Adler is based on the principle that we prepare students as socially responsible practitioners—educated to be effective personal and social change agents in the pursuit of justice. What does that mean? We talked to the faculty directors of academic programs at our Vancouver Campus to get their definitions.
Cindy Weisbart, Psy.D., Program Director, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Our graduates will be ready to consider the social determinants of health that contribute to an individual’s suffering and they will be prepared to advocate for societal change that will lead to better health outcomes for all Canadians. We prepare them to take on leadership roles in health authorities, form innovative partnerships fostering collaborative health service, and consult to government regarding the cost-effectiveness of good mental health treatment.
Patrick O’Neill, Ph.D., Program Director, M.A. in Organizational Psychology
There are many ways for an organizational psychologist to create social, economic and environmental value in organizations and communities. By applying the science and principles of psychology and business, they help business leaders understand the shared values and beliefs that make up their organization’s culture. They can then design and implement systems for selecting, developing and retaining talented employees who will thrive in that culture and collectively lead the changes we wish to see in our world.
Asa-Sophia Maglio, Ph.D., Program Director, M.A. in Counselling Psychology and Master of Counselling Psychology
In addition to the intrapersonal and interpersonal factors that impact a person’s psychological and emotional health, practitioners must have an awareness of the social determinants of health as well as competency in diversity and inclusion. Importantly, we believe healing requires us to also work beyond the 50-minute counselling session to advocate for change in the social systems and policies that hinder well-being.
Duanita G. Eleniak, Ph.D., Program Director, Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy
A socially responsible art therapist will show clients how to ignite the raw material of imagination in order to actually see and touch new possibilities for a hopeful future; to elicit the emotions and vision required to transform systems, thus furthering the well-being of all.
Weaving together art, psychology, science, mythology, theology, heart, passion and commitment, we are able to move beyond the limitations of reason to dimensions that easily cross boundaries and allow for new and better forms to emerge.