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IHELP 2015

Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

IHELP 2015 Helps You Help the people you serve more effectively.  For over three decades, the Annual Summer School for Helping Professionals (ASSHP) consistently offered programs and leadership that has enhanced the personal and professional development of Iowa’s helping professionals. In response to the changing environment in which professionals need to sustain their credentials, ASSHP converted from a summer school format with academic credit to The UI Helping Professionals Workshops (IHELP). The IHELP workshops offer CEU-credit classes for community, agency, and education practitioners working with or interested in helping individuals, groups, families, and organizations. In 2015 for the first time, IHELP will be held in Des Moines, Iowa City and on the web making it more accessible for helping professionals to earn their CEUs across the state and beyond. For your convenience Professional Workshops will be held from May through September.

Our mission is to continue to provide affordable workshops to enhance the personal and professional development of helping professionals such as counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and teachers. The IHELP workshops are offered for as little as $125 a day to keep them affordable, as many of our participants who provide vital professional services to the vulnerable residents of our state often do not have the resources to travel or attend workshops. This year IHELP will offer continuing education opportunities by highly qualified faculty instructors in Des Moines (June 11 and 12) and in Iowa City (August 6 and 7).  In partnership with The Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Ethics (IDARE), we are initiating a Webinar Series. The 2015 series will focus on Ethics and Boundary Issues. Three, two hour webinars will be offered May 21, July 16 and September 17.

In addition to obtaining training on contemporary topics, attendees also have the chance to network with others in the field, and keep abreast of state-wide service initiatives for individuals and families. You can choose from a menu of workshops to select a program which fits your individual CEU needs. We no longer offer academic credit options; we are focusing on providing workshops with CEUs available for the various credentials our participants hold.

We hope you will join us in Des Moines and Iowa City this summer. Experience IHELP 2015:  New options–Improved format–Same great experience. Registration is open now.


Dennis R. Maki, Ph.D., LMHC
Professor Emeritus and IHELP Director