Four decades and counting
This issue of INSIGHT heralds the onset of a milestone year for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2019, we will officially celebrate the 40th anniversary of our university. Since 1979, when a small group of visionary psychologists launched a single Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program in Chicago, we’ve been a success story in the making.
That single program has expanded to 27 specialty degrees in psychology and behavioral health sciences, and our educational reach has grown to include programs offered online and in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and our newest addition: Dallas.
Much of this growth and achievement has come since our historic affiliation with TCS Education System—a non profit system advancing student success and community impact—in 2009.
In this issue’s commemorative feature, “40 Years, 40 Milestones,” you can see the many ways we have forged new pathways in the education of tomorrow’s practitioners, and put psychology to use in ways that benefit virtually all segments of society, both at home and abroad.
School psychology is just one of the areas on which we have focused our creative energy and mental health expertise. Our children—who represent the promise of a healthier, happier future—are the ultimate beneficiaries of this discipline. Sadly, they are central to the most heartbreaking, soul-chilling trends of recent times: the unending barrage of school shootings, the horrifying uptick in suicide among teens and adolescents, and the weaponization of social media to bully, demean, and terrorize fellow students of all ages.
In our cover story, “Predicting the Unpredictable,” we examine the key role that school psychologists have in today’s educational system, and the unique skill and insight they add to the school communities they serve.
In this issue, we also explore the role business psychologists can play in helping companies navigate corporate social responsibility; the mental health challenges our elderly population faces; one alumna’s story of helping youth confront and cope with the aftermath of the Bosnian Civil War, and much more.
At The Chicago School, we are proud to be training some of the best and brightest practitioners the field has to offer and to have our faculty leaders in the profession—men and women who are setting the bar high for the newest generation of psychologists and health specialists.
As a society, we will continue to change, probably for both better and worse. But The Chicago School will be here—for another 40 years and beyond, tackling problems and vulnerabilities with psychology and doing its part to create a healthier, happier world.
Read articles from the Fall 2018 issue of Insight:
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Dr. Michele Nealon
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