The Office of Continuing Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides continuing education and professional development programming that meets the needs and requirements of professionals in the fields of psychology and related behavioral and social sciences. Core values of diversity, innovation, community, and service ground each program. Skilled professionals and experienced scholar-practitioners lead our work in support of the ongoing advancement of psychology locally, nationally, and internationally.

If you are an expert in your field interested in presenting on behalf of the Office of Continuing Education, please email us at OfficeofCE@thechicagoschool.edu and we can discuss the requirements needed for presentations and provide you with our continuing education application.

TCSPP Office of CE Courses Available for Homestudy​

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Embracing Diversity to Improve Care

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are often viewed only through the narrow lens of overt, outrageous acts. Developing cultural competence within healthcare is critical to go beyond discrimination to examining how social and economic forces impact the structure of healthcare and its delivery for the individual. The health inequities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic compelled health professionals to learn how to best engage in, sustain, and deepen conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion (Muldoon, 2022). Cultural competency trainings incorporate awareness and structural education for healthcare providers and healthcare systems to recognize how symptom expression, clinical problems, diseases, attitudes, and delivery of care are influenced by social determinants of health (Bishop et al., 2022). This specific training will highlight unconscious bias and microaggressions to assist participants to create healthcare environments that embrace diversity and different perspectives. 

The goal of this training is to inspire program participants to be active change agents within their industry. This Cultural Competency workshop will assist healthcare professionals positively impact employee engagement, promote team collaboration, and improve the patient care experience. Healthcare practitioners will be able to use the resources in this workshop to evaluate their organizational culture, inform their practices, and to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and welcomed. This training will emphasize unconscious biases and the impact of microaggressions. This anti-bias approach encourages participants to challenge racism, sexism, and discriminations whole learning how to be agents of social change. Our training will emphasize the critical areas: self-awareness; identify racism, sexism, and discriminations within healthcare institutions and practices; and evaluate diverse perspectives to become more culturally competent and empathetic.

Price: 40.00 USD

Billing, Insurance Credentialing & Contracting for Mental Health Professionals

Want to ensure you have all necessary processes in place while building your practice? This professional presentation will provide training and guidance on creating a successful mental health practice. The presenters cover crucial steps to impact your revenue cycle; including insurance credentialing and contracting and provider enrollment. Providers will understand how to create an efficient credentialing/enrollment process and understand the connection with a healthy revenue cycle. During this workshop, providers will understand CAQH, NPPES, I&A, Availity, ERA and EFTs, and Medicare portal. 

In this two-hour training session, you will learn the most important aspects of building and maintaining a successful practice, including credentialing, enrollments, billing, and managing accounts receivable. This training will show you, step by step, how to run an efficient and successful practice.

Price: 65.00 USD

The Six Step ADHD Treatment Approach for Children and Adolescents

Utilizing a long-term and evidence-based treatment approach for children and adolescent is essential for effective management of ADHD. This includes accurate diagnostic efforts to help identify a range of coexisting conditions that may accompany ADHD, as well as addressing home, school, and social challenges. However, many families, educators, and clinicians lack a critical framework for guidance to address foundational difficulties such as sleep difficulties and academic underachievement, as well as the myriad of developmental challenges that arise over time. This presentation will present a six-step comprehensive evidence-based ADHD treatment management model that utilizes a number of approaches and interventions for children and adolescents. Useful and specific strategies will be described for each phase so participants will increase their understandings and skills in each area.

The six-step ADHDology Treatment Model is presented as the framework to accomplish these three goals: Provide a clear understanding of ADHD, which is a complex and confusing condition. Without this, clinicians may not address the difficulties and challenges appropriately, and treatment approaches may not be as successful or can even fail; Teach the fundamentals about managing and treating ADHD at home and school; Provide additional and alternative approaches to treat ADHD, some of which are newer, while others have a longer history of effectiveness.

Price: 70.00 USD

Human Trafficking: A Two-Part Series

Human trafficking refers to the exploitation of an individual using force, fraud, or coercion. It is said that it is the third most profitable crime in the world (Global Financial Integrity, 2017). This has been further exacerbated due to the social and economic stress from the pandemic (U.S. Department of State, 2021). Although, anyone is susceptible to human trafficking, traffickers have been found to specifically target vulnerable populations (UN, 2008).  

