Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI) will honor the Adler School of Professional Psychology for its work on military mental health issues at “The Magic of Hope,” MHAI’s 26th annual gala on March 9 in Chicago. The gala will highlight MHAI’s statewide initiatives to improve support and services in Illinois for military service members, veterans, and their families, including the “It Only Takes One” suicide prevention campaign.
MHAI will honor the Adler School and Health & Disability Advocates, a Chicago-based nonprofit advocacy organization, as its partners in advancing veterans’ mental health, specifically in addressing the alarming increase in suicide rates among military veterans.
The Adler School is recognized for its longtime work with military mental health. Faculty are highly involved in military mental health issues, and regularly called upon by local, regional, and national media and officials for their expertise. Faculty and students collaboratively organize ongoing educational programs and initiatives, present, and serve as spokespersons testifying for government bodies at all levels calling attention to the need for psychological health, services, and well-being of military populations and their families.
Students are also highly active in the School’s student organization established in 2009 for military psychology, advised by Joseph E. Troiani, Ph.D., C.A.D.C., retired U.S. Navy commander, Adler School Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Coordinator of the Military Clinical Psychology Track in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree program.
Speaking on behalf of the Adler School at the MHAI gala will be Adler School President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., and Staff Sergeant Len A. Dannhaus, a student in the Adler School's Psy.D. Military Clinical Psychology Track.
S. Sgt. Dannhaus served 15 years on active duty with the U.S. Army. He enlisted in February 1991 as a medic and served until 2001, when he was honorably discharged and entered the Army Reserves. After 9/11, he re-enlisted for active duty as a Calvary Scout and served two tours in Iraq. A recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, three U.S. Army Commendation Medals for Valor in Iraq, the U.S. Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Badge, S. Sgt. Dannhaus was honorably discharged in June 2006.
He worked for 18 months at the Penrose Hospital Emergency Department in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and later as an LPN at an Evans Army Community Hospital family medicine clinic, before coming to the Adler School. At the Adler School, he has completed a Community Service Practicum with The Soldier’s Project and is currently completing a diagnostic practicum at Will County Behavioral Health in Child and Adolescent Services.
The MHAI 26th Annual Gala “The Magic of Hope” takes place 6:30 p.m. to midnight March 9 at the InterContinental – Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. For more information or tickets for the event, contact MHAI. Founded in 1909, MHAI is Illinois’ longest serving non-profit mental health advocacy and public education organization dedicated to serving those in our community suffering from mental and emotional disorders.
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 graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.
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