Adler School of Professional Psychology

Introduction

"This year, the Adler School of Professional Psychology is celebrating 60 years of leading social change. Since 1952, a singular idea has consistently driven our curricula, training, and community work. That key guiding idea is Alfred Adler’s groundbreaking concept of social interest or gemeinschaftsgefühl – the idea that our health resides in our community life and connections. This idea today is more necessary than ever to drive the work and change most needed in challenged communities around the world.

In 1952, Rudolf Dreikurs and his colleagues established the Alfred Adler Institute in Chicago, to train practitioners to apply Adler’s idea of social interest or gemeinschaftsgefühl. Adler was the first community psychologist, the first to focus on health and wellness in the community context. He advanced the revolutionary idea that responsible practitioners must advocate to change the social conditions that affect community health and well-being.

This website provides information about these important concepts, as well as the Adler School’s talented faculty, far-reaching academic programs, and social justice initiatives to advance them. We work with students who are courageous enough to want to change the world. To prepare them, we offer demanding curricula and hands-on experiences. This blend of theory, science, and practice results in graduates who have the knowledge, skills, and values to be effective agents for change in the pursuit of social justice and community well-being.

Our faculty are practitioners and thought leaders who bring a range of experiences and perspectives to the classroom. They regularly rethink and improve our pedagogy as the School builds new academic programs to meet emerging social needs—programs such as our Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology,Military Psychology Track which addresses the growing and specialized needs of active military personnel, military retirees, returning veterans, and their families and supporting communities. Another example is our Master of Arts in Criminology Program, which uniquely prepares justice workers who are informed by psychology and social justice perspectives.

Our faculty and students—along with our Institutes and Centers—are pursuing and producing unprecedented work on health issues including immigration and detention, social exclusion, the social determinants of mental health, LGBTQ mental health, and parenting. More than 700 agencies—and counting—are partnering with the Adler School as community practica and internship sites for our students, enabling our specialized preparation for work with underserved and marginalized populations.

Our challenge—just as Alfred Adler saw it at the turn of the last century, and just as our founders saw it 60 years ago—is to continue preparing practitioners who can address the world’s alarming health inequities and social injustices. And I have confidence that we have built a community who can successfully engage the challenge.

I invite you to explore this site for the many ways you might join our Adler School community as we enter our seventh decade, in innovating approaches toward the more just society we all envision."

Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D.
President

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Doctor of Psychology in Child and Adolescent Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Adler School offers a Child and Adolescent Psychology track within the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program. Through coursework, students are provided with [+]

Doctor of Psychology in Child and Adolescent PsychologyThe Adler School offers a Child and Adolescent Psychology track within the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program. Through coursework, students are provided with knowledge and skills pertinent to issues of health and dysfunction with children and adolescents; assessment and intervention methods appropriate to these types of clients; and the broader structural and socio-cultural factors that impact their well-being.

Psychologists who work with children and adolescents work in a variety of settings to assist young people who are struggling with mental health issues and other challenges such as peer pressure, body image, drugs or alcohol, relationships, sexuality, or coping with difficult life changes like parental divorce or death. They conduct formal diagnostic tests, provide counseling and other therapeutic services, develop community-based youth programs, lead prevention initiatives, serve as mentors, and more.... [-]


Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program prepares students for the general practice of professional clinical psychology with particular focus on socially responsible practice [+]

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

 

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program prepares students for the general practice of professional clinical psychology with particular focus on socially responsible practice that includes education and training regarding the broader social and systemic factors that contribute to human dysfunction.

Our Psy.D. program aligns with the scholar-practitioner model of training and education developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology to develop knowledge, skills, and values in seven core competency areas: relationship, assessment, intervention, research and evaluation, consultation and education, management and supervision, and individual and cultural diversity.... [-]


Doctor of Psychology in Military Clinical Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Adler School offers a Military Clinical Psychology track within the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program. Today’s veterans have long been a marginalized population within society. Collectively they suffer above-average rates of [+]

Doctor of Psychology in Military Clinical Psychology

The Adler School offers a Military Clinical Psychology track within the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program.Today’s veterans have long been a marginalized population within society. Collectively they suffer above-average rates of psychological problems, substance abuse, suicide, and chronic homelessness. One of the most recognized veteran populations is from the Vietnam War, a population of people who were often marginalized the minute they stepped off the plane following their combat tours of duty. Veterans of that war, as well as the veterans of the current conflicts, often experience challenges with reintegration into society, preparing for additional deployment, recovering from a traumatic injury, trying to further their education, and trying to manage all of the above while attempting to seek treatment for mental health or substance abuse problems. Our military, retirees, veterans, and their families can be greatly assisted by trained clinical psychologists.... [-]


Master in Art Therapy

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

Deep respect for individual integrity; strong conviction about the healing dimension of the creative process; a commitment to helping people—these are the qualities of a successful art [+]

MA in Art Therapy

Deep respect for individual integrity; strong conviction about the healing dimension of the creative process; a commitment to helping people—these are the qualities of a successful art therapist. The Adler School’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy program will help you develop them.