Misconceptions about trafficking is a significant impediment in identifying victims (Logan et al., 2009). To make identification more difficult, victims typically do not recognize their exploitation (Brown, 2008). Part 1: Risk Factors, Characteristics, and Warning Signs will discuss the risk factors, characteristics of the traffickers, and warning signs trafficking. Part 2: Resources and Support will explore the ways practitioners can advocate and support anti-trafficking efforts.

Price: 40.00 USD for each part

Health Communications: Methods for Meaningful Collaboration

A four-part series on strategies for elevating collaborations between patient and practitioner

Operating from the premise that effective patient-provider communication is essential to the efficacy of health related interventions, this multi-part presentation will cover a variety of topics in health communication. The presentation can be divided into four parts, the first of which is entitled Narrative & Medicine. Here, practitioners will discuss strategies for honoring patient stories in practice, and for using those stories as a diagnostic tool. Drawing upon the principles of narrative medicine (Charon, 2001), practitioners will learn to see patients’ stories of illness not only as sties for harvesting relevant clinical information, but as opportunities for patient and provider to engage in mutual meaning making.

The second part of this four-part series covers the topic of organizational health communication. This part of the presentation focuses on how organizational dynamics and structures influence the provision of patient care. More specifically, here we will consider how institutional practices such as the transfer of care, institutional hierarchies, and interactions that occur “front stage” and “back stage” both facilitate and inhibit healthcare delivery.

The third part of this presentation examines the intersections of health and culture. In this section, we will consider how cultural beliefs impact health outcomes, especially from the perspective of historically marginalized communities and people of color. We will pay special attention to health beliefs outside of a Western context, and aim to identify ways to reconcile traditional and alternative healthcare approaches. Practitioners will learn specific strategies for adopting a culturally sensitive approach to healthcare, developing intercultural competency along the way, and ultimately eschewing ethnocentric beliefs, which may interfere with their practice.

Finally, the fourth part of the series attends to end-of-life matters. During this part of the series, lecture attendees will reflect on the ethics of healthcare. They will question previously held assumptions regarding the rights and responsibilities of both the patient and provider. They will become familiar with end-of-life cultural movements and laws surrounding physician-assisted suicide. They will also interrogate these matters in conjunction with concepts like medical paternalism, asymmetrical power dynamics between patient and provider, and patient autonomy.

Price: 40.00 USD for each part

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Mental Health Professionals – Updated for 2022

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). 

This course was updated as of May 2022 to match all current legislation and provide the most up-to-date information.

Price: 25.00 USD

From Burnout to Bliss: Recognition and Coping Strategies

Nurse burnout is becoming an increasing problem, especially with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, more nurses are leaving the profession abruptly or suffering mental and physical ailments. The need to educate nurses on how to recognize burnout for proper intervention and treatment is needed for optimal mental, spiritual, and physical health.

Participants in this program will be able to define burnout and discuss different types of stressors that contribute to burnout common among nurses and other healthcare professionals. Participants will learn about signs and symptoms of burnout, promoting a healthy workplace setting, the effects of burnout on the body, and symptoms and stages of burnout. Identify individual and organizational prevention strategies and actions for responding to burnout. Applicable for nurses, healthcare leaders, and mental health professionals working in a healthcare setting.

Price: 30.00 USD

Clinical Implications of Mandated Reporting

The presentation will provide a brief overview of the role of the Mandated Reporter, and the procedures by which to make a mandated report, per Illinois DCFS regulations. Most clinicians are familiar with these policies, but find the process frustrating, overwhelming, and anxiety-provoking, as it relates to our relationships with our clients. In addition, clinical and ethical challenges exist related to the disproportionality of family of color in the child welfare system (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2016).The clinical implications of working with families throughout this process will be discussed: issues such as when and how to involve caregivers, how to support families during the process, and how to maintain the therapeutic relationship. Also discussed will be ways to differentiate between physical abuse and corporal punishment, in both the legal and clinical context, as well as suggestions for discussing this issue in work with children and families.

Price: 25.00 USD

Terapia Cognitivo Conductual en Español

Es muy importante comprender cómo trabajar con niños bilingües y sus familias que están lidiando con un trauma. La terapia cognitivo-conductual enfocada en el trauma se enfoca en proporcionar un modelo de práctica basado en evidencia con muchos recursos en español para niños y familias que permiten a los padres comprender mejor el trauma y el impacto en sus hijos. Comprender cómo trabajar con familias bilingües ayudará a los médicos a brindar tratamiento de una manera más eficiente sin perder la compenetración y la conexión con la cultura latina. Este taller presentará muchas intervenciones sobre cómo tratar el trauma con familias bilingües en español.

Habrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas al final del panel donde los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas.

Price: 25.00

Ethics in a Changing World

It is important to understand more than the prescribed code of ethics for each profession. A thorough understanding of the history and evolution of ethics puts the need for guidelines and boundaries into perspective. Awareness of the intersection of the law, morality and ethical decision-making is imperative. This workshop will address those considerations and more. It will provide provocative examples of how to use ethics as a personal and professional guide. Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors and Therapists have one common mandate – to facilitate client wellness. Remaining objective, while displaying empathy can only be accomplished when certain boundaries are in place. This course will assist participants shape boundaries that are comfortable for them.

Price: 60.00 USD

Triage for the Bullied or Troubled Student: Through a Survivor’s Eye

Jodee Blanco, author of the seminal New York Times bestseller Please Stop Laughing at Me… and multiple other books on bullying, will bring your audience inside the heart and mind of the bullied child, and help them to see the world through their compelling point of view. As the nation’s first survivor turned activist/expert, she will also share some of her most unforgettable experiences working deep inside the trenches of America’s schools for over two decades. Jodee provides a rare and illuminating perspective that only someone who was bullied herself and who holds hundreds of bullied students in her arms every day as they pour their hearts out to her, can understand. Highlights of this class include: what you should never say to a bullied child and why; what you should say and do; the Three Tenants of Emotional Credibility in Communication and how to engage each to elicit truth from a student in crisis; how the bully and the victim are flipsides of the same coin and how to identify and assist both; the two types of bullying and why one is innocuous and the other dangerous; the two types of popular students and how to harness their influence to create a more inclusive atmosphere at school; the typical profile of the bullied child; how to intervene with a bullied child one-on-one; how to intervene with a group; why traditional punishment doesn’t always work and how to supplement it with a more intuitive alternative called Compassionate Discipline; how to spot the warning signs a victim may be suicidal or contemplating retaliation; where to turn for support; and how to work in partnership with parents on all sides.

Price: 25.00 USD

Deconstructing Gender: Trans & Non Binary Identities with assessment and letter writing training

Gender is a societal construct that is problematic and has negative emotional, physical and/or psychological impact on people, especially those who fall outside of what is constructed as “normal.” Clients who are trans/nonbinary/gender nonconforming, etc. particularly clients of color and more specifically Black trans folx, are overly misdiagnosed with mental health issues due to the lack of cultural competency and cultural humility. In this training, we will deconstruct gender constructs through a trauma informed lens, while learning how to identify and eradicate our own internalized biases, in order to create safer spaces for clients who identify within and/or are exploring their trans identity.

This workshop provides mental health professionals with tools on how to assess and write a letter for trans/non binary/non-conforming and/or many more non cis clients for surgery/hormones/name change/gender marker change and more in one session.  Participants will also learn trauma informed ways to engage with the trans/non binary/non conforming/ and many more identities. Participants will leave the workshop with a wealth of knowledge and accessible tools to assess and write a letter for clients so that the client can gain access to affirming care.

Price: 175.00

Spanish 101 for Mental Health Providers – A Four-Part Series in Spanish

According to Deborah Bailey and Bruce Hogan (2019), while 18% of Americans identify as Hispanic, less than 6% of Psychologists in the U.S. can provide services in Spanish. Even more concerning, is that less than 50% of Psychologists interview in this survey felt extremely knowledgably in working with Hispanic individuals (Bailey and Hogan, 2019). This proposed webinar series seeks to engage TCSPP students, faculty, and community members in creating a more inclusive environment in mental health settings by introducing non-Spanish speakers and Spanish speaking mental health professionals to the basic words and phrases needed to work with Bi-Lingual (Spanish/English) clients in a culturally competent manner.   

Due to the increasing need of the Spanish speaking population in need of therapy services with an understanding of the language and cultural characteristics of the Latin community, these four, one-hour workshops will train mental health clinicians and current students to speak properly with clinical lingo to the population. 

Price: Free

Coding and Billing for Psychotherapists – Telehealth

This intermediate presentation will provide training on billing insurance companies for psychotherapy services including how to receive payment from commercial payers including for telehealth & video-session services. This presentation will cover CPT codes and modifiers. The presenter will go over current challenges with receiving payments for telehealth and cost sharing waivers during the pandemic.

