Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D., Executive Director

Adler Community Health Services

The social work of Adler's programs
and initiatives is driven by our
mission of social justice.

– Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.
Executive Director, ACHS

 

 

Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.
Executive Director, ACHS
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Two important thoughts that Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said drive my attitude and behavior: “My life is my argument”, and “Example is not the main thing influencing others, it’s the only thing”.

I am acutely aware of these tenets in my role as an academician, administrator, and clinician. It is a code of belief I strive to live by, and what guides my life course and decision-making. It is also the driving force behind all the efforts of the experiential learning and clinical services division of Academic Affairs, and of Adler Community Health Services (ACHS).

Our goal is to ensure students have meaningful training opportunities to apply the theoretical and hands-on learnings from the classroom in practice. Adler University students have access to robust clinical training that incorporates Adlerian principles with advanced clinical skills. As our students learn to treat the individual or family based on the various determinants of mental health, they also learn to empower communities on a broader scale. The social work of Adler's programs and initiatives is driven by our mission of social justice.

Please email or call me 312.662.4205 if you have questions or would like more information about me. Learn more about me, by reading my CV.

Education

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • B.A., Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Licensure

  • State of Illinois, License # 071-007148

Professional Membership

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

Select Publication

  • Osten, K. & Switzer, R. (2012). Integrating 12-Steps and Psychotherapy: Helping Clients Find Sobriety and Recovery. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Select Presentations

  • Osten-Garner, K., & Fitzgerald, P. (2014). Healthcare reform and employee assistance programs. Presentation at the Annual Conference of Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Program Association. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2014). Integrating LGBTQ-competency into health curricula. Panelist at Chicago Department of Public Health. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2014). Insurance and billing basics for private practice and the upcoming changes with healthcare reform. Presentation at Chicago LGBT Behavioral Health Training Consortium. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2013). Healthcare reform—A primer of the changing healthcare landscape. Presentation at Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology). Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten, K. (2013). Healthcare reform and behavioral health training. Presentation at Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten, K. (2013). Innovative approaches to substance use/abuse in the LGBT community. Presentation at Howard Brown Health Center. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten, K. (2013). Addressing heteronormativity in clinical practice. Keynote Address given at Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology). Vancouver, Britsh Columbia.
  • Osten, K. (2013). Clinical Supervision of students working with sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. Presentation given at Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology). Vancouver, Britsh Columbia.
  • Osten, K. (2011). A forward vision for our work. Keynote address given at Chicago LGBTQ Task Force on Substance Use and Abuse. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten, K. (2011). Current trends in psychotropic and street combinations in college students. Presentation at Moraine Valley Community College. Palos Hills, Illinois.