2022 Professional Development Programs

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Intrapsychic Humanism Seminar Series

We will be marking our 20th Anniversary with the launch of
new initiative, a Continuing Education Seminar Series

Intrapsychic Humanism
Core Concepts and Clinical Applications


The Intrapsychic Humanism Society is offering two four-week seminars in the winter and fall of 2022. These seminars will be led by highly experienced clinicians who will combine informal presentation with discussion formats to facilitate learning. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of Intrapsychic Humanism's central theoretical concepts and will learn to apply that knowledge in clinical contexts. The intensive study of Intrapsychic Humanism will allow participants to gain a working knowledge of this original, comprehensive, and broadly applicable psychology.

Winter 2022 Seminar

Essential Human Nature: Introduction to the Nature of Intrapsychic Consciousness with Clinical Applications

 
Ilinka Novakovic, LCSW
Virtual, Wednesdays, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 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

The seminar will provide mental health professionals at all levels of training with an overview of the theory of Intrapsychic Humanism: An Introduction to a Comprehensive Psychology and Philosophy of Mind (Pieper & Pieper, 1990), which sets forth a psychology and philosophy of mind, and a comprehensive, unified theory of child development, psychopathology, and Inner Humanism® psychotherapy. Core concepts addressed will include the authors’ unique understanding of human consciousness and human nature, the essential need for personal meaning, sense of purpose, and accurate self-knowledge, and the primacy of caregiving relationships in development and psychotherapy. The seminar format will encourage interactive, in-depth discussion of assigned readings from the first half of the Introduction (Chapter One). The seminar leader will provide support and guidance through a review of the assigned readings, explanation of new theoretical concepts, and clinical examples to illuminate key concepts. The format will provide opportunity to explore and discuss clinical implications for psychotherapy with children and adults, parent counseling, and working with children in educational settings.

Syllabus
February 2, 2022
The Need for Personal Meaning, Part 1
In this seminar, we will focus on an introduction and overview of the theory’s central construct of a universal, consciousness-generated need for personal meaning, and consider clinical applications.

March 2, 2022
The Need for Personal Meaning, Part 2 Central aspects of the nature of the caregiving relationship will be the focus of this seminar. We will also consider the caregetting motives of those seeking care, and how caregivers can respond to these motives to facilitate internalization of unconditional, pleasurable self-worth. The relevance of these concepts to child rearing and to clinical practice will be discussed.

April 6, 2022
Building Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Inner Structure, Part 1
In this seminar, we will focus on how to distinguish between caregiving motives and personal motives. We will also consider how those who seek care can come to accurately know their caregiver’s caregiving motives. We will discuss how setting aside personal motives in favor of caregiving motives promotes a constructive therapeutic process and positive developmental progress for clients.

May 4, 2022
Building Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Inner Structure, Part 2
In this seminar, we will explore the development of inner self-worth and interpersonal self-regulation, and consider implications, such as the development of an enduring capacity to constructively choose and pursue social, cognitive and physiological motives, and respond to disappointment and loss without losing one’s core sense of self-worth. The relevance of these concepts to caregiving both parental and clinical will be explored.

Required reading

January 5th and February 2nd Seminars: The Need for Personal Meaning, Part 1 and Part 2
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 1-6. Books - Intrapsychic Humanism

March 2nd and Aril 6th Seminars: Building Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Inner Structure, Part 1 and Part 2
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 7-11. Books - Intrapsychic Humanism

Learning objectives

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

  1. Describe the concept of the intrapsychic motive for self-worth and personal meaning
  2. Describe how personal meaning is acquired through the perceptual identity process in healthy development and psychopathology
  3. Describe the difference between caregiving motives and personal motives and the value of setting aside personal motives in favor of caregiving motives in clinical practice
  4. Describe the difference between intrapsychic and interpersonal consciousness and how this understanding can be used to improve clinical practice

Presenter

Ilinka Novakovic, LCSW
Ms. Novakovic is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice with fifteen years of experience providing individual psychotherapy and parent counseling. Ms. Novakovic is also a part-time staff member and clinical supervisor at Smart Love Family Services, an agency whose counseling services are based on the theoretical approach of Intrapsychic Humanism and Inner Humanism psychotherapy. Ms. Novakovic participated in the development and implementation of the agency’s parent seminars, child development and parent coaching programs. Ms. Novakovic has presented seminars to parents about child rearing and has also developed presentations to other practitioners and health care providers on the theory of Intrapsychic Humanism and its application in their settings. Ms. Novakovic is on the Board of Directors of the Intrapsychic Humanism Society, serving as Continuing Education Committee Chair and Study Group Chair. Ms. Novakovic received her M.S.W. from the School of Social Work at Loyola University, Chicago.

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Fall 2022 Seminar

Essential Human Nature:  How the Quality of Intrapsychic Caregiving Determines Both Healthy Development and Psychopathology

 
Marian Sharkey, Ph.D.

8 S. Michigan, Wednesdays October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, 10:30 – 11:30 am
4 CEs for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors

October 5, 2022
Mutuality and the Intrapsychic Caregiving Relationship, Part 1

November 2, 2022
Mutuality and the Intrapsychic Caregiving Relationship, Part 2

December 7, 2022
A Closer Look at Personal Meaning and the Perceptual Identity Process

January 4, 2023
Personal Meaning in Psychopathology and Inner Humanism Psychotherapy, and the Search for Certainty

Required reading

September 7th and October 5th 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

November 2nd 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

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 32-36. Books - Intrapsychic Humanism

Presenter

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.

Summer Program: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Intrapsychic Humanism Society

Luncheon

12:30-2:00 pm

Celebrating the IH Society

The First 20 Years of IH Society
Marian Sharkey, Ph.D.

The IH Society Collaboration with Smart Love Family Services
Carla Beatrici, Psy.D.

Tributes
Patricia Walker, Ph.D.

2:00-2:30 pm

Professional Development Program and Public Lecture

The William J. Pieper, M.D. Lecture

The Origin and Evolution of
the Theory of Intrapsychic Humanism

 
Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.
1.5 CEs for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors
2:30- 4:00 pm

Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D., will describe the process by which she and William J. Pieper, MD discovered their original and comprehensive psychology and philosophy of mind, Intrapsychic Humanism. Dr. Pieper will discuss the challenges and false starts she and William Pieper encountered as well as the eureka moments that fueled their discoveries. This presentation will include the Piepers’ reformulations of the most important aspects of human experience, including the nature of consciousness, the milestones of normal child development, the causes and dynamics of psychopathology, and the goals and some of the techniques of Inner Humanism Psychotherapy. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Presenter

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.

Students can attend, complimentary, Dr. Pieper's talk at the 20th Anniversary Summer Program and Garden Party, but must pay the fee ($45) to join us for the Luncheon.