Programs from Prior Years

Relationships in the Time of Alexa and Siri

by David S. Friedman, MBA

Friday, June 9th, 6-8 pm
Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus


If you text, use FaceTime, or use Facebook you know that technology is altering how people build personal and professional relationships. In this talk, we'll look at how creative use of technology can enhance remote and face-to-face relationships in professional relationships. We'll share a way to assess whether technological tools can support and advance the relationship experience you are trying to provide. With technology, rich and valuable relationships have been created in ways previously believed to be impossible, unthinkable, or very costly. Following the presentation we will invite discussion about experiences, questions and concerns related to internet technology.

Cost to attend this seminar is $10. Two (2.0) hours of CEs available to Social Workers, Psychologists, and Counselors for an additional fee (see Registration Page). Free parking will be available with advanced registration.

**This seminar satisfies CE requirements for psychologists, social workers and professional counselors**

Presenter Bio:
David Friedman,MBA, has lengthy experience with Intrapsychic Humanism, including as the Treasurer for Smart Love Family Services. He has experience applying IH principles in business through his firm Bridgewell Partners and an online problem-solving group called Collaborating Minds. He currently is a faculty member and designs Executive Education programs for Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He has a particular interest in how technology can be used to support education and relationship-building.

Effective Treatment of Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders

By Fran Schnadig, MSW, LCSW

Friday, February 24, 2017
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Loyola University
Water Tower Campus


Aging brings physical, emotional and social challenges and losses which can lead to the intensification or emergence of alcohol, prescription medication or drug problems. Intrapsychic Humanism treatment principles provide a highly individualized, respectful, flexible and holistic treatment approach that effectively meets the specialized treatment needs of older adults with substance use disorders and results in higher-than average treatment outcomes. The seminar will explore and discuss specialized treatment needs of older adults with substance use disorders as well as effective principles of treatment. We will work together on case examples and we urge participants to bring their own questions to the seminar.

**This seminar satisfies 2.0 CE requirements for psychologists, social workers and professional counselors**

Presenter Bio:

Fran Schnadig, MSW, LCSW, has been providing specialized treatment of older adults with substance use disorders for the past 17 years. She designed and implemented the award-winning Healing Connections Older Adult Treatment Program at PEER Services, Inc. in Evanston, in 2000. This unique substance use disorder outpatient program is based on Intrapsychic Humanism principles which resonate with the subjective experiences of older adult clients and result in higher-than-average treatment outcomes. Fran currently is in private practice in Evanston, continuing to provide outpatient treatment to older adults who struggle with substance use disorders.

Diversity Workshop: How Social Identity Group Memberships Make A Difference

By Winifred E. Scott, Ph.D. and Bill Gregory

Professionals across all service areas frequently interact with clients, colleagues, patients, and students from different sociocultural backgrounds than their own. In this professional development workshop, Dr. Winifred E. Scott and Mr. Bill Gregory will help social workers, psychologists, professional counselors, teachers and others deepen their awareness of how the Social Identity Group Memberships of their clients, colleagues, and themselves can play a role in the planning, communication and delivery of their services.

Dr. Scott and Mr. Gregory will present and discuss in depth eight Social Identity Group Memberships with the aim of helping participants use their own varied cultural backgrounds in a reflective manner. Small groups will discuss and raise questions about Social Identity Group Memberships and anecdotal material from cases involving diversity issues will be explored.

**This seminar satisfies the Cultural Competency CE requirement for social workers**

Presenters Bio:

Dr.Winifred E. Scott is an organizational development consultant and an executive coach specializing in communication skills and cultural diversity. She has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Bill Gregory is a corporate consultant who works with Dr. Scott helping clients from diverse professional organizations and industries.

Ethics in Reflective Practice

by Patricia Walker, Ph.D.

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 2-5 pm
Loyola University Chicago


In this presentation, Dr. Patricia Walker will discuss how ethical practice arises out of a reflective capacity, itself the product of ongoing professional development, which enables psychologists, social workers, and professional counselors to distinguish and regulate personal feelings, values and interests in favor of therapeutic goals (Pieper, 1999). In contrast, Dr. Walker will illustrate how lapses by psychotherapists - when they unknowingly pursue personal rather than therapeutic motives - set the stage for ethics and risk management missteps and sub-optimal patient care. We will discuss a wide variety of lapses caused by personal interests.

Are You Married? Who Did You Vote For?: Guidelines for Therapist Self-Disclosure

A Lecture by: Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.

