Adlerian Therapy: Theory and Practice
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
Adlerian Therapy: Theory and Practice introduces the reader to Alfred Adler's seminal approach to psychotherapy. Starting from the principle that human behavior is goal oriented and socially embedded, Adlerian therapy is a brief psychoeducational approach that emphasizes understanding individuals' characteristic ways of moving through life—the life style—before working toward change. The authors demonstrate the relevance of Adlerian therapy today by illustrating how Adler's ideas have influenced current practice and emphasizing the short-term nature of its interventions. In addition, the authors show how Adlerian therapy works in practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups, as well as in educational settings.
This book is for practitioners of all orientations who want to ground their practices in a holistic theory that makes sense for today's world. Students will also benefit from learning about Adler's theory and flexible strategies. Readers will find a model of diagnosis that can be used to complement DSM diagnoses, many case examples to illustrate important Adlerian concepts, and helpful therapist-client dialogues with interpretive comments that show the counselor's active approach to assessment and collaborative problem-solving.
I. Adlerian Theory for Contemporary Therapists
- Why Should Psychotherapists Be Excited About Adler?
- The Contemporary Relevance of Adlerian Therapy
- Adlerian Personality Theory and Psychotherapy
II. Adlerian Therapy in Contemporary Practice
- Establishing the Therapeutic Relationship
- An Adlerian Perspective on Psychopathology: Using the DSM
- The Working Assessment in Adlerian Therapy
- Goals and Techniques in Adlerian Therapy
III. Applications to Specific Therapy Formats
- Brief Individual Therapy
- Brief Couples Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Consultation and Psychoeducation
Selected Readings and Resources for Further Study
About the Authors
Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP, has earned doctorates in counseling and clinical psychology and holds an advanced certificate in psychotherapy. He is Distinguished Professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, and director of the Lake Geneva Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Dr. Carlson is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and holds a diplomate in family psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has authored 35 books and 140 professional articles and has developed over 200 commercial and professional videos and DVDs. He serves as the founding editor of The Family Journal and is past president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling.
Richard E. Watts, PhD, received his doctorate in counseling from the University of North Texas and is professor of counseling in the Department of Adult Leadership and Counseling at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Prior to his current post, he held faculty positions at Texas A&M University—Commerce, Kent State University, and Baylor University. His interests include Adlerian, cognitive, and constructivist–constructionist approaches to individual and couple and family counseling; counselor supervision and counselor efficacy; ethical and legal issues; play therapy; and religious and spirituality issues.
Michael Maniacci, PsyD, is a published author and former core faculty at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. He is on the board of consultants for many parents and family organizations and has published several book chapters, articles, and books on Adlerian psychology and psychotherapy. He maintains private practices in Chicago and Naperville, Illinois.