This is the web site of the North American Society of Adlerian
Psychology (NASAP). Main offices are located in Hershey, PA. This web site will put you in
touch with our organization and some people who can answer any questions you may have
about Adlerian psychology. The society has a number of sub-divisions for special interests
(Adler and education, counseling, research, etc.). It holds an annual conference each
summer. It publishes both a quarterly journal and a bi-monthly newsletter, as well as an
annual membership book.
This is the web site (under construction!) of the New England Community of Adlerian
Psychology (NECAP) which became an affiliate of NASAP (above) in December, 2008.
This is the web site of Henry Stein, Ph.D., which
(with this one) is the major source of basic information about Adler's ideas and
counseling approach. You will most definitely want to check out his web site, which says .
Henry T. Stein, Ph.D. is a Classical Adlerian psychotherapist, training analyst, and
director of the Alfred Adler Institutes of San Francisco and Northwestern Washington. He
studied with Sophia de Vries and Anthony Bruck who were trained by Alfred Adler. For more
than thirty years he has been training psychotherapists with an approach based on the
original teachings and therapeutic style of Alfred Adler, as well as the clinical and
philosophical writings of other Classical Adlerians: Kurt Adler, Lydia Sicher, Alexander
Mueller, Anthony Bruck, Erwin Wexberg, and Alexander Neuer. His own contributions to
Classical Adlerian clinical practice include a comprehensive adaptations of the Socratic
method and a thorough exposition of the twelve stages of psychotherapy. Since 1993 he has
been managing The Adlerian Translation Project which is dedicated to translating and
publishing The Collected Works of Alfred Adler and the unpublished writings of other
Classical Adlerians. His specialties include individual psychotherapy, couple therapy,
family therapy, marathon group therapy, and career assessment.
About training in classical Adlerian therapy, Dr. Stein says:
Classical Adlerian depth psychotherapy liberates the individual from the limits of an
archaic style of life and fictional final goal, thus changing the core personality. This
challenging for of psychotherapy recognizes the therapist as an artist, not a mere
technician. Consequently, training takes time and commitment; the necessary knowledge and
skill cannot be learned in a series of workshops. Part of the comprehensive training
includes a personal study-analysis with a senior Classical Adlerian training analyst, an
essential experience often overlooked in many [training] programs. Our distance-training
program offers clinical, professional training, leading to certification. Fully certified
Classical Adlerian depth psychotherapists [training by Stein] are currently located in
Bellingham, WA; San Francisco, Berkeley, and Redwood City, CA; and New York.
We believe the LifeCourse Institute presents Adlerian psychology and ideas as
"traditional" (if not necessarily "classical" in Dr. Stein's terms)
based on Adler's own writings from 1902 (when he joined Freud) to 1937 (when he died).
Although Adler started out helping Freud to seek psychological treatments for the
neuroses, when he formed Individual Psychology he left behind much of the
"psychodynamic" approach. And although a medical doctor, Adler came to follow
more of an "educational" than a "medical" model. So then, we are not
interested in changing Adler's ideas just to fit issues that were not so prominent in his
time, nor to make his ideas "politically correct." In many ways he was bound by
his time, and in many other ways he was outside or ahead of his time. He must have done
something right, since nearly all of the therapies developed since his time are so
evidently influenced by him. When confronted by some outmoded idea his father had put
forward, his son, Kurt Adler (a major "classical" Adlerian) was said to remark,
"That's something about which my father was wrong." So while Adler may have been
a man of his time, the LifeCourse Institute tries to let Adler be Adler, with ideas that
are good for all time, let people know them, and (as Adler would have wanted, I think!)
make up their own minds.
This site appears to be managed by Dr. Lillian Beattie to promote Adler and
Adlerian publications, conduct workshops and therapy in England. Similar to the LifeCourse
My father Dr Neil Beattie met Alfred Adler in the early 1930's. He found in
his philosophy and teaching, ideas which he felt had a profound and practical relevance to
everyday life. After spending his life talking about and spreading these ideas and this
philosophy, he wanted to provide a facility which could offer continuing and on-going
training using the Adlerian Model. Over the past twenty years as we have sought to develop
the work that was so much a part of my late father's life, we have begun to publish new
Adlerian material. We have concentrated on making the material accessible both in price
and in content.
