Announcements

Fifth Annual Minnesota Adlerian Conference 9/24, 2021 – Hybrid Conference

The 5th Annual Minnesota Adlerian Conference will take place Friday, September 24, 2021. The topic is: Helping Clients Change: You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup.

This six-hour training addresses issues related to burnout, compassionate fatigue, and vicarious trauma that helping professionals face in their daily life, and especially during the times of mass crises.

·      Participants will identify sources of and significant differences between burnout, compassionate fatigue, and vicarious trauma.

·      Participants will interpret typical scenarios in light of these differences, and will relate personality variables to how burnout, compassionate fatigue, and vicarious trauma are experienced and how these may be impacting their professional practice. 

·     Participants will design their own creative and communally useful wellness plan, based on Adlerian perspective of wellness.

In this training, participants will attend a mini lecture, a life demonstration, a panel discussion with local experts, and small groups experiential exercises.

Speaker – Marina Bluvshtein, PhD LP; MA LMFT

Panel moderator – Gary Schoener, LP

Panel Presenters – Jonathan Bundt, MA LMFT; Pamela Oberoi, MA; Sara Stamschror, MA LMFT; Carri Sullivan, MA LPCC.

The training has been planned as both in-person and virtual. So, you can decide whether to join us in person at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or remotely via Zoom. There is also an option to purchase a recording of a portion of the training (a min-lecture and panel discussion only). If COVID-19 prevents us from continuing with our plans of in-person training, we will move the training to Zoom.

There will be a limited amount of in-person attendees. Please order your tickets early if you want to attend in person.

Each in-person attendee will receive a special gift – four books by Willard and Marguerite Beechers.

NEW this year:

The morning portion will include a lecture, demo, and breakout session. The afternoon portion will be a panel discussion with breakout sessions.

We are getting the lecture and panel discussion portions professionally recorded and that recording will be available to purchase here for $30: https://www.classtra.org/courses/3606A127-BBF2-4896-9EEB-C730176C1253 (No CEU’s are available for the recording). Conference attendees will receive a coupon for half off the recording. This coupon code will be in your confirmation email.

In-person attendees will receive up to 6.5 CEU’s. Live virtual attendees have the option to purchase a ticket with or without the 6.5 CEU’s.

3 CE hours of ethics approved by the MN Board of MFT (3 Ethics CE + 3.5 Regular CE = 6.5 CE). This is a CE reporting year!

6.5 board approved CEs for psychologists, LPC/LPCC, and MFTs.

Adler Academy Trauma Series

Are you a clinician, a professor, or a psychology/counseling student curious about Adlerian work with different types of trauma? Join me and my Adler Academy colleagues in the monthly Trauma Series. Bring your colleagues too to these 90 minute monthly meetings, with a mini-lecture, an experiential work, and a live discussion.

All meetings will start at 12:00 Noon Central time US. language – English. Fee – free for all. Click the link to register for each topic. NO CEU’s are being offered for these trainings.

Presented and facilitated by Marina Bluvshtein and Adler Academy members

Please see the schedule, topics, and login information below; AND share:

Adler Academy of MN

2020 – 2021 Trauma Clinical Series

When? – Fridays Noon Central Day Time US (Chicago time) – once a month; 90 minutes.

Where? – Zoom

Who is Invited? – all interested 

Who will present? Marina Bluvshtein and Adler Academy clinicians.

October 9, 2020 – Adler and Trauma (some History, some foundational Adlerian knowledge related to a topic)

November 13, 2020 – Trauma and Early Recollections

December 11, 2020 – Trauma and Metaphors work 

January 15, 2021 – Trauma and Family Constellation work 

February 12, 2021 – Trauma and Dreams work 

March 12, 2021 – Vicarious trauma: an Adlerian approach

April 16, 2021 – Mass trauma: an Adlerian approach

POSTPONED UNTIL Fall – Intergenerational trauma: an Adlerian approach

Postponed UNTIL Fall – Ambiguous Trauma: an Adlerian approach

Questions? E-mail [email protected] or [email protected] 

CEU’s will not be available for these FREE trainings due to the cost and time required to apply for CEU’s.

Adler Academy of MN is an independent organization, is an affiliate member of NASAP, and is not affiliated with the Adler Graduate School.

Fourth Annual Minnesota Adlerian Conference 9/11, 2020 – Virtual Conference

Helping Clients Change: Overcoming Trauma with Individual Psychology Conceptualization and Interventions

For this year’s conference, we will be meeting over Zoom September 11th, 9 am – 12 pm (CST). (Cost: $40 for professionals and $25 for students). All profit from the conference will be donated to NASAP scholarships, ICASSI scholarships, and the Walk-in Counseling Center.

Mental health practitioners are tasked with understanding holistic factors that influence psychological trauma as well as implementing strategies to help individuals recover and heal from traumatic events and experiences. This workshop will introduce a trauma-informed Adlerian case conceptualization model. Sperry will also review findings from his sabbatical, which examined trauma treatment and practices around the globe.

The workshop will be a combination of brief lectures, experiential exercises, and practical demonstrations to introduce you to strategies that can be effectively integrated into your work with clients.

Learning Objectives: Participants will…

Be able to define trauma-informed care and understand the basic principles for conceptualizing cases through a trauma-informed lens.

  1. Understand the significance of the adverse childhood experiences study (ACES) as a public health concern.
  2. Understand how trauma-informed principles can be integrated into various Adlerian counseling practice.
  3. Be able to apply a step-by-step strategy for developing effective trauma-informed Adlerian case conceptualizations and treatment plans.
  4. Understand themes of trauma treatment and practices around the globe.

Jon Sperry, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lynn University and a staff counselor at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Atlantic University. He lectures around the globe extensively on Adlerian theory, case conceptualization, trauma-informed care, and group drumming.

This training has been approved for 3.0 CE credits by the Minnesota Board of Psychology (log number 202107.005), Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (Board approval number 2020-180), and Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (2020.CE.168, for LPC and LPCC).

Use coupon code AAML if you have been to any previous Adler Academy conferences for $5 off.

Adler Academy Kaffee

Adlerian Friends –

Please join us on Friday, February 7, 2020 (Adler’s birthday) for conversation and snacks in honor of Adler’s 150th birthday. (We will also celebrate Dreikurs’ birthday which is later in the month.) Please come and enjoy some good old-fashioned gemeinschaftsgefühl to warm yourself against winter’s chill.

When: 5:30-8:00 pm, February 7

Where: Room 215, 4900 US-169, New Hope, MN 55428 (take the 49th St. exit off 169 and go east one block to the 1st office building)

There will be light food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Register Here: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/adler-academy-kaffee-2138779730?preview=1579189713377

Remember to save the date for our annual conference – Sept 11 & 12, 2020 at the Arboretum. Helping Clients Change: Focus on Trauma

Third Annual Minnesota Adlerian Conference 9/13 – 9/14, 2019

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Registration is open now.

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. **



Click here to register



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)