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Chicago | Doctorate

Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program trains clinical psychologists to become socially responsible clinicians who empower individuals and strengthen communities around the globe. Our nationally recognized program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), and prepares students to promote health among society’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Graduates from our Psy.D. program meet all qualifications for the national licensure examination, and the program meets requirements of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists as well as state licensure guidelines.

Our program is designed to prepare clinical psychologists to work in diverse settings such as government agencies, mental health centers, and private practice.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Adler University’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) is a 114-credit hour program. Doctoral courses are scheduled during all three terms in an academic year. Classes are offered on weekdays as well as weekends during morning, afternoon and evening hours. Students should take courses in the proper sequence to satisfy prerequisites for advanced courses and to prepare for practicum placements. More detailed information, including course descriptions, can be found in the Adler University catalog here.

Degree Requirements

The following courses, exams, practica, seminars, dissertation, and internship are required for this degree.

Courses:

  • * PSY-600 Clinical Interviewing and Basic Skills (with Lab) 4 cr.
  • * PSY-623 Life Span Development 3 cr.
  • * PSY-642 Diversity and Individual Differences 3 cr.
  • * PSY-645 Ethics and Professional Development in Clinical Psychology 3 cr.
  • * PSY-648 Psychopathology I 3 cr.
  • * PSY-649 Psychopathology II 3 cr.
  • PSY-659 Community Psychology 3 cr.
  • * PSY-661 Integrative Assessment: Cognitive, Intellectual, and Academic Functioning (with Lab) 4 cr.
  • * PSY-662 Integrative Assessment: Personality I (with Lab) 4 cr.
  • * PSY-663 Integrative Assessment: Personality II (with Lab) 4 cr.
  • PSY-709 Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders 3 cr.
  • PSY-710 Adlerian Therapy I: Introduction to Assessment and Case Conceptualization 3 cr.
  • PSY-711 Adlerian Therapy II: Psychodynamics of Psychopathology and Interventions 3 cr.
  • PSY-724 Biological Bases of Behavior 3 cr.
  • PSY-737 Statistics 3 cr.
  • PSY-738 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I 3 cr.
  • PSY-739 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II 3 cr.
  • PSY-832 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior 3 cr.
  • PSY-833 Social Psychology 3 cr.
  • PSY-834 History and Systems 3 cr.
  • PSY-835 Social Determinants of Mental Health 3 cr.
  • PSY-910 Supervision and Management in Clinical Psychology 4 cr.
  • PSY-*** Basic Intervention Electives (two) 6 cr.
  • PSY-*** Advanced Intervention Elective 3 cr.
  • PSY-*** Basic or Advanced Intervention Elective 3 cr.
  • PSY-*** General Electives (five) 15 cr.
Qualifying Exams
  • PSY-704 Psy.D. Qualifying Examination I 0 cr.
  • PSY-790 Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination – Assessment Competency 0 cr.
  • PSY-890 Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination – Intervention Competency 0 cr.
Practica
  • * SJP-513 Social Justice Practicum I 1 cr.
  • * SJP-514 Social Justice Practicum II 1 cr.
  • PSY-760 Doctoral Practicum I 1 cr.
  • PSY-761 Doctoral Practicum II 1 cr.
  • PSY-762 Doctoral Practicum III 1 cr.
  • PSY-860 Doctoral Practicum IV 1 cr.
  • PSY-861 Doctoral Practicum V 1 cr.
  • PSY-862 Doctoral Practicum VI 1 cr.
  • PSY-960 Advanced Practicum I 1 cr.
  • PSY-961 Advanced Practicum II 1 cr.
Seminars
  • * PSY-667 Professional Development and Socially Responsible 1 cr.
    Practice Seminar I
  • * PSY-668 Professional Development and Socially Responsible Practice Seminar II 1 cr.
  • * PSY-669 1 cr.
Diversity Seminar

These seminars are now concurrent with the practicums above (total of 1 credit only for both the seminar and practicum)

