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 2018 Workshop Series



This year's Professional Development Series explores the ways clinicians move in and out of the conventional frame of treatment to best respond to clients' needs. How does a therapist sometimes decide to vary the structure of the therapy or their use of self  to help promote growth?

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

The cost is $75.

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




The Use of Memoir in Treatment

with Maureen R. Kelly, LCSW

Friday, 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 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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Perversions: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

with Donald McDevitt, LCPC

Friday, March 2, 2018

1:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Donald McDevitt, LCPC is a graduate of the Adult Psychoanalysis Program of the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago. He is a seasoned clinician with over 25 years of experience in psychotherapy, supervision and administration. He is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and active on their Committee on Gender and Sexuality. Mr. McDevitt’s theoretical interests include British Object Relations, Contemporary Ego Psychology and Self Psychology. He is in private practice in Chicago.

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Gifts and Favors in the Therapeutic Relationship

with Carla Leone, PhD

Friday, May 4, 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm 

Carla Leone, PhD, is the Director of North Suburban Family Psychologists, and on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago.  She is an elected member of the governing council of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP), a member of IAPSP's Advisory Board, and co-founder and co-chair of IAPSP's Couples Therapy Interest Group.  She is the author of several papers on the application of contemporary self psychology to couples and family therapy.

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Finding Our First Language: Theory, Personal Idiom, and Therapeutic Action

with William Borden, PhD and Dennis McCaughan, PhD

Friday, September 14, 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Dennis McCaughan, PhD received his doctorate from the The University of Chicago in 1982. He was on the faculty of the Fellowship Program in Advanced Psychodynamic Clinical Practice at the School of Social Service Administration, the University of Chicago, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. His interests include the personalization of therapeutic practice, the interpersonal tradition in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, the adolescent experience, and the subjective experience of school life. Dr. McCaughan was been a consulting psychotherapist at Cathedral Counseling Center for 15 years.


William Borden, PhD is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Service Administration and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. His fields of special interest include contemporary psychodynamic theory and practice, comparative psychotherapy, neuroscience and integrative approaches to psychosocial intervention, developmental psychology, stress and coping, the psychology of religion, and the role of the humanities in social work education.

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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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