The aims of Adlerian Workshops and Publications are to increase the variety of
publications that we are able to stock and to offer training opportunities at all levels.I
have witnessed the difference that Individual Psychology has made to many of our students
and have seen them at the end of this process working out in the community. Many of our
new students come directly from personal recommendation or from seeing Individual
Psychology in action. Individual Psychology is not the only available tool towards a
better understanding of everyday life but I believe it is worth a second look.
Dr Lillian Beattie
Speaking of England...This web site is the Adlerian "Association formed to
promote the the Understanding and Application of Adlerian Psychology and Adlerian
Counseling within the United Kingdom" similar to NASAP in North America (but formed
earlier under the influence of Dr. Alfred Adler himself). They conduct training,
counseling, conferences, etc. Here's a little history; note that the Dr. Neil
Beattie mentioned above as the father of Dr. Lillian Beattie:
The first contact that Alfred Adler had with the United Kingdom was in
Oxford, where in 1923 he attended the seventh International Congress of Psychology and
gave a lecture in German on Individual psychology. He returned to Oxford University in
1926 before his first visit to the USA, and again in 1936. Soon after his first visit, a
group was formed in London called 'the Gower Street Club of Individual Psychology', which
later became known as 'the Adler Society'. Unfortunately this society became tainted with
political bias and between 1928 and 1930 its medical members broke away and formed the
Medical Society for Individual Psychology. Adler made a special visit to London in 1931
and removed his name from the former 'Adler Society'. Thanks to the Medical Society and
its association with the International Society (now the Association) for Individual
Psychology, the Adlerian movement in Great Britain continued to develop. Later on a new
group started in London with Adler as its President.
Not long afterwards, on May 28, 1937, Adler died in Aberdeen while on a lecture tour. His
daughter Alexandra succeeded him as President. After the war and protracted discussions to
find possible ways forward, a new society was eventually formed in the summer of 1952,
with Dr Neil Beattie as its Chairman. This was 'the Adlerian Society of Great Britain',
now known as the Adlerian Society (of the United Kingdom) and Institute for Individual
The link for the Adler Graduate School, located in Richfield, Minnesota.
The Adler Graduate School has a distinguished history in the Minneapolis and
St. Paul area. Through the encouragement and support of internationally known psychiatrist
Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, the institution was initially founded in 1967 as the Minnesota
Adlerian Society. It began in the Twin Cities as a small movement to present Adlerian
concepts to the regional community. Among its initial founders were Bob Bartholow, Susan
Pye Brokow,Bill and Mim Pew, and BobWillhite. They worked directly under Dreikurs'
By 1969, the new Society experienced broad public exposure, broad
participation, and enthusiastic volunteerism. Programs were offered to individuals,
couples, and families at numerous locations around Minneapolis and St. Paul .
Concurrently, an Adlerian teaching institute was created as part of the Society. This was
started by a group of professionals dedicated to teaching the practice of Alfred Adler's
In May 1969, the Institute was separately chartered as the Alfred Adler
Institute of Minnesota (AAIM). In 1982, AAIM began a cooperative program with its sister
institution, The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago . AAIM was first
independently accredited in 1991 as a full fledged graduate school offering various paths
of study toward the Master of Arts degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy.
In July 1998, the Institute formally changed its name to the Alfred Adler
Graduate School (AAGS) and to the Adler Graduate School (AGS) in 2004. Today, in addition
to the Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, the Adler Graduate School
offers various certificate and other special study programs. It is a well-respected
graduate institution educating and training mental health practitioners. At its core
remains the Adlerian philosophy of encouragement, open-mindedness, and mutual support to
advance the public interest.
The web site of the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois.
For over 50 years the Adler School has been providing quality education on a
Scholar/Practitioner model. The Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association
(HLC/NCA) regionally accredits the Adler School; additionally, our doctoral program is
accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)*. Turning out socially
responsible graduates, Adler Alumni are practicing throughout the world.
For more links, I suggest that you conduct your own Google search, using either
"Adler" or "Adlerian," following which you will get several hundred
"hits," including all the official (and some unofficial) Adlerian organizations
and associations. Good luck!
This is the web site of the Adlerian Society in Uruguay. We have articles on their
section called "Adlerians Today." Look us up, look them up. (They sponsor an
annual conference in Montevideo.)
A wonderful web site featuring some top Adlerians. Please, check them out! Their
home page defines their goals:
Our mission is to provide: Forums for
discussion about Adlerian theory and practice; A source for Adlerian references in the
professional literature; and A place for both professionals and non-professionals to learn
more about Alfred Adler, his history, and his ideas about human nature.