Gifts and Favors in the Therapeutic Relationship
with Carla Leone, PhD
Friday, May 4, 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Gifts and favors in therapy are the subject of much debate. And perspectives can often change over the lifespan of one's clinical practice. Under what circumstances should a therapist accept a gift from a patient and explore its possible meanings? When should a therapist decline to accept a gift? When might it be therapeutic and appropriate for a therapist to give a gift to a patient? Join us as Dr. Leone discusses this compelling topic.
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Annual Meeting and Open House
On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, we welcomed Ron Migalski, LCSW, as our next Executive Director, and presented information about the path ahead for Cathedral Counseling Center.
Perversions: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
with Donald McDevitt, LCPC
On Friday, March 2, 2018, Donald McDevitt, LCPC explored the usefulness of the concept of perversion. In the past, many aspects of sexuality were considered "perversions," but as culture and clinical practice has evolved, so has our understanding of sexuality. In this workshop, Mr. McDevitt asked: how can we consider something perverse without understanding the role of society and culture, and the individual's experience?
The Use of Memoir in Treatment
with Maureen R. Kelly, LCSW
On Friday, January 26, 2018, Maureen R. Kelly, LCSW explored how literature can expand our empathic capacity by imaginatively engaging us in another’s experience. She also examined how 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. Investigating the development of memoir over the last 30 years, she proposed ways of using it to help clients find language and insight. She also discussed a number of particular memoirs that resonate with clients struggling with histories of trauma, addiction, and loss.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Program
On Saturday, November 18th, 2017, in conjunction the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Cathedral hosted a Survivor Day event. Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
Never the Same River Twice: The Melancholy of Change
with Dennis McCaughan, PhD
On Friday, September 22, 2017, Dr. Dennis McCaughan explored some of the dimensions of our psychological experience of time and change from age and aging to cell clocks and social clocks. He also examined melancholy, which is often a response to change, considered its many dimensions along with the role of nostalgia in everyday life, and reflected on the possible implications of our therapeutic attitude in relation to these existential concerns.
Promising News In Mental Health Policy: A Mental Health Month Event with Mark Heyrman
On Thursday, May 11, 2017, Mark Heyrman, Clinical Professor of Law from the University of Chicago Law School spoke about new developments for the treatment of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system.
The Clinician Emerging Into Older Adulthood with Marcia Spira, PhD and Wendy Wasson, PhD
On Friday, May 5, 2017, Dr. Marcia Spira and Dr. Wendy Wasson explored the questions, "How do our professional selves evolve as our bodies, minds and spirits age? What about us changes most as we move towards aging/retirement? Might we be attached to some fixed notions of aging that could be self-limiting?"
Ambiguous Loss and the Myth of Closure: A New Lens for Living with Unresolved Loss and Grief with Pauline Boss, PhD
On Friday, February 24, Dr. Pauline Boss explained why closure is a myth and presented guidelines for better resilience around transition and change despite unanswered questions. She also addressed the therapist's use of self in this work.
Co-sponsored with Rush Health and Aging.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Program 2016
On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, in conjunction the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Cathedral hosted a Survivor Day event. Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. The gathering included a screening of Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss, an AFSP-produced Survivor Day documentary that traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide loss over time.
Convergence in Therapy: On My Way To Finding You, I Found An Unknown Part of Me with Ida Roldan, PhD
On Friday, October 14 for our final professional series workshop offering of 2016, Cathedral invited Ida Roldan, PhD to explore Convergence in Therapy: On My Way to Finding You, I Found An Unknown Part of Me. What does a therapist do when she realizes that having a similar history to her client may have caused the very rupture that put the treatment and relationship at risk?
Alone Together: Solitude and the Relational World with Dennis McCaughan, PhD
On June 17th, Cathedral hosted the second installment of the 2016 professional development series, Alone Together: Solitude and the Relational World with Dennis McCaughan, PhD. Since time alone can be renewing and enriching even for the most social among us, how might solitude support our ability to engage in the world and with others more fully? And what contributes to our capacity to be alone? Can we be both related and alone together?
The Healing Power of Connection: A Conversation with Judith Jordan, PhD
Before a sold out room on April 9, 2016, we hosted the first of our 2016 professional development workshops, The Healing Power of Connection with Judith Jordan, PhD. In a rare Chicago appearance, Dr. Jordan, one of the founding scholars of Relational-Cultural theory, explored how this learning can enhance our clinical practice.
Dr. Jordan's groundbreaking work in the development of Relational Cultural Theory demonstrates how we grow primarily in and through connections with others. Growth-fostering, authentic relationships are essential to enliven and expand both ours and our client's internal worlds.
Unjust Incarceration: Breaking the Cycle for Individuals with Mental Illness - A Panel Discussion featuring Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia
During Mental Health Month 2016 we welcomed The Honorable Tom Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, and Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, psychologist and Executive Director of the Cook County Jail to discuss the Cook County Sheriff’s programs addressing the needs of individuals struggling with mental illness. Sheriff Dart and Dr. Jones Tapia have been at the forefront of pushing for changes in our state’s approach to mental health issues. In 2013, Sheriff Dart established the Office of Mental Health Policy & Advocacy, which operates a 24-hour Care Line for ex-inmates and families of current inmates with mental illness, while screening all pre-bond detainees for mental illness. Sheriff Dart and Dr. Jones Tapia shared stories of inmates diagnosed with mental illness and discussed the economic and social impact of these individuals being treated in Cook County Jail.
Here & Now: An Evening of Improv
On October 1st, we celebrated the work of Cathedral Counseling Center with a fun, one-of-a-kind improv experience that made a meaningful connection between the worlds of improv and therapy.
Our heartfelt thanks to the more than 170 people who showed up to laugh for a good cause, our mental health care programs for the underserved. Your contributions, tickets and auction bids helped raise more than $45,000 to support services for people in our community who cannot afford the full cost of treatment.
If you weren't able to attend, you can still help Cathedral Counseling Center by making a gift today. Your tax-deductible contributions underwrite the cost of care for people who are in pain and need the services of Cathedral to live a fuller life.
Say "Yes, And" (Improv Principle #1) to Cathedral Counseling Center
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Same Time Next Week Book Signing and Talk
On Wednesday, May 20th at 5:30 p.m. we marked Mental Health Awareness Month with a very special event featuring Cathedral's own therapist and writer Katherine Carrane, LCSW.
Katherine is a staff clinician and supervisor at Cathedral and was recently published in Creative Non-Fiction's new anthology, Same Time Next Week: True Stories of Working Through Mental Illness, edited by Lee Gutkind, with an introduction by Dr. Peter Kramer. Katherine's essay deals with the heartbreaking loss of a client, and her efforts, personally and professionally, to help him and later make sense of his life.
Refreshments and an exclusive reading from the book were enjoyed by attendees to this event hosted by Cathedral Counseling.