Workshops and Seminars

Cathedral Counseling Center's Professional Development program committee is dedicated to bringing stimulating and innovative learning opportunities to the community. The long-standing workshop series offers sessions that explore timely topics in mental health led by expert professionals.


Our 2017-18 Workshop Series:

"Transitions in Clinical Work"


The Use of Memoir in Treatment

with Maureen R. Kelly, LCSW

January 26, 2018

9:00 am - 12:15 pm

If empathy is defined as “vicarious introspection”, literature can expand our empathic capacity by imaginatively engaging us in another’s experience.  It can also take us more deeply into our own. A good memoir can break open our concepts of memory and identity, expand the power of reflecting on the past, and help find the words to do so. This workshop will explore the development of memoir over the last 30 years, and propose ways of using it to help clients find language and insight. We will also discuss a number of particular memoirs that resonate with clients struggling with histories of trauma, addiction, and loss.

maureen-headshot-june-2017.jpgMaureen R. Kelly, LCSW - Maureen has served as executive director of Cathedral Counseling Center for nearly 25 years. Prior to her work at Cathedral, Maureen worked in hospitals and community mental health centers, and directed a chemical dependence treatment center for women in Chicago. She has served as adjunct faculty at Loyola’s School of Social Work and has been active in professional and community organizations. Her previous career as an English teacher influences her clinical practice and management style at Cathedral.  She uses language, literature and poetry in work with clients, in meetings with staff and board, and with the professional community in this workshop. 


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Attendees will receive light refreshments and a certificate for three CEUs.

The cost is $75.

A discount for students, retires, or groups is available. Please contact Nina Riccardi, Director of Professional Development for more information.


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For more information, please contact Nina Riccardi, LCSW, Director of Professional Development,



Each Quarter, Prominent Speakers Prompt Lively Dialogue and New Perspectives

These quarterly presentations examine subjects of interest based on feedback from Cathedral's clinical staff, social trends and evaluations of past programming. Our goals include helping clinicians maintain boundaries, insure best practices and stay creative in connecting with clients. 

Prominent national and local speakers have presented on a range of issues, including:

  • Class, Culture and Race
  • The Impact of Technology on the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Engaging the Empathic Imagination Through Narrative

Fees: $75 per session

Extras: Many sessions offer continuing education credits (CEUs) and refreshments are always available.
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Photography Exhibits, Readings and Other Gatherings With a Tie to Mental Health

Cathedral Counseling Center hosts periodic seminars and events that shed light on issues tied to mental health. These programs are not clinical per se, but offer insights on a range of topics of interest to licensed therapists, individuals who facilitate mental health care, current, former and prospective clients and anyone concerned about access to care.

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