The Socially Responsible Practitioner

“The honest psychologist cannot shut his eyes to social conditions which prevent the child from becoming a part of the community and from feeling at home in the world, and which allow him to grow up as if he lived in an enemy country. ” – Alfred Adler

In observing Alfred Adler’s birthday today (b. 1870), and that of his student and Adler School founder Rudolf Dreikurs tomorrow (b. 1897), we reflect on how their groundbreaking ideas on social interest and community health shape the teaching, thinking, work and impact of our faculty, students, colleagues, and alumni every day.

Emphasizing the human need and ability to create positive social change and impact, Adler introduced psychology to the groundbreaking concept of social interest: that people’s health resides in their community life and connections.  He advanced the idea now known as the social determinants of health, and advocated for socially responsible practice calling for practitioners to take on the roles of social…

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