Using Early Recollections in Counseling Practice

Presented by Jon Sperry, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, NCC on 08-20-2021 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

In this 2-hour continuing education webinar, Dr. Jon Sperry will review the use of Early Recollections (ER’s) in counseling practice. Early Recollections are a very useful projective assessment tool and therapeutic technique developed by Alfred Adler, the creator of Individual Psychology. The ER process can assist therapists and counselors to understand their client’s personality dynamics and to facilitate second-order change--transformational change. This strategy can be used by mental health practitioners working from a range of modalities from cognitive behavioral therapy to psychodynamic, existential, post-modern, feminist, and other therapeutic approaches.

This introductory continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health professionals:

  1. Define Early Recollections and the clinical process.
  2. Identify the several Early Recollection interpretation models.
  3. Summarize the empirical support of the Early Recollection process.
  4. Demonstrate the Early Recollection and interpretation process through experiential practice.
  5. Demonstrate how to integrate Early Recollections in clinical practice.

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. The presenter will be sensitive of the potential clinical issue of implementing/false memory and will make sure to discuss safeguarding procedures that can be used when concerning memories are part of the therapeutic process. Course references will be provided to participants. 

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: None.

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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 15 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, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

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

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • 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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