Initiatives

Illustrating our values and 
bringing the community together.

Illustrating our values and
bringing the community together.

Socially Responsible Practice Project

The most contemporary translation of our legacy is educating socially responsible practitioners who are relevant, flexible, and multiskilled enough to work in and improve a complex, diverse, and changing world. Socially responsible practice is the careful translation of our Adlerian heritage. This practice lives in our School culture, curricula, expected student competencies, Institutes, and the ways in which we engage communities. We believe we are doing visionary and exceptional work in this area. And we can do a better job; our legacy demands that we do.

Because of this, we launched the Socially Responsible Practice Project (SRP Project) Project as an initiative of our Strategic Plan. The goal of the SRP Project was to reflect on our organizational core competency of socially responsible practice toward developing better alignment in what we mean by socially responsible practice—which will improve our ongoing efforts of graduating socially responsible practitioners. Through a year-long schedule of conversations, events, and activities, our faculty, staff, students, and alumni from Chicago and Vancouver discussed and debated socially responsible practice, expressing perspectives in academic ways as well as through experiential means such as art and music.

The outcomes of this yearlong conversation are articulated in “The Socially Responsible Practice Project” White Paper, published in October 2012 as we celebrated the Adler School’s 60th Anniversary. This report serves to strengthen our collective understanding of socially responsible practice—as the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, health communities, and a more just society.

Click here to read “The Socially Responsible Practice Project.”

Common Book Program

In 2010, the Adler School of Professional Psychology launched the Common Book Program to develop community by creating dialogue across multiple constituencies on issues related to social justice and social responsibility.

2013 marks the fourth year of the Common Book Program and this year's selection is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

Book description: One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

Click here for information on upcoming Common Book Program events.

If you have questions regarding our Common Book Program, please email us.