Adlerians have a long history of working in school settings. After World War I, Alfred Adler founded over 30 child guidance clinics in Vienna to train parents, students and teachers to live cooperatively in a participatory democracy. In the early 1930s, Oskar Spiel founded an Adlerian-based school in Vienna at the same time that Rudolf Dreikurs was bringing Adlerian concepts to the United States and teaching educators about democratically-oriented class meetings, natural and logical consequences, and the use of encouragement as a motivating strategy. In more recent years, Jane Nelsen, Don Dinkmeyer, Jr. & Sr., Gary McKay, Linda Albert, and others in the United States have furthered the principles of Adlerian psychology as they relate to children.
The School Counseling Program at Adler Graduate School guides its graduates toward acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to provide competent counseling in K-12 school settings. Students complete a course of study in the following areas: research; clinical issues; developmental psychology; ethics; counseling diverse children; individual, group and career counseling skills; counseling for exceptional children; introductory and advanced theories of Adlerian Psychology; and introductory and advanced methods of school counseling. Students are immersed in the ASCA National Model througout their entire educational program. Instruction is provided in classroom, small group, practicum and internship settings.
The Adler Graduate School school counseling program is fully approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to prepare graduates for school counselor licensure.
Introduction to Adlerian Psychology and Child Guidance
Comparative Theories of Personality & Psychotherapy
Principles of Research
Values, Ethics, Legalities in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Essential Interviewing Skills
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Foundations of 21st Century School Counseling
Group Counseling in Schools
Counseling Exceptional Children
Advanced School Counseling Skills
Recommended prior to 578
Clinical Issues in School Counseling
School Counseling Practicum
[100 hours= HS]
511, 513, 525, 570, 599A
School Counseling Internship
[700 hours= 200 HS, 200 MS, 200 Elem, 100 Alt]
(574- if possible)
Introduction to Graduate Writing & the Master's Proposal
977 School Counseling Practicum
978 School Counseling Internship
Amy Foell, MA, LSC
School Counseling Program Directoramy.email@example.com
Within the Adler Graduate School’s mission of “Social Interest in Action,” a vision was born and developed into the Adler School Counseling Service Center (SCSC). The goal of the SCSC is, "to collaborate with schools to create comprehensive school counseling programs, impact systems, and address the needs of school counselors and underserved school communities by providing education and consultation to increase the quality and access of SC services. Our ultimate goal is to work with schools and school counselors who aim to increase the quality and access to school counseling services."
The Center began its activities as a result of a generous grant from the Traveler’s Foundation. These activities focused on St. Paul Public School children during the 2010-2011 school year and served to help them achieve greater academic success. During the 2011-2012 school year, SCSC counselors will work with students in Intermediate District 287 to support academic and personal/social needs.
Our objective, simply put, is to make available to all schools student support services provided by licensed school counselors. Specifically, we are most concerned about those schools with little or no current services, including but not limited to, elementary schools, alternative schools, charter schools and small private schools.
While our ultimate goal is to have the appropriate counselor-to-student ratio in every school in Minnesota, our current aim is to simply get as much quality school counseling to as many students as possible. The SCSC is available to contract with schools for part-time licensed school counselor services based on the school’s need or budget.
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