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Sandra Siegel

Sandra Siegel

Department Faculty
  • Associate Professor
    Counseling Department

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Department
Counseling
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
SSiegel@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

Sandra Siegel received her doctoral degree from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate studies. She is a certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist and is licensed as a registered nurse, LCPC, and Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Siegel's areas of interest are community mental health, addictions, and the jail and prison systems. She has an APA published book chapter on Group Therapy with Dually-Diagnosed Individuals. Dr. Siegel has been the director of a large, inner-city community mental health center for more than ten years, a director of a large long-term care facility for the severely mentally ill for four years, as well as working in the prison and jail systems for Thresholds Jail and Prison Project and the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. She currently works at the Cook County Jail Women's Justice Prgram. Dr. Siegel is also an adjunct professor at the Rosiland Franklin Medical School where she has taught community mental health, cross cultural psychiatry, group therapy, and substance abuse treatment.

Education
  • R.N., Truman College, Chicago
  • B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago
Licensure(s)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Illinois
  • Licensed Registered Nurse, Illinois
  • Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Robinson, L. & Siegel, S. (2013, February). Historical trauma and the African American family. Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.
  • Siegel, S. & Quinn, J. (2012, October). Prejudice: Beyond the Books. Presebted at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.
  • Robinson, L., & Siegel, S. (2012, October). Community Mental Health Sympsium Part I: The history of community mental health in America.  Presentation conducted at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.
  • Robinson, L., & Siegel. S. (2012, February). The great African American migration from the Delta to the West Side of Chicago: Clinical considerations. Presentation conducted at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Black History Month Colloquia Series, Chicago, IL 
  • Siegel, S., Sargeant, G., & Mudd, L. (2012, January). Working outside the box: Ethical considerations. Presentation conducted at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Cultural Impact Conference, Chicago, IL. 
  • Robinson, L., & Siegel, S. (2012, February). Community mental health symposium certificate series: Part II A day in the life of a CMHC worker. Presentation conducted at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Counseling Department, Chicago, IL. 
  • Robinson, L., & Siegel S. (2011, November). The great African American migration from the Delta to the West Side of Chicago: Clinical implications. Presentation conducted at the Illinois Counseling Association 2011 Annual conference, Skokie, IL. 
  • Robinson, L., & Siegel, S. (2011, October). Community mental health symposium certificate series: Part 1 The history of community mental health. Presentation conducted at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Counseling Department, Chicago, IL

Select Presentations

  • Greanias, T. & Siegel, S. (2002). Dual diagnoses. In J. R. White & A. S. Freeman (Eds.) Cognitive-behavioral group therapy (pp. 149-173). Washington: American Psychological Association.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Illinois Counseling Association

Q&A

Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.   

A: My teaching philosophy is centered on inspiring ongoing lifetime learning, critical thinking, and excellent clinical skills.   I use a variety of teaching methods in the classroom which include lecture, films and visual supports, discussions, class activities, and Ecollege.  I teach from a holistic perspective (bio-psycho-social-political-spiritual) and diversity is integrated into all of my courses.   My theoretical background is Adlerian.     

Q: Please describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology. 

A: I consider myself a community psychologist and I have dedicated my career to working with underserved populations…..those with severe mental illness and/or addiction disorders, homeless persons, and the jail and prison populations.  Working in these environments requires working “outside the box,” yet maintaining good ethical practice.   

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

A: As a young woman, I lived down the street from a State Hospital and  I was curious as to what went on in there…I became a volunteer, and that was it!  I loved the work and knew this is what I wanted to do with my life/career.   

Q: What advice would you give a student entering The Chicago School?

A: Enjoy the journey.