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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

In This Issue APA Awards $20,000 Grant NCE Exam Results PFF Initiative Update MPH Program Launch Alumnus Captain Coady New Center for Academic & Dissertation Excellence National Service Month & TRANSFORM 2013 Military-Friendly School Latino/a Mental Health Behavioral Conference HACU Conference Graduate Research Forums Career Development Week Dr. Taylor at ALC Post Chicago Commencement

Congratulations to Our Graduating Students D.C. Campus Commencement Friday, October 11 National Association of Home Builders Auditorium Los Angeles Campus Commencement Friday, October 18 Pasadena Civic Auditorium

September 2013 Message from the National President Dear Students, Welcome to the 2013 fall semester! To those of you who are new to The Chicago School, we are honored and privileged to have you among us. To those of you who are continuing your studies, welcome back. I hope you had a restful summer break and found time to rejuvenate and spend time with your loved ones. I know, I speak for all faculty and staff when I tell you how committed we are to helping you find ways to make the most of your potential and harness the energy needed to advance you in fulfilling your career, personal goals and aspirations. To all of you, I invite you to begin this academic year by taking the time to reflect upon TCSPP’s mission, values and philosophy. I also encourage you to constantly find ways to engage with our learning community, so as to further advance our impact in the community, and to commit to doing your part to contribute positively to a professional, collegial, and ethical environment. This year, we plan to focus our efforts on ensuring that you have the tools needed to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom. This fall, TCSPP is helping you take care of your health through a new partnership with Aetna Student Health Insurance. This partnership provides an opportunity for you to carry affordable health insurance coverage that meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Also, you continue to have 24/7 access to Student Solutions, TCSPP’s confidential, around-the-clock counseling service. Through Student Solutions, you have access to immediate personal counseling services, with legal and financial advising available as well. This is a great year to get involved at TCSPP. Please plan to take advantage of expanded International Education Week offerings including speakers, social hours, research forums, and seminars being planned by the Office of International Programs & Services, or participate in one of the many workshops designed to best prepare you for career success offered through Career Services. Connect with your student association leadership as they work


Staff and faculty, sign-up for TCSPP National Service Month!

to improve all aspects of your experience at our institution. I wish you a rewarding and successful academic year. Warm regards,

Funding Opportunities Available for Students, Faculty and Staff

Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D. National President

APA Awards $20,000 Grant to California Counseling Centers

Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs

September is Suicide Prevention Month Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute, TCSPP and partners collaborate on special programs.

TCSPP Center for Latino/a Mental Health presents Speakers' Series during Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept.15-Oct. 15

Read Dr. Patricia Arredondo's new book: Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinas/os.

TCSPP in The Media Dr. Kristin Kenefick Times Herald-Record September 14, 2013 Dr. Manika Turnbull WSAV - NBC 3 September 11, 2013

TCSPP's California Counseling Centers have been awarded $20,000 by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Education Doctorate for seed funding to pursue APA accreditation for its internship program at the Centers located in Westwood and Irvine, California. This is the second grant TCSPP has received from the APA over the past months. This academic year, under Dr. Daun Baker’s leadership, the California Counseling Centers funded two internship positions; now train over 40 of our own students; and provide mental health and behavioral services to nearly 1,000 client hours monthly.

Chicago Campus Students Score 100 Percent Pass Rate on NCE Exam One hundred percent of the 109 M.A. Counseling Psychology students at the Chicago Campus who chose to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) for Licensure in April have passed. The NCE is a national standardized examination developed by the National Board of Certified Counselors to assess key areas of knowledge for prospective professional counselors. Read more.

Preparing Future Psychology Faculty Program Completes First Year Reaching across the three TCSPP campuses, the Preparing Future Psychology Faculty (PF2) Program, supported by the American Psychological Association, recently concluded its first year with 20 participants completing all the requirements of the program. The eight-month program was developed in response to the national need to increase the diversity of college and university faculty members in the fields of psychology and behavioral sciences. PF2 builds upon the national Preparing Future Faculty Initiative launched in 1993 by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Led by Dr. Orlando Taylor, president of the Washington, D.C. Campus, and Dr. Cynthia Winston, a visiting scholar and an associate professor at Howard University, the program targeted primarily doctoral students from racial and ethnic minority groups. Details on next year's program will be announced to doctoral students in the coming months.

