Mark Bilkey, Psy.D. Chicago Campus

"I believe we learn best through the free   
expression of our unique views in a thoughtful,  
challenging environment." Mark Bilkey

"I believe we learn best through the free
expression of our unique views in a thoughtful,
challenging environment." Mark Bilkey

Mark Bilkey, Psy.D.
Program Director, M.A. in Gerontological Counseling
Department Co-Chair, M.A. in Counseling Psychology

One distinguishing feature of the Adler School that is dear to me is our M.A. in Gerontological Counseling program. It’s so rare and yet so necessary to address the tremendous need for skilled counselors to work with older adults. In combination with our focus on social justice and community involvement, it’s these kinds of programs that make our school special.

As a teacher, I strive to bring energy, current knowledge, fun, and respect to my classroom. Teaching is a wonderfully collaborative process; I believe we learn best through the free expression of our unique views in a thoughtful, challenging environment. For example, I deny students the right to misunderstand—I engage in active listening and deliver clear statements grounded in common sense until they do understand. We need to prepare them with tools for life’s tests. We need to help them find a place in this world, a way to contribute to society, the intrinsic value of social connectedness, and the power to make a difference.

A student recently said to me, “I am so happy to be at Adler because I now realize the many opportunities to use my skills in making a difference in the world.” I feel the same about teaching at Adler. It’s a wonderful culmination of my last fifteen years of helping individuals, families, and organizations. Now I am preparing the next generation to do the same.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4327) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, 1997
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, 1992
  • B.A., Family and Consumer Resources, Wayne State University, 1984

Professional Memberships

  • American Society on Aging
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
  • Gerontological Society of America

Select Presentations

  • Adlerian Principles Applied with Three Unique Groups of Older Adults, North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, June 2010
  • Structured Reminiscence: Using Early Recollections as a Diagnostic Technique, American Society on Aging, March 2010
  • Optimal Aging and the Tasks of Life, Truman College, December 2009
  • Creating Wellness in the Tasks of Life, Healthy, Sexy, & Older, Crossroads: HIV and Aging Conference, October 2009