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Dan Barnes, Ph.D., Director, Adler Community Health Services
Adler Community Health Services
Expands to Provide School-Based Psychological Services

CHICAGO--Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) at the Adler School of Professional Psychology has expanded its programs to provide school-based psychological services, with the addition of three new partnerships at Chicago schools this fall.

With the expansion, ACHS now partners to provide psychological services with six agencies serving underserved populations at 9 sites throughout metropolitan Chicago, in school-based, forensic, and primary-care settings.

At the partner agencies’ sites, Adler School doctoral students provide needed psychological services as part of their clinical intern- and externship training under supervision by ACHS licensed clinical psychologists. Services include psychotherapy and counseling; psychological assessments; consultations; and psychoeducational workshops and groups for children, adolescents, adults, and families in the areas of depression, anxiety, school adjustments, conflict, grief and loss, partner distress, and substance abuse.

Since fall 2011, ACHS has provided service at St. Dorothy School, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school of the Archdiocese of Chicago in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood. The three new schools that have partnered with ACHS to offer school-based psychological services for students and families are:

  • Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, Chicago Public Schools’ first charter high school for the health sciences, and Rudy Lozano Justice and Leadership Academy, a charter alternative high school focused on social justice and student-centered learning. Both schools, associated with Instituto del Progreso Latino, are located in the Heart of Chicago community on Chicago’s lower West Side.
  • Youth Community Leadership Academy, an alternative high school of Youth Connection Charter School on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.

In addition to its new school partnerships, ACHS has also partnered to provide psychological services for clients of Community Alternatives Unlimited. The Chicago-based agency provides independent case management services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including developmental disabilities, mental health needs, hearing, visual and physical impairments.

ACHS also works with longtime partner agency St. Leonard’s Ministries, to provide services at two residential rehabilitation facilities for formerly incarcerated men and women, and with the Safer Foundation, working with men at two adult transition centers during the work-release phases of their incarceration.

In the primary care sector, ACHS provides psychological service for patients—many of them homeless, living with HIV, or both—at the Uptown clinic of Heartland Health Outreach, the healthcare arm of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights.

“The Adler School’s founding philosophy, mission and curricula redefine mental health professionals' roles and responsibilities to advocate for and engage communities in community-based care,” said Dan Barnes, Ph.D., ACHS Director.

“With our agency partners, we are able to provide community-based care for underserved populations throughout the Chicago region—especially during this time of declining resources that limit more and more agencies from providing critically needed mental health services.”

About the Adler School

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who continue the visionary work of Alfred Adler throughout the world. The Adler School offers 13 graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


Kim McCullough
Director of Communications
(312) 662-4124 or via email