First National Online Master of Public Health Degree Set to Launch in 2014


Dr. Eleazar Eusebio HuffPost Live August 28, 2013 WBEZ 91.5 August 30, 2013 Dr. Cynthia Langtiw Good Day Chicago August 28, 2013 Dr. Nancy Zarse Fox 32 Chicago August 22, 2013 Dr. Michele NealonWoods PR Newswire August 22, 2013 The Wall Street Journal August 8, 2013 Il Club de la Lettura August 9, 2013 CNN.com August 11, 2013 Dr. Joe Layng IT Business Net August 15, 2013 Dr. Michelle Hoy-Watkins The Chicago Crusader August 3, 2013 Dr. Jennifer Klapatch Medill Reports July 30, 2013 Chicago Health July 25, 2013 Tommie Turner The St. Louis American July 25, 2013 Dr. Azara Santiago-Rivera Aljazeera.com July 21, 2013 Teaetta Gilbert Crestview News Bulletin July 19, 2013 Dr. Jennifer DeFeo Dr. Debra Warner Dr. Ricardo Gonsalves Dr. Jay Finkelman Psych 1 0n 1 Various Dates

For the first time in TCSPP's history, a Master of Public Health Program will be offered in spring 2014 online and fall 2014 at the Los Angeles Campus. The 42credit degree consists of a core of 27 credits, six credits of field work and capstone, and nine credits of an emphasis area. According to Dr. Gino Natalicchio, vice president of Online Programs at TCSPP, there is an increasing need for scholarly and applied leadership in the fields of public health policy, leadership theory, statistics and research design aligned with national public health education competency standards. Read more.

Meet Alumnus Captain Jeffrey Coady, Psy.D., ABPP, SAMHSA's Regional Administrator A 1999 Clinical Psy.D. graduate of the Chicago Campus, Captain Jeffrey A. Coady, Psy.D., ABPP, is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Regional Administrator, and is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). He has been employed with SAMHSA for 22 months, and the federal government for nine years. SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Captain Coady is responsible for providing national leadership in developing and implementing behavioral health programs and systems for underserved populations. "The Chicago School understands the importance of community. It is the partnerships and collaborations at the community level that will foster primary and behavioral health care integration; advance behavioral health as a public health issue; and promote a recovery-oriented system of care.� said Captain Coady. "Prevention, treatment and recovery happen in the community." Survey Reminder: Please remember to complete the recent Alumni Survey you received. Your feedback is important to us as we plan future alumni programs.

New National Center of Academic & Dissertation Excellence Provides Students with Support to Achieve Success As a result of listening to students to improve services, the new National Center of Academic & Dissertation Excellence (NCADE) will be available to students this fall. Under the direction of Associate Vice President Belinda McFeeters, Ph.D. the Center's mission is to support students with academic resources to enhance their coursework and scholarship and by providing assistance and guidance in the areas of Institutional Review Board support, methodology, grammar, and APA formatting and style. Prior to the creation of NCADE, writing and methodology support for dissertations was primarily provided by faculty members through classroom work and seminars led by dissertation chairs. Now, with the introduction of the NCADE, each doctoral student will be assigned a Dissertation Writing Expert (DWE) and will have access to a methodologist. This shift means that dissertation chairs have more time to mentor and support students with the academic content of dissertations and DWEs are able to assist students with the mechanics of writing, style and methodology.


