I’m not saying that as a therapist I’m going to solve gun violence, or come up with one catch-all solution for families to communicate better. But if my peers and I can practice in a way that works to impact what affects families and communities, then we will be socially responsible.
Like many of my fellow graduates, I am not a Chicago native. I moved here from Denver. Two years later, I know how to navigate the entire city by CTA, survive a demanding work and class schedule with too little sleep and too much caffeine, and how to utilize mental health resources in order to help the community I now call home.
I learned of McDowell County in West Virginia, the poorest county within, arguably, the poorest state in our nation. I learned of the numerous disadvantages experienced by its residents who see their future in the mirror of their past. And I remember Adler’s words: “If we do not live in a suitable societal situation, we have the obligation to change it.”
I came to the Adler School because I wanted to be properly trained as a therapist. At the time, I did not realize how immensely this institution was going to impact me personally and professionally, but it has forever changed me.
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, …
Our vision is to transform social injustices into health equities and social justice for all populations. Our focus is less about what’s wrong with people—and more about what can happen in communities of people, about what is possible.
“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 …