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The Adler Academy of Minnesota invites you to join us at the Adler Academy Kaffee on Friday, February 16, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Jackson Flats Artspace, 901 18 1/2 Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418.


  • * Get over the mid-winter blues with our version of “Wednesday Society.”

  • * Come connect with colleagues in an inviting and warm environment.

  • * Experience a taste of old Vienna’s coffee houses – light food and heavy discussions.

  • * Enjoy some light food and heavy discussions.

  • Come as you are. Go when you need. We would love to see you there!


    – The Adler Academy of Minnesota Board


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    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!


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    The 1st Annual Minnesota Adlerian Conference, featuring NASAP President James Bitter, is near.


    The conference is on September 15, 16, & 17 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen.

    The theme is Helping Clients Change


    Isn’t that why we are in this field!?


    Come to spend three incredible days with Jim Bitter and all of us in learning, practicing highly demanded clinical skills, networking, and enjoying colors of Arboretum. Arboretum entrance is free with the conference registration. Breakfasts and lunches are included – all three days! 


    If you are not convinced yet – here is more!


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    SOCIAL INTEREST IN CHALLENGING TIMES—-John M. Reardon 

     

    On June 7-10, 2018 the Adler Tribe will gather in Toronto. The focus will be "Social Interest in Challenging Times.” That is a compelling challenge, calling forth transforming effort and energy. Adler was definite: Social Interest is the mark of mental health.

     

    As "People of Social Interest" we ask:

    —how is Social Interest innate in humans?

    —given the "current state," what do we face?

     

    Adler in his article "Origin of the Striving for Superiority and of Social Interest" (in "Alfred Adler Revisited"– p. 49-56– hereafter AAR) declares that "the striving for perfection is innate."(p. 49) Further, that striving "is innate as something which belongs to life, a striving, an urge, a developing, a something without which one could not even conceive of life."(p. 49)

     

    Also, on that page, Adler asserts:

    —"to live means to develop." And-

    —"in the ovular cell rests the fundaments for the development." And-

    —"we are dealing here with something primary, something which adhered already to primordial life."

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    THE POWER OF NORMAL——John M. Reardon 

    In an age of instantaneous communication, rapid change, tweets, twitters, "selfies", as well as 24/7 news, noise, and opinion, it is important to be grounded. In this light, the key question is–"What is Normal?"

    In the "Science of Living" (p. 41), Alfred Adler tells us what "Normal" is. Grasping "Normal" alters how one sees their life and practice. The significance, and "Common Sense" of Adler’s reading of humanity as "Normal", once internalized, changes life, Life Tasks, and Life Style.

    Having allowed the meaning of "Normal" to excite and awaken; several practice decisions and changes were taken:
    1) In contrast to the "symptom and disorder orientation" of the "medical model" of practice, the simpler "Normal" as an action in a life movement was embraced.
    2) Adler’s clear description of "Normal" made assessing "barriers" more specific and human.
    3) This assessing and transforming of "barriers" was used to form a "Wellness Process" that was piloted with 8 individuals. Action within this process demonstrated how when "Normal" was grasped as the basis for one’s unique humanity, many fears, anxieties, and pretenses ceased to have power in the participant’s life.

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    IN PRAISE OF DIFFICULTY AND STRUGGLE—————-John M. Reardon 

    It all starts in struggle.
    Pushed and taken out,
    Of that place of dark peace,
    With easy given nurture,
    Of free given growthful life stuff.

    Otto Rank said it best, each of us "is a hero in our birth". It is the heroic overcoming of the terror of suffering loss of our known world. Us reacting to a loss inflicted by an "outside force" moving us in unwanted ways.

    In our bodies and our primitive forming brain this struggle is etched. Perhaps a life long resistance to being "pushed" is ingrained. And, our tendency to dislike being "rushed", and wishing to slow things down is forged.

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    This is What Participants of the March 17th workshop about working with grief from an Adlerian perspective had to say
    • Loved the small group so we had open discussion versus just a Q&A session
    • Carri is very engaged with material and learning
    • Loved it!
    • That was very interesting, the resources so valuable! I’ll be able to use the resources.
    • Just wonderful!
    What is next? A brand new Certificate in Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy starts May 1st, 2017 in-person and online. Read more by going to our Certificates Page or e-mail us at info@adleracademy.org

    Adlerian Psychology for Everyday Courageous Life: The Latest News

    Mark your calendar for this great upcoming training opportunity!

