Institutes & Centers

Training the next generation of socially responsible practitioners.

Training the next generation of socially responsible practitioners.

Institutes & Centers

Our Institutes and Centers are some the main vehicles by which the Adler School engages communities and advances social justice.

The Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) seeks to analyze the ways in which structural features of society condition human welfare; Stimulate public dialogue on the underlying causes of disadvantage and on possible solutions; and engage in practical work that sheds light on and addresses social marginalization. The purpose of ISE is to build strategic alliances to ensure that all members of society have safe housing, quality education and healthcare, fair terms of employment, nutritious food, personal safety, and judicial equity. The ISE works to dismantle the barriers to these essential rights, opportunities, and resources by advocating for structural change in our society.

The purpose of the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) is to meet public safety challenges with socially just solutions. The IPSSJ works with community groups, peer institutions, and systems partners to address public safety challenges. By forging creative collaborations, the IPSSJ aims to devise empirically sound methods beyond mere suppression to create environments where a more lasting and meaningful sense of peace and wellness can prevail. The IPSSJ believes that by working together, bringing all concerned into the mix, we can improve urban safety outcomes by enhancing human potential and community wellness.

The Adler School’s LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center strives to be the leader in educating and training culturally-competent clinicians in social justice and service delivery for gender and sexual minorities. The purpose of this center is to advance the wellness and quality of life for gender and sexual minorities on an individual and systemic level. They are committed to addressing the needs of those most underserved and underrepresented within these minority groups. Through the application of our principles they aim to improve understanding, inclusion, and service delivery through education, community engagement, and research.

The Adler Child-Guidance Center (ACGC) was established to help care-providers meet the challenges and responsibilities of child guidance. Based on the importance of raising children who are responsible, cooperative, and respectful of self and others, the ACGC emphasizes democratic leadership, encouragement, and reliance upon respectful, non-oppressive, non-coercive methods of teaching discipline. The Center strives to meet the needs of diverse communities providing cost-effective, non-exclusionary services within the mission and vision of social justice and socially responsible practice.

Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) provides psychological services to underserved populations through its clinical training programs. ACHS training programs include the Adler Community Mental Health Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology as well as psychotherapy and diagnostic assessment externships (practica). The internship is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Post-doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).