Continuing Education

Hoover & Associates CE WorkshopHoover & Associates is licensed to sponsor state-approved Continuing Education (CE) for

Professionals from these license categories are required by state law to obtain continuing education to maintain licensure. Hoover & Associates has responded to this need by offering CE programs of value to professionals in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago from all three of these licensed mental health practitioner categories. Most CE programs will be presented at our offices at 16325 South Harlem, Suite 200, in Tinley Park. Space is limited, so preregistration is required for attendance.

If you have any questions about these workshops, please call Anda Jines at 708-429-6999, ext. 229.

Schedule of CE Events at Hoover & Associates

The following CE workshops are listed in reverse-chronological order, with the oldest ones at the bottom, and the newest ones at the top.


Psychological Disorders Resulting from Medical Illnesses

Many common medical illnesses, and at times the treatments for those illnesses, can cause psychological symptoms. Lung problems often cause anxiety or make those symptoms worse. Chronic pain can cause or increase insomnia which may eventually result in depression and anxiety. Hypertension an its treatments may cause or worsen depression. Clinicians often face patients whose psychological condition results from, or is worsened by, these and a number of other conditions.

This workshop will review the most common medical conditions, and their psychological correlates, that will be encountered by active clinicians. Recognizing the role illnesses and treatments for those illnesses may play, will assist the clinician in enabling the patient to understand better and address the role of their illness in their psychological states, and will aid the patient to accept better and learn to work with any psychological symptoms which are the inevitable result of the illness.


Psychopharmacology Review – Treatment of Bipolar and Personality Disorders

Each of the psychopharmacology workshops will provide the mental health professional with information about the most widely used medications used to treat the designated group of disorders. The participant will learn the categories of medications and their hypothesized method of action, the usual course of treatment, and the most common effects and side effects of each category of medication. Case presentations will illustrate the manner in which medications benefit specific symptoms experienced by patients. The limitations and documented adverse effects of each medication will also be reviewed.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of the medications their patients are taking on the patients’ overall functioning and will be better able to anticipate both positive and negative impacts of the medications for the patients’ functioning. Additionally, participants will be better equipped to collaborate with the professionals who are prescribing medications for their patients.


Psychopharmacology Review – Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Each of the psychopharmacology workshops will provide the mental health professional with information about the most widely used medications used to treat the designated group of disorders. The participant will learn the categories of medications and their hypothesized method of action, the usual course of treatment, and the most common effects and side effects of each category of medication. Case presentations will illustrate the manner in which medications benefit specific symptoms experienced by patients. The limitations and documented adverse effects of each medication will also be reviewed.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of the medications their patients are taking on the patients’ overall functioning and will be better able to anticipate both positive and negative impacts of the medications for the patients’ functioning. Additionally, participants will be better equipped to collaborate with the professionals who are prescribing medications for their patients.


Psychopharmacology Review – Common Side Effects of Psychiatric and Non-psychiatric Medications

Each of the psychopharmacology workshops will provide the mental health professional with information about the most widely used medications used to treat the designated group of disorders. The participant will learn the categories of medications and their hypothesized method of action, the usual course of treatment, and the most common effects and side effects of each category of medication. Case presentations will illustrate the manner in which medications benefit specific symptoms experienced by patients. The limitations and documented adverse effects of each medication will also be reviewed.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of the medications their patients are taking on the patients’ overall functioning and will be better able to anticipate both positive and negative impacts of the medications for the patients’ functioning. Additionally, participants will be better equipped to collaborate with the professionals who are prescribing medications for their patients.


Psychopharmacology Review – Treatment of Attention and Cognitive Disorders

Each of the psychopharmacology workshops will provide the mental health professional with information about the most widely used medications used to treat the designated group of disorders. The participant will learn the categories of medications and their hypothesized method of action, the usual course of treatment, and the most common effects and side effects of each category of medication. Case presentations will illustrate the manner in which medications benefit specific symptoms experienced by patients. The limitations and documented adverse effects of each medication will also be reviewed.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of the medications their patients are taking on the patients’ overall functioning and will be better able to anticipate both positive and negative impacts of the medications for the patients’ functioning. Additionally, participants will be better equipped to collaborate with the professionals who are prescribing medications for their patients.


Mental Health Law

We are pleased to announce that Scott Hammer, a mental health attorney, will be presenting about:

  1. Cyberspace & Psychotherapy (discussion includes social media, texts, emails, websites, on-line dating sites)
  2. Proper charting and note-taking
  3. Confidentiality Act (including treatment of minors)

Scott Hammer received his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and earned his J.D. at John Marshall Law School. For over 33 years he has concentrated his practice on representing mental health professionals. He has considerable experience in handling mental health malpractice cases, risk management issues, mental health confidentiality, contracts and defense of licensure actions. Scott is the past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Mental Health and Disability Law Committee and past Chairman of the Illinois State Bar Association Mental Health Law Section Council. He is Of Counsel to the national litigation law firm Wilson Elser.


