Jay Colker, D.M. Chicago Campus

"My teaching philosophy has its roots in Adlerian psychology: mutual respect, shared accountability and responsibility, pragmatic, creative, and flexible." - Jay Colker, D.M

"My teaching philosophy has its roots in Adlerian psychology: mutual respect, shared accountability and responsibility, pragmatic, creative, and flexible." - Jay Colker, D.M

Jay Colker, D.M.
Core Faculty
M.A. in Counseling and Organizational Psychology Program

My teaching philosophy has its roots in Adlerian psychology: mutual respect, shared accountability and responsibility, pragmatic, creative, and flexible. I view my students as my customers and my goal is to provide a great experience while holding a high standard for learning and development.

My background and experiences cover both counseling and organizational psychology. I have 20 years of clinical experience and managing clinical facilities and 18 years of organizational development work as a consultant and as a senior human resources executive. I had the honor of being trained clinically by more than 10 people who were directly trained by Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs. My experiences in organizational development include both consulting to Fortune 500 companies and smaller organizations and responsibilities internally as Chief Learning Officer to a multi-billion dollar international corporation.

In working with students, I have a number of goals. I would like students to find their own style and voice and tap into their strengths and capabilities to be positive change agents. I would like students to value diversity and accept the uniqueness of every individual while recognizing we share a common bond of social interest. Every individual has a place and must be treated with dignity and respect. Finally, I would like students to become leaders and innovators while maintaining commitment and focus on social responsibility.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4317) if you have questions or would like more information about me. 

Education

  • D.M., Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix
  • M.B.A., Business Administration/Management, Loyola University of Chicago
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Alfred Adler Institute; currently Adler School of Professional Psychology  
  • B.A., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Aurora University

Professional Memberships

  • The Organizational Development Network of Chicago
  • North American Society of Adlerian Psychology

Select Publications

  • Colker, J. (2008). A grounded theory approach to developing a theory of leadership through a case study of ShoreBank. D.M. dissertation, University of Phoenix, United States -- Arizona.
  • Colker, J. & Niswonger, D. (1997). What Do I Do If?...Practical Solutions to Common Parenting Problems, Chicago: Infotele, Inc.
  • Colker, J. & Slaymaker, F. (1984). Reliability of idiographic interpretation of early recollections and their nomothetic validation with drug abusers. Individual Psychology, (40)1, 36-44.
  • Colker, J. (1980). Holistic drug abuse treatment. In Drug: Problems for the 70’s, Solutions for the 80’s. Faulkinberry, R. (Ed.). Lafayette, Louisiana: Endac Enterprises
  • Colker, J. & Funk, E. (1978). Psychodrama and the Willhite. In Life Style: Theory, Practice, and Research, Eckstein, D. & Baruth, L.G. (Eds.),Debuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt.

Select Presentations

  • Colker, J. Utilizing Adlerian open forum counseling model in leadership development. Accepted for Poster Presentation, North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, 2012 Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 2012.
  • Colker, J. Engagement from the inside out. Presented at the Chief Learning Officer Summit, Braselton, GA, April 2010.
  • Colker, J. Change management. Branch Manager Training, Chennai, India sponsored by ShoreCap Exchange.
  • Colker, J. Team building. Branch Manager Training, Chennai, India sponsored by ShoreCap Exchange, April 2009.
  • Colker, J. Using HR for High Performance Growth Conference, Luxembourg; facilitated leadership sessions, May 19-21, 2008.

Awards

  • The Outstanding Alumni Award, October 22, 2011 from the Adler School of Professional Psychology