The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Encouraged, with More Work Ahead
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The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Encouraged, with More Work Ahead

We are encouraged. In the year since our global conference on “The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Paving the Way Forward,” we have been encouraged by the rapidly increasing conversations and action with and among practitioners, researchers, philanthropists, communities, and policymakers who are advancing and applying social determinants thinking, and a “Health in All Policies” approach, to the policies, social conditions, … Continue reading

‘We practitioners carry both a privilege and responsibility to impact contextual factors’
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‘We practitioners carry both a privilege and responsibility to impact contextual factors’

This week, faculty, students, staff and leadership came together for the Adler School’s first-ever school retreat, focused on the meaning of social justice and socially responsible practice. Among those offering opening remarks on this was Kevin Osten, Psy.D., Core Faculty and Director of our LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center: We welcome all of you … Continue reading

Sexual Violence and Why Advocacy Matters: A Discussion with ‘Project Unbreakable’ Founder Grace Brown
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Sexual Violence and Why Advocacy Matters: A Discussion with ‘Project Unbreakable’ Founder Grace Brown

Janna Henning, JD, Psy.D., Associate Professor, Adler School of Professional Psychology Sexual violence remains prevalent in the United States. Cultural factors—including legal and political systems and the media—strongly influence how it is viewed and defined, says Janna Henning, J.D., Psy.D., Adler School Associate Professor and Coordinator of its Psy.D. Traumatic Stress Psychology Concentration. For example, some politicians … Continue reading

Where Does the Path to Violence Begin?
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Where Does the Path to Violence Begin?

Today, February 15, President Obama visits Chicago. He is expected to address the city’s — and America’s — struggle with gun violence. How will the President’s visit change our conversation and our actions? Chicago and the nation are remembering 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, killed so recently here in Chicago, as an innocent victim of tragic gun violence. When will all children who die on our … Continue reading

Examining society’s popular images, the relationships we see, and equality this Valentine’s Day
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Examining society’s popular images, the relationships we see, and equality this Valentine’s Day

The range of expressions of love and relationships in popular images, media, and traditional greeting cards remains severely limited. The Adler School’s LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center is encouraging that discussion among faculty and our students preparing as socially responsible practitioners. We’d like to share that discussion here. “The purpose is to raise awareness … Continue reading

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Continuing Alfred Adler’s Call for Socially Responsible Practitioners

“The honest psychologist cannot shut his eyes to social conditions which prevent the child from becoming a part of the community and from feeling at home in the world, and which allow him to grow up as if he lived in an enemy country. ” – Alfred Adler In observing Alfred Adler’s birthday today (b. 1870), and that … Continue reading

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Reversing the question on depression and mental illness in the workplace

The World Health Organization has estimated depression will become the second most common cause of disability in the developed world by 2020, behind only cardiovascular disease.  To examine the economic and human costs of mental illness on individuals and businesses, the British Columbia-based BC Business recently brought together three experts for a Q&A Round Table: Mental Illness … Continue reading

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3rd Annual Counselling Psychology Research Conference in BC: Have You Registered?

Thanks to all who submitted papers this week for the 3rd Annual Counselling Psychology Research Conference in British Columbia, taking place March 1-2 at the Adler School’s Vancouver Campus. The Adler School is honored to organize and host this year’s conference, chaired by Lee D. Butterfield, Ph.D., R.Psych., Director of  our M.A. in Counselling Psychology and Master of … Continue reading

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Discussing Community-Based Approaches to Youth Crime and Justice in Cook County

On Thursday, a group of leaders in Chicago’s movement to build a stronger, more effective, and more holistic approach to juvenile justice is gathering at the Adler School.  Convened by our Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, these justice officials, community leaders and youth advocates will be here to talk about promising practice and trends in community-based … Continue reading

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Continuing Discussion on the Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health

Here at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and our Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE), we continued fielding  feedback and ideas on “The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Paving the Way Forward,” our two-day conference this fall.  It  brought leading global experts on the social determinants of mental health to Chicago—and generated significant discussion throughout the meeting and online about the … Continue reading