Nov 28, 2021  
2021 - 2022 Adler Catalog 
  
2021 - 2022 Adler Catalog

Adler Community Health Services


Adler Community Health Services (ACHS), a center of Adler University, provides students the opportunity to learn trauma- and evidence-informed mental health and substance use services alongside inter-professional teams in local agencies serving vulnerable communities in the greater Chicago and Vancouver metro areas. ACHS is composed of three divisions: Division of Community Health Chicago; Division of Juvenile Justice Illinois; and Division of Community Health Vancouver.

Both the Division of Community Health Chicago and Division of Juvenile Justice Illinois offer American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral internship programs for students in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program. Both of these Divisions are also members of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and participate in the APPIC match process. The Division of Community Health Chicago has eight APA-accredited internship positions for Adler Chicago and Vancouver PSYD students. The Division of Juvenile Justice Illinois has three APA-accredited internship positions for Adler Chicago PSYD students. The Division of Community Health Vancouver has three to four internship positions annually and has designed its internship program to run the higher standard of Schedule H and Canadian Psychological Association internship requirements for students in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program at the Vancouver Campus. This Division is not accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association or the American Psychological Association and does not participate in the APPIC match process. All three Divisions offer practica placements for students in multiple academic programs based on the number of available opportunities at its contracted clinical community partner sites.

ACHS forms partnerships with community-based service agencies that are unable to offer mental health services on their own or wish to increase their mental health services capacity. ACHS contracts with these community-based service agencies to deliver a wide range of mental health services provided through its student trainees and supervised by registered/licensed clinical supervisors. Clinical services students engage in individual and group psychotherapy; couple and family therapy; neuro-psychological, personality, and cognitive-ability assessment; support groups; parenting groups; consultation; program development and evaluation; and/or psychoeducational programs.

Interns and externs will be assigned to one or more community sites based on their interests, training and educational needs, availability of sites and opportunities, and the clinical skill level of the student trainees. In addition to providing direct clinical service, trainees receive individual, group, and peer supervision, may participate in case management and case disposition meetings, and attend didactic presentations and seminars.

For complete information on all three Divisions of ACHS, please visit adler.edu/achs.

For complete information on all three Divisions of ACHS, please visit adler.edu/achs.