Social Impact Awards Honor Chicago Mental Health Advocates - February 21, 2019

The 2nd annual awards luncheon presented by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will honor Dan Bigg (posthumously), Dr. Armand Cerbone and Captain Jeffrey Coady

CHICAGO, Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Registration is now open for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's (TCSPP) Social Impact Awards Luncheon taking place on March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Maggiano's Banquets. Launched to honor the outstanding work happening in the Chicago community by mental health professionals and advocates, the luncheon is in its second year and is one of many events The Chicago School has planned to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The Chicago School is a leading nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences.

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SHE radio host and mental health advocate Jay Styles will emcee the event honoring:

  • Dan Bigg, co-founder and director of Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA), whose mission is to directly serve, support, educate and advocate with others for reducing drug related harm. Named "Chicago Magazine's" 2017 Chicagoan of the Year, Mr. Bigg was co-developer of Mobile Opiate Substitution Therapy, a program designed to destigmatize methadone services and make them more accessible. Mr. Bigg passed away in 2018.
  • Armand R. Cerbone, Ph.D., ABPP, LGBTQ mental health advocate. In the late 1970s, Dr. Cerbone he was among the first openly gay psychotherapists to advocate and offer appropriate and affirmative care for LGBT clients. He is the founder of the Sexual Orientation Section of the Illinois Psychological Association.
  • Captain Jeffrey Coady, Psy.D., ABPP, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Regional Director. Captain Coady represents the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in fulfilling the agency's mission to reduce the impact of mental illness and substance use disorders in communities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 34 Federally-recognized Tribes. Captain Coady is a TCSPP alum.

"We are thrilled to honor these courageous individuals who have been on the cutting edge of behavioral health issues that impact Chicago. These three remarkable individuals have led the way through innovation and advocacy. I am confident that many TCSPP students will follow in their footsteps and become leaders as well," said Margie Martyn, Ph.D., TCSPP Chicago Campus Dean.

All proceeds from the Social Impact Leaders Awards luncheon will go to scholarships for continuing students on The Chicago School's Chicago Campus, and the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private school devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The institution serves approximately 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego); Washington, D.C., and Dallas, as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology and behavioral health education. To learn more, visit

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