Humanism
January 4th Seminar
Pieper, M.H., & Pieper, W.J. (1990). Intrapsychic humanism: An introduction to a comprehensive psychology and philosophy of mind. Chicago: Falcon II Press. Chapter 1, pages 32-36.
Books - Intrapsychic Humanism
Marian Sharkey, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Dr. Sharkey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice with over 25 years experience working with adults, children and families in a variety of inpatient and outpatient community mental health and hospital settings. Dr. Sharkey received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago where she was the founding editor-in-chief of the school's journal, Praxis: Where Reflection & Practice Meet. She is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at Loyola University and has also taught at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Dr. Sharkey provides clinical supervision at Smart Love Family Services and is on the Board of Directors of the Intrapsychic Humanism Society. Dr. Sharkey has presented at local and national conferences on the topics of the reflective use of theory in clinical practice, trauma-informed treatment, and the theoretical principles and practice of Inner Humanism.