Adlerian Psychology Counseling Techniques

Presented by Jon Sperry, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, NCC on 12-04-2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Adlerian Counseling is well suited for clinical practice today because its theory and practice is compatible with a wide range of contemporary approaches. These approaches include the cognitive-behavioral, interpersonally oriented dynamic, systemic, humanistic, and experiential approaches. It is noteworthy that many of the basic principles of Adlerian Counseling have influenced and predated some of the most commonly utilized counseling approaches that are used today.

The Adlerian perspective is optimistic and focuses on assets, strengths, and health rather than on liabilities, deficits, and pathology. In this 2-hour continuing education webinar, Dr. Jon Sperry will focus on the utilization of Adlerian Counseling strategies with adolescents and adults. Dr. Sperry will provide an overview of the theory and the practice of Adlerian counseling and will also review the four phases of Adlerian Counseling.

In addition, Dr. Sperry will teach and demonstrate Adlerian Counseling techniques (such as acting as-if, push button technique, constructive action, early recollections and lifestyle assessment), provide case examples, and lead participants in various experiential activities to learn the theory and practice of Adlerian Counseling.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe the core theoretical principles of Adlerian theory and practice.
  2. List the four phases of Adlerian counseling.
  3. Describe Adlerian conceptualization and how it informs intervention planning.
  4. Summarize and discuss the lifestyle assessment process as a core assessment and treatment intervention from this theoretical orientation.
  5. Explain at least two Adlerian counseling techniques, such as acting as-if, push button technique, constructive action, early recollections and lifestyle assessment.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The contents of this program are based primarily on research done over the past 30 years by which Adlerian counseling strategies have been used and validated among individuals, couples, families, groups, and students. Course references will be provided to participants. 

Declaration identifying any potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support: None.

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References:

  1. Ansbacher, H.L., & Ansbacher, R.R. (Eds.). (1956). The individual psychology of Alfred Adler. New York: Harper & Row.
  2. Carlson, J., Watts, R., & Maniacci, M. (2006).  Adlerian therapy: Theory and practice. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  3. Sperry, L., & Sperry, J. (2020). Case conceptualization: Mastering this competency with ease and confidence (2nd edn.). New York, NY: Routledge.
  4. Sperry, L., Carlson, J., Duba, J., & Sperry, J. (Eds.). (2015).  Psychopathology and psychotherapy:  DSM-5 diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment (3rd edn.). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Meet the Presenter

Jon Sperry, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, NCC

Jon Sperry, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, NCC

Jon Sperry, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, NCC is an internationally-recognized expert in Adlerian
Psychology. He was awarded a diplomate in Adlerian Psychology in 2016 and also holds a
certificate of study in Adlerian Psychology. He is a core faculty member in the Clinical Mental
Health Counseling program at Lynn University. He is a board-certified licensed mental health
counselor and a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida and has been a staff
therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
since 2010.

Dr. Sperry is very active in the research, practice, and theory of Individual Psychology, in which he has spent the last 14 years researching, publishing, and presenting about this counseling
approach. He was President of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) in
2017-2018; and, he is currently the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Individual Psychology
(JIP)
. In 2018, he was appointed as a board member of the International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI), which focuses on Individual Psychology counseling techniques and is hosted in a new country each year. He has served as an ICASSI faculty member since 2015.

Dr. Sperry has co-authored five textbooks, five book chapters, and various professional articles. In November 2017, he co-authored the book, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Counseling Practice, through Routledge Publishing. Other books that he has co-authored have included two editions (2012 & 2020) of Case Conceptualization: Mastering this Competency with Ease and Confidence (translated in Turkish in 2016 and Korean in 2015) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy of the DSM-5 Personality Disorders in 2015. He also co-edited Psychopathology and Psychotherapy: DSM-5 Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment in 2015.

In addition to his clinical experience and publications, he has conducted workshops and lectures throughout the United States and around the globe--including Bulgaria, The Bahamas, Canada, China, England, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and Uruguay.  

For more information about Dr. Sperry and his work, please visit drjonsperry.com.

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  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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