Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D. Chicago Campus

“As our students learn to treat the individual or family’s   
mental health,they also learn to empower communities 
to create social change on those factors impacting health  
on a broader scale.” 
- Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.

“As our students learn to treat the individual or family’s
mental health,they also learn to empower communities
to create social change on those factors impacting health
on a broader scale.”
- Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.

Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Division of Community Engagement

There are two important thoughts that Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said that drive my attitude and behavior: “My life is my argument” and “Example is not the main thing influencing others, it’s the only thing”. These tenets are acutely in my awareness in my role as an academician, clinician, and administrator. It is a code of belief and behavior that I strive to live by, and what determines my course in life and decisions I make on a daily basis. It is also the driving force behind all of the efforts of the experiential learning and clinical services division of Academic Affairs.

Our goal is to ensure that students have meaningful training opportunities to robustly develop the application of their theoretical and applied knowledge from the classroom room. Adler University students have unique training that combines social justice techniques with clinical skills. As our students learn to treat the individual or family’s mental health, they also learn to empower communities to create social change on those factors impacting health on a broader scale. I believe social justice work is a journey you participate in alongside a community, driven by the community.

Please e-mail 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 concentration), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Professional Membership

  • American Psychological Association

Select Publication

  • Osten, K and 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. Annual Conference, Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Program Association, Chicago, IL
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2014). Integrating LGBTQ-Competency into Health Curricula. Panelist, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2014). Insurance and Billing Basics for Private Practice, and the Upcoming Changes with Healthcare Reform. Chicago LGBT Behavioral Health Training Consortium, Chicago, IL
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2013). Healthcare Reform – A Primer of the Changing Healthcare Landscape. Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Osten, K. (2013). Healthcare Reform and Behavioral Health Training. Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training, Chicago, IL
  • Osten, K. (2013). Innovative Approaches to Substance Use/Abuse in the LGBT Community. Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago IL
  • Osten, K. (2013). Addressing Heteronormativity in Clinical Practice. Keynote Address, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver, BC
  • Osten, K. (2013). Clinical Supervision of Students Working with Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Minorities. Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver, BC
  • Osten, K. (2011). A Forward Vision for Our Work. Keynote address for the Chicago LGBTQ Task Force on Substance Use and Abuse, Chicago, IL
  • Osten, K. (2011). Current Trends in Psychotropic and Street Drug Combinations in College Students. Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL