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THURSDAY EVENING PLENARY

7:00 PM - Open Forum Family Education Demonstration with Dr. Jay Colker
Join us for a live demonstration of open forum family education with Dr. Jay Colker who has been working in this format for several decades.

 
FRIDAY PRESENTATIONS


Friday, 8:00-9:00AM 
Dreikurs Demonstration: Class Meetings, Family Dynamics and Mistaken Goals, Eva Dreikurs Ferguson


Dreikurs made many teaching demonstrations that were part of Educational TV in Vermont in the late 1960s. Some are extraordinary illustrations of basic IP principles and methods. Eva Dreikurs Ferguson willl present an excellent video of a teacher describing a child with mistaken goals. Afterwards she will provide teaching comments.
Participants will learn about mistaken goals of children as well as the importance of family dynamics and how to do a classroom discussion.

 
Friday, 9:00-11:00

Keynote Panel: The Original Positive Psychology: Military, School and Family Applications,
Richard Watts, Grady Osten-Garner, Dina Emser and Barbara Fairfield


This panel of experts will open the conference with presentations on Adlerian Psychology as the original Positive Psychology with examples from military, school and family settings and applications.  The presenters have lifetime experience in their respective areas and the panel will be moderated by NASAP’s president, Richard Watts. 


 
Friday, 11:15-12:30


 
From Classroom Chaos!! To Classroom Courage and Cooperation, Dodie Blomberg, Lori Onderwyzer
Classrooms can be stressful places! Learn ways that a teacher's actions and mutual respect reduce the stress of the whole class?  This powerful yet fun workshop contains information and activities that teachers can embrace today and utilize tomorrow in their classrooms to create more democratic and engaged environments.
Participants will learn: how stress impacts teachers as well as students and how  brain research information can create awareness and encourage more understanding and the ability to use affective tools to decrease stress and increase success. Participants will learn and practice 3 simple yet powerful tools to reduce classroom stress and increase connection, capability and courage.
 
Mindful Life Transition Management for Depression, Anxiety and Trauma, Susan Burak, Jill Duba Sauerheber
 Through didactic and experiential format we will demonstrate Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques.  These are highly useful in alleviating the depression, anxiety, and the erosion of optimism associated with trauma often experienced by those in significant career and life transitions to create more positive frameworks. 
Participants will learn: how to apply Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques to manage personal or career Life Transitions that could be triggering depression, anxiety, trauma or vicarious trauma. How to apply the MAP and MBSR techniques and develop inner attunement and manage the felt sense of symptoms in order to better integrate their emotions and create more manageable and positive life affirming frameworks.
 
Exploring the Utility of Early Recollections with Clients with Eating Disorders, Liza Finlay, Susan Belangee
The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate three uses/approaches for early recollections when working with clients with eating disorders. Through group discussion and dyadic work, attendees will experience how ERs can be used diagnostically, therapeutically, and as a strengths assessment. Case studies and handouts will illuminate the process.
Participants will learn how to use early recollections as a diagnostic tool, a therapeutic tool, and as a strengths-based assessment when working with clients with eating disorders. In addition, through case study analysis and role play they will learn how to use ERs to reveal mistaken beliefs (diagnose), intervene (treat) and build better self-esteem (strengths).
 
Adlerian Art Therapy: The Next Generation , Jennifer LaCivita, Heather Leigh & Maerni Rosen Saltzman
Join us for a panel discussion with the Next Generation of Adlerian Art Therapy practitioners and educators. We will discuss the history of Adlerian Art Therapy, the populations we work with, the unique strengths and focus we bring to our practice, how we train students, and our vision for the future.
Participants will learn how and where Adlerian art therapists currently practice and different ways to combine art making with Adlerian theory and the practice of psychotherapy.
 
Short Term Stress Reduction with Military Members , Mel Markowski,
Adlerian principles of self-significance, purposive behavior, apperception, unity, and definite patterns are also principles of military life that can be stress inducing for its members.  Working with military individuals requires positive, encouraging, and creative stress reducing tools.  The session will include techniques for reducing military members stress and increasing success.
Participants will learn to apply Adlerian principles when working with military members. Participants will also learn creative techniques to reduce military member stress.
 
Resilience Focused Brief Family Counseling: Assessment & Intervention Strategies , William G. Nicoll,
The Resilience-Focused Brief Family Counseling model (RFBFC) integrates Adlerian Psychology with Positive Psychology, resilience research and other wellness promoting models. This approach assists counselors and parent educators to move away from psychopathology-focused, symptom reduction paradigms by providing an alternative, wellness promoting approach.  A live demonstration will be conducted to illustrate the process.
Participants will learn: practical strategies for developing family resilience and social interest; to assess families from a resilience-focused paradigm; a step-by-step process model for conducting a brief, resilience focused family counseling session.
 
Presenting for Impact to One or to One Hundred, Kevin O'Connor,
Your next speech or presentation will be judged on how the audience felt about its value. You can do definite things before, during, and after in order to insure your success with them. From your visuals to your pacing to your use of humor to the main concepts, there are professional techniques that will make your presentation better…and more memorable.     
Participants will learn how to create and execute memorable presentations and speeches and how to focus on the needs of the audience for greater effectiveness.
 
