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 Susan L. Adler, LCSW, ACSW


River Forest, IL 60305  708-771-4636




A Chicago Social Worker of the Year, NASW, Chicago Chapter

Bronze Award, Human Sexuality, Raising Sexually Healthy Children, Educational Video and Guidebook.

Volunteer Professional of the Year, Preservation for Human Dignity (Ph.D)




Spanish and English




Private Practitioner, Bilingual (English/Spanish) Oak Park-River  Forest, IL 1993 to Present   Couples, adult, family, children. Specializations: loss, trauma, PTSD, marital, pre-marital, divorce recovery, relationship, communication, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, co-dependency; adult children of alcoholics, alcohol abuse.


Founder, Spanish-Speaking Services Connection  2004 to 2016 (Formerly the Alexian Brothers Spanish-Speaking Postpartum Depression Program Advisory Board) The group currently maintained over 300 members consisting of providers of services to Latinos and their families, a listserv and newsletter, and regular meetings with speakers dedicated to educating professionals.


Manager/Counselor, Alexian Brothers Hospital Network Spanish-Speaking Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder Program Elk Grove, Hoffman Estates, Hanover Park, IL  2002 to 2008  Professional, community, hospital staff training, education, Advisory Board chair, In-patient/out-patient individual assessment, crisis management, Spanish-speaking womans group facilitator.


School Psychotherapist/ Organizational Consultant, Youth Guidance Grant, Chase Elementary, Chicago, IL 2000 to 2001 Chicago Public School grant serving pre-school to eight grade low income Spanish-speaking students, psychotherapist, loss group facilitator, organizational consultant


Associate Professor, Family Therapy Trainer, University of Illinois Chicago, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Chicago, IL 1998 to 2001   Family Therapy course taught to psychiatry residents at the medical school. Live supervision & didactic lecture


Family Therapy Trainer, Institute for Juvenile Research, Clinical Externship Family Systems Program, University of Illinois Chicago 1993 to 1995  Training of Postgraduate externs in family therapy. Live supervision & didactic lecture


Lecturer, Institute for Juvenile Research Clinical Externship Program University of Illinois Chicago, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. 1983 to 1993 Guest lecturer specializing in violence and abuse


Assistant Executive Director, Director of Training and Staff Development, Supervisor of Staff, Graduate and PhD students, Bilingual Family Therapist, Individual and Couples Psychotherapist, Midwest Family Resources, Chicago & Oak Park 1983 to 1993. Positions held in a private psychological corporation.




Supervisory Externship Program, Family Systems Program, Institute of Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago. 1991 to 1992


Clinical Externship, Family Systems Program, Institute of Juvenile Research, Chicago, IL 1984 to 1985


MSW, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois Chicago. 1981 to 1983


BA, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1977 to 1981




Stress and Parenting in the Year 2006. Parent and Child Educational Society Pacesetter, April/May, 2006.


Raising Sexually Healthy Children. 1998. Lake Zurich: Learning Seed. (800-634-4941)*


My Body Is Mine, My Feelings Are Mine: Story book and Adult Guidebook about Body Safety. 1995.

Plainview, NY: Childswork/Childsplay. (800-962-1141).* 


Prevention Programs in the State of Illinois. 1996. Illinois Professional Society of the Abuse of Children. Spring.*


Systemic/Strategic Interventions Targeting Denial in the Incestuous Family. 1989. Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, Winter, 8, 44-52.*




How to Improve Your Marriage 

How to Thrive as a Working Mother

Reclaiming Joy/Reducing Your Stress Level

Family Systems

Sexual Abuse

Child Abuse and Neglect

Postpartum Depression: Prevention and Treatment

Latinas and Postpartum Depression: Prevention and Treatment

Sexual Abuse


*Published under Susan Hoke

**Please inquire about other available topics




References are available on request.

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