The presenter will provide a comprehensive review of the insurance verification process using the Availity. Find out what to ask when you are calling the insurance plan to verify mental health benefits. Learn about deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance to ensure you are receiving the full contracted fee.

Price: 25.00 USD

Telehealth 101

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought telehealth to the forefront as a safe modality for providing ongoing care as agencies, schools, and businesses engage in social distancing to curtail the spread of the virus. Ethical and legal tele-assisted counseling and supervision require specialized skills and knowledge. This presentation will assist mental health professions in developing a transition plan from an on-ground delivery to an online delivery model.

During this presentation, the presenters will examine the use of technology in the delivery of tele-assisted counseling and supervision. The presenters will provide an in-depth exploration of the selection, implementation, and evaluation of technology in the delivery of clinical services. The presenters will review guidelines for screening clients and supervisees and demonstrate how to create an effective technology-assisted relationship. Participants will use ethical and legal guidelines to identify potential concerns and develop solutions regarding the use of technology in clinical services. Participants will examine resources for staying current with this rapidly emerging modality.

Price: Free – this program is sponsored by Tevera.

The Impact Credentialing & Enrollment Has On Your Revenue Cycle

This presentation will provide training on accurate credentialing and payer enrollment for mental health professionals. The presenter will provide comprehensive review of insurance enrollments and it’s impact on your revenue cycle. During the workshop, attendees will learn how to assess and complete various insurance network applications and their products. Providers will be given instruction on how to create an efficient credentialing/enrollment process. Attendees will understand CAQH, NPPES, I&A, and Medicare portals.

Price: 25.00 USD

Best Practices in Online Pedagogy

On-ground campuses are shifting courses to an online modality to combat the COVID-19 virus spread. Many on-ground faculty have limited to no training or experience in online pedagogy. Online pedagogy is different from on-ground teaching and requires knowledge of technology, course development, online course management, how to create a virtual community, and continuous development.

The presenters have 30 years of combined online teaching experience. The presenters will discuss best practices of online pedagogy, provide concrete examples of potential obstacles and solutions, and share resources. The ultimate goal of the presentation to provide the tools necessary for a smooth transition from on-ground delivery to an online modality.

Price: Free

Insurance Claims: Empowering Your Clients for Coverage

Insurance coverage for mental health and substance use treatment has long been a challenge compared to coverage for physical health.  While federal and state laws have been implemented over the last several years to require parity treatment (i.e., mental health same as physical health), it remains far too common that claims are denied and coverage is out-of-reach for individuals requiring such care.  More recently, federal lawsuits have been won in favor of patients where insurers improperly, that is illegally, denied claims.  Step-by-step, the landscape may be shifting so that patients will be less likely to confront denied claims.  But we’re not there yet.

Insurers have denied claims for “lack of medical necessity” where that determination has been made independently of the patient’s treating clinician.  Such denials may be confounding to both patients and to their clinicians.  After all, who should be making the determination about whether care is indeed “medically necessary.”

Authors of a recently published article will describe their recommendation for clinicians to provide a “letter of medical necessity” to their patients as a tool to improve the likelihood that insurers timely approve claims.  Such letters have proven crucial in lawsuits and appeals; they represent an important tool that clinicians can provide their patients.

Price: Free

The Challenging Parent – How to Work in Partnership with Difficult Parents Post-Covid and Beyond

Parents are dealing with a lot right now. If a parent was difficult before Covid, in its aftermath, they may be even more challenging. If you’ve ever had to deal with an over-bearing or difficult parent, this workshop will help you work effectively and efficiently together. The presenter, Jodee Blanco, will provide specific strategies on how to handle the irate, unreasonable, parent who storms into your office, frustrated and unwilling to listen, and begins bullying you or the school. If you’re a mental health professional who works in the school system, you know firsthand how difficult it can be to calm that parent down and get them to listen and behave like an adult. How do you communicate with the irrational parent, motivate him/her to work with you in everyone’s best interests? What shouldn’t you say to an angry, bullying parent and why, and what should you say and do? What are the three tenets of emotional credibility in communication and how do you apply those tenets to successfully win over even the most stubborn, challenging parent, inspire understanding, and most importantly, collaborate on viable solutions that you implement successfully together? Jodee will walk you through step by step how to transform a tense situation with a parent into an opportunity to forge a productive, rewarding partnership that enriches the school, the student, and the student’s family.