Introducing Active Parenting, 4th Edition, Michael Popkin,
Released in the Spring of 2014 this all-new forth edition of the Adlerian parenting program that pioneered the use of video-based training to reach over three million parents worldwide will be demonstrated using brief video vignettes, experiential activity, lecture, discussion and state of the art media by the author.
Participants will learn how AP4 uses multiple delivery systems to teach such core Adlerian concepts as mutual respect, responsibility, logical consequences, and the goals of behavior.  They will also learn how AP4 uses Adlerian skills and concepts to teach parents how to improve their children's academic success: "Seven smart things."


 
Friday, 1:30-2:45

The Ansbacher Keynote:  Pragmatics and Principles of Positive Psychology:

Implications for Adlerian Psychology

Gerald J. Mozdzierz
 


Friday, 3:00-4:00


 
Centennial Celebration of the Founding of The Journal of Individual Psychology, William Curlette, Roy Kern, Kelsey Tucker & Jaclyn DeVore
The Journal of Individual Psychology traces its roots to the founding of Zeitschrift fur Individualpsychologie by Alfred Adler in 1914. This presentation focuses on new access to the Journal through Project Muse with implications for NASAP. For those interested in submitting manuscripts, there will be a discussion of editorial policies.
Participants will learn how to access the current issue of The Journal of Individual Psychology and all subsequent issues using the Project Muse database which is available on the NASAP website for the membership. Participants will also learn about the submission process for manuscripts to The Journal of Individual Psychology.
 
A School-Based Adlerian Approach to Caring for Young Caregivers, Joyce DeVoss,
Many children and adolescents are faced with the challenge of care giving for parents or other family members as they also contend with the normal expectations of meeting educational and social developmental milestones.  This presentation outlines and addresses the challenges of being a young caretaker and Adlerian-inspired approaches to self care and development of a caring school community to support youth care givers.
Participants will learn the extent of the problem of youth caregiving and a school community approach to care for the youth caregiver.
 
Activating Gemeinshafstgefühl : An Empirically Supported Individual Psychology Treatment, Rocky Garrison,
Activating Gemeinshafstgefühl  is a structured therapeutic strategy which encourages clients to engage in activities in all of the life tasks in a style that demonstrates an interest in the interest of others. It adapts the techniques of behavioral activation, a manualized and empirically supported behavioral treatment, to Individual Psychology practice. 
Participants will be able to use four of the techniques of behavioral activation to encourage clients to engage in more activities in all of the life tasks in a style that demonstrate an interest in the interest of others. 2.) Participants will be able to incorporate the values of Gemeinshafstgefühl into the cooperative process of defining activities and deciding which activities the client will engage in.
 
Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One: Personal and Professional Perspectives, Teal Maedel, Debbie Joffe Ellis & Timothy Hartshorne
The loss of a loved one can be a challenging time of great sadness and pain. At this crossroads we do have choices to make. We will explore from a personal and professional perspective, adaptation tools to deal with the grieving process and to ease suffering. The importance of self-care will be highlighted.
Participants will learn how therapeutic concepts from both Adlelrian Psychology and REBT offer helpful intervention strategies in dealing with grief and loss.  Participants will learn to honor and enhance their own resiliency in addressing loss from a professional and personal basis.
 
Introduction to Adlerian Psychology, Steven Stein
For those just beginning their exploration of Adlerian psychology, this introduction to Individual Psychology covers the basic concepts of the model from inferiority feelings/striving for success (the growth model) to lifestyle development, the unity of the personality and holism, a psychology of use; teleology/purposeful behavior, social interest, and collaborative interventions.
Participants will learn the theoretical model that has evolved from Adler's original conceptualization of Individual Psychology and identify the  principles that underlie Adlerian counseling, therapy, education, and leadership.
 
Understanding and Working with Anxiety Disorders & Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Jill Duba Sauerheber and James Bitter
Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders are ways of turning away from the demands of life in favor of a protective stance.  These disorders protect individual self-worth win the face of life tasks.  This presentation provides an Adlerian assessment of the uses of these disorders as well as interventions for re-direction.
Participants will learn the goals and uses of the various anxiety disorders & obsessive-compulsive and related disorders; interviewing processes for understanding these disorder, as well as interventions for the re-direction of people with these disorders.

Fostering Resilience and Well-Being in Emotionally Troubled Teens through Positive Counseling Interventions, J. Steve Hamm and Jon Carlson This presentation will discuss the application and outcomes of positive psychology interventions used with troubled teens with extensive trauma histories. Interventions are presented with a goal to empower individuals to look beyond past trauma, abuse, and neglect, to identify and use their strengths to overcome their most difficult struggles.
Participants will be able to identify empirically supported techniques to instill increased resilience and well-being in themselves, and their clients.  Participants will learn what are the factors that contribute to resilience, well-being, and post-traumatic growth, and can they be taught?

 
Friday, 4:15-4:45


Section Meetings


Sections will meet for a half-hour business meeting followed by a presentation specifically selected for their section.  All are invited to joing a section meeting and participate if you are a member or observe and participate as invited if you are not a member. 


