The Professional Development Program (PDP) at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice provides a variety of meaningful programming to a diverse community of value aligned learners. We seek to equip practitioners with the ability to change harmful or ineffective systems at the national, local, and personal level. Our goal is to provide lifelong learners new skills and knowledge to integrate into their individual and organizational practices, and opportunities to connect with other providers.

The Professional Development Program at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice is a State of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. License numbers: 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.

It is recommended that professionals review rules for their licensing board prior to applying to ensure that the content meets their renewal, and/or reciprocity requirements.

Upcoming Programs 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
June 13-17, 2022 | 9:00am-12:00pm Each Day
In-Person Only (See below for COVID guidelines); Limited seating
The Crown Family School: 969 E 60th Street; Chicago, IL 60637
15 CEUs | Instructor: Paul Holmes

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy shown to be effective with persons who struggle with affective dysregulation. In this five-day, intensive training, DBT will be presented from a contextual behavioral perspective. Participants will consider the notion of workability, rather than rationality, as the outcome criteria for assessing efforts at creating a meaningful life. This will entail taking a functional approach to the therapeutic dialogue. From this perspective, verbal exchanges are evaluated in terms of the degree to which what is said and thought moves the “client” in the direction of what is important in life or not. The goal is to assist treatment seekers in making a shift in perspective from one focused on their past and their problems to one oriented toward their future and the person they aspire to be.

Throughout the sessions, the instructor will use various strategies including didactic presentations, realplays, and question-and-answer to enhance learning of the various tenets of DBT.

Regular Registration: $350
Crown Family School Alumni Registration: $280
Crown Family School Student Registration: $175

Tuition includes CEUs and course manual. Class size is limited; early registrations encouraged.

REGISTER for DBT (Deadline June 9): 

Integrating Motivational Interviewing and Logotherapy to Help Clients Change
June 15, 2022 | 9:00am-12:00pm CT
Live, interactive via Zoom; This workshop will not be recorded
3 CEUs | Instructor: Mark Sanders

A primary goal of motivational interviewing with clients is to increase the client’s internal motivation to change. There are some clients who have such a high degree of hopelessness and apathy and are so devoid of goals, that motivational interviewing may be ineffective in motivating them to change. Some of these clients don’t hit bottom—they seem to “live on the bottom.” In this interactive, skill-building workshop, participants will be introduced to an approach that combines logotherapy with motivational interviewing to help clients change.

Logotherapy was created by the renowned psychiatrist Victor Frankl, who was a concentration camp survivor. Its purpose is to increase clients’ hope and to help them find a sense of purpose in their suffering. Participants will leave with activities that integrate principles of motivational interviewing and logotherapy.

Regular Registration: $60
Crown Family School Alumni Registration: $48
Crown Family School Student Registration: $30

REGISTER for Motivational Interviewing (Deadline June 13):

Families and the New Era of Genetics: Meeting Clinical, Health Equity, and Ethical Challenges | June 10, 2022
9:00am-12:00pm CT | 3 CEUs (satisfies Ethics and Cultural Competence requirements
Live webinar via Zoom

Through a multisystemic resilience-oriented lens, this workshop provides an overview of common clinical issues and challenges relating to family genetic medicine, and the role of mental health professionals working in various practice contexts. There are ethical, legal, and health equity considerations in the field of genetics that affect patient uptake of and access to genetics services. Participants will gain an understanding of the current scope of genetic medicine and how it relates to family systems, engage in interactive discussion, and be provided a list of resources for future learning.

Free for no CEUs; $48 Crown Family School Alumni Rate; $60 Regular Registration

Register for Families and the New Era of Genetics (Deadline June 7): 

Social Work License Preparation Review Course | June 17-18, 2022
9:00am-4:00pm CT Each Day | 12 CEUs
Live and Interactive via Zoom 

This comprehensive course covers test-taking strategies and relevant clinical content in order to prepare for the social worker or clinical social worker exams. Course materials and content and will cover topics such as: social work values and ethics (three hours to satisfy the state of Illinois ethics requirement for social workers); human growth and development issues; assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies utilizing the DSM-5™; models and methods of social work practice; and clinical supervision. This course consistently fills to capacity. Early registration is encouraged.

Tuition includes review course manual with sample test questions and related materials, as well as the opportunity to contact the instructor with questions following the course. Your manual will be shipped to your home address, which is required to provide during checkout.

Register for Social Work License Review Course:

Registration for additional workshops will open soon! Visit this Page for Updates

In-Person Activities on the University of Chicago Campus:

UPDATED MAY 11, 2022:

In light of recent elevated COVID-19 metrics on campus and in the City of Chicago, and Chicago’s Community Risk Level being changed to “medium” last Friday, the University is recommending that individuals wear a mask in indoor settings when others are present.

We are excited to welcome you back to in-person programs, and we are committed to providing a safe environment to our attendees. On-campus convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures. COVID-19 policies are subject to change.

At this time, the City of Chicago policies and guidelines are continually shifting. You may be asked to show proof of vaccination. You may also be asked to wear a mask. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 773.702.9700 or with questions.

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Past Webinars

Recordings of past webinars hosted by PDP can be found here.
Please Note: CE credit is not available for viewing recordings.