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Exploring Children with Special Needs in a Global Context

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This micro-credential is sponsored by TCS Global engagement and The Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA).

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 4.0 APA CEs for Psychologists, and 4.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs


This program focuses on addressing children with special needs and their families from a global context. This hybrid continuing education program will present considerations that will highlight cultural, community, and international perspectives. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on program materials for personal and professional next steps when building relationships and implementing strategies.

The first three sessions of this program are recorded, self-paced lessons. Session one will explore concepts related to special needs based on cultural, community, and international perspectives. In session 2 participants will be introduced to special needs strategies when working with children and families, and learn how to apply these practices with children and families. Session 3 will expand on these methods to apply special needs strategies when working with institutions and organizations that support children and families. The final session is a live webinar were participants have the ability to develop next steps in using special needs strategies in their personal and professional roles.

Sessions 1-3 are recordings. Session 4 will be live. Participants are expected to complete the sessions in order.



  • 2 week program
  • March 26th: Participants will gain access to 3 recordings, with guided reflections to review before the live session.
  • APRIL 9TH: Live session @ 5-6 PM GMT/ 9 -10AM PST/ 11 AM- 12 PM CST/ 12-1 PM EST.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Time Commitment: Participants will review a one hour lecture each week that includes guided reflection, for a total of 4 hours.

Presented by:

Patricia H. A. Perez

Associate Professor, International Psychology The Chicago School for Professional Psychology

Patricia H. A. Perez, PhD is an Associate Professor in the International Psychology (IP) Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) and has been core faculty in the IP Department since 2014. She is originally from Quezon City, Philippines.

Dr. Perez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern University, Master of Education degree in Child Development and Infant Studies from the Erikson Institute and her Doctorate degree (minor in Multicultural Counseling) in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Perez has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in child development and psychology on-ground and online across five higher education institutions for the past 20 years. Dr. Perez has over 25 years of experience working with young children and families in community-based settings, early intervention, hospitals, family support programs, and in private practice. Her areas of research and practice expertise include children and families, children with special needs, diversity/equity/inclusion, cultural competence, lifespan development, infant mental health, child abuse and neglect, global trauma, third culture kids/adults, and acculturation psychology. Dr. Perez is a diversity psychotherapist, mixed methods researcher, developmental specialist, cultural expert, and international psychology consultant. Dr. Perez provides consultation nationally and internationally (US, United Kingdom, Ghana, Kuwait, Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt). 

Dr. Perez is a member of Division 52 (International Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has been appointed as the division representative for APA’s Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education. Since 2016, Dr. Perez serves as the chair of the scientific committee for the Middle East Psychological Association’s annual Conference. She was a Board of Directors’ member for both the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health and SKILS’KIN, a nonprofit organization that provides employment, representative payee, and supported living services for adults with disabilities in Spokane, Washington. She is a recipient of a 2018 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for inspiring students to establish a concept, procedure, movement and/or organization that makes a difference in their communities.