The program combines traditional counseling theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process. The program prepares graduates to work in a variety of clinical, educational, and social service settings with diverse populations. These settings include medical and psychiatric hospitals, primary and secondary schools, wellness centers, children’s agencies, correctional facilities, geriatric settings, drug and alcohol treatment programs, community mental health centers, and violence shelters.... [-]


Master in Counseling & Organizational Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Master of Arts in Counseling & Organizational Psychology program combines the theories and skills of counseling psychology with organizational theory, design, and development to prepare [+]

MA in Counseling & Organizational Psychology

The Master of Arts in Counseling & Organizational Psychology program combines the theories and skills of counseling psychology with organizational theory, design, and development to prepare graduates to provide counseling and intervention for individuals, couples, families, work groups, and organizations. Upon graduation, you will be trained and qualified to be an entry level counselor with skills in assessing and providing intervention:

    •    In organizational settings on the level of the individual, in selection, leadership development, executive coaching, career assessment, and counseling.... [-]


Master in Counseling Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree prepares students to be knowledgeable in foundational theories and methods of clinical mental health counseling. Graduates of the program are [+]

Counseling Psychology

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree prepares students to be knowledgeable in foundational theories and methods of clinical mental health counseling. Graduates of the program are well prepared for a wide variety of mental health positions in human service agencies and organizations in both the public and private sectors. The program offers traditional graduate degree training coupled with an emphasis on the education and training in socially responsible practice. The comprehensive coursework and supervised practicum required for this program can be completed in a two-year period as a full-time student. Through our vast network of community partners, students are able to complete their practical training in a variety of different and specialized settings.... [-]


Master in Marriage and Family Counseling

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program is designed to prepare highly-skilled, entry-level therapists with specialized expertise in treating couples and families. Students are [+]

MA in Marriage and Family Counseling

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program is designed to prepare highly-skilled, entry-level therapists with specialized expertise in treating couples and families. Students are trained to perceive individuals, couples and families from systems perspective. The clinically-intensive course work and practicum experiences provide students with strong conceptual, assessment, treatment planning, and intervention skills based on the major models of couple and family therapy.

Marriage and family therapists work with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, substance abuse treatment programs, community mental health centers, correctional institutions, residential treatment programs and private practice. The ability to work with families is particularly valuable for clinicians treating children and adolescents.... [-]


Master in Police Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Master of Arts degree in Police Psychology is designed for individuals currently in the field of law enforcement. The Program is designed to provide a theoretical background in clinical and [+]

MA in Police Psychology

The Master of Arts degree in Police Psychology is designed for individuals currently in the field of law enforcement. The Program is designed to provide a theoretical background in clinical and social psychology and learn to apply the basic principles of these disciplines to managerial, field, interpersonal, and organizational concerns that arise within the police environment.

This Master of Arts degree is not designed to teach the student to conduct therapy or engage in psychological testing. There neither are clinical hours required nor a practicum to complete. This degree does not lead to any type of licensure or certification. Rather, this program is designed to teach students how to practically apply psychology to the field of law enforcement. A number of courses are team taught, combining experts from both fields of study.... [-]


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MA in Counselling Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology provides a foundation in counselling psychology theory and methodology. Along with coursework, the program offers hands-on, supervised training in [+]

MA in in Counselling Psychology

 

The Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology provides a foundation in counselling psychology theory and methodology. Along with coursework, the program offers hands-on, supervised training in counselling psychology techniques. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of community mental health positions in the public and private sectors.

This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Advanced Education for a renewed 5 year term effective November 14, 2011, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the Minister.

 

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MA in Emergency Management Leadership

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Adler School is poised to offer this program beginning fall 2013, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [+]

MA in Emergency Management Leadership

The Adler School is poised to offer this program beginning fall 2013, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In times of disaster on any scale, communities seek support, direction and leadership.  The field of emergency management is the core of coordination and support for prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts from disaster in communities. This program prepares students in developing the knowledge and skills of practices in the field of emergency management, with unique focus on the human and social factors inherent in all disasters.

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Emergency Management Leadership Program will develop the ability to understand complex social, emotional, psychological, and political dynamics to effectively serve and lead support processes addressing an impacted community’s needs. This program takes psychology out of the classroom and private practice, and into the community to provide direct, hands-on services to individuals and groups who need professionals with the expertise to provide immediate and long-term support.... [-]


MA in Forensic Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

As our social structures continue to evolve there is a need to appreciate the foundations of these changes from a social and psychological context. A fundamental need to appreciate how these [+]

MA in Forensic Psychology

As our social structures continue to evolve there is a need to appreciate the foundations of these changes from a social and psychological context. A fundamental need to appreciate how these social structures influence change at both the macro and individual levels exists today. The Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in Forensic Psychology program empowers students to apply their specialized knowledge within the forensic milieu.

Utilizing the four prongs of Forensic Psychology as a lens, students learn the fundamentals of:

    •    Criminal Psychology

    •    Police Psychology... [-]


MA in Human Rights Advocacy

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

This program provides students with an understanding of how to apply internationally established human rights standards, laws and treaties to advocate in domestic and international settings [+]

Human Rights Advocacy Concentration

This program provides students with an understanding of how to apply internationally established human rights standards, laws and treaties to advocate in domestic and international settings. Students will learn to create, analyze, write and campaign for policies at multiple levels of government. A focus on excellent communication skills will enable students to successfully work as policy professionals, lead organizations, advance an advocacy agenda and problem-solve in complex situations.

Through community-based learning, students will gain experience working directly on policy issues in nonprofit or government settings. Field work will provide students with opportunities to apply a human rights agenda to domestic or international advocacy work. Potential field work sites may include organizations such as Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, and the Global Fund for Women.... [-]


MA in Organizational Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

Integrating theory, research, applied skills, and community service, the Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology (MAOP) program prepares students to effect change by guiding and counselling [+]

MA in Organizational Psychology

Integrating theory, research, applied skills, and community service, the Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology (MAOP) program prepares students to effect change by guiding and counselling leadership. The program encompasses multiple disciplines—organizational psychology, organizational development, leadership practice, and counselling theory and practice—and offers a flexible format for professional learners.

 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

    •    At least a baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from a foreign university... [-]


MA in Public Policy and Administration

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Adler School is poised to offer this program beginning fall 2013, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [+]

MA in Public Policy and Administration

The Adler School is poised to offer this program beginning fall 2013, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration offers students an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to engage in advocacy, understand government and public policy, and manage non-profit, private and governmental organizations.   A focus on excellent communication skills will enable students to successfully lead organizations, advance an advocacy agenda, and problem-solve in complex situations.

This program is designed to provide students competencies in the following areas:... [-]


MA in Rehabilitation Counseling

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Adler School’s master of arts program in Counseling Psychology, Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling has been named the first program in a professional school of psychology to receive [+]

MA in Rehabilitation Counseling

The Adler School’s master of arts program in Counseling Psychology, Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling has been named the first program in a professional school of psychology to receive accreditation by CORE – The Council on Rehabilitation Education.The Adler School specialization in rehabilitation counseling received CORE’s accreditation in part because it infuses courses with three elements that CORE considers integral to rehabilitation counselor education: ethical behavior, diversity or individual differences, and critical thinking.

The program also exceeds CORE standards for internship and practicum experience by requiring students to complete 200 hours of Community Service Practicum—a curricular hallmark at the Adler School recognized as an “Innovative Practice in Graduate Education” by the American Psychology Association Board of Educational Affairs.... [-]


MA in Sport and Health Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

In the sports industry, issues such as eating disorders, ethical compromises, steroid and substance abuse problems, elitism, and exceedingly high expectations can sometimes negatively impact the health and well-being of athletes. In the Master of Arts in [+]

MA in Sport and Health Psychology

In the sports industry, issues such as eating disorders, ethical compromises, steroid and substance abuse problems, elitism, and exceedingly high expectations can sometimes negatively impact the health and well-being of athletes. In the Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology (MACSH) program, you’ll obtain a foundation in the theories and methods of counseling psychology related to maximizing clients’ health and sport performance. The program’s training will enable you to work in a variety of arenas, including obesity prevention and treatment, exercise promotion and adherence, prevention of select diseases, athlete performance enhancement, and more.... [-]