The beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia will be our host site for the 2012 Annual Conference. Our theme this year is "Social Equality: Still a Challenge of Today" and is fitting for this historic city. We will be meeting at the Hyatt Regeny Hotel on Peacetree in downtown Atlanta within walking distance of Peachtree Center Mall, Georgia Aquarium, Georgia World Congress Center, AmericasMart, CNN Center, Phillips Arena and Georgia Dome. This 22 story hotel is a beautiful facility which will serve our purposes well.
As usual, our conference this year will feature pre- and post-conference workshops as well as 2 days of presentations by some of our best Adlerians. The pre- and post-conference workshops are wonderful opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge of areas of Adlerian theory and techniques.
WORKSHOPS this year include the following:
Full-day Pre-Conference Workshops (9-5)
Jim Bitter & Jill Duba: Toward an Adlerian Narrative Therapy: Lifestyle Assessment as Storyline
Frank Main & Steve Saiz: Actionable Hope in Couples Therapy
Terry Kottman: Adlerian Applications of Sand Tray Play Therapy
Frank Walton & Daniel Eckstein: Adlerian Family Counseling: Demonstration, Analysis and Skill Building
Half-day Pre-Conference Workshops:
Gary Bauman and Bill Curlette: Using the BASIS-A with Individuals, Couples & Families
Bill Nicoll & Monica Nicole: Resilience-Focused Brief Couples & Family Therapy
Ben Rader & Aaron Pressie: Modern Day Oppression and Inexplicable Overcoming of Today's Urban Youth
Judy Sutherland: Toward Understanding the Meaning of Our Dreams Using Art
Wes Wingett: Finding a Way: An Adlerian Approach to Loss and Grief
Jason Snow: Creating an Effective Learning Environment
Post-Conference Workshops (Sunday morning)
Jody Housker: Ethical Bloopers and Blunders
Timothy Evans, Geri Carter & Michael Pagani: Adlerian Approach to the Life Task of Sex (Therapy) and Intimacy
Lynn Lott and Jane Nelsen: Adlerian/Positive Discipline Tools for Helping Yourself and Others
Barbara Fairfield: Adlerian Group Therapy: A Model for Social Equality
Registration is not open yet but you can at least start thinking about which workshops you may want to attend in June. More information will be posted later and also mailed out to those on our mailing list.
Alfred Adler, M.D., was an early associate of Sigmund Freud in Vienna, but his revolutionary observations triggered a life of research dedicated to understanding people that he called Individual Psychology. Adler’s comprehensive theory of human behavior has resulted in models of practice that have had broad impact on the fields of education, social sciences, family life, psychology, and psychotherapy.He pioneered ideas and techniques that have become the basis for most contemporary work including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Existential Therapy, Holistic Psychology, and Family Therapy to name a few. Theorists as diverse as Karen Horney, Erich Fromm, Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, Albert Ellis, and Aaron T. Beck credit Adler’s work as an important basis for their own contributions. Adler was one of the earliest theorists to utilize a short-term, active, focused, and solution-oriented approach to psychotherapy. Adler’s work is fundamental to the professions and practices of school psychology, school counseling, the community mental health movement, and parent education. As a dynamic and vital view of human development, Individual Psychology continues to grow and thrive in a changing world.
Some Tenets of Adler’s Theory:
• Focus on strengths • Holistic view of the individual
• Democratic principles • Sense of community
• Personal freedom and responsibility • Social context of behavior
• Goal oriented movement • Purpose and meaning of behavior
• Individual view of life • Encouragement • Mutual respect
• Importance of Contribution
Click below to watch Alfred Adler 1929
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