Jill A. Sisk, PhD

Program Chair of the Adlerian Psychology in Leadership Program; Full-Time Faculty Member, Student Advisor

Teaching. What it is and how it is administered can look quite differently across different instructors, to different learners (according to their learning style), and even across institutions. So, what does it look like in me? Here at the Adler Graduate School? And, what type of space do I encourage for a positive learning and teaching experience?

My hopes are to create a collaborative learning process; where I am not as much a “sage on the stage”, but an idea generator, a creator of process, in which the learner makes their own discoveries. I most often create an outline for any given unit, or class, and then present ideas within the area of focus to generate deeper discussions. I incorporate many break-out discussion groups, where peers can further investigate a concept and bring back what was generated from that deeper discussion to the full class.
I also mentioned process. Learners apply what they know into action, where I am there only as a guide, for example, in interviewing one another, in viewing a case conceptualization and then meeting in break out groups to discuss how different dynamics are being played out within that conceptualization.
I don’t know if there is a specific learning theory to best describe my approach to teaching but I do recall once being told that a teacher doesn’t have to know everything, but know how to instill the excitement for knowledge to encourage movement in others and know how to help guide this process. This is something I try to be mindful of in my teaching. My goals for students is for them to gain knowledge surrounding Adlerian principles, understand how they apply to human nature (movement), as well as how to incorporate them into their work with self and others.


Doctorate in Family Psychology


Harold Abel School of Psychology Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

Dissertation Entitled:  The Quantitative Investigation of Dream Reports from Girls Ages 9-14.

Related Courses:

Child Psychology (A), Adolescent Psychology (A), Psychology of Learning (A), Group Psychology (A), Tests and Measures (A), Methods of Clinical Inquiry (A), Human Sexuality (A), Bereavement and Loss Therapy (A), Family Systems Theories (A), Principles of Family Pathology (A), and Current Issues and Methods in Family Research (A), Qualitative Analysis (A), amongst others. 

Masters in Adlerian Psychotherapy  1993-1998

Adler Graduate School, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Business  1981-1985

University of Jamestown, Jamestown, ND


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Professional Membership: 

South Carolina Adlerian Psychology
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP)

Select Publications: 
  1. My Mom and Depression (Published July, 2014)
  2. My Mom and Anxiety  (Published May 2016)
  3. A Practitioners Guide to Interventions for use with Child Populations (Published December 2013)
Select Presentations: 
  • International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society (ICEEPS) -  Fukuoka, Japan February 1-3, 2016 Topic:  Let's Examine You and Me: Socratic Questioning in Creating Polysynchronous Learning Environments. 
  • Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) Annual Conference - Plymouth, MN April, 2016Topic: Adlerian Early Recollections: A Movement to Change A Quantitative Investigation of Dream Reports from Girls Ages 9-14
Academic History (higher ed experience): 

St. Mary's University Graduate School