    March 17, 2017 from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 “Grief 101 – Counseling clients through their times of loss, from an Adlerian perspective” with Carri Sullivan.

    For more information or to register, go to  Adler Academy Shop

      Join us for this TAPTalk at 9:00 PM (EST) on Thursday evening, January 26. (You’ll have to figure out what time it is where you live for yourself.) To join the TAPTalk:  CALL: 1-641-798-4200 Guest Access Code:  4892130# To join us, dial the number above on your phone and when asked, enter your Access Code – be sure to put the # at the end. To receive Continuing Education Credit* for the TAPTalk, listen to the talk, download the evaluation form here, complete it and send it in with your payment of $5.00 (for members of NASAP) or $10.00 (for non-members). This works for both telephone and also for Skype and probably for Google phone.  You do have some telephone charges as it is not a toll free number but it’s probably going to be cheaper than gas if you had to go somewhere other than your home or office to participate.

    ALL ARE WELCOME TO PHONE IN AND JOIN THE TAPTALK.

     THIS WILL BE RECORDED AND MEMBERS CAN LISTEN TO IT BY LOGGING IN TO THE WEBSITE AND LOOKING UNDER THE RESOURCES TAB. Yes, members can still get CE credit for it if you follow the directions below even if you miss the live broadcast.
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    Adler Academy of Minnesota needs your talent! The Mission of the Adler Academy of Minnesota is to educate, train, equip, supervise, and consult on authentic Adler with professionals and leaders, so that Adlerian Psychology becomes the major psychological force in treatment, work, and human development relationships. Ideally, our logo will reflect ideas of community, motivation, education, creativity, exploration, advocacy, inclusiveness, growth, movement, authenticity.
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    A wolf pack on the move :
    • the first 3 are the old or sick, they give the direction and pace to the entire pack. If it was the other way round, they would be left behind, losing contact with the pack. In case of an ambush they would be sacrificed;
    • then come 5 strong ones, the front line;
    • In the center are the rest of the pack members;
    • then the 5 strongest following.
    • Last is alone, the Alpha.
    He controls everything from the rear. In that position he can see everything, decide the direction. He sees all of the pack. The pack moves according to the elders’ pace and help each other, watch each other. Again I am left speechless by nature … I knew that wolves are different, but didn’t realize how much we could learn from them… I didn’t know wolves put the elders of the pack FIRST….  a lot of people on this planet should take note… they are to be seen up front, setting the pace and direction while enjoying the protection of the rest… and not invisible at the back of the line.” Unknown author Will those who need to know this ever listen? or learn?
    This is another great presentation waiting for you in Vancouver in May 2017 at the NASAP annual conference. Keep an eye on Karen Haeg’s workshop “Enhanced Holistic Change; Moving from Embodied Joy”. Learn to create holistic change using integrative therapies. Experience and learn holistic somatic techniques to enhance wellness for the heart, mind, body and soul. The goal of the presentation is to enhance resilience and embodied joy for the Adlerian practitioner and their therapeutic relationships. The workshop aims to create a felt sense of Gemeinschaftsgefuehl. Participants will experience (and practice) somatic integrative therapies. Particpants will learn the practical use of integrative therapies to encourage embodied experience, heart-felt expression, mindful language, and soulful meaning during the Adlerian therapeutic process.
    This is a super special blog for our newest Adlerian colleagues in Russia or anyone outside of Russia who speaks/write/read Adlerian Russian. Здесь мы можем общаться на русском языке делиться впечатлениями, спорить, соглашаться – от сердца к сердцу.
    Approximately 150 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education professional students participated in 6 full days of training as a part of a special module “Introduction to Adlerian Psychology” at the Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don, Russia between November 8th and November 13th, 2016.
    To pay for a course in three installments, click the Installment Plan button below the course you would like to sign up for and complete the purchase. Core Course 1 – Adlerian history and philosophy
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