The Corporation for National and Community Service announced today the Adler School of Professional Psychology has again earned a coveted spot on the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is the highest acknowledgment an institute of higher learning can receive from the federal government in recognition of its dedication to service learning, volunteerism, and community engagement.
Last year, more than 850 Adler School students provided more than 650,000 direct service hours to underserved communities—through their community and clinical practica, internships and service projects with more than 700 agencies with whom the Adler School partners to advance community health.
Among the initiatives for which the Adler School received Honor Roll recognition are its Youth Gun Violence Prevention Program, its master’s training program and the School’s hallmark Community Service Practicum.
For three years, the School’s Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE), Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) and Art Therapy faculty and students have partnered with Teamwork Englewood in Chicago’s impoverished Englewood community to provide the Youth Gun Violence Prevention Program. During five-hour summer sessions, through therapeutic arts programming, dialogue, presentations and field trips, Adler School faculty and students work with 11- to 17-year-old males involved as perpetrators or victims of gun violence. The program is designed to challenge the youths’ attitudes, values, norms and ideas about violence in Englewood, and empower them to become leaders through community change.
Through the Adler School master’s training program, faculty and clinical practicum students provide assessment, referral and brief therapy and motivational counseling—including otherwise unavailable short-term counseling services—at Old Irving Park Community Clinic, a free community clinic providing medical, mental health and substance abuse screening and primary care services to Chicago-area residents without health insurance and with difficulty accessing county medical services.
Through the Community Service Practicum—a curricular hallmark at the Adler School—first-year students each provide 200 hours of direct service with local community organizations to support their capacities and missions. In 2010-2011, 249 students worked with 172 organizations to provide 49,319 hours of service. Going beyond volunteerism, these practica are designed to provide social service agencies with needed resources to build capacity and implement systemic change to advancing and improving services to the populations they serve.
The 2012 Honor Roll recipients were announced today at the American Council on Education’s 94th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency dedicated to promoting and practicing community service and volunteerism throughout the country. Through programs such as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and United We Serve, the agency serves more than five million Americans in communities nationwide.
The Honor Roll was created in 2006 to publicly acknowledge colleges and universities that show a commitment to service learning and community engagement. The distinction identifies institutions dedicated to promoting the values of community service and engaging in relevant projects on campus, within the local community, and throughout the nation.
About the Adler School of Professional Psychology
The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for more than 50 years. Its mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. The Adler School has 13 graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia.
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