IHELP 2014

Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

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 three days of 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.

The economy is affecting all of us, yet 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 $100 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 Monday through Wednesday, August 11 - 13, 2014.

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 five workshops offered each of these three days 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 Iowa City this August. Experience IHELP: New name–Improved format–Same great experience. Registration begins May 1.


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