The Adler Child-Guidance Center (ACGC) was established to help care-providers meet the challenges and responsibilities of child guidance. Based on the importance of raising children who are responsible, cooperative, and respectful of self and others, the ACGC emphasizes democratic leadership, encouragement, and reliance upon respectful, non-oppressive, non-coercive methods of teaching discipline. The Center strives to meet the needs of diverse communities providing cost-effective, non-exclusionary services within the mission and vision of social justice and socially responsible practice.
Unfortunately, children don’t come with an instruction book and caregivers are generally left to rely on tradition or trial and error. Often, the goal of child-care is simply keeping children happy or quiet, yet this can lead to later difficulties in the form of unrealistic expectations or compromised self-esteem. Raising children can be quite challenging, yet it can be extremely joyful and rewarding. The Adler Child-Guidance Center was established to continue the work of the school’s namesake, Alfred Adler, and the school’s founder, Rudolf Dreikurs, by providing parent-education and child-guidance instruction to parents and other child-care providers. Child guidance is an adventure, and can be full of enjoyment, reward, and satisfaction. The ACGC’s mission is to help bring these outcomes about.
The Adler Child-Guidance Center offers many free of charge parent and care-giver education programs to targeted agencies, and offers a variety of workshops for parents, caregivers, teachers, child-care workers and others. Courses and workshops are held at the Adler School campus in downtown Chicago and in a variety of satellite venues throughout Chicagoland.