Adler Students as Agents for Social Change
The Adler School trains practitioners to work with communities
Traditionally, psychology is one-on-one counseling for those who can afford it. Through uniquely emphasizing social justice, the Adler School trains practitioners to work with communities—to provide mental health care for all who need it.
St. Dorothy’s School on Chicago’s South Side is one such community. To get to class, the elementary school’s students must walk streets where drug deals are common.
Some have witnessed shootings; some have lost loved ones to gang violence or incarceration. Many live in single-parent households. Others do not live with their parents. They stay with other family members, moving from home to home.
To provide mental health support for these students, along with their families and the entire school community, St. Dorothy School partnered with Adler Community Health Services’ (ACHS) in 2011. In doing so, it joined the ever-expanding network of agencies working with the Adler School to help strengthen vulnerable communities.
ACHS partners with established agencies to provide intern- and externship training for Adler School doctoral students, who provide the agencies’ underserved populations with services such as psychotherapy and counseling; psychological assessments; consultations; and psychoeducational workshops and groups.