| < Dr. Alfred Adler,
1870 - 1937
LifeCourse Institute of Adlerian Psychology offers Adlerian-based psychotherapy
for adults, classes, supervision and training, and printed materials based on Adlerian
Psychology and the LifeCourse Effective Action Program.
developed the LifeCourse Effective Action Program (LEAP) while I was conducting
marital, family, and individual therapy as a minister in the United Church of
Christ, and later as a psychotherapist in private practice. I wanted my clients to
know about the Adlerian principles I used in therapy, which I believed would
make it easier for us and save them time and money. I created hand-outs which became
brochures which became booklets which became parts of my first book on Adlerian
Course: New Directions for the Journey of Life
and then The LifeCourse Effective Action Program and the LEAP Notebook, a 300-page large 3-ring binder of material
to help people explore their major patterns. Our latest project is to provide LEAP on-line
to those who can't make it to our office in Connecticut: www.life-patterns.com
M.A., M.Div., S.T.M., Ph.D.
Director, LifeCourse Institute
was born in 1938, in Rugby, North Dakota, "the geographical center of North
America." My parents lived in Dunseith, near the Canadian border, where they ran
"The Keeling 5 and 10 cent store" and my father also worked at the tuberculosis
sanatorium while also pursuing his doctorate.
remember vividly (my "earliest recollection") at around age 2 1/2 standing n the
store doorway and seeing a little boy come riding by in a metal pedal car. I decided I
wanted one, and for Christmas, 1941, I got my own little red pedal car! We then spent
two years in which my father taught for a year each at two small schools. In 1942 we moved
to Colorado where my father taught at a junior college and I started kindergarten at
"Miss Sue's" house. 1943 saw us moving to Minnesota where we lived three years
and my father taught high school and finished his doctorate. We lived the next year in
Wisconsin, where my father was the first state director of distributive education.
In 1947 we moved to Valley City, ND, where my father taught at the college and we lived
until I graduated college (1958) and left for theological school near Boston. (During 9
years, from 1949 to 1958, I owned and operated a mail-order printing company specializing
in materials for 3rd and 4th class Post Offices, just one of the two such shops in the
country.) After five years and two Master degrees (M.Div. and S.T.M.), I served
churches in the United Church of Christ in Massachusetts and New Hampshire
before coming to Connecticut, where I served four more UCC churches. As a minister I came
to see the need for specialized training in counseling, so I returned for five more years
of graduate school at the University of Connecticut.
It was at UConn (Go Huskies!) that one of my professors introduced me to Adlerian
psychology. (He became one of my doctoral advisors.) I immediately knew I had found the
psychological and counseling approach I needed. I became enthusiastic about Adler's ideas,
and wrote brief explanations of them for my clients, so they'd know what I was doing and
why. I expanded them to brochures, then booklets...and finally to my first Adlerian book, Changing
Course: New Directions for the Journey of Life. By this time, in addition to
counseling part-time, I was the director of Connecticut's state-wide child abuse hot line.
When it was taken over by the state Department of Children and Families, I went with it.
I spent more than fifteen years with DCF in emergency services, assisting three directors
of protective services, and working with subsidized adoptions. I retired in 1997, to
devote my time to counseling and the LifeCourse Institute.
Among highlights of the past ten years: I attended NASAP conventions, I wrote more books
and materials for various uses (including for people who want to conduct LEAP, for clergy
who want to increase their effectiveness as clergy, and for couples who want to use LEAP
and Adlerian ideas to strengthen their relationships), and I conducted a live, weekly
one-hour call-in television program on Adlerian psychology. My focus right now is on
improving this web site and getting people to stop by to learn about Adlerian psychology,
to work with clergy to increase their effectiveness in pastoral counseling, and to conduct
can be contacted in any of the ways shown below. If you email me, please be sure to put
"LifeCourse" in the subject line, so even if the spam catcher catches it, I'll
still notice it as an email I should read!
wishes . . . Bob H-K