 
Friday, 4:45-5:45


 
The Impact of the "Coming Out" Process on a Person's Life Style: An Opening Discussion, Susan Belangee, Michael Chaney (THEORY, RESEARCH & TEACHING)
This presentation will facilitate thoughtful discussion about how the "coming out" process for LGBTQ individuals impacts the lifestyle. Because this process occurs after lifestyle formation, the question arises whether the emotional, physical, spiritual, mental toll that usually accompanies "coming out" affects lifestyle traits. Counseling and practical implications will be addressed.
Participants will learn more about the "coming out" process from actual stories and how that process affected those individuals for the purpose of recognizing and gauging the level of impact. how lifestyle traits are formed and what Adler and others wrote about how  other things could change/alter/affect/impact one's understanding of self, others, and the world.
 
Why is Family Education So Very, Very Important, Betty Lou Bettner (FAMILY EDUCATION)
Important elements in family education:  1. We have to see how extremely important family education is.  2. We must emphasize what needs to be in all family education programs that help families be effective in societies that practice democracy.  3.  We are obligated to keep NASAP recognized as one of the most viable, go-to organizations for help in locating the most theoretically sound programs for guiding parents throughout their most important and rewarding job in life.
Participants will learn why family education is essential and needs to be available.  Participants will also learn the basic components in an effective parenting program.
 
Crowdsourced Coaching for Leadership Development, Jay Colker (TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE)
Crowdsourced Coaching engages a group of leaders in real conversations about their leadership development needs through collectively examining their work challenges and leadership practices. The presenter highlights the principles, reviews how to implement Crowdsourced Coaching groups, either in-person or through emerging technology, and demonstrates the approach with workshop participants.
Participants will learn the basic principles of Crowdsourced Coaching and how to implement such groups with leaders. They will learn to apply the principles through actively participating in a Crowdsourced Coaching demonstration.
 
The First Hour, Susan Prosser (PROFESSIONAL CLINICIANS)
What if the first session with a client is the only time you have to make a difference?  This talk will explore what really needs to happen to create a possibility for clients to have a profound and meaningful experience in their first hour with you.
Participants will learn the complex variables present when client and therapist meet for the first time and tools and skills necessary to makr a therapeutic impact during the first hour of therapy.
 
Positively Effective; Positively Empowering; Positively "Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy" by Albert Ellis Ph.D. with appreciation for Dr. Adler, Debbie Joffe Ellis, (ADLERIAN COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS)
Aligned with the theme of “ Celebrating the Original Positive Psychology”, this seminar will explore, demonstrate and embrace the principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which include many aspects in common with premises of Dr Alfred Adler, showing the transforming power of thinking in realistically positive and healthy ways.
Participants will learn about the development of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), core aspects which overlap with Dr Adler’s work, the power and effectiveness of thinking in realistic and positive ways, and how doing so lessens emotional suffering and enhances and increases joy in life.Participants will learn the main aspects and their application to individuals in schools, family, the Military and other groups.
 
ICARE for Action Research, Elizabeth Villares, (EDUCATION)
The ICARE for Action Research presentation introduces school counselors to a step-by-step model, based on the principles of trust, empathy, understanding and valuing individual’s views, encouraging creatively as means of problem solving that intentionally fosters individual’s sense of belonging, and constructing new meaning through reflection, goal setting, and encouragement. 
Participants will be able to identify the five steps in the ICARE model. Participants will be able to select at least one area of their school counseling program or specific issue that can be addressed by following the ICARE model.
 
The Power of Purpose: An Adlerian Exploration of Meaning Through Service, Jennifer Williamson and Daniel Williamson
The concept of social interest is a cornerstone of Adlerian psychology, and work is one of the identified life tasks.  However, the concept of purpose is often overlooked as individuals examine their lives in search of meaning. Finding purpose and fostering connections have the ability to be deeply healing, invigorating, and restorative. This session will examine the therapeutic and healing power of purpose as it relates to Adlerian therapy.
Participants will learn about the therapeutic nature of purpose and meaning and how to help clients and students as they search for meaning and purpose.
 
The Wonders of Being Human: Suffering and Overcoming, Yuh-Yin Wu, Yen-Ting Chang, Ying-Shi Chang, Jane Wu, Shu-Chen Wu
The good and bad of being human: A school-based activity composed of 4 30-min sessions and one day activity school wide, plus several classroom activities embedded within the curriculum. The challenging part is to design different levels to fit in kids’ physical and psychological development from 6 to 12 years old, and to activate the common old theme--to be a human being.
Participants will learn how to run a school-based activity across grade 1 throug grade 6, covering their differeces on psychological and physical development, to help them deeply appreciate the wonder of being humans and loving each other. Concrete and specific activities will be presented around the theme of 'how good to be humans and to love.'

 
SATURDAY PRESENTATIONS

 
Saturday, 8:00-9:00AM


 
Sibling Fighting--Should Parents Always Stay Out of It? Patricia Cancellier,
Parents learn in Adlerian parenting classes that siblings fight to get parents’ attention.  The way to stop it is to ignore it.  A recent study demonstrated an association between sibling aggression and mental health.  Are we failing to address serious sibling conflict by assuming that it is only for attention? 
Participants will learn how to diagnose sibling fighting due to the first three mistaken goals and when to ignore sibling fighting and when to apply the encouragement strategies for power struggles and revenge.
 
Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life, Cynthia Gill,
Everyone knows that boys are falling behind in education, with fewer young men graduating from college every year.  Jump-Starting Boys offers positive, practical solutions to parents and teachers of pre-teen and teen boys who are under performing in school and in life. Presenter is co-author of a book on encouraging boys.
Participants will learn parenting techniques that work with boys, especially to encourage them when they are discouraged academically and how to encourage discouraged parents by giving them practical ideas and usable tools.
 
Understanding Behavior as Communication, Timothy Hartshorne,
All behavior has a purpose. All behavior is also communication, even when it lacks communicative intent.  Some individuals with severe disabilities may lack formal language, and so it is imperative to read their behavior as communication.  The lens of self-regulation is useful in understanding goal directed behavior.
Participants will learn that before we try to change behavior we need to understand its communicative value and that attempts at self-regulation underlie much challenging behavior.
 
Working with Patients with Severe and Debilitating Mental Illness: An Adlerian Way, Linda LaBarre, Tim Springer
This presentation will explore how to utilize Adlerian interventions and methodologies to support and treat individuals who are experiencing a debilitating mental illness. We will explore the cultural landscape and statistical data to better understand the community known by the Department of Human Services as SPMI or SMI populations.
Participants will learn effective Adlerian techniques and adaptable interventions for working with SPMI populations and how to better understand the demographic information, cultural context, and barriers to treating  populations with severe and persistent mental illness. 
 
Family Therapy: Winning Parents Over - Turning Complainants into Customers, Steven Maybell, Bahereh Sahebi
This program will address the common and frustrating challenge of parents wanting counselors to "fix" their children without any involvement with the exception of complaining about the child and how counseling is not working.  The presenters will share specific Adlerian and Systems based skills and the findings of significant research in this area that empowers counselors to "win parents over".     
Participants will learn recent research on parent/child relationships and what the most important factors are for parents to be their most effective selves and those specific Adlerian and Systems approaches that increases the likelihood of winning parents over and become "customers" vs. "complainants" in the family therapy process.
 
How to Write an Effective Adlerian Case Conceptualization, Len Sperry, Jon Sperry
Pattern recognition  is essential in developing accurate and clinically usefully case conceptualizations.  Adler's construct of  "movement"  serves as the starting point for quickly recognizing basic life patterns.  A step-by-step process for "confirming" the pattern with life style information and writing conceptualizations and treatment plans is illustrated.  
Participants will learn the key elements of an effective Adlerian case conceptualization and a step-by-step strategy  for developing  effective Adlerian case conceptualizations and  treatment plans based on pattern recognition.
 
The Simplicity, Beauty and Utility of Adlerian Personality Priorities: Keys to Understanding Self & Others, Steven Stein,
To understand Adlerian Personality Priorities is to grasp overt and nuanced patterns of behavior; to recognize that they  cluster into distinct coping styles. To appreciate these coping styles is to understand a personality type such that you know what to expect from him/her, further leading to your recognition that he/she makes sense.  
Participants will learn that patterned behavioral responses to life lead can be clustered into distinct coping styles and that understanding these coping styles empowers the viewer with increased means or know-how to address these personality types.   
 
Holism and Holistic Medicine: Implications of Autogenic Training (AT), Julia Yang,
Adler’s  theory of organ inferiority suggested mind body interaction and was regarded as the basis for the psychosomatic medicine.  This presentation focuses on how Adler’s insight of holism anticipated holistic medicine and how the process and outcome of a mind body therapy, autogenic training, is parallel to the affirming neuroscience discoveries. 
Participants will learn Adler's and fellow Adlerian's contributions to holistic medicine and the process and treatment outcome of autogenic training that mirrors the recent neuroscience findings.


 
Saturday, 9:15-10:45


 
Utilizing a Gender Lens in Clinical Practice, Marion Balla,
As clinicians, addressing gender issues is an integral part of our work and life.. The presentation will provide participants with an increased understanding of the impact of male and female roles within intimate relationships, workplaces and the wider community. Gender guiding lines, birth stories and early memories will be utilized to explore personal decisiosn related to gender.
Participants will will explore the beliefs and the early childhood decisions about being male or female which influence our relationships in all areas of our lives and learn the value of gender guiding lines, birth stories and early memories in clinical practice.
 
Adlerian Lifestyle Assessment: A Demonstration of Clinical Practice, Jim Bitter,
Lifestyle Assessment is an Adlerian clinical intervention that co-creates a mutual understanding of the client who presents for therapy.  Using an audience volunteer, Dr. Bitter demonstrate Adlerian lifestyle assessment as a means of psychological investigation and the co-creating of a life narrative from which new directions and re-directions can emerge.
Participants will learn the process of forming a relationship and conducting a psychological investigation in clinical practice, using a formal lifestyle assessment; multiple ways of using the narrative that develops from the lifestyle assessment to create new directions or re-directions in client lives..
 
Social Work and Adlerian Psychology; A Toolbox for Social Workers., Kathy Cluff, Michele Frey
Sadie Dreikurs, a social worker in Chicago, lived at the Hull House with her father, Rudolf Dreikurs, and their family.  We will examine the marriage of ideas between Adlerian Psychology and Social Work.  We will include the application of  Adlerian techniques including early recollections, goals of misbehavior, and others.
Participants will learn  the history of Sadie (Tee) Dreikurs and Rudolf Dreikurs and their connection with the Hull House, which provided an important role in the development of social work as a profession in America and the similarities between Social Work ethics and standards, and the principles and concepts of Adlerian Theory. 
 