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Military Friendly at The Chicago School For the second consecutive year, TCSPP has been named by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I Jobs and The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, to the coveted Military Friendly School List for 2014. After years of research and a survey of 12,000 schools, TCSPP is ranked in the top 20 percent of schools nationwide who commit to set benchmarks in educating military members and veterans. Military Friendly Schools exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience and have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Center for Latino/a Mental Health Organizes Annual Behavioral Health Conference and Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Adelante! Transforming Latino/a Behavioral Health is the theme of the Latino/a Behavioral Health Conference. scheduled for October 18 at the Cicero Community Center in Chicago. Presented by the Center for Latino/a Mental Health at the Chicago Campus, the purpose of the conference is to educate, raise awareness and prevent mental health issues afflicting the Latino/a population. This year's focus is on increasing cultural competency; the capacity for effective service delivery; and awareness of barriers to mental health services. Immediately following the conference, at the Chicago Campus, the Center will host a celebration of its fifth anniversary featuring an exhibition by artist Lizette Cruz, whose vibrant paintings (as seen above) reveal the rich culture and history of Puerto Rico.

The Chicago School at HACU In October, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), is holding its annual conference October 26-28 in Chicago. The three-day event provides an opportunity for educators and students to discuss current issues affecting Latino higher education. Prior to the conference, TCSPP Chicago Campus President Dr. Patricia Arredondo, is the keynote speaker for the HACU 12th Annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute pre-conference luncheon. In addition, also representing TCSPP, National President Dr. NealonWoods and Dr. Finkelman, Professor and Chair, I-O Business Psychology, are serving on the Host and Planning Committee for the conference.

Graduate Research Forums Come to the Los Angeles Campus In November, TCSPP's Office of Career Services is presenting three Graduate Research Forums (GRF) at the Los Angeles Campus, including the Irvine and Westwood Branches. GRF has run successfully on the Chicago Campus for the past two years and emphasizes the interconnection of research and practice. Students will give poster-style presentations on various mental health topics that provide opportunities to share their ideas and receive feedback at different


stages of development, from formulating a research question to finalizing a conference presentation. Submissions are due on October 2.

Career Development Week (Formerly CareerFest) Helps Take Students to the Next Level Career Development Week (CDW), formerly known as CareerFest, is scheduled for October 5-13 across all three campuses. Using a new departmentcollaborative approach, the event will offer eight days of unique seminars, workshops and colloquiums designed to take students from pupils to preprofessionals. With more departments involved, new ideas, planning and partnerships have developed fresh new presentations and topics, such as Working in Crisis/Hostage Negotiation, From the Employer Perspective, and a Financial Savviness workshop. For more information contact Aisha Ghori.

TCSPP National Service Month in October TCSPP will hold its annual National Service Month in October. The Service Month Committee has put together opportunities that include food banks, the Downtown Women’s Center, and a coastal preservation organization. Community service opportunities are available for faculty and staff at all campuses. TCSPP has a strong history of service, a history formally recognized through the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The goal of National Service Month is to further this commitment and promote engagement among the community. There are several sites from which to choose, and registration will close when volunteer capacity is reached. For more information contact Stephanie Swartz or Vivian Tran. In a related story, last month more than 40 students, faculty, staff and alumni came together for TRANSFORM 2013 last month. Organized by TCSPP's Office of Student Affairs, the annual volunteer event is a community service day of giving back to help transform communities throughout Southern California. Participants took on projects ranging from litter abatement in El Segundo to cooking and serving food at a shelter in Laguna Beach. TRANSFORM is organized every spring and fall terms just before new student orientation, and serves as an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to become better acquainted with each other.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Invites Dr. Orlando Taylor to Annual Conference D.C. Campus President Dr. Orlando Taylor will participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) in Washington, D.C. the last week of September, serving as a panelist for the policy session: The Bailout Part II: Rescuing Youth From Carnage and Chaos!, hosted by Congressman Bobby L. Rush (IL). The ALC brings together lawmakers, stakeholders and concerned citizens to examine critical issues impacting African Americans.


Congratulations Chicago Class of 2013!

During its 29th commencement ceremony, TCSPP's Chicago Campus graduated more than 550 doctoral and master candidates from 29 different psychology programs offered by the institution. Congratulations students!

Mission Statement Integrating theory, professional practice, and innovation, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides an excellent education for careers in psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. The school is committed to service and embraces the diverse communities of our society. Our logo symbolizes: Education • Innovation • Service • Community


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