Therapist self-disclosure is a powerful technique that should never “just happen.” In contrast to most other psychotherapies, Inner Humanism does not take an ideological stance toward therapist self-disclosure – Inner Humanism neither prescribes it nor proscribes it – but rather tailors therapist self-disclosure to the specifics of the therapist-client relationship. Abundant case material will illustrate the guidelines therapists can use to make informed decisions about whether self-disclosure would or would not advance clients’ inner well-being and self-regulatory stability. “Self-disclosure” will include both non-discretionary forms of self-disclosure, such as the therapist’s illness, pregnancy, or retirement, and also discretionary forms of self-disclosure, such as positive or negative feelings toward the client, giving advice, or details about the therapist’s life and personal preferences. This presentation will also address and illustrate with case material guidelines for self-disclosure specific to the treatment of children and adolescents.

DNA is Not Destiny: How Nurturing Regulates Heredity

A Lecture by: Katherine L. Knight, Ph.D.

The age-old debate, nature vs. nurture, has never been resolved. How much of human development is due to heredity (nature), and how much is due to environment (nurture)? Exciting new research shows that our DNA (nature) does not function autonomously, but instead it needs instructions to know when and where to be active. Some of these instructions are provided by environmental factors such as nutrition and caregiving. In this lecture, we will explore how the environment of early childhood can provide instructions to our DNA leading to altered traits that can be passed on to the next generation.


Dr. Katherine Knight is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago Stricht School of Medicine and has taught immunology and genetics to medical and graduate students for more than twenty-five years. She has more than one hundred publications and has held research grants from the National Institutes of Health for more than thirty years. She has served as President of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), an organization of over six thousand immunologists in the United States. In 2013, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAI. She has also served on multiple advisory groups for the National Institutes of Health and on editorial boards of journals in her field. She lectures both nationally and internationally on topics similar to that to be covered in this presentation.

Basic Blue Q&A: Follow Up to the Short Course on Intrapsychic Humanism

To start off the new year we will be hosting a post-Basic Blue Q&A panel discussion on Friday, February 27th from 6-8pm, with a light supper being served at 5pm. We had a terrific turnout for the Basic Blue weekend course held in September and appreciate all of you who were able to participate. It was a stimulating weekend and generated some follow up questions to which we would like to respond:

  • Is the expression of inner unhappiness a symptom or a pursuit of a motive to be unhappy?
  • What does it mean to be "intrapsychic"?
  • Regarding personal motives as they arise in the psychotherapy treatment process -- how are they identified and regulated?
  • How is the Romantic Phase experienced in non-traditional families?

Each question will be addressed by a panelist followed by plenty of time for participant discussion. We also welcome any other questions you may have about the theory of Intrapsychic Humanism. Participation in the Basic Blue weekend course last September is not required to attend this Q&A. We hope you are able to join us and we look forward to learning more together about the ideas and ideals of Intrapsychic Humanism.

Intrapsychic Humanism in the Workplace: Interpersonal Problem-Solving and Negotiation/Conflict-Resolution

by Robert B. Carroll, AM, MBA

Whether you work in a social service agency or a medical, educational or business setting, situations often occur where people need to problem-solve and come to an agreement on issues. People may bring different viewpoints to the problem; some may have conflicting goals, and others may hold strong personal feelings about what outcomes are acceptable. Intrapsychic Humanism offers perceptions and principles that provide a means to understand the viewpoints of others and of oneself, as well as the goals and personal feelings that shape these viewpoints. This presentation will illustrate how applying the principles of Intrapsychic Humanism can help create trust and a reflective relationship “space” during the negotiation/conflict-resolution process, creating an opportunity for mutual exchange of information and problem-solving.

Basic Blue: A Short Course on Intrapsychic Humanism

Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28, 2014

The members of the board of the Intrapsychic Humanism Society will offer a short course on the theory of intrapsychic humanism. The seminar will follow the chapter structure of the book ,Intrapsychic Humanism (1990) by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. and William J. Pieper, M.D. We will present some of the key points in the book in everyday language with the goal of enhancing your enjoyment of reading the book. The seminar is designed for those new to the theory, as well as those familiar with the principles of the theory who wish to further deepen their study.

Basic Blue: A Short Course on Intrapsychic Humanism

A Course Presented by Board Members of the Intrapsychic Humanism Society

The members of the board of the Intrapsychic Humanism Society will offer a short course on the theory of intrapsychic humanism. The seminar will follow the chapter structure of the book ,Intrapsychic Humanism (1990) by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. and William J. Pieper, M.D. We will present some of the key points in the book in everyday language with the goal of enhancing your enjoyment of reading the book. The seminar is designed for those new to the theory, as well as those familiar with the principles of the theory who wish to further deepen their study.