  • PSY-750 Doctoral Practicum Seminar I
  • PSY-751 Doctoral Practicum Seminar II
  • PSY-752 Doctoral Practicum Seminar III
  • PSY-850 Doctoral Practicum Seminar IV
  • PSY-851 Doctoral Practicum Seminar V
  • PSY-852 Doctoral Practicum Seminar VI
  • PSY-950 Advanced Practicum Seminar I
  • PSY-951 Advanced Practicum Seminar II
Dissertation
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation I .5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation II .5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation III .5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation IV .5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation V. 5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation VI. 5 cr.
  • PSY-998 Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense 0 cr.
Internship
  • PSY-920 Doctoral Internship Full-Time I 0 cr.
  • PSY-921 Doctoral Internship Full-Time II 0 cr.
  • PSY-922 Doctoral Internship Full-Time III 0 cr. Or
  • PSY-923 Doctoral Internship Half-Time I 0 cr.
  • PSY-924 Doctoral Internship Half-Time II 0 cr.
  • PSY-925 Doctoral Internship Half-Time III 0 cr.
  • PSY-926 Doctoral Internship Half-Time IV 0 cr.
  • PSY-927 Doctoral Internship Half-Time V 0 cr.
  • PSY-928 Doctoral Internship Half-Time VI 0 cr.

Total Credit Hours Required: 114

*Successful completion of these courses is required before beginning clinical practicum.

 

Advanced Electives

Menu of Required Intervention Electives** All Psy.D. students Choose Two:

  • PSY-720 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Approaches I
  • PSY-721 Psychoanalytic Approaches I
  • PSY-722 Humanistic and Existential Therapy Approaches I
  • PSY-723 Couple and Family Therapy Approaches I
  • PSY-788 Military Couple, Family, and Group Psychotherapy (Military Emphasis students only; meets the requirement of PSY-723)

Menu of Required Advanced Intervention Electives** All Psy.D. students Choose One:

  • PSY-801 Psychoanalytic Approaches II
  • PSY-802 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Approaches II
  • PSY-803 Humanistic and Existential Therapy Approaches II
  • PSY-804 Couple and Family Therapy Approaches II
  • PSY-824 Advanced Adlerian Interventions and Assessment
General Electives

Psy.D. students choose five from the courses listed below (basic and/or advanced) Emphasis courses meet this requirement. Psy.D. students in their 2nd year or beyond

  • PSY-712 Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Addiction (Substance Abuse Treatment Emphasis course open to 2nd Year or beyond Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-753 Child & Adolescent Psychopathology (C&A emphasis course open to 2nd Year or beyond Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-756: Group Psychotherapy (this course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement)
  • PSY-763 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Across the Lifespan
  • PSY-783 Advanced Child & Adolescent Assessment (C&A emphasis course open to all students; open to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-784 Introduction to Military Psychology (Military emphasis course open to 2nd Year or beyond Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-785 Psychology of Combat & Conflict (Military emphasis students only)PSY-870 International Immersion and Cross-Cultural Studies
    3rd, 4th, and 5th Year Students
  • PSY-706 Trauma-Focused Approaches to Intervention (Traumatic Stress emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students; this course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement)*
  • PSY-713 Advanced Treatment of Addictive Disorders (Substance Abuse Treatment emphasis course open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-717 Primary Care Psychology (2 cr.) (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4t,h and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-718 Medical Terminology and Conditions for Primary Care (1 cr.) (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-719 Mindfulness Meditation (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-733 Theories and Techniques of Clinical Hypnosis (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-735 Assessment and Intervention in Behavioral Medicine (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-736 Assessment and Intervention in Behavioral Medicine II (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-754 Special Topics in the Treatment of Children, Adolescents and Families (This course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-757 Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (C&A emphasis course; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-758 Biofeedback (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. all students)*
  • PSY-764, Neuropsychological Assessment I, II, & III (respectively)
  • PSY-783 Advanced Child & Adolescent Assessment (C&A emphasis course open to all students; open to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-786 Trauma-Informed Treatment for Military Populations (Military emphasis students only)
  • PSY-787 Testing, Assessment & Treatment in DoD & VA Healthcare Systems (Military emphasis only)
  • PSY-805 Advanced Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (C&A emphasis course open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-806 Advanced Trauma-Focused Approaches to Interventions (Traumatic Stress emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-811 Advanced Issues in Co-Occurring Disorders (Traumatic Stress emphasis priority and Substance Abuse Treatment emphasis priority)
  • PSY-821 Neo-Adlerian Theory: Integration of Adlerian theory with Evidence Based Practice (Advanced Adlerian emphasis; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-822 Death, Dying, Bereavement and Loss-Focused Approaches to Intervention (Traumatic Stress emphasis and Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-823 Adlerian Parent Consultation and Family Therapy (Advanced Adlerian emphasis course open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students; this course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement)*
  • PSY-839 Advanced Statistical Techniques
  • PSY-864 Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment (Neuropsychological Emphasis students only – this emphasis is no longer available)
  • PSY-865 Neuropsychological Intervention Techniques (Neuropsychological Emphasis students only – this emphasis is no longer available)
  • PSY-877 Advanced Issues in Religion & Spirituality – Theory & Therapy
  • PSY-910 Psychopharmacology
  • PSY-930 Trauma, Grief, and Loss with Children, Family, and Adolescents (This course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-931 Developmental Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (This course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th Psy.D. year students)*
  • PSY-932 Assessment and Intervention with Adolescents and Young Adults (This course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*

