About Jill Sisk

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.

Recent Courses Taught

  • 512 Introduction to Professional Writing and Portfolio
  • 514 Psychodynamics of Psychopathology
  • 536 Clinical Treatment Planning in Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • 537 Adv Approaches to Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills
  • 709 Lifestyle Development: Through the Lens of Individual Psychology
  • 720 Advanced LifeStyle
  • 750 Social Interest and Theory and Use

Distinctions & Associations

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

Selected Publications and Presentations

My Mom and Depression (Published July, 2014)


My Mom and Anxiety (Published May 2016)


A Practitioners Guide to Interventions for use with Child Populations (Published December 2013)


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

Educational Background

Harold Abel School of Psychology Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
Doctorate in Family Psychology
Adler Graduate School, Minneapolis, MN
Masters in Adlerian Psychotherapy
University of Jamestown, Jamestown, ND
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Business