Supporting personal & professional growth.

Needs-Based Therapy Workshops
for Mental Health Professionals

The Clarity Process: A new, effective tool to help treat anxiety and depression

Clients suffering from anxiety and depression often learn to transform faulty thoughts without understanding their underlying meaning. Thus, they do not attend to the root of the problem. In this experiential workshop, you will learn a process to support clients connect to the cause of their distress.

  • Map out the content of clients’ thinking to increase self-understanding

  • Identify the feelings and unmet needs underlying self-defeating thoughts

  • Develop strategies to meet the unmet needs causing their pain

Wednesday 10-23-19 in Wheaton, 8:30am-4pm

Friday 11-1-19 in Oak Park, 8:30am-4pm

The Surprising Purpose of Anger: A powerful and unique tool to manage this strong emotion

Anger contains a gift to be unwrapped.
However, acting on anger can damage relationships, cost us a job, or worse. And it almost guarantees that our needs will not be met. This experiential workshop will be helpful to us and our clients.

  • Discover the cause of anger within ourselves

  • Recognize our unmet needs when angry

  • Meet our needs in powerful and safe ways

Wednesday 11-13-19 in Wheaton, 8:30am-4pm

Friday 11-22-19 in Oak Park, 8:30am-4pm


When you register for both workshops you receive $10 off using discount code NBT-BOTH.


The Tau Center in Wheaton is a smoke-free campus.


We value interdependence. We want to receive compensation to support ourselves and continue to do this work. We also want to support all people interested in Needs-Based Therapy regardless of their ability to pay. For this reason, we offer work exchange opportunities and partial scholarships. No one is turned away for lack of financial means.

1) There are three work exchange opportunities. If you are interested, please fill out this form. If there is a position available your fee will be reduced by $50.

2) If you want to request a scholarship, please fill out this form.


Please contact us to tailor a workshop for your group.


For mental health professionals in Chicago, the Institute for Empowering Communication is

  • the only source for CEU-based therapy training in Chicago that
  • creates professional development and consciousness transformation -which can be taught to clients- because we teach a unique
  • Empathic Connection Framework that is the foundation of all therapeutic work.

The Institute for Empowering Communication is certified by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to provide continuing education units for: Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, license #197.000.188; Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social workers, license #59.001129; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, license #168.000192