Monsters Under the Bed and Superheroes in the Playroom: Helpful Responses to Children's Dreams and Fantasy Play

by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.

Children communicate differently from adults. Understood correctly, children’s dreams and imaginative play convey wishes and concerns that children are incapable of articulating more directly. This talk will provide parents, teachers, and other caregivers with insights into the meaning of children’s dreams and fantasy play and will offer helpful ways to respond. Informed responses to children’s dreams and fantasy play will enhance children’s emotional health and strengthen their affectionate ties to the caring adults in their lives.

The Promise of Inner Humanism in Working with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Evaluation Findings

by Stephen Budde Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Programs,
Juvenile Protective Association
Senior Researcher, Smart Love Famly Services


Saturday, November 16, 2013 1:30-3:30 pm


Children communicate differently from adults.

Exploring FAQs about Intrapsychic Humanism Psychotherapy: A Panel Discussion

October 26,2012
6-8 PM, Light Dinner at 5 PM


Join us for a lively panel discussion addressing FAQs about Inner Humanism psychotherapy. A panel of five experienced Inner Humanism therapists will answer commonly asked questions, as well as engage the audience in a discussion of their own specific questions. Two CEUs are available for social workers, psychologists, and teachers. The seminar will address frequently asked questions about Inner Humanism psychotherapy, including:

*How is diagnosis and treatability determined?
*How does the therapist understand clients' symptoms?
*How are concepts from Intrapsychic Humanism helpful in the treatment of substance abuse?
*How does the therapist help clients find their own motive to engage in the treatment process?
*How can therapists track progress in treatment?

Responding to these, as well as participants' questions, is a panel of experienced Inner Humanism psychotherapists:

Carol Johnson, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Director of Staff Development, Smart Love Family Services
Sara Johnson, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Director of Training, Smart Love Family Services
Doug Morrison, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Independent Practice & Northwestern University
Marian Sharkey, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Independent Practice & Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Patricia Walker, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Independent Practice & Northwestern University
Walter Miller, LCSW (moderator), Clinical Social Worker, Independent Practice

Please feel free to send your own questions to intrapsychichumanismsociety@gmail.com and we will include them in the discussion as time allows.

Parent Guidance in Treating Childhood Behavioral Problems Using the Principles of Intrapsychic Humanism and SmartLove

by Carol Johnson, LCSW, Director of Staff Development, SmartLove Family Services

June 15,2012
6-8 PM, Supper at 5 PM


Many children who need support services often struggle with problems in behavioral and emotional self-regulation that can lead to difficult symptoms such as intense meltdowns, tantrums, moodiness, or aggressive behavior. Parents and providers alike can be at a loss not knowing the most effective way to respond to children and may end up engaging in endless power struggles or reacting in punitive ways that only cause more conflict with the child and inadvertently cause the child to feel worse about her/himself. The good news is that much can be done in parent guidance to help parents care for their children in ways that help them to be happier, to lose interest in their negative attention seeking behaviors and to turn to their parents to help them make more positive, constructive choices.

Ms. Carol Johnson will discuss the many unique and effective aspects of the parent guidance approach used at Smart Love Family Services (SLFS), a not-for-profit counseling agency where she is Director of Staff Development. This approach helps parents tap into their constructive caregiving motives so they can be more effective in offering the accurate and loving caregiving they want to give their child. Ms. Johnson will discuss how SLFS staff teach parents the benefits of SmartLove and how to implement these parenting strategies to facilitate their child’s inner happiness. Using this approach, parents learn how to be available to help their child mourn losses, regulate their child’s behavior while enhancing their inner self esteem, and enhance and stabilize their child’s inner happiness at home. Ms. Johnson will show how using these strategies leads to stronger parent-child relationships and makes parenting more enjoyable.

The SmartLove parent guidance approach is based on intrapsychic humanism, a depth psychology and developmental approach that was developed by two highly respected experts in the mental health field, social worker Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. and psychiatrist William J. Pieper, M.D. Inner Humanism is the application of these ideas to caring for individuals of all ages in psychotherapy and SmartLove is the application of these discoveries to parenting and child development.

Applying the Principles of Intrapsychic Humanism to Child Treatment

A presentation by Carla Fick, Psy.D., Director of Clinical Services, SmartLove Family Services

Friday, March, 23 2012
6-8 PM, Light Supper at 5 PM