A four-part micro-credential series.
Presented by Erika L. Liljedahl, Psy.D., Kate Tshikalu-John, M.A. student, and Patricia H. A. Perez, Ph.D.
This course, when attended and completed in its entirety, offers 4.0 APA CEs for Psychologists, 4.0 Illinois CEUs for Licensed Counselors and Social Workers, 4.0 BBS California CEs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs, 4.0 SHRM PDCs for Human Resource Professionals, or 4.0 NBCC Clock Hours.
Modules 1-3 will be asynchronous, to be completed on your own time.
Module 4 will be live, taking place on Friday, February 24th, 2023 from 12:30-1:30PM CST.
Attendance at the live session is required for CE/CEU credit.
This program provides an intermediate level overview and reflective journey in understanding individuals with disabilities in the workplace and application with diverse clientele. Cultural and contextual examples will be explored and discussed throughout this program.
The four program topics are:
- Module 1: Background and Rationale — In this module, participants will learn the reasoning for advocating for people with disabilities, which includes but is not limited to trends in income, inclusion, and discrimination. The session will also address why consulting with employers is crucial for supporting individuals with disabilities in the workplace. This Module will be completed by participants asynchronously.
- Module 2: Considerations in the Workplace — In this module, participants will be able to describe what variables employers need to consider for the workplace, such as the reasoning for standardized and inclusive accommodations, as well as accessibility clauses in job descriptions in order to attract, hire and retain individuals with disabilities. Laws within the United States and globally that are applicable to hiring individuals with disabilities will be presented and some case examples will be shared. Participants will also be presented with differences between diversity and Equal Opportunity in order to deepen participant understanding of what authentic inclusion looks like. This Module will be completed by participants asynchronously.
- Module 3: Strategies in the Workplace — In this module, participants will learn specific strategies to assist in the retention of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The facilitators will present scientific literature applicable to people with specific disabilities. This Module will be completed by participants asynchronously.
- Module 4: Coming Together, Sharing, and Next Steps — In this module, participants will process and present actions that they may take at their workplace to support employers hire and retention of individuals with disabilities. This is a live session where the facilitators will lead conversations with the participants. This Module will be taught live on Friday, February 24th, 2023 from 12:30-1:30PM CST; participant attendance is required for CE/CEU credit.
After attending this intermediate-level workshop, participants will be able to:
Module #1 Background and Rationale
- Explain the background and rationale for advocacy for individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
Module #2 Considerations in the Workplace
- Describe what variables employers need to consider for the workplace (e.g., reasoning for standardized and inclusive accommodations, accessibility clauses in job descriptions).
- Identify the laws pertaining to hiring people with disabilities.
- Describe the differences between diversity and Equal Opportunity.
Module #3 Strategies for Specific Disabilities
- Identify and apply strategies to assist in the retention of individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
- Develop next steps in using DEI concepts in their roles in the workplace.
Module #4 Coming Together, Sharing and Next Steps
- Discuss and apply Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion (JEDI) concepts to the workplace.
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 influence psychological practice, education, or research.
This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 3: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.
Dr. Erika L. Liljedahl is a clinical psychologist who trained in the field of disability and neuropsychology. She has worked in various settings, including a private practice performing clinical and forensic neuropsychological evaluations. In addition to teaching at the graduate level since 2000, Dr. Liljedahl has presented at national conventions and international conferences on many topics including disability. Dr. Liljedahl also provides consultations and lectures to businesses on various topics related to mental health and maintains active involvement in her own professional development. She is inspired by her travels and international colleagues and is currently collaborating with a colleague in Cameroon, Africa. Besides her current career responsibilities, since 1990 Dr. Liljedahl continues to be an active volunteer in the mental health field and currently volunteers and provides support to those individuals with brain injuries or autism.
Kate (Kati) Tshikalu-John holds a BS in Management and is currently attaining an M.A. in Organizational Leadership at the Chicago School of International Psychology. She has worked in private, non-profit, and government in the human resources sector. Kate (Kati) Tshikalu- John is from The Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire) and migrated to New York City at a young age and later traveled all over the United States as a military spouse. Kate also volunteers as a consultant with the Colorado Department of Education on the state’s unmet educational needs for children with disabilities. She has lobbied for the Police Department and the disability community to receive ongoing training in locating support when confronting a person with a disability in distress. To date, she has assisted in sponsoring two pieces of legislation, both of which have been signed into law by Governor Polis. Kate’s goal is to create a better narrative around the special needs community and to inspire inclusive policy change around education and employment. She welcomes any discourse and allyship in relation to creating inclusive spaces for DEI. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence are the focus of her career forward.
Patricia H. A. Perez, PhD is an Associate Professor in the International Psychology (IP) Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP). 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 over 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/justice/belonging, parenting, cultural competence, lifespan development, child abuse and neglect, global trauma, career development, global mental health and well-being, study abroad curriculum development, maternal/infant mental health, and acculturation psychology. Dr. Perez is a psychotherapist, mixed methods researcher, developmental specialist, cultural expert, and global consultant. Dr. Perez provides consultation nationally and internationally (United States, United Kingdom, Ghana, Kuwait, Philippines, Indonesia). 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 and is a member of the School of Education Advisory Board at Pacific Oaks College. 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.
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Target Audience: All industries and fields including: non-governmental organizations, public and private school personnel, law enforcement, disability advocates, vocational programs, organizational leadership, DEI programs/consultants, psychologists and counselors, students in psychology and counseling.
Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 4.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.
Counselors/Clinical Counselors. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available 4.0 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for counselors and clinical counselors. License Number: 197.000159
Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 4.0 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036
MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 4.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.
Human Resource Professionals. Course meets the qualifications for 4.0 Professional Development Credits for Human Resource Professionals.
Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.
Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.
*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected] There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.