Adler Community Health Services
Adler Community Health Services
Adler Community Health Services (ACHS), a division of Adler University, provides extensive psychological services for underserved communities in the Chicago area. Services are provided primarily by graduate students, who work under the supervision of experienced licensed staff clinical psychologists. Additional supervision may be provided by consultants or individuals holding supervisory responsibility at partner locations.
ACHS emphasizes the values of scientific rigor, social justice, and compassion. Our graduate students and staff psychologists are dedicated to understanding fellow humans in terms of their innermost emotional experience, social context, and biology so that those we serve are valued as holistic beings that span multiple dimensions. ACHS emphasizes the highest standards of ethical and professional practice, and honors its work with individuals in all their rich diversity.
ACHS provides psychological services informed by the mission of Adler University, through clinicians who promote, engage and advance socially responsible practice, thus engaging communities, and advancing social justice. Through rigorous program evaluation and training standards, ACHS excels as a leader in the provision of services for the underserved.
The ACHS programs and services are designed to assist children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups in dealing with personal issues including marital/family problems, depression, anxiety, stress, school adjustments, family conflict, partner distress, grief/loss, substance abuse, and other emotional/psychological issues. In the spirit of socially responsible practice, ACHS reaches out and provides services to the underserved and disadvantaged.
ACHS is comprised of two divisions: Community Services and Juvenile Justice. The Community Services division offers five programs: Community Mental Health Services, Forensic (Criminal Justice) Services, Neuropsychological Services, Primary Care Services and School Based Services. Through these programs partnerships are formed with agencies serving those suffering from persistent and severe mental disorders, incarcerated or recently incarcerated individuals, HIV affected persons, homeless people, disadvantaged students from pre-K through college and individuals with various degrees of neurological impairment. The Juvenile Justice division through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice serves incarcerated youth at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, Illinois.
The ACHS service delivery model involves developing partnerships with agencies who serve underserved and disadvantaged populations thus bringing psychological services to those populations in their communities.
ACHS’ Training Programs
ACHS training programs include the Community Services Division’s Community Mental Health Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and the Juvenile Justice Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology. Additionally, both divisions offer psychotherapy, diagnostic assessment and advanced externships (practica). The Community Mental Health Pre-Doctoral internship, known as the Adler Community Mental Health Internship (ACMHI), is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Post-doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The Juvenile Justice Pre-Doctoral Internship program is known as the Adler Juvenile Justice Internship (AJJI) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Post-doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).