Price: 25.00 USD

Banging Beats, Changing Streets: Confronting COVID-19 and Community Violence

Modern Rap music and its related Hip- Hop culture is one of the most popular and dynamic influences among youth in the United States as well as around the world. For example, Billboard magazine and other news outlets report that Rap music has become the most popular musical genre across all consumers in the United States since 2017, and similar reports suggest Rap music has become an extremely popular international phenomenon.

Although certain elements of Rap/Hip-Hop contain negative messages, the Hip-Hop H.E.A.L.S. (Helping Everyone Achieve Liberation and Success) program is an innovative model of trauma-informed violence prevention and intervention that employs strategically-selected songs, videos, and other popular media components from Rap/Hip-Hop culture to promote prosocial strategies. This webinar will highlight practical techniques and exemplars for employing Rap/Hip-Hop-related songs and videos to address COVID-19 and community violence among urban youth as a means of providing trauma-informed violence prevention programming that is relevant to current crises impacting mental health and wellness of these youth and their families, schools, and communities.

Price: 20.00 USD

Challenging Myths about Autism – What Assessors and Therapists Need to Know: Lessons from the Neurodiversity Movement

As more and more people are coming out as autistic and openly participating in society, it is becoming abundantly clear that the last 60 years of scholarship on autism is woefully biased and inadequate. Most of what we know about autism comes from a deficits or medical model that centers non-autistic experience as normal and most functional. The result of this is that most knowledge, treatments, conceptualizations, and theories of autism are inherently ableist; practitioners see differences in functioning as less than human or disordered/deficient. When viewing autistic phenomena purely through a neurotypical lens, we develop a narrative of autism that is completely disconnected from the actual lived experience of autistic people. This continues a scientific tradition of centering majority experiences as normal in order to pathologize or minimize the importance of a minority experience.

In the last 15 years or so, autistic people and advocates have been developing a new paradigm to understand neurological brain differences. Borrowing from other social justice movements, the neurodiversity paradigm views conditions such as autism and ADHD as stemming from naturally occurring biodiversity. If we begin to understand autism from this perspective, including contributions from autistic researchers, autistic bloggers, autistic theoreticians, and autistic clinicians, we begin to develop an entirely different understanding of what autism actually is and how societal values, standard treatments, and modern hegemonies end up hurting and disabling autistic people more than they help. This program weds recent research on autism with lived experience of autistic people under a banner of neurodiversity to inform clinicians about how to best work with autistic people as assessors and therapists.

Price: 200.00 USD

NRCI Annual Conference: COVID 19 – Grief & Stress During a Global Pandemic

The mission of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education is to reduce the stigma of mental illness that has been a barrier for individuals, families, and communities receiving much-needed support. The institute aims to provide resources and hope to those that struggle with mental illness and to those who support them. The Institute strives to educate people on mental health issues through various outreach programs. This presentation, part of the 2021 NRCI Annual Conference, is moderated by Dr. Michael Kocet and features panelists Dr. Serena Wadhwa, Dr. Jillian Blueford, David Firemen, and Michael Catania.

Price: Free

The 411 on Telehealth: A Guide to Ethical Practice for Practitioners and Supervisors

Telehealth, or the delivery of health-related services through the of technology, is continually developing and evolving, based on the changing needs of society. Most recently, COVID-19 has tasked healthcare systems with the rethinking and rapid development of technology-assisted delivery of care (Shachar, Engel, and Elwyn, 2020). Further, mental health concerns and disorders, which are prevalent worldwide, are a major health concern that can go unaddressed, due to cost, logistical or physical access to care, stigma around mental illness, and shortage of professionals (Abuwalla et. al, 2018). Teleheath can eliminate treatment gaps for clients by providing safe, ethical, effective, and accessible options and alternatives for care. For instance, providers have used telehealth for the effective treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma-and stressor-related disorders in individual therapy formats (Brunnell et. al., 2021; Townley & Yalowich, 2015)).

Advances in technology have changed the way that mental health practitioners and practitioner-supervisors can and do conduct therapy sessions and supervision (Lesser, 2021). Paramount to this shift is quality, training on ethics and supervision. In order to effectively conduct ethical telehealth, training consideration must be given to scope of practice, standards of care, building effective teletherapeutic relationships, multicultural, legal, and ethical considerations, supervision, and continuing education. This program will provide an overview to the topics above, and how they can be ethically applied to telehealth practice and supervision.

Price: 60.00