Earle Ruhnke - TCSPP

Earle Ruhnke

Counseling Adjunct Faculty
  • Associate Professor

  • The Chicago School Chicago
    The Chicago School Online
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 N. Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
325 N. Wells St.
Office Location
Room 347
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.

Dr. Ruhnke earned a MA and Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Upon completion of his master's degree, Dr. Ruhnke began providing treatment in the area of juvenile delinquency at a community youth agency. He previously served as a clinical training coordinator and assistant director of therapeutic services supervising a residential treatment program and associate clinical director of outpatient therapy and psychiatric treatment at a community mental health center. He is Supervising Psychologist at The Josselyn Center. Dr. Ruhnke's primary teaching interests include Ethics and Professional Conduct, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Group Therapy and Addictions. Dr. Ruhnke is a Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor (CADC), a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois and a member of the American Psychological Association.

  • B.S. Psychology -- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology -- Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology -- Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC)
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Supervision and Clinical Training: How Many People are in the Room?

  • Ethical Issues in the Provision of Mental Health Services

  • Effective Utilization of Psychological Testing During the Course of Treatment

  • Co-morbidity of Mood Disorders and Substance Abuse
  • Crisis Assessments: Assessment of Suicide and Threat of Violence

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association - Full Member


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: I believe that teaching is an interactive process between professor and students. I feel that real world experiences are an important part of the learning experience, which I attempt to bring into the classroom.

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: The practice of psychology is an interactive process between professional and client. Working together from intake assessment to completion of treatment is necessary to engage the client in a way that is beneficial to them.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: I was inspired in high school when a guest speaker who is a clinician came to discuss his practice and I was fascinated by his stories. Again, in undergrad my Abnormal Psychology professor would discuss his practice with clients and I found myself listening in fascination more often than taking notes. My interest in psychology continues to grow and develop to this day.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Be grateful for your life experiences, understand how those experiences guide your life and what you can learn from them. Do not be afraid to try something different or feel that a job is beneath you because your clients will admire you more for your hard work and dedication.