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Helping clients change: Creating a more useful story

Adler Academy of Minnesota 3rd Annual Conference

September 13th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm & September 14th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 2019

** Drawing for one week tuition to 2020 ICASSI (Minsk), one registration to Fourth Annual Minnesotan Adlerian Conference (2020), and one free Ethics Seminar in December will occur on 9/14. **

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The conference will focus on role of creativity in therapeutic interventions. Participants will learn applications of Adlerian theory, and its systems integration, that are based on creativity of human nature and role of creativity in therapeutic process, including Reflecting ‘As If’ and therapeutic use of life themed metaphors in Early Recollections. Adler’s belief in creative power of self, clients’ strengths and abilities to facilitate creative and socially useful change will be demonstrated in a variety of contexts – all highlighting relational nature of lasting creative therapeutic change. Specific procedures will be discussed to provide participants with a structure they can use in their own practice.

Learning Objective 1: Participants will understand application of Reflecting As If as it pertains to client’s ability and readiness for therapeutic change in a variety of settings

Learning Objective 2: Participants will understand the crucial role of encouragement in the Reflecting As If and Acting As If therapeutic process, and its relational core.

Learning Objective 3: Participants will practice implementation of the Reflecting As If process in an integrative manner with individuals, couples, and families

Learning Objective 4: Participants will learn life themes found within the metaphorical make-up of early recollections can point to the purpose for maladaptive behavior, including substance use by individuals and systems dynamics around substance use.

Learning Objective 5: Participants will analyze the metaphorical meaning of ERs in clients with substance use problems and their families

Learning Objective 6: Participants will practice the use of therapist-encouraged socially useful change in a metaphor embedded in a client’s Early Recollection.

The training is approved for up to 10 CE hours by the MN Board of Psychology, MN Board of Marriage and Family and Therapy, and MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (for LPCs and LPCCs). 

** There will be a drawing for one week’s tuition to the 2020 ICASSI (Minsk), one registration to Fourth Annual Minnesotan Adlerian Conference (2020), and one free tuition for the Ethics Seminar in December. **

Event outline:

September 13th, 2019 – 6.5 hours of CE

9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (2.75 hrs with a 15 min break)

Reflecting as If (Learning Objectives 1 and 2)

12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM lunch break

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (3.75 hrs with a 15 min break)

Metaphors in Early Recollections (Learning objectives 4 and 5)

September 14th, 2019 – 3.5 hours of CE

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Practice of Reflecting as If (Learning Objective 3)

11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

Practice of Metaphors in Early Recollections (Learning objective 6)

Online Learning Space

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IN DEVELOPMENT - Adler Academy of Minnesota offers a unique blended (online and in-person) learning environment.

This program promotes an in-depth knowledge and encourages application of a most authentic Adler Psychology with those trained in Adlerian psychology, those who seek to find a philosophical home to their practice, and everyone who seek to expand their professional skills and competence in the process of effective and lasting healing. E-mail us at for more information

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What are the classes?

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This list will give you an overview of the coursework. Get excited! Then, get enriched!

1. Adlerian history and philosophy 2. Humankind and primal (authentic) Adler 3. Life Movement – normal and neurotic 4. Extreme and useless life movement –psychosis, serious crime, and suicide 5. Professional Identity and relationships And more - in Individual Integrative Experience and intensives!

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Creative Power of Self

Every individual represents both a unity of personality and the individual fashioning of that unity. The individual is thus both the picture and the artist. He is the artist of his own personality... (Alfred Adler)

Who Can Enroll

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Passion for humans and curiosity about the ways to improve ourselves and our communities are major conditions. Some more details are below

The basic entry educational requirements for a Certificate are either a completed Master’s Degree in behavioral/social sciences/education or a completed Bachelor Degree (or an equivalent) with a graduate degree in process (currently enrolled as a Master’s or Doctoral level student), satisfactory essays explaining the purpose of application for a full certificate or a course of an applicant choice, and an interview with an instructor teaching that course. The basic entry occupational requirement for a successful applicant is an employment (paid or pro-bono) in the fields of mental health, social services, or education, OR a graduate level student status in any of the above areas. An individual with a Bachelor degree (or an equivalent) and no advance training (completed or in progress) may take up to two courses, but not a complete certificate.

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Everybody can accomplish everything

It is a sign of inferiority complex when [a person] despairs of following this maxim and feels unable to accomplish his goal on the useful side of life (Alfred Adler).

Will I receive credits for my studies?

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The Adler Academy Certificate in Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy is a CE training, and not a degree. See below about how our certificate is approved

This program is sponsored by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). NASAP is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NASAP maintains responsibility for the programs and their content. The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5263. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASAP is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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Activity must not be confused with courage, although there is no courage without activity

But only the activity of an individual who plays the game, cooperates, and shares in life can be designated as courage (Alfred Adler)

What is the schedule? How long are the classes?

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Each course is two months long. Read below about how this will work for you.

Five core courses will be offered in face-to-face and online format. Each face-to-face course will consist of two monthly full day (8 hours x 2) classes/units, home reading and other activities for each unit, final project, and 4 hours of didactic experience for each course. Each online course will consist of six units (three units per month = two months), home reading and other activities for each unit, final project, and 4 hours of integrative individual experience experience for each course

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The degree to which one's social interest

has been cultivated or intensified, or stunted and limited, determines the direction which a group will take (Alfred Adler).

What is Integrative Individual Experience?

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This is an absolutely unique experience designed around you!

It is student-driven and will be conducted with a faculty who is not a teaching faculty for the course and who will help you in a course to process Lifestyle experiences inevitable in the course of study. This is not a personal therapy; but another way of applied learning in general and understanding Adlerian psychology on a personal level, in particular.

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It has been imputed to us that we assume and strive for the sameness of men

This is a myth. Quite on the contrary, we attempt to examine the nuances, the uniqueness of the goal, the uniqueness of the opinion of a man of himself and the tasks of life (Alfred Adler).

How Many CEUs will I get?

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Upon completion of each course, you will receive a certificate confirming 20 CEUs

You will have to attend all course activities to receive a certificate of CEUs

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Individual Psychology stands firmly on the ground of evolution

... and, in the light of it, regards all human striving as a striving for perfection. Bodily and psychologically, the urge to life is tied unalterably to this striving (Alfred Adler).

What if I Have More Questions?

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We love your questions, and consider dialogues with you being a form of communal life

Just e-mail us at

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Before the individual life of man there was the community

In the history of human culture, there is not a single form of life which was not conducted as social (Alfred Adler).

What is Next?

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Start (or restart) your Adlerian education with Adler Academy of MN.

And start each day with Adler!

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The cure can come only ...

... through contribution and courage to face life (Alfred Adler).