PHPPSS (Parents Helping Parents Problem Solving Steps), Lori Onderwyzer & Dina Emser
Parents Helping Parents Problem Solving Steps created by Lynn Lott is a powerful process that gives parents a structure for problem solving that allows them to encourage one another, to create a sense of community, to have the courage to admit mistakes, and to help each other brainstorm for solutions.
Participants will learn learn to crack the code of misbehavior and use the mistaken goal chart and several Positive Discipline parenting tools to find encouraging solutions to everyday challenges.  They will also learn the components of the Parents Helping Parents Problem Solving Steps and have an opportunity to practice facilitating the process. 
 
Encouraging and Mending the “Injured” Heart, Laurie Sackett-Maniacci,
People who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, or have been diagnosed with heart disease, often experience discouragement, anxiety, and depression related to their “injured” heart.  These people are often challenged to find a new way of living in a heart healthy way.  This workshop will present the use of Adlerian assessment and treatment approaches in helping to mend the heart and grow in positive ways.
Participants will learn how to incorporate a semi-structured group approach with cardiac patients and how to integrate Adlerian assessment and interventions in encouraging heart patients and helping them incorporate hearty healthy ways of living.
 
Adventure-Based Counseling: The Basics and Beyond, Korey Watkins,
This presentation will provide a demonstration of a group-based approach to improving group cohesiveness, sense of belonging, and cooperation.  Attendees will be provided with an overview of the fundamental structure of this technique, which will equip them with the knowledge necessary to design and facilitate their own Adventure-Based Counseling session. 
Participants will learn the overall structure for designing and facilitating an Adventure Based Counseling session and how to facilitate a variety of Adventure Based Counseling techniques through en vivo experience.
 
Reflecting As If: An Encouragement-Focused, Brief Counseling  Process., Richard Watts,
Reflecting As If (RAI), an integration of Adlerian, constructivist, and evidence-based perspectives, is a procedural and process expansion of the Acting As If technique that accesses clients strengths, assets, and abilities.  This his presentation will provide attendees with information regarding the background and   implementation of RAI with clients in both clinical and educational .     
Participants will learn the general RAI protocol and the role of encouragement in the RAI process; how RAI may be used in various settings and in various modalities.

Moving Difficult Dialogues About Culture to Constructive Conversations, Cadmona A. Hall, Amy L. Zavada
Difficult dialogues include the expression of values related to power, privilege, and culture that trigger anxiety in people. Potentially healing exchanges are often approached with trepidation or avoided both in therapy. When done well these conversations create interpersonal connections which activate the Adlerian concepts of social embeddedness and social interest. 

 

Saturday, 11:00-12:15


 
Instilling True Self Esteem in Your Children, Beverley Cathcart-Ross,
Some children navigate through life with confidence and ease, while others are anxious, full of self-doubt or see the glass as half-empty! Learn how to assess the state of a child’s self-esteem and ways to improve it. Leave with practical tools that lay the groundwork for self-confidence and happiness.
Participants will learn how we can unknowingly discourage a child's self-esteem; attitudes and approaches that will encourage a strong self-esteem in others
 
Why Do -Some- People Bounce Back? Exploring  Resilience from an Adlerian Perspective , Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp, Serife Terzi
Explore resilience from Adlerian perspective in context of individualistic and collectivist cultures. We will provide results of our various  studies on resilience using Adlerian theoretical framework.  Specifically, we will focus on how psychological birth order, social interest, courage, hope, attachment, life style relate resilience and we will explore early recollections of resilient individuals.
Participants will learn how various Adlerian variables contribute or explain resilience and to explore Adlerian theory and resilience in a global cross-cultural context.
 
Class Meetings:  Building a Foundation for Life Skills, Kelly Gfroerer, Jane Nelsen & Mary Etheridge
Class Meetings provide experiences for students to feel a sense of belonging and significance in their school community. Guidelines to implement Positive Discipline’s Class Meeting model will be presented with emphasis on the 8 essential skills for effective Class Meetings. Video examples of class meetings will provide examples for learning.  
Participants will learn essential skills for leading effective class meetings; the efficicay of class meetings for developing  respectful relationships in schools, families and communities.
 
Visually Revealing Relational Dynamics , Jana Goodermont,
As therapists, it is our challenge to create movement with our clients in every session.  Holistic movement can occur within the individual on many levels including the cognitive, emotional and behavioral dimensions. An experiential process will be demonstrated that  allows for all the levels of active movement to be visually revealed. 
Participants will learn a structured, experiential process that demonstrates the three points of mindful awareness and how to slow themselves and their clients down in a session to mindfully understand all the choices available for making changes.
 
Helping Clients Make Changes Through Collaborative Rewriting of Early Recollections, Leigh Johnson-Migalski,
Early Recollections can be actively rewritten by the client under the guidance of the clinician toward a more healthy and positive of way of resolving the past which based on the phenomenological, teleological, holistic underpinnings of the Adlerian theory alters the current schemas or convictions of the clients.  Through a live demonstration, attendees will learn the theory and skills required to implement this Adlerian intervention.
Participants will learn the theory of helping clients rewrite their Early Recollections and the steps and skills required to implement this intervention.
 
