J. Mark Killmer

"I believe my duty is to train highly   
competent and socially responsible  
clinicians." Mark Killmer

"I believe my duty is to train highly
competent and socially responsible
clinicians." Mark Killmer

Mark Killmer
Department Chair, Couple and Family Therapy

When I sought a new position after thirty years in clinical work as a family therapist, pastoral counselor, and clinical supervisor, I didn’t anticipate that teaching would be my new vocation. Adler’s mission of social responsibility attracted me, and because of this, Adler was the only teaching position I considered. Since I spent much of my career working with underserved populations, I was excited to be part of a school whose mission matched my strengths. The final important component was an openness to the inclusion of religion and spirituality as a vital issue for clinicians. The emphasis on diversity continues to bring together a unique staff, faculty, and student body, which affords a special opportunity for dialogue and understanding.

As a practitioner-scholar, I believe my duty is to train highly competent and socially responsible clinicians. Since practitioners need to go from cognitive understanding to “doing,” I use a variety of approaches including case studies, exercises, role plays, and tapes of mock sessions to help students apply theory and research. For the development of the culturally competent and socially responsible therapist, I emphasize self-reflection and class dialogue in addition to skill building.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4312) if you would like more information about me.

Education

  • Psy.D., Family Counseling, Graduate Theological Foundation
  • Post-Master’s Degree, Marriage and Family Therapy, The Marriage Council, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • B.A., Duke University

Licensure

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Presbyterian Church (USA)

Select Publications

  • Kilmer, J. M. The use of spiritual practices in conjunction with therapy. In K. B. Helmeke, & C. F. Sori (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for integrating spirituality in counseling Vol. I. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
  • Kilmer, J. M. Conducting spiritual dialogues in therapy. In K. B. Helmeke, & C. F. Sori (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for integrating spirituality in counseling Vol. I. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
  • Hertlein, Killmer, J. M. Toward differentiated decision-making: Family systems theory with the homeless clinical population. American Journal of Family Therapy, 32(3), 255–270.
  • Hertlein, Ray, Wetchler, & Killmer, J. M. The role of differentiation in extradyadic relationships. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 2(4).
  • Killmer, J. M. (2002). The treatment of anxiety disorders with devout Christians. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 13(3–4), 109–128. Also in T. D. Carlson, & M. J. Erickson (Eds.), Spirituality and Family Therapy. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

Select Presentations

  • The Spirit-Filled Pastor Pilot Project Workshops, The National Pastor’s Sabbath
  • Supervising Therapists to Integrate Spirituality in Therapy, 61st Annual AAMFT Conference
  • Incorporating Spirituality into MFT, 59th AAMFT Conference
  • Spiritual Dialogues, IAMFT Annual Conference
  • To Send Away: A Christian Perspective on Setting Boundaries and Letting Go of Bitterness

Awards

  • Adler Professor of the Year, the Adler School, 2010
  • Teresa of Avila Award for Spirituality, Graduate Theological Foundation
     

Core Faculty

Mark Killmer, Psy.D.
Chicago Campus

Mark Killmer, Psy.D.
Chicago Campus

Cadmona A. Hall, Ph.D.
Chicago Campus

Cadmona A. Hall, Ph.D.
Chicago Campus

Ileana Ungureanu, Ph.D.
Chicago Campus

Ileana Ungureanu, Ph.D.
Chicago Campus

Amy Zavada, Ph.D.
Chicago Campus

Amy Zavada, Ph.D.
Chicago Campus

Associate Faculty

Paul Fitzgerald, Psy.D.
Chicago Campus

Paul Fitzgerald, Psy.D.
Chicago Campus