Marina Bluvshtein, PhD

Director of Adlerian Studies Programs and Online Education; Core Faculty Member

PhD - Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
MA - Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN
BA - Moscow State University (named for MV Lomonosov) Moscow, Russia

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Professional Membership: 

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Clinical Member), 1999-Present
American Psychological Association
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP)

Professional Practice: 

Dr. Bluvshtein has been in private practice since 1998 in New Hope, Minnesota. She works in bilingual and multicultural therapy, parent education, and mental health case management with individuals, couples, and families of all ages and diverse linguistic, ethnic and racial backgrounds. Diagnostic Specialties: Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents.Various emotional disturbances due to general medical conditions (most notably, heart conditions, chronic pain, and physical injuries) as well as those due to physical abuse, domestic violence and grief issues. Immigration adjustment, international adoption and cross-cultural marriages as well as parenting, multigenerational families and marriage difficulties are also areas in which Dr. Bluvshtein practices. Previous experience with: chemical dependency, dementia of various etiologies; treatment and care non-compliance; chronic/severe/persistent general health and mental health problems in older clients; Borderline Personality Disorder; Psychotic Disorders.

Select Presentations: 

Bluvshtein, M. & Laube, H. (July 15, 2011).  Alfred Adler, Russia, and Russians: Russian Pages in the History of Individual Psychology and Adler's Life.  A presentation at the 25th International Congress of Individual Psychology, Vienna, Austria.
Bluvshtein, M. (April 2, 2011). (with Thomas Wright) Games Theory and Socratic Questioning in Teaching Counseling Students Online.  Workshop presentation at the 75th Annual Convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association, Minnetonka, MN.
Bluvshtein, M. (June 11, 2010). Early Recollections and Experiences of Immigration Workshop presentation at the 2010 annual conference of North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP), Richfield, MN.
Bluvshtein, M. (June 2008). Expert Presenter at GlaxoSmithKline Rater Training By Kappa Clinical Partners, LLC: London, UK.


Academic History (higher ed experience): 

The Moscow Humanitarian University
University of Phoenix

Areas of Interest: 

Bluvshtein, M. (2004). Repeatable battery for the assessment of neuropsychological status(RBANS): Russian Language Adapation (Doctoral dissertation). UMI ProQuest Digitial Dissertations, DAI-B 65/07, 3698. Bilingualism and Life Span; language and culture in psychotherapy and cognitive assessment; outcome measures in psychotherapy; families and aging; dementia; Adlerian psychology; life of Alfred Adler

What I like about Adler Graduate School: 

"In 1994, with my mother and my son and following in the steps of my younger brother, I moved to this country. There were many things that I did not know when I arrived: how to drive, how to speak English, how to write a check or how to earn at least a little bit of money to be able to write a check. Welfare-bound and culturally-aphasic, I desperately needed guidance. I also wanted to go to school. I needed a school to be within walking distance. All together, I knew about ten people in this country. Challenging my own "firstborn-ness," I asked my brother for advice. He told me that there was a graduate school three miles from my apartment. That was the Adler Graduate School."