Psychopharmacology Review – Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Each of the psychopharmacology workshops will provide the mental health professional with information about the most widely used medications used to treat the designated group of disorders. The participant will learn the categories of medications and their hypothesized method of action, the usual course of treatment, and the most common effects and side effects of each category of medication. Case presentations will illustrate the manner in which medications benefit specific symptoms experienced by patients. The limitations and documented adverse effects of each medication will also be reviewed.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of the medications their patients are taking on the patients’ overall functioning and will be better able to anticipate both positive and negative impacts of the medications for the patients’ functioning. Additionally, participants will be better equipped to collaborate with the professionals who are prescribing medications for their patients.


Psychopharmacology Review – Treatment of DepressiveDisorders

Each of the psychopharmacology workshops will provide the mental health professional with information about the most widely used medications used to treat the designated group of disorders. The participant will learn the categories of medications and their hypothesized method of action, the usual course of treatment, and the most common effects and side effects of each category of medication. Case presentations will illustrate the manner in which medications benefit specific symptoms experienced by patients. The limitations and documented adverse effects of each medication will also be reviewed.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of the medications their patients are taking on the patients’ overall functioning and will be better able to anticipate both positive and negative impacts of the medications for the patients’ functioning. Additionally, participants will be better equipped to collaborate with the professionals who are prescribing medications for their patients.


Psychopharmacology Review – Treatment of Psychotic Disorders

Each of the psychopharmacology workshops will provide the mental health professional with information about the most widely used medications used to treat the designated group of disorders. The participant will learn the categories of medications and their hypothesized method of action, the usual course of treatment, and the most common effects and side effects of each category of medication. Case presentations will illustrate the manner in which medications benefit specific symptoms experienced by patients. The limitations and documented adverse effects of each medication will also be reviewed.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of the medications their patients are taking on the patients’ overall functioning and will be better able to anticipate both positive and negative impacts of the medications for the patients’ functioning. Additionally, participants will be better equipped to collaborate with the professionals who are prescribing medications for their patients.


Session 3: Clinical Pearls at Thirty Years—Lessons Learned from My Patients

Click here to download the PDF of slides: Pearls at 30 Years

Presenter: Dr. Marlin Hoover
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:00am–12:00pm
Register by October 3, free of charge. 3 Hours CE Credit for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counselors

This program, part 3 in the series, is being provided free of charge to mental health professionals in the community in acknowledgment of the 30th-anniversary celebration of the founding of Hoover & Associates. Dr. Marlin Hoover will present commentary on assessment and treatment, organized around treatment experiences that taught him the importance of these clinical lessons. The presentation will offer supportive evidence for guidelines for assessment and treatment illustrated by his clinical experience.

Participants will hear Dr. Hoover’s answers to questions such as these:


Session 2: Coordinating Treatment—Psychotherapy and Medications for Anxiety and Sleep Disorders

Presenter: Dr. Marlin Hoover
Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00am–12:00pm
Register by July 11 for this session ($75) or by July 17 ($100).
3 Hours CE Credit for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counselors

This program is part 2 of an ongoing series of programs examining the impact of combined treatment (psychotherapy and medication) for the most common mental disorders. Mental health clinicians often treat patients who are being started, maintained, or withdrawn from psychotropic medications. This program will review the impact of the simultaneous treatment of patients with psychotherapy and medication. The most common medications used for the anxiety and sleep disorders will be reviewed, and the possible benefits and complications of combining these treatments will be discussed. Specific recommendations for the management of psychotherapy with patients on combination therapies will be presented.


Session 1: Coordinating Treatment—Psychotherapy and Medications for Mood Disorders

Presenter: Dr. Marlin Hoover
Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9:00am–12:00pm
Register by June 20 ($75) or by June 26 ($100).
3 Hours CE Credit for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counselors

This program is the first part of an ongoing series of programs examining the impact of combined treatment (psychotherapy and medication) for the most common mental disorders. Mental health clinicians often treat patients who are being started, maintained, or withdrawn from psychotropic medications. This program will review the impact of the simultaneous treatment of patients with psychotherapy and medication. The most common medications used for the mood disorders will be reviewed, and the possible benefits and complications of combining these treatments will be discussed. Specific recommendations for the management of psychotherapy with patients on combination therapies will be presented.

Dr. Marlin Hoover