The education and training of students who seek to be of service to individuals and the communities in which they live and work requires more than the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Adler University faculty believe that a profession is a calling that involves personal formation and the cultivation of values that are the foundation for a life of service. The advisement and mentoring of students is thus a critical element of achieving our goal of preparing socially responsible graduates.
This education and mentoring process begins immediately in a student's first year through the Professional Development Seminar. This small group experience occurs weekly through the first two semesters of a student's program. The seminar is conducted by a faculty member who serves as the student's advisor and includes a review of the University's mission, a discussion of the student's own personal mission, values clarification, and contemporary topics and issues in the practice of professional psychology. The seminar also plays an important role in preparing students for completing the academic requirements of the program.
This advisement process continues during practicum training through the Practicum Seminar, which is also a small group conducted by the student's faculty advisor. Consistent attention is provided through these seminars to students' personal and professional development.
Many informal channels are afforded to students, as well, that allow for close interaction with faculty regarding shared areas of interest. This can include working with faculty as a teaching assistant, assisting in research or scholarship, attending community events, serving on a faculty committee, or collaborating in some form of community service. The spirit of collaboration infuses the Adler community and encourages many opportunities for students to receive advisement and mentorship from a faculty committed to their growth.