2017 ACEPT Conference

5th Annual ACEPT Conference

Courageous Conversations:

When Personal Meets Professional in the Supervisory Role

Friday May 5, 2017

8:15am – 2:00pm

Loyola University

Water Tower Campus

111 E. Pearson St.

Chicago, IL 60611

*3 CE’s Available

Sponsored by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies


8:15 -8:45a                      

Check-in/Morning Refreshments**


Session I: Value Conflicts in Therapy, Supervision and Training: The Myth of Neutrality




Session II: The Emotional Landscape of Care for Traumatized Persons and Communities: Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Vicarious Resilience


Lunch/Student Posters**


ACEPT General Meeting

**Beverages/Morning Refreshments/Lunch will be provided


Please join us in supporting the work of graduate students in psychology as they share their scholarly work with the ACEPT community.

Additional Information

Conference Fees

$25 for ACEPT members, $40 for non-members, $10 for students, Free for Presenters

Refund Policy

100% of tuition if refundable up to 48 hours before the program.   Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.

Conference Registration

To register, go to:


Payment Information

Checks should be made out to ACEPT and sent no later than April 26, 2017, to:

Peter Battista, PsyD, ABPP, ACEPT Treasurer

Associate Director of Training

The Adler School of Professional Psychology

17 N Dearborn Street, Office 15-231

Chicago, IL 60613

Conference Program

Session I:  Value Conflicts in Therapy, Supervision & Training: The Myth of Neutrality

Presenter: Frances McClain MA, LCPC, NCC

Director of Applied Professional Practice

Counseling Department, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Program Description: 

Historically clinicians were expected to maintain a neutral stance in order to not impose their personal values/beliefs on their clients. More recently, there has been acknowledgment that therapy is not provided in a vacuum. All mental health professions’ (Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers) codes of ethics specify that clinicians are to provide services regardless of the client’s race/ethnicity, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, or ability. However, there is limited training or guidance provided on how to effectively navigate situations where the clinician’s personal values/beliefs conflict with the client’s. This has implications both in the provision of direct care to clients but also in supervision and training.

This presentation will review recent value conflict issues in the mental health professions that have received national attention. Models for value conflict resolution will be presented and participants will have an opportunity to apply the models to case examples.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify cases of values conflict in social work, psychology, and counseling practice.
  2. Identify relevant ethics codes for psychologists, counselors, and social workers, and identify commonalities and distinctions between codes for the respective professions.
  3. Identify multiple values conflict models.
  4. Apply different values conflict models utilizing sample case vignettes.

Session II: The Emotional Landscape of Care for Traumatized Persons and Communities: Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Vicarious Resilience

Presenter: John Neafsey, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center

Program Description

Through presentation and discussion, we will explore the emotional territory of care for traumatized and marginalized persons and communities, including the distinct but overlapping phenomena of countertransference, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and vicarious resilience.  Along the way, we will identify certain emotional hazards that are inherent in clinical work with persons who have endured extreme suffering, but will also examine ways that our feelings can potentially deepen our empathic understanding and engagement with the people we care for.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify common emotional responses of the therapist when treating traumatized clients.
  2. Recognize and name specific interpersonal dynamics in the therapeutic relationship that can impact the quality of clinical services provided to traumatized individuals.