Register Now – Second Annual Minnesota Adlerian Conference 9/28-9/29

Helping clients change

Wisdom of Adlerian Psychology

Featuring an internationally renowned speaker on Adlerian Psychology & NASAP Diplomate

Betty Lou Bettner, PhD

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Event Details


This workshop will focus on essential tenets of Adlerian psychology as they deepen clinicians’ understanding of clients, selves as therapists, and ensuing therapeutic relationships. Participants will learn to apply Adlerian theory to case conceptualization with individuals, couples, and families. Participants will have an opportunity of exploring their own therapeutic style from an Adlerian perspective. Activities will include mini-lectures, demonstrations, small group case conceptualization work, and other experiential exercises aimed to enhance participants’ clinical practice skills.


  • • The dates are Friday, September 28th (9am-4pm) and Saturday, September 29th, 2018 (9am-300 pm with social hour immediately following from 300-400 pm).


  • • We will once again be at the beautiful University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.


  • • Food will be provided, along with time to enjoy each other and the Arboretum.


  • • The number of participants will be limited to allow for a more intimate experience.


  • • We will once again be taking a deep dive into Adlerian counseling theory and techniques through lectures, live demonstrations, and self-practice.


This training is approved for continuing education credit by the following: MN Board of Psychology (12 CE) (201806.249); MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (11 CE) (2018.CE.146); MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (11 CE) (2018-297); MN Board of Social Work (11 CE) (CEP#1062). Adler Academy of MN maintains responsibility for continuing education aspects of this training.


Organization of Conference:

Friday, September 28, 2018

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Morning lecture (Betty Lou)

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Break

10:30 -11:30 – Morning lecture (Betty Lou)

11:30 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Demonstration (Betty Lou and Volunteer(s))

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Breakout – Application of skills (Participants in small groups)

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. – Wrapping up the Day/Questions and Comments (Betty Lou)

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. – Social “Hour” (Connection and snacks)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Continental breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. – More Discussion of Breakout Sessions and Morning lecture (Betty Lou)

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Break

10:30 – 11:30 – Morning lecture (Betty Lou)

11:30 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Demonstration (Betty Lou and Volunteer(s))

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. – Break

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. – Breakout – Application of skills (Participants with Discussion Leaders)

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. – Wrapping up the Conference/Questions and Comments (Betty Lou)

If you attended the First Annual Conference in September last year, you know how special this conference will be. Don’t be left out – Mark your calendars today for September 28th and 29th 2018. Registration begins June 1st!


What people enjoyed last year:


  • * Immersive experience and chance to practice new skills.
  • * Limited number of participants allowed for an intimate experience.
  • * Location – MN Landscape Arboretum – was exceptional.
  • * Chance to get to know presenter’s techniques so well, and to know who he is as a clinician.
  • * Loved the one-person format since “we get enough of the other stuff, the surface presentations.”
  • * Well-appointed and well-organized
  • * The pace was good—people learned but didn’t feel burnt out.
  • * Friendliness, openness, attitude of, “How are you? Do you need anything?”
  • * Help from the Adlerian Elders
  • * Intergenerational community
  • * The people—the speaker, the Elders, volunteers for live demos, other attendees, staff at Arboretum
  • * Sharing case studies and seeing live demos
  • * Felt connection with fellow Adlerians
  • * “This was a refresher/tuneup weekend.”
  • * “The enthusiasm, goodwill and ‘our tribe’ philosophy was like the days when Dreikurs came from Chicago.”

Annual Minnesota Adlerian Conference Goes Off with a Bang!

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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1st Annual Minnesota Adlerian Conference

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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New Exciting Training

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!

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