Parenting Assessments-Evaluating Parents' Strengths & Challenges, Mary Jamin Maguire,
At times it is necessary to assess a parent’s strengths and challenges – with recommendations to improve their ability to effectively nurture their child(ren). Often this is done as part of a Child Protection process or a Custody Evaluation, and is useful for anyone working with parents with multiple challenges.
Participants will learn the process for completing a Parenting Assessment and  techniques to build rapport with parents who struggle to effectively nurture their child(ren), to encourage them to improve their parenting knowledge/skills and to improve their relationships with their children. 
 
How can Individual Psychology Explain the Relationship between ADHD and Co-Morbid Mental Health Disorders?, Patricia Post, Greg Anderson
Today's clinician should be aware of the co-morbid nature of ADHD. Our study of 1500 individuals found high correlations between ADHD and other mental health disorders as well as relationships with Adlerian dynamics. Individual Psychology can provide a framework for understanding how ADHD can predispose one to other mental health disorders.
Participants will learn the relationship between ADHD and co-morbid mental health disorders and how Adlerian psychology can assist in the understanding of how an individual with ADHD can be predisposed to other mental health disorders 
 
Aging Sanely, Creatively, and Gracefully, Wes Wingett,
This didactic and experiential presentation will focus on aging from an Adlerian perspective. Alfred Adler and his colleagues wrote about the aging process and made specific and positive recommendations for the aging population. Components of this workshop will include adapting to the aging of self and others sanely, creatively, and gracefully.
Participants will learn Alfred Adler's two recommendations for  working with aging individuals and components of adapting to aging sanely, creatively, and gracefully.

 
SATURDAY LUNCH FROM 12:15-1:15

 
1:15-2:00, NASAP ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS’ PRESENTATION


 
Saturday, 2:15-3:15


 
Professors Forum: Becoming An Adlerian in Non-Adlerian based Graduate Programs, Becky LaFountain, Jill Duba Sauerheber, Steven Saiz, Richard Watts, Mary Baksh, Cayce Brewer, Lauren Early, Dan Melear, Candace Sneed
While many graduate programs are not Adlerian-based, many professors and students in such programs are actively involved in learning and applying Adlerian principles in professional and personal contexts. Members of this panel will discuss the challenges and solutions for providing an Adlerian base within programs that are non-Adlerian.
Participants will learn about the challenges and possible solutions for students in programs that are not Adlerian-based to learn and apply Adlerian principles and techniques. 
 
The Aim of Ambition: The Useful Side of Perfectionism, Gary Bauman, Ramona Grad
Many proceed through life with the quest to get ahead, to find success that validates one’s worth and contribution. For some, this quest leads to unnecessary stress, anxiety, neglect of relationships as well as constant fear of not measuring up. Adler suggested that striving for perfection was a natural and commendable endeavor. However, there is both a useful side and a self-defeating side of perfection, and the aim of one’s ambition determines the course that is taken.
Participants will learn the differences between Adapative and Maladaptive Perfectionism and what the research has found regarding these two constructs and ways to encourage and motivate maladpative perfectionists to begin to tweak their lifestyle and adjust the way they pursue their goals.
 
The Bright Side of the Screen: Social Interest Gone Viral?, Marina Bluvshtein, Leah  Macpherson and Liza Finlay
In the "historical" panel set up as a Viennese cafe, we will tell an old story about optimism vs. pessimism.  We will explore how Individual Psychology is uniquely wired into contemporary world. We will show the useful/brighter light of a computer screen and obstacles/distractions that we choose to use not to see that light.
Participants will learn how technological mediums may be harnessed to encourage connection, growth, healing and learning; and what "belonging" may mean to a diverse and rapidly diversifying global community; how to apply creativity and adaptability of Individual Psychology in a new global environment, and what mistaken beliefs about self, others, and the interconnected Universe may be wired in our resistance to accept the changes.
 
We're on the same team!  Fostering Cooperation Between Families, Educators, and Outside Professionals. , Melissa Crescenzo, Kristen Markovich
Participants learn how to foster cooperative communication between families, educators, clinicians, and other professionals to create a successful learning atmosphere for children needing accommodations.  Educational jargon (e.g., RtI, eligibility categories, 504 plans, and IEPs) is clarified to help advocate for students in need of services.  Useful communication tools are reviewed.
Participants will learn to establish cooperation and communication among the various systems serving a child with special needs; to advocate for a student in need of services by learning about current legislation, educational trends (e.g., RtI), and reviewing other educational terms (e.g., 504 Plans, IEPs).
 
Research Support for Individual Psychology's Parenting Model:  Democratic Parenting, Kelly Gfroerer, Eva Dreikurs Ferguson
Research support for  Individual Psychology’s parenting model will be summarized with emphasis on parenting concepts and behaviors that are important to consistently implement  democratic family leadership. Specific parenting practices that align with democratic parenting will be discussed (ex. Family meetings). Directions for future Adlerian-based parenting research will be identified.
Participants will learn the research support for Individual Psychology's parenting model of democratic leadership within families; Specific parenting concepts and strategies to facilitate consistent  democratic parenting methods (ie. family meetings, solution-focused problem-solving, encouragement, using the goals of misbehavior to understand family members' private logic and purposefulness).
 
