Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Mental Health Professionals

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Mental Health Professionals

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*This course is eligible for 1.5 APA CEs for Psychologists or 1.5 BBS California CEUs for Social Workers, Counselors and LMFTs. Please note, once this course is completed an APA Certificate will be automatically generated. If you require a BBS California CEU Certificate it may take up to two weeks to receive via email.*

As mental health professionals, you understand far better than most people do about the effects that harassment can have on individuals. In the aftermath of the Weinstein scandal, various states are requiring mandatory sexual harassment prevention training for licensed mental health professionals as well as for employers, regardless of size. Harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment, is illegal regardless of where you are working. You need to be able to define harassment, recognize it, take steps to prevent it, ensure that your employees understand how to report it, and your responsibilities to investigate and remediate. This program will provide instruction on all this and more, mirroring the requirements of Illinois law (the more specific requirements relating to the workplace and the not so specific requirement relating to licensed mental health professionals).

Following the program’s conclusions, participants will receive a copy of the slide materials which were presented, along with a checklist of items that must be included in a sexual harassment prevention policy, and in a training program, to pass muster in Illinois. A sample policy will also be provided.

Presented by: Alisa B. Arnoff, Scalambrino & Arnoff, LLP, attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1988. Has been working with TCS since 2000.

A Chicago native, Alisa Arnoff is a founding member of the Chicago law firm of Scalambrino & Arnoff, LLP, which will celebrate its 28th anniversary this year. She has been working with TCS for twenty years. Alisa concentrates her practice in the areas of employment and labor law, representing privately and publicly held companies throughout the country. She also provides preventative counseling in avoiding and handling employee disputes. A big part of her practice is consulting with clients concerning everyday workplace problems, such as recruitment and selection, employee morale, absenteeism, productivity and separation from employment. She provides personnel training on matters such as harassment, documentation, and how to effectively hire and discharge employees. Currently she is providing training to many of her clients regarding sexual harassment prevention, as required by a recent Illinois law. Her litigation practice entails representation in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract and wrongful discharge disputes, wage and unemployment security and wage-hour proceedings, among other matters. Other law firms regularly retain Alisa to conduct workplace-related investigations. Alisa also represents private schools with respect to student discipline and academic matters.

She was elected to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers in 2010. She was the first woman to be appointed as the Editor in Chief of the Illinois Bar Journal. She speaks regularly on topics of labor and employment law throughout the country, and has been repeatedly recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the top labor and employment lawyers, as well as one of the top female lawyers, in Illinois.

Learning Objectives:After attending this introductory-level workshop, participants will be able to:

(1) Explain the different power dynamics that exist in the workplace with respect to sexual harassment.

(2) Design a sexual harassment policy compliant with Illinois and federal law.

(3) Analyze the effects of sexual harassment in the workplace on the target of the harassment and on the workplace itself.

(4) Identify possible retaliatory conduct.

(5) Assess the manner in which they best can intervene when observing sexually harassing conduct.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education STANDARD 1.2: Program content focuses on ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines, and standards that impact psychological practice, education, or research.

This program meets APA’s continuing education GOAL 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Registration and Fees:

General Admission: $30.00

TCSPP Current Site Supervisors & Community Partner Admission: $15.00

TCSPP Alumni Admission: $15.00

TCSPP Alumni, can find discount codes for this program by registering here

TCSPP Faculty and Staff: $15.00

TCSPP Faculty and Staff can find discount codes for this program by registering here

TCSPP Student Admission: Free

Current TCSPP Students, with school email address, can access this program for free by registering here


(1)Illinois Department of Human Rights Training Institute (2020, June. FAQ for Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Retrieved from

(2) Feldblum, C. and Lipnic, V. (2016, June). Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. Retrieved from

(3) 20 ILCS 2105-15.5 (effective January 1, 2020). Department of Professional Regulation. Retrieved from

Target Audience: All mental health professionals, particularly those who run their own practice. Graduate students welcome.