Note: Students enrolled in an emphasis will have priority to register in emphasis courses that are open to non-emphasis Psy.D. students.
*Courses from an emphasis that may be taken by non-emphasis students.
**Basic intervention and advanced intervention courses taken in excess of the required amount will meet the requirement of a general elective.

General Electives Year One

Fall Term Credits = 14 Spring Term Credits = 11 Summer Term Credits = 9
PSY-623: Life Span Development (3 credits)PSY-642: Diversity and Individual Differences (3 credits)PSY-600: Clinical Interviewing and Basic Skills (4 credits, with lab)
PSY-645: Ethics and Professional Development in Clinical Psychology (3 credits)PSY-649: Psychopathology II (3 credits)PSY-669: Diversity Seminar (1 credits)
PSY-648: Psychopathology I (3 credits)PSY-668: Professional Development and Socially Responsible Practice Seminar II (1 credit)PSY-659: Community Psychology (3 credits)
PSY-667: Professional Development and Socially Responsible Practice Seminar I (1 credit)PSY-662: Integrative Assessment: Personality I (4 credits, with lab)PSY-663: Integrative Assessment: Personality II (3 credits, with lab)
SJP – 513: Social Justice Practicum (1 credit)SJP – 514: Social Justice Practicum (1 credit)
PSY-661: Integrative Assessment: Cognitive, Intellectual and Academic Functioning with Lab (4 credits, with lab)

General Electives Year Two

Fall Term Credits = 14 Spring Term Credits = 11 Summer Term Credits = 10
PSY-704: Psy.D. Qualifying Exam I (0 credits)PSY-711: Adlerian Therapy II: Psychodynamics of Psychopathology and Interventions (3 credits)PSY-724: Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
(3 credits) PSY-724: Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits) PSY-709: Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3 credits)PSY-738: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I (3 credits)PSY-739: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II (2 credits)
PSY-710: Adlerian Therapy I: Introduction to Assessment and Case Conceptualization (3 credits)PSY-751: Doctoral Practicum Seminar II (1 credit)PSY-752: Doctoral Practicum Seminar III (1 credit)
PSY-720: Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Approaches I (3 credits) Behavioral Therapy Approaches I (3 credits) PSY-761: Doctoral Practicum II (1 credit)PSY-762: Doctoral Practicum III (1 credit)
PSY-737: Statistics (3 credits) PSY-790: Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination-Assessment Competency (0 credits)Required Basic Intervention Elective (3 credits)
PSY-750: Doctoral Practicum Seminar I (1 credit)Required Basic Intervention Elective (3 credits)
PSY-760: Doctoral Practicum I (1 credit)

