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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Family and Community Medicine - Behavioral and Social Sciences, Dennis G. Petty


Behavioral and Social Sciences Faculty

Dennis G. PettyDennis G. Petty, M.S.W., M.Div., LCSW
Clinical Instructor for Behavior Science

Degree: Master of Social Work, University of Illinois – Urbana
National Institute of Mental Health Fellow
Post-graduate courses and training in Family Systems Therapy and Supervision
Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Master in Divinity, Lincoln Christian Seminary - Lincoln
  • Interests
  • Presentations

Clinical Interests:

  • Family Systems
  • Couples Therapy
  • Brief Therapy
  • Mood Disorders
  • Forgiveness
  • Acute and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Homelessness
  • Spiritual Beliefs and Mental Health

Teaching Interests:

  • Family Dysfunction
  • Blended Family Dynamics; Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Stress Management
  • Communication and Interviewing Skills.
Community Seminars and Classroom Presentations:
  • Petty, D. (February 24-27, 2008) Coping with Trauma. Brief classroom presentations and support for students and staff at NIU.
  • Petty, D. (March, June, October of 2007) PREPARE/ENRICH Program. Certification training for counselors on assessing and treating couples.
  • Petty, D. (October, 2006; March, 2007) Predicting Marital Success. Lecture to graduate class on marriage counseling at Lincoln Christian Seminary.
  • Petty, D. (September, 2006; February, 2007) Group Process and Leadership. Lecture and group problem solving exercise to a graduate class on leadership.
  • Petty, D. (October, 2005) Setting Healthy Boundaries in Relationships. Retreat and training for staff of a Springfield homeless shelter.
  • Petty, D. (May, 2000) A Model for Developing Cohesion in Stepfamilies. Seminar for counselors with Lutheran Child and Family Services.
  • Petty, D. (April & November, 1998) The Solution-Oriented Counseling Interview. Three hour lecture to graduate counseling class at the University of Illinois.
The mission of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research, and service to the community.


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