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Chicago | Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs | Executive Director, Adler Community Health Services

Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.

Overview

Overview

Dr. Osten-Garner serves as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and as the Executive Director of Adler Community Health Services. He provides leadership for community engagement and clinical training across Adler University’s three campus system in addition to the Center for Civic Learning and Community Action and the Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship. Dr. Osten-Garner provides clinical and organizational leadership for the three community-embedded clinical training divisions of Adler Community Health Services two located in the Chicago, IL metro area and the third in the Vancouver, BC metro area. Dr. Osten-Garner provides thought leadership on health care reform, community engagement best practices, and application of socially responsible practice in clinical work.

Two important thoughts that Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said drive my attitude and behavior: “My life is my argument”, and “Example is not the main thing influencing others, it’s the only thing”.

“I am acutely aware of these tenets in my role as an academician, administrator, and clinician. It is a code of belief I strive to live by, and what guides my life course and decision-making. It is also the driving force behind all the efforts of the experiential learning and clinical services division of Academic Affairs, and of Adler Community Health Services (ACHS).

Our goal is to ensure students have meaningful training opportunities to apply the theoretical and hands-on learnings from the classroom in practice. Adler University students have access to robust clinical training that incorporates Adlerian principles with advanced clinical skills. As our students learn to treat the individual or family based on the various determinants of mental health, they also learn to empower communities on a broader scale. The social work of Adler’s programs and initiatives is driven by our mission of social justice.

Please email or call me 312.662.4205 if you have questions or would like more information about me. Learn more about me, by reading my CV.

Education

Education

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • B.A., Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Licensure

Licensure

  • State of Illinois, License # 071-007148
Professional Membership

Professional Membership

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
Select Publication

Select Publication

  • Osten, K. & Switzer, R. (2012). Integrating 12-Steps and Psychotherapy: Helping Clients Find Sobriety and Recovery. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Osten-Garner, K., & Fitzgerald, P. (2014). Healthcare reform and employee assistance programs. Presentation at the Annual Conference of Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Program Association. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2014). Integrating LGBTQ-competency into health curricula. Panelist at Chicago Department of Public Health. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2014). Insurance and billing basics for private practice and the upcoming changes with healthcare reform. Presentation at Chicago LGBT Behavioral Health Training Consortium. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2013). Healthcare reform—A primer of the changing healthcare landscape. Presentation at Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology). Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten, K. (2013). Healthcare reform and behavioral health training. Presentation at Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten, K. (2013). Innovative approaches to substance use/abuse in the LGBT community. Presentation at Howard Brown Health Center. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten, K. (2013). Addressing heteronormativity in clinical practice. Keynote Address given at Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology). Vancouver, Britsh Columbia.
  • Osten, K. (2013). Clinical Supervision of students working with sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. Presentation given at Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology). Vancouver, Britsh Columbia.
  • Osten, K. (2011). A forward vision for our work. Keynote address given at Chicago LGBTQ Task Force on Substance Use and Abuse. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Osten, K. (2011). Current trends in psychotropic and street combinations in college students. Presentation at Moraine Valley Community College. Palos Hills, Illinois.

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