General Electives Year Three

Fall Term Credits = 11Spring Term Credits = 8 Summer Term Credits = 8
PSY-860: Doctoral Practicum IV (1 credit)PSY-832: Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (3 credits)PSY-835: Social Determinants of Mental Health (3 credits)
PSY-833: Social Psychology (3 credits)PSY-851: Doctoral Practicum Seminar V (1 credit)PSY-852: Doctoral Practicum Seminar VI (1 credit)
PSY-834: History and Systems (3 credits)PSY-861: Doctoral Practicum V (1 credit)PSY-862: Doctoral Practicum VI (1 credit)
PSY-850: Doctoral Practicum Seminar IV (1 credit)PSY-890: Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination -Intervention Competency (0 credits)PSY-897: Psy.D. Dissertation Proposal (0 credits)
PSY-896: Psy.D. Dissertation Preparation Seminar (0 credits)General Elective 1 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)General Elective 2 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)
Required Advanced Intervention Elective (3 credits)

General Electives Year Four

Fall Term Credits = 8Spring Term Credits = 5 Summer Term Credits = 5
PSY-901: Psy.D. Dissertation I (0 credits)PSY-902: Psy.D. Dissertation II (0 credits)PSY-903: Psy.D. Dissertation III (0 credits)
PSY-950: Advanced Practicum Seminar I (1 credit)PSY-910: Supervision and Management in Clinical Psychology (3 credits)PSY-912: Psychopharmacology (2 credits)
PSY-960: Advanced Practicum I (1 credit)PSY-951: Advanced Practicum Seminar II (1 credit)PSY-961: Advanced Practicum II (1 credit)
General Elective 3 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)General Elective 4 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)General Elective 5 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)

General Electives Year Five

Fall Term Credits = 0Spring Term Credits = 0Summer Term Credits = 0
PSY-920: Doctoral Internship (0 credits)PSY-921: Doctoral Internship (0 credits)PSY-922: Doctoral Internship (0 credits)
PSY-998: Psy.D. Dissertation Oral Defense (0 credits)
Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Careers

Our program is designed to prepare clinical psychologists to work in diverse settings such as:

  • Clinics and mental health centers
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Inpatient care centers and hospitals
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Substance abuse and drug treatment centers
  • School-based programs
  • Military organizations and VA hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Correctional and forensic sites
  • Academic and University settings
  • Private, group, and individual practices

Graduates from our program meet all qualifications for the national licensure examination and our program meets the requirements of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists as well as state licensure guidelines.

Professional Development & Training

Learn from leading scholars, researchers, clinicians, and educators who provide individualized mentorship and connect you to unique professional development opportunities.

Gain practical training through practicums and internships with the University’s network of hundreds of community partners, including clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, and government agencies. All students complete a final one-year full-time internship matching their clinical interests and can apply broadly to internship programs across the country.

All Psy.D. students receive individual support by faculty dedicated specifically to overseeing students’ clinical training experiences. These program-training faculty at Adler meet with all Psy.D. students to help them prepare for the clinical practicum application process, from reviewing CV’s, to helping students develop their training goals, to guiding them toward selecting training sites.

Adler University also offers two APA-accredited Doctoral internship programs through Adler Community Health Services (ACHS). The Community Mental Health internship at ACHS is exclusively for Adler University students and interns to provide clinical psychological services through local agency sites to children, adolescents, adults, and families in underserved communities. The program trains students to further the mission of Adler University by utilizing clinical knowledge and skills to strengthen communities, and become leaders of social change. Additionally, the second accredited internship, the Adler Juvenile Justice Internship is a collaboration with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and provides the opportunity to work in a juvenile corrections facility with adolescents in a state youth center.

We are proud to congratulate our students who have matched to our ACHS internships, and all of our students who will launch into this final capstone training experience.

Student Data

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • An academic record that demonstrates ability to fulfill the academic demands of the program. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate or graduate coursework.
  • A GRE general test score is required as part of the application for our Psy.D. program. The GRE must have been taken within 5 years of your intended start term. The GRE is only one component reviewed. Applicants are reviewed holistically, taking many factors into consideration.
  • Practicum or work experience in psychology or a related field is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.
  • The equivalent of 18 semester credit hours in psychology with grades of “C” or better, including the following prerequisite courses: general or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social and natural sciences may also be considered. Students may be admitted prior to completing these prerequisites, but all students must complete these courses by the end of their first semester of enrollment at the Adler University.
  • Approved applicants will be invited to a personal interview as a final step in the application process.

Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent (2-3 pages, double-spaced) answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
    • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
    • What are your career goals and interests?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
    • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
    • Unofficial transcripts may be accepted for any schools in which a degree was not received
    • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service
  • Three letters of Recommendation
    • These should be from someone who can specifically speak to your academic and professional abilities
    • At least one letter should be from someone with a doctoral degree
  • GRE test score (taken within the last 5 years)

Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview with faculty. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

Official transcripts should be sent to:

Adler University – Office of Admissions
17 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Official electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected].

 

For more information for International Applicants, click here.

Accreditation

Accreditation

Adler University’s Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: 202.336.5979

Emphases

Emphases

Students enrolled in the Psy.D. program can choose an emphasis to focus on a specific area in clinical psychology. Students apply to an emphasis of choice during their first or second year of study. During their first year, students interested in pursuing an emphasis should become acquainted with admissions criteria for their emphasis of choice, meet with the emphasis coordinator during the first year in the program, and attend emphasis activities.

Clinical Neuropsychology

Clinical neuropsychology is recognized by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and is one of the fastest-growing sub-specialties within psychology.

Adler University’s doctoral neuropsychology emphasis is designed to satisfy current professional guidelines for training clinical neuropsychologists, and to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to develop competence and proficiency in clinical neuropsychology.

Completion of the Emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology, within the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, prepares graduates to complete advanced work, leading to careers in clinical neuropsychology and to board certification. Past students have found work in hospitals, University settings, clinical research and clinical practice among other opportunities.

After graduating with the Psy.D. and the Clinical Neuropsychology emphasis, a year of postdoctoral training is required for licensure as a psychologist in most states and provinces. Graduates are expected to continue training on a postdoctoral level and to acquire additional supervised clinical experience to increase both general and subspecialty neuropsychology competencies.

Students officially apply to the Emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology after demonstrating strong performance in a series of prerequisite courses during their first and second year of the Psy.D. program.

Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy

Adlerian theory is a strength based and collaborative practice that emphasizes encouragement, belonging, and empowerment. We examine past and present conscious and nonconscious motivations and schemas or convictions in their social-cultural context.  We conceptualize symptom development from a biopsychosocial viewpoint emphasizing the reaction to lack of felt equality and belonging in the community.

Adlerian theory combines systemic, cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic theory.  Systemic in that we understand clients’ conscious and unconscious motivations and behaviors after reviewing the multiple systems and relationships they are embedded in.  Adlerians examine the current cognitive schemas and behaviors and value understanding clients using a biopsychosocial approach.  We inquire about the dynamics of the family of origin and value the therapeutic relationship.

Impact of Some Adlerians & Adler:

  • Person-Centered Therapy, Existential Therapy, Cognitive Theory, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Logotherapy, Strategic therapy, Constructivist therapy, Positive Psychology, and Family Therapy can trace their origins in Adlerian ideas (Carlson & Englar-Carlson, 2017).
  • Mamie and Kenneth B. Clarks’ dolls studies influence the decision in favor of not segregating children in school in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka.
  • The school founders’ Rudolf Dreikurs, Bernie Shulman, and Harold Mosak helped to establish the Illinois Psychological Act creating the license for clinical psychologists.
  • Adlerian parent education and Adlerian play therapy are Evidence-Based Practice.
Child and Adolescent Psychology

This emphasis within our Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program provides focused coursework, training, and mentorship that prepare students as clinical psychologists with the necessary knowledge, skills, and training to work with children, adolescents, young adults and their families, and the issues that impact their mental health and well-being.

Child and adolescent psychologists work in a range of settings with young people struggling with a range of mental health issues and challenges such as depression, anxiety, body image, drugs or alcohol, relationships, or coping with life changes such as parental divorce or death. They conduct formal diagnostic assessments, provide psychotherapy and other therapeutic services, develop community based youth programs, lead prevention initiatives, provide consultation, advocate for policy and more.

Through this emphasis, our students gain research- and practice-based understanding and skills related to assessment and intervention methods that are most appropriate to younger clients, as well as understanding of the broader structural and sociocultural factors that affect children and adolescents.

They are trained as practitioners with broad knowledge and specific skills in assessment, theory, research, and practice by faculty who are practicing clinicians as well as leading scholars, researchers, and educators with extensive child and adolescent experience—focusing in areas such as childhood depression and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, ADHD and other learning disorders, LGBTQ youth mental health, trauma, family systems, and multicultural treatment models.

