In teaching, I stress the development of critical thinking skills, the importance of context, and the use of a systematic, scientific approach in assessment and treatment. My clinical experience with emotional disorders and substance abuse is reflected in my emphasis on the biopsychosocial approach. I encourage students to consider clients’ problems from a holistic perspective and to be aware of structural and systematic factors that maintain inequities in our society. Lastly, I encourage students to be familiar with current research findings and their implications in clinical practice.
In addition to Adlerian theory and practice, Adler University’s commitment to training students to become socially responsible clinicians distinguishes it from other schools. I choose to teach here because of the small school environment that fosters students’ awareness of diversity and the importance of sociocultural contexts in clinical practice.