An Application of Positive Psychology in Family Life, Michael McDonough,
Many families attend our clinic because their children are out of control.  We only get one session to perform a multidisciplinary team evaluation.  We developed a method of turning negative behavioral expectations into a positive structure scheme for families.  This method will be demonstrated and discussed from an Adlerian perspective.
Participants will learn how to uncover what a family might be expecting from their children and young people; how to develop a mutually agreed upon posive set of expectations within a family setting.
 
Incidental Recollections and Revealing Repressions, Ben Rader, Aaron Pressie
In this presentation, we will consider the plausible role that circumstances of social exclusion and systemic dependence play in shaping Life Style development. We will do this through exploring the Early Recollections (ERs) and objective life outcomes of a group of urban youth living in the Milwaukee area.
Participants will learn ways that Early Recollections can be used to consider broader ecological influences on the self and plausible models for how teleology factors into the perpetuation of systemic dysfunction.
 
The Gloria Tapes: Implications for Positive Psychology and Adlerian Psychotherapy, Seema Saigal, Petra Zdenkova and Jonathan Adler
The Gloria psychotherapy tapes showcase a single client engaging in psychotherapy with three different therapists. This study is the first to analyze these interactions using the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB; Benjamin, 1996), demonstrating the importance of a warm, autonomy granting, and strength-based approach such as positive psychology.
Participants will learn The effect of client-centered and strength-based approaches to psychotherapy; The Structural Analysis of Social Behavior method of conceptualizing interpersonal dynamics, specifically in relation to the Gloria psychotherapy tapes suggesting support of client-centered and strength based approaches such as Adler himself posited many decades ago.


Saturday, 3:30-4:30


 
The Purpose of the Sideshow, Susan Brokaw,
Usually people are functioning in the main event, all of the life tasks.  However, clients who are stuck develop a sideshow.  This presentation will explain the sideshow, why the client develops the sideshow, its purpose and how to help clients return to the main event, using a visual illustration.
Participants will learn how clients feel inferior, get stuck and create a sideshow; How to help clients move from the side show to functioning in the life tasks. 

Parenting Program Leader Training and Lifestyle Dynamics, Jolita Jonyniene, Roy Kern
The leader training model, which has been developed for implementing the Adlerian parenting program STEP in Lithuania, will be presented. The presentation will also include the overview of characteristics which might contribute to the efficacy of the STEP program (leader socio-demographics, experience with Adlerian principles, lifestyle dynamics, etc.).
Participants will learn the leader training model which has been successfully employed for preparing Lithuanian STEP program leaders. Based on the first empirical study and evidence-based research, they will also learn the leader characteristics and lifestyle dynamics which significantly contribute to the efficacy of the STEP program.

Positive Integrative Approaches to Chronic Pain and Trauma, Denise Hall,
Integrating Adlerian approaches with other modalities such as Clinical Hypnosis, Energy Psychology, Narrative Family therapy and EMDR helps unlock emotional blocks and accelerates change in psychotherapy. This presentation is to provide unique strategies and a fresh and inspiring perspective to challenging therapeutic issues such as chronic pain and trauma. The presenter, Denise E. Hall PsyD. will bring her experience with injured workers.
Participants will learn how to integrate diverse therapeutic strategies creating a whole that is bigger than the parts; and, how to become more adept at working with clients who are debilitated by chronic pain and trauma.
 
It's More Than Play . . . Preparing Children to be Problem Solvers and Creative Thinkers, Terry Lowe,
It's More Than Play . . . Preparing Children to be Problem Solvers and Creative Thinkers: From babies through adolescence play stimulates curiosity and imagination, encourages creativity, builds social skills, and motivates problem solving skills. Join us to explore the important role of play in developing capable, competent children.
Participants will learn the different types of play and the benefits of each; how to create an environment conducive to play, creativity and problem solving.
 
Inside the Mind of a Psychopath , Teal Maedel, John Newbauer
The construct of psychopathy will be explored from forensic, clinical and Adlerian perspectives. We will discuss, through case examples the interpersonal, affective, lifestyle and antisocial features prevalent in this population.  The concepts of risk assessment and management will be highlighted, along with an introduction to Hare's psychopathy checklist (PCL-R).
Participants will learn the facets of the clinical construct of psychopathy and how theoretical concepts from Adlerian Psychology apply.  Participants will learn the importance of identifying psychopathic individuals in a forensic population and the increased risk that these individual may pose.
 
Student Success Skills: A School Counselor Intervention that Reinforces the Adlerian Principles of Social Interest, Striving, and Encouragement, Melissa Mariani, Linda Webb, Greg Brigman, and Elzabeth Villares
Adlerian concepts including social interest, striving for superiority, holism, and encouragement are articulated in the school counselor-led program, Student Success Skills (SSS).  Presenters will demonstrate key SSS strategies that are Adlerian based, discuss a rationale for implementing SSS in schools, and review the research on the effectiveness of SSS.
Participants will learn about foundational principles supporting SSS and experience key SSS strategies and skills grounded in Adlerian Psychology. They will also learn about the SSS program research documenting its’ effectiveness across various student outcomes and rationale and strategies for implementing SSS in schools.
 