Military Clinical Psychology

This nationally recognized emphasis within the University’s Psy.D. program prepares students for work as military clinical psychologists—in high demand for their specialized knowledge and approaches to working with the distinct psychological needs of military personnel, retirees, veterans, and their families.

Long marginalized within society, military veterans collectively suffer above average rates of psychological problems, substance abuse, suicide, and chronic homelessness. Whether as civilians or commissioned military personnel, military clinical psychologists are sought out to address these issues in positions in research, educational, and medical facilities; at military schools and bases; and in government, including agencies such as the Pentagon and service command headquarters.

Responsibilities of military psychologists can entail direct psychological services and counseling for military personnel and their families, during deployment and upon returning to civilian life. Military psychologists also provide clinical support for those who have experienced injuries and trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other psychological impacts as a result of military service. They also advance research and understanding on the psychology of modern combat and military operations.

Our students are trained for careers as commissioned military or civilian military psychologists with expertise in assessment, theory, and research.

Our teaching faculty members are practicing clinicians with significant military experience, leading scholars, researchers, educators, and advocates in the fields of military psychology and clinical psychology as a whole.

Adler University is also an active participant in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program.

Primary Care Psychology and Behavioral Medicine

More than four out of five physician visits are for problems with a significant psychological and/or behavioral component, such as obesity or diabetes. Our emphasis in primary care psychology & behavioral medicine—another fast-growing area of modern psychology—integrates clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, and healthcare.

Students learn evidence-based approaches and techniques related to key principles of primary care psychology, including mind/body interaction; pain definition and management; stress related illnesses and treatments; the role of behavioral factors in physical and psychological well-being; and the application of psychological assessment and intervention techniques to acute and chronic illness.

Understanding the impact of broader structural and systemic factors on well-being, and the role of the psychologist in healthcare delivery are emphasized. This emphasis is well suited for those interested in practice in primary healthcare settings, such as hospitals, group medical practices, community clinics, HMOs, and family practice centers. It is also a good fit for students who wish to intervene with medical patients in order to reduce physical symptoms, such as reduction in pain symptoms using mindfulness, reduction in blood pressure using biofeedback, or regulation of blood sugar in diabetics using behavioral management techniques in collaboration with a dietician.

Required courses provide students with knowledge and skills pertinent to several of the key principles of primary care psychology, including mind/body interaction; pain definition and management; stress-related illnesses and treatments; the role of behavioral factors in physical and psychological well-being; the application of psychological assessment and intervention techniques to acute and chronic illness; and an understanding of the impact of broader structural and systemic factors on well-being and the role of the psychologist in healthcare delivery.

Substance Abuse Treatment

This emphasis is designed to provide education and training in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) disorders. Coursework provides education in the theories, techniques, and core functions of substance abuse counseling, focused on evidence-based research and best-practice standards.

Adler University is accredited as an Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA). This certification process is based on the Illinois Model for Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors.

Traumatic Stress Psychology

This emphasis—the only such of its kind in the United States—offers students specialized knowledge and training to provide therapy and assessment services for individuals with symptoms of traumatic stress, including people who have experienced combat, disasters, accidents or life-threatening illness, or interpersonal violence. Students learn the practice skills to provide these individuals with research-supported clinical services and the support they need to improve their psychological, physical, social, and vocational functioning. An understanding of the broader structural and systemic factors that impact survivors’ well-being is emphasized.

Students will obtain the knowledge and skills to provide these individuals with research-supported clinical services and the support they need to improve their psychological, physical, social, and vocational functioning. An understanding of the broader structural and systemic factors that impact on survivors’ well-being is also emphasized.

Chicago Campus

Located in the heart of the city, the Adler Chicago campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world. Our technology is the very latest and best. In our Library, you will find every resource you need to research, form and shape your journey. At Adler, we have made it our mission to create a space with more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.

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Psy.D. Student Featured in Medill Reports Chicago for Work with Youth Program

Diana Chaidez, a student in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program was featured in a Medill Reports Chicago story about the Cities Mentor Project.

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