2020 Professional Development and Public Lecture Series


Saturday, March 7, 2020

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM CST

Please arrive at 1:00 pm to sign-in. The program will begin at 1:30 pm sharp. 

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New Venue: 

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Located directly on the Chicago River in the heart of downtown Chicago

325 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60654

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Discounted Parking Information

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Campus does not have on-site parking; however, the Mart Parc Wells Self Park lots are located close to campus.

Please obtain a parking pass from the 4th floor reception desk to receive the discounted rates listed below.

Mart Parc Wells Self Park

401 N. Wells
$10.00 all day on weekends

Mart Parc Orleans Self Park

437 N. Orleans
$8.00 all day on weekends


Intrapsychic Humanism Society

(773) 510-3085



We are pleased to bring you an exciting new season featuring our Winter, Spring, and Fall continuing education programs for mental health professionals, each program providing 3 CEs. This year we are delighted to announce a new venue at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Our Spring program is being Co-Sponsored by the Juvenile Protection Association (JPA), Co-Founded by Jane Adams in 1901. This program is also part of our Public Lecture series and, as such, is open to the general public. Information on our stimulating lineup of programs can be found below, and more detailed information is available on our website.


Winter Program

"Advanced Skills Therapists Need to Promote Change through the Therapeutic Relationship"

 Douglas Morrison, Ph.D., Marian Sharkey, Ph.D.,

Annemarie Slobig, Psy.D., and Patricia Walker, Ph.D.

Saturday March 7, 2020; 1:30-4:30 pm, Sign-In at 1:00 pm; 3 CEs

Complimentary for Members; General Admission: $60.00; Reduced Fees for Early Career Clinicians, Post-Graduate Fellows and Students

Senior clinicians will discuss how therapists can promote change through the therapeutic relationship by developing advanced skills, illustrated using case material, in the following areas:

(1) Understanding and responding to patients’ process communications (often indirect) of their ongoing experiences in the therapeutic relationship in developing, maintaining, and deepening the alliance and promoting intrapsychic development and behavior change.

(2) Recognizing the conflicts clients have about making changes in therapy through listening for the contradictory motives they unknowingly express in their communications. This recognition then permits therapists to respond more accurately to where the client is at and can prevent clients from feeling alienated, misunderstood or prematurely ending treatment.

(3) Using reflective awareness to consider complex factors guiding decisions about whether and how to self-disclose in treatment relationships, including exploring whether the desire to share one's own experience or opinion is in the service of promoting therapeutic motives or personal motives that might lead the process off track.

(4) Recognizing forms of progress in psychotherapy that are often not visible to patients, and in turn, helping patients be aware of and more confident about the progress they are making. 


Douglas Morrison, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in independent practice for over 30 years.  He is an assistant clinical professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he is involved in the training of doctoral-level interns in clinical psychology, and coordinates diversity training for that program. He is a member of the Medical Staff (Doctoral Level Health Professional) at Northwestern Medicine. Previously, he has worked as a staff psychologist and ambulatory services associate director at Northwestern Medicine’s Chemical Dependence Program, and as a clinical team leader at that hospital’s Rehabilitation Program for patients with serious psychiatric disorders. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Intrapsychic Humanism Society, and the Illinois Psychological Association, and has served on IPA's Ethics Committee, providing consultation and adjudication for the organization and its members. 

Marian Sharkey, Ph.D.   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 has presented at local and national conferences on the topics of the reflective use of theory in clinical practice, trauma-informed treatment, promoting student scholarship in social work education, and the theoretical principles and practice of Inner Humanism.  She is on the board of the Intrapsychic Humanism Society and serves as Secretary.  

Annemarie Slobig, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and the chair of the Clinical Psychology Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.  Previously she led the PsyD program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology where she served in leadership roles for over 20 years. Dr. Slobig has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, residential treatment, community mental health, transitional housing, and independent practice. Dr. Slobig is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32), and the Intrapsychic Humanism Society (IHS) and serves on the IHS board.  She also has interests in group and organizational dynamics, group relations training, supervisory processes, and therapist development - especially as they pertain to personal growth and learning about diversity. She has a private psychotherapy and consultation practice in Oak Park, IL.

Patricia Walker, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice with over thirty years experience providing psychotherapy for adults experiencing difficulties in their personal and professional lives. She also provides psychotherapy consultation to mental health professionals. Dr. Walker is President of the Intrasychic Humanism Society. She is also Chair of the Women’s Issues Section of the Illinois Psychological Association. She is on Faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, serving on the selection and training committee of the clinical psychology doctoral internship, and teaching a seminar on ethics in reflective practice. She is a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Walker has given professional talks on ethics in reflective practice, Inner Humanism psychotherapy, and helping women develop stable self-esteem and minds of their own, as well as talks to the general public on overcoming gender bias and work-life balance.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe how understanding and responding to patients’ process communications about their ongoing experiences in the therapeutic relationship can aid in maintaining a constructive alliance.
  2. Describe how recognizing clients' contradictory motives about changing, which are unknowingly expressed in their communications, can aid therapists in responding to where clients are at, and prevent alliance ruptures.
  3. Identify key questions to guide decisions about therapist self-disclosure in psychotherapy.
  4. Describe indicators of progress that are often not visible to patients, and understand how facilitating patients' awareness of these changes contributes to their confidence about their progress in treatment.  

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Additional 2020 Programs

Become a Member and Save

At this time, we are launching our 2020 membership program. When you become a member of the Intrapsychic Humanism Society you can attend the current program as well as the two presentations below earning 9 CEs while enjoying substantial savings over non-member, single program rates.


Spring Program

Co-Sponsored by


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, Ph.D., LCSW and Katie Gleason, M.S., LCSW 

May 16, 2020; 1:30 - 4:30 pm, 3 CEs


Fall Program   

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.

November 7, 2020; 1:30 - 4:30 pm, 3 CEs


Become a Member of the IH Society

Membership in the IH Society enables you to pursue your ideals of learning and professional development at all stages of your training and career. Our low membership rates cover the cost of attending all of our programs throughout the year as well as 9 CEs. Our rates are tailored to all levels of professionals with heavily discounted rates for students, post-graduate fellows, and early career licensed clinicians. 

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ORRegister for the Current Winter Program Only


The Intrapsychic Humanism Society is a Licensed Continuing Education Sponsor of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Social Work, Psychology, and Professional Counseling. 

The Intrapsychic Humanism Society is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization Dedicated to Education and Research.