Process and Pitfalls in Working with Parents in High-Conflict, Joseph Noble, Lori Thibodeau
This presentation provides conceptualization, processes, and techniques for effectively working with parents in high-conflict. We provide case examples of how the processes and techniques move parents toward being able to manage their conflict and reestablish functional parenting of their children. We also discuss clinical traps that will stall or prevent movement.
Participants will learn effective processes and techniques in working with parents in high-conflict; Pitfalls to avoid in working with parents in high-conflict
 
An Anthropological Twist on Adler and the Mind-Body Problem, Sylvia Olney,
We are familiar with Adler's references to "organ jargon."  From an anthropological point of view, the intersection of psychosomatics and guiding fictions brings up the Western notion of a mind-body split.  But a different view of the nature of reality is possible and may be implicit in Adler's views. 
Participants will learn to identify philosophical influences on Adler's view and to identify some dynamics of somatization.

 
Saturday, 4:45-5:45


 
The Brain Diesease of Addiction , Mark Blagen,
Is understanding addiction as a brain disease deterministic? Adlerian Psychology provides us with a clear way of understanding the brain disease of addiction and providing healing interventions for those suffering from addiction while avoiding being deterministic.   
Participants will learn that accepting the brain disease concept of addiction destigmatizes addiction allowing for the client to develop a sense of societal belonging and opportunity for reeducation and desire to cooperate and contribute. An Adlerian perspective provides excellent interventions for effective treatment of addictive behavior.  
 
Early Recollections and EMDR, Felice Block,
This presentation will provide a brief overview of EMDR, it's compatibility with Adlerian thinking and it's use to create change in mistaken beliefs. Both theories are humanistic, holistic and focus on beliefs as they apply to the client's personality and presenting symptoms. EMDR provides a contemporary methodology to change early recollections and therefore change beliefs associated with those recollections.
Participants will learn how EMDR is compatible with Adlerian theory; and, how EMDR can change mistaken beliefs inherent in early recollections.
 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Individual Psychology, Lawrence Cull, Grady Osten-Garner
The integration of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Individual Psychology allows for a mutual strengthening of a therapeutic approach. Guided by the ACT technique of psychological flexibility along with clarifying values toward social interest, an integrated IP and ACT approach may allow the practitioner to help the combat veteran ameliorate feelings of isolation and commit to behaviors leading to a sense of belonging.   
Participants will learn an integrated approach to therapeutic intervention;  Techniques to assist the isolated combat veteran attain a greater sense of belonging through values clarity and committed behaviors.
 
Bullying - How To Safeguard Your Children, Doone Estey,
Bullying hurts all our kids, even if they are not victims themselves. It undermines the social fabric of our schools and communities. How can we differentiate bullying from normal conflict? How can we safeguard our children and help them deal with it? As parents, are we contributing to the problem?
Participants will learn what the roots of bullying are and what to do about it.
 
Fostering Resilience and Well-Being in Emotionally Troubled Teens through Positive Counseling Interventions, J. Steve Hamm, Jon Carlson
This presentation will discuss the application and outcomes of positive psychology interventions used with troubled teens with extensive trauma histories. Interventions are presented with a goal to empower individuals to look beyond past trauma, abuse, and neglect, to identify and use their strengths to overcome their most difficult struggles.
Participants will be able to identify empirically supported techniques to instill increased resilience and well-being in themselves, and their clients.  Participants will learn what are the factors that contribute to resilience, well-being, and posttraumatic growth, and can they be taught?

Adlerian Principles, Family, and Culture, Eva Dreikurs Ferguson,
Adlerian psychology focuses on the individual, the group, and the larger society. We’ll consider how ‘culture’ fits into this model. Research is presented that identifies how culture can affect parenting styles and simple kinds of choice behavior. Aspects of personality development thus can link to both the family and culture.
Participants will learn the role of Family Dynamics in Personality Development; the possible role of culture in shaping family dynamics.
 
Shared Identity: Finding Who You Are and Where You Belong, Herb Laube, Justice Whitehorn
The missing key to mutual agreement between Adler and Maslow were concepts we never had a vocabulary for until now.  Shared Identity is the process of more than one person basing their individual identity upon each other through the active sharing of a collective identity together.
Participants will learn how the life goals and the life tasks work together within shared identities and may create shared identity complex; why racism, sexism and all isms exist and why they always will.
 
Adlerian Leadership in the Classroom, Dina Emser,
It is important for teachers to embrace their inherent positions as leaders. Dina Emser will present activities and information about how Adlerian concepts can help teachers encourage students while leading more effectively with mutual respect in today's classrooms.  Specific tools will be shared.
Participants will learn how some of Adler and Dreikurs' basic premises can be translated as leadership tools in today's classroom to promote responsibility, resiliency and student engagement and how to step up and lead as teachers without doing too much for students or demanding too much from them. How does mutual respect really look in the classroom?
 
Trust Only Movement: Mining the Metaphor of Movement in Adlerian Psychotherapy, Heather Leigh,
Trust only movement. Adler said it. We repeat it. This experiential presentation unpacks the metaphor of movement and explores its use in practice. Creative art therapies are effective because they get clients moving (physically) to see their movement (psychologically). Participants will experience and explore these concepts through movement and art.
Participants will learn the history, relevance and use of the movement metaphor in Adlerian psychology and The benefits of understanding and incorporating physical movement in therapy.


 
 
SATURDAY 6:00-7:00 – POSTER SESSIONS AND COCKTAIL HOUR
 
SATURDAY 7:00 CLOSING DINNER

 

 
 

 
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