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 Brokaw, Bill and Mim Pew, and Bob Willhite. They worked directly under Dreikurs’ tutelage.
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 Individual Psychology.
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.
Programs of Study at Adler Graduate School – AGS (MN)
AGS offers a Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with six areas of emphasis, three Specialty Area Programs, a Post-Master’s Degree Diploma in Adlerian Psychotherapy and a Post-Master’s Licensure Program.
Coursework at the Adler Graduate School supports pursuit of licensure as an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) and Professional School Counselor in the State of Minnesota. Students seeking licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, Professional Clinical Counseling and Professional School Counseling are encouraged to consult program advisors regarding specific course requirements. Students seeking licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy are encouraged to contact the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. Students seeking licensure in Professional Counseling and/or Professional Clinical Counseling are encouraged to contact the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
The M.A. Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy offers Seven Master’s Level Areas of Emphasis:
- Art Therapy
- Career Development: Emphasis in Career Development. Provides eligibility for licensure as Licensed Professional Counselor and certification as Professional Life Coach (optional)
- Clinical Mental Health Counselling: Emphasis in Clinical Counseling. Provides eligibility for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
- Marriage and Family Therapy: Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Provides eligibility licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
- Non-Clinical Adlerian Studies
- Online Adlerian Studies
- School Counselling: Emphasis in School Counseling. Provides licensure as a School Counselor
In addition to the M.A. Program, there are also two specialty areas of study offered at AGS. These are often taken as part of the M.A. program, but can be taken separately (except the Art Therapy Specialization Program). These Specialty Area Programs are:
- Personal & Professional Life Coaching
- Parent Coaching
For those who already possess a Master’s level degree and wish to pursue further coursework in Adlerian psychotherapy or to prepare for licensure, AGS offers two Post-Master’s Programs:
- Diploma in Adlerian Psychotherapy
- Post-Master’s Licensure
AGS courses are specifically designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults. Classes are generally held in the evenings and on weekends, and most students keep their current jobs.
Contact Details of Adler Graduate School – AGS (MN)
Adler Graduate School – AGS (MN)
1550 East 78th Street,
Richfield, MN 55423,
United States of America.
Location Map of Adler Graduate School – AGS (MN)
Adler Graduate School – AGS (MN)