Adler Academy of Minnesota

Promoting Adlerian Principles

The mission of the Adler Academy of Minnesota is to encourage the authentic principles of the psychology of Alfred Adler as a foundation to educate, train, supervise and consult in various communities, including mental health and business so that contribution and cooperation grows among people and within organizations.



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Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Were you one of the lucky fifty? Fifty what? you ask. One of those lucky enough to join us for the First Annual Minnesota Adlerian Conference on September 15-17, 2017. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN was the venue where Dr. James R. Bitter (NASAP President) generously shared his experience, learning, warmth, and humor with an intimate intergenerational group. The event, co-sponsored by The Adler Academy of Minnesota and the Adlerian Network, brought like-minded individuals for a weekend of sharing and caring Adlerian style.

Jim’s topic was “Helping Clients Change” and through morning lectures, personal life stories, and demonstrations he taught the principles of Adaptive Reorientation Therapy (ART), a technique developed by his friend and colleague Dr. Paul Rasmussen. Afternoons allowed participants to try their hand at applying these techniques with each other.

According to Jim: “It was the best teaching experience of my life in the most beautiful setting ever with some of the most warm, caring and wonderful people possible. It was a vacation with purpose. Thanks to all.” Considering that Jim has been teaching for over 30 years that is high praise indeed!

Jim wasn’t the only one inspired by the weekend. Participants reported: “Jim was fabulous;” “Saturday morning was worth the whole cost of the conference;” and “I really got something profound during the practice sessions; I wasn’t expecting it and I don’t think I could have got it any other way.”

Participants reported they appreciated the incredible beauty of the Arboretum – Jim told us he would have traveled here just to spend time in such a wonderful place – as well as the friendliness, openness, and helpfulness of everyone involved. People also really enjoyed the immersive “in-depth dive” into a topic, rather than the surface presentations that often occur at conferences. Though a lot of ground was covered, the pace of the conference was perfect and people did not feel burnt out even after three long days. Longer lunch times to debrief or just appreciate the flowers, trees, and water features of the Arboretum helped keep people feeling balanced.

Tom Wright noted: “The enthusiasm, goodwill, and ‘our tribe’ philosophy was like the old days when Dreikurs came from Chicago.” When she asked if we should do it again next year Sue Brokaw was met with a resounding: “Yes!”

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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).