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.