Live/Learn/Practice

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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    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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