Description of Depth Psychotherapy
Our approach is based on Adler's original clinical writings, as well as the work of Sophia de Vries, Alexander Mueller, Lydia Sicher, and other Classical Adlerians. We train students in Adler's style of treatment: a warm, gentle, Socratic approach that respectfully challenges clients. In order to promote optimal functioning, we integrate Adler's vigorous optimism with the inspiring ideas of Abraham Maslow. Using Adler's solid psychological foundation, we adapt therapeutic strategies like eidetic imagery to compensate for missing developmental experiences.
The following chart outlines the twelve stages of Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy (CADP).
Our team of Classical Adlerian training analysts provides distance training in Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy (CADP) to mental health professionals and students anywhere in the world, via telephone, Skype, and e-mail. With their individual mentors, our students engage in: home study of audio-recorded seminars and video-recorded therapy demonstrations; supplementary reading of rare, unpublished materials; weekly discussions, personal study-analysis, and case consultations by telephone; self-paced progress; and customized training to match their professional interests and needs.
Mastering the art of Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy takes more than learning a theory and a series of strategies. It requires ongoing mentoring from a highly experienced clinician whose character reflects Adlerian philosophy. This experience is essential to grasp the necessary depth of feeling and trust in the therapeutic process. Larger institutions rarely offer this master-apprentice relationship. Our training analysts work with a limited number of psychotherapists in order to bring each of them to a high level of mastery. Adler handed down a remarkable legacy of therapeutic artistry to a small group of first generation Adlerians. Each of them trained a few others very comprehensively. This tradition of quality and depth cannot be translated effectively into large group instruction. Only a mentor with expertise in Adler's original principles and therapeutic style, who has completed an effective study-analysis, can offer the personal relationship necessary for training of this caliber. Mentors may alter the content and length of courses to facilitate individual progress.
Certification: 3 Years
Certification recognizes that participants have earned a sufficient level of knowledge and skill in the practice of Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy. A prerequisite for Certification is the fulfillment of any local licensing requirements in counseling and psychotherapy. We do not award academic credit or degrees, so these requirements need to be earned at an academic institution; essentially, we offer post-graduate professional training. However, individuals may begin work with us if they are enrolled in a master's or doctoral program. Most of our students are licensed counselors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and physicians.
Courses (For descriptions, follow the links.)
DT101: Basic Theory
DT102A: Intermediate Theory: Part I
DT102B: Intermediate Theory: Part II
DT103: Advanced Theory
DT104: Mastering Core Constructs
DT105: Comprehensive Study of The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler, Volumes 1-12
DT201: Personal Study-Analysis
DT301: Case Analysis and Treatment Planning
DT302A: Individual Adult Psychotherapy: Part I
DT302B: Individual Adult Psychotherapy: Part II
DT303: Couple Therapy
DT304: Child & Family Therapy
DT305: Brief, Group, and Marathon Therapy
DT306: Substance Abuse Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment
DT307A: Advanced Socratic Method - Part I
DT307B: Advanced Socratic Method - Part II
DT401: Basic Case Study
DT402: Intermediate Case Study
DT403: Advanced Case Study
DT404: Case Consultation
DT405: Supplementary Case Analysis
DT501: Career Assessment and Guidance
DT502: Organizational Consulting
DT503: Conducting Parent & Pre-School Teacher Education Workshops
DT504: World Test Adminstration
DT505: Conducting Classroom Teacher Education Workshops
DT506: Conducting Workshops for Parents of Teens
On-Site Experiential Workshops
DT601: On-Site Experiential Workshop (3 Days, First Year)
DT602: On-Site Experiential Workshop (3 Days, Second Year)
DT603: On-Site Experiential Workshop (3 Days, Third Year)
Time and Cost
The full certification program in CADP takes about three years of weekly study and a minimum of three, 3-day, on-site, experiential workshops. The total cost of the training is about $32,000-$36,000, depending on the amount of study-analysis and case-study needed. Students pay for each course as they begin it.
Study-Analysis & Annual Workshop
Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy achieves a unique integration of the cognitive, affective, intuitive, creative, and somatic realms which must be experienced in order to be understood. No amount of academic study alone can prepare someone to learn this multi-faceted art. Students must begin a weekly, personal study-analysis, in order to absorb this complex process first-hand, so they can duplicate it with a client. Students must also use the opportunities offered by the annual, 3-day, on-site, experiential workshops to work on personal issues face-to-face with our training analysts and other students, thus further internalizing this complex art in order to provide the full depth and range of Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy to clients. Participaton in a minimum of 3 workshops is required for certification. (Our training analysts have been attending for over 15 years.)
Registration: Getting Started
Students work with a mentor to develop a personalized plan that builds on their prior training and experiences. To begin the development of a plan, e-mail a copy of your Curriculum Vitae to Henry Stein (HTStein@att.net) and then call Dr. Stein (360-647-5670).
Henry T. Stein, Ph.D., is a Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist, senior training
analyst, and director of the Alfred Adler Institutes of San Francisco and Northwestern Washington. He
studied with Sophia de Vries and Anthony Bruck who were trained by Alfred
Adler. For more than thirty years, he has been training psychotherapists
with an approach based on the original teachings and therapeutic style of
Alfred Adler, as well as the clinical and philosophical writings of other
Classical Adlerians. His own contributions to
Classical Adlerian clinical practice include a comprehensive adaptation of
the Socratic method, a thorough exposition of the twelve stages of
psychotherapy, and an integration of Abraham Maslow's and Alfred Adler's visions of
optimal human functioning.
Dyanne Pienkowski, M.A., MFT, a Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Millbrae, California, combines over twenty years of training with Dr. Stein & Dr. de Vries with exceptional knowledge and skill in substance abuse treatment. She has specialized in substance abuse treatment for over 35 years and is certified as a Master's Addiction Counselor (MAC). Co-director of the Alfred Adler Institute of San Francisco, she offers on-site mentoring to anyone living in the Bay Area, or telephone-mentoring to students located anywhere in the world. For more information about her background, go to Paths to Becoming an Adlerian.
Martha E. Edwards, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Center for the Developing Child and Family at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. Dr. Edwards brings over 20 years of Classical Adlerian study, first with Dr. Adele Davidson and then with Dr. Stein, to her therapy practice with individuals, couples and families, and to her students. She offers on-site mentoring in the New York City area, as well as telephone-mentoring to students located anywhere in the world. For more information about her background, go to Paths to Becoming an Adlerian.
Advanced Certification as a Training Analyst
For information about our Advanced Certification to become a training analyst, go to:
For additional information, contact:
Henry T. Stein, Ph.D., Director
Alfred Adler Institute of Northwestern Washington
2565 Mayflower Lane
Bellingham, WA 98226