The Adler School Named to President's Honor Roll, Recognized for Community Service

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The Adler School of Professional Psychology was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.

Students at the Adler School of Professional Psychology's Chicago Campus volunteered nearly a quarter of a million community service hours in 2008, reflecting an all-encompassing commitment to social responsibility and resulting in the School being named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.

Dedication to community service is woven throughout the fabric of the Adler School, evidenced not just by curricula founded in social responsibility, but by the breadth of programs and devotion of students and teachers to making real and lasting change in the world.

"The School takes very seriously its mission to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice," said Ray Crossman, Ph.D., President of the Adler School. "We're pleased to be named to the President's Honor Roll, particularly in light of President Obama's background in community service and commitment to social justice."
Among the myriad evidence of dedication to social justice at the Adler School include:

  • A non-clinical practicum required of all first-year students, the Community Service Practicum is designed to give students leadership experience affecting social issues by linking them with a project through one of 500 community partners. One such partnership involved Adler School students in the development of a health education program for HIV-positive inmates at Cook County Jail.
  • Adler School Students provide more than 500,000 hours of direct services to our communities each year through participation in clinical practica that support marginalized and underserved populations. Whether working within a hospital-based psychiatric program for the deaf, using sign language to assess the mental health needs of young patients - or helping abused children to heal through the use of art therapy, Adler School students are making a difference in our local communities on many levels.
  • Charged with furthering social justice for underserved and disadvantaged communities, the Adler Institutes - the Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) and the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) are tackling issues such as gun violence, global health disparities, and poverty through a wide variety of program, research, and community conversations that are creating real change in our communities. For instance, through ISE, Adler School students worked together as part of Team Englewood to provide a program for teenage boys in the violence-ridden Englewood neighborhood.

"Congratulations to the Adler School and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities," said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that runs the AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs. "Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service."

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is an acknowledgement that college students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector. In 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation.

More About the Corporation for National and Community Service:
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America Programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov

More About the Adler School of Professional Psychology:
The Adler School has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for over 50 years. The School's mission is to turn out socially responsible graduates that practice psychology throughout the world. The Adler School has ten graduate-level programs with approximately 900 students enrolled at campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information visit Adler.edu/Vancouver, call 604-482-5510.

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