MFT Faculty, Supervisors, and Students

Faculty

All AGS Faculty meet the following pre-requisites (adapted from Faculty Manual 2015):

  • Since AGS courses are graduate level, it is preferred that instructors possess an earned doctorate or other terminal degree.
  • Because AGS programs are clinically oriented, all instructors will be expected to have at least three years of experience as practitioners in their professions.
  • Because AGS has an Adlerian focus, it is expected that instructors will be proficient in the principles and techniques of Individual Psychology.  Certification by an Adlerian training school or its equivalent is preferred. Each course offered by AGS must include appropriate Adlerian content and discussion of Adlerian implications. The degree to which Adlerian content and discussion is integrated will vary with the course but, in all cases, will be reflected in each course's clearly defined student learner outcomes.

 

Faculty members’ work is guided by the ideals and philosophy of Individual Psychology and accreditation requirements. Faculty members are committed to making their community a healthier place in which to live and work. In general, AGS faculty and staff are intentionally recruited for their expertise in a particular subject area or field. In addition, AGS works to hire individuals who will maintain and increase diversity, so that the faculty and staff are representative of the local population and communities AGS serves.

 

Ruth Buelow, Program Director and Core Faculty – Multiple years of teaching experience in all grade levels from Kindergarten through Doctorate teaching. Ruth has 11 years of licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota and has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including in-home, out-patient, day treatment, school setting, and clinical training settings. Ruth became an AAMFT Approved Supervisor in 2011 and provides individual and group supervision and AAMFT Mentoring to Approved Supervisor Candidates. Ruth’s background includes Active Parenting ® training, and Instructional Design. Ruth’s teaching experience at AGS includes (on-campus and online teaching):

  • AGS 561 Evaluation Methodologies
  • AGS 504 Abnormal Psychology and the DSM 5
  • AGS 500 Principles of Research
  • AGS 541 Systems of Family Theory
  • AGS 542 Couple Counseling
  • AGS 543 Family Therapy
  • AGS 547 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • AGS 601 Introduction to Graduate Writing
  • AGS 602 Developing the Master’s Project
  • AGS 603 Advanced Research with Human Participants
  • AGS 946 Introduction to Field Experience
  • AGS 948 Internship
  • AGS 949 Individual Clinical Instruction
  • AGS 599 Master’s Project Chair and Reader, IRB Advisor

 

Jean Budge, MFT Program Associate – Field Experience Coordinator and Core MFT Faculty. Jean has over 4 years of experience as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As a graduate of the AGS program, Jean brings Adlerian training to her teaching. Jean’s clinical experience includes working with children, teens, parents, families, couples and adult individuals. Settings include in-home family therapy and out-patient clinical work. Jean has completed her AAMFT Supervision course and is an Approved Candidate. Jean is trained as an Active Parenting ® trainer. Jean is a MN Board Approved Supervisor. Jean’s teaching and experience includes:

  • AGS 946 Introduction to Field Experience
  • AGS 949 Individual Clinical Instruction
  • AGS 543 Family Therapy
  • Master’s Project Reader

 

Shelly Lacher has been a licensed MFT since 2008. Shelly is a graduate of a COAMFTE approved program, therefore she brings the academic rigor of her program in the MFT Program at AGS. Shelly is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Shelly’s clinical work includes a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, in-home work, out-patient clinical work, and within the behavioral health/insurance industry in training and project management. Shelly’s clinical work focused largely on adults and couples. Shelly’s teaching at AGS includes (both on campus and online teaching):

  • AGS 525 Essential Interviewing Skills
  • AGS 542 Couple Counseling
  • AGS 948 Internship
  • AGS 949 Individual Clinical Instruction
  • Master’s Project Reader

 

Wendi Anderson has been a licensed as a MFT since 2015. Wendi completed her Doctorate degree in 2015 in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Argosy – Twin Cities DMFT program. Wendi has been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years as a trained Art Therapist. In addition to her clinical work, Wendi has worked in community mental health settings training and placing service dogs within the community. Wendi’s clinical work includes children, families, parents, teens, adults, and couples. Wendi previously taught online in the Argosy University Clinical Mental Health program (online). Wendi’s teaching at Adler includes (on-campus and online):

  • AGS 513 Comparative Theories
  • AGS 500 Principles of Research
  • AGS 601 Introduction to Graduate Writing
  • AGS 521.4 Values, Ethics, and Legalities in MFT
  • AGS 537 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master’s Project Reader

 

Meghan Williams is a licensed MFT since 2013 and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Meghan was a part of the MFT Administrative team until recently when she became a Mom. Meghan is enrolled and completing the Doctorate in Marriage and Family therapy at Argosy University – Twin Cities. Meghan’s clinical work focused primarily in working with couples, adults and teens on the ASD spectrum, and is interested in human sexuality and developmental psychology. Meghan’s teaching at AGS includes (on campus only):

  • AGS 505 Developmental Psychology
  • AGS 946 Introduction to Field Experience
  • AGS 948 Internship
  • AGS 949 Individual Clinical Instruction
  • Master’s Project Reader

 

Paula Achenbach is a MN Board Approved Supervisor and has decided to take the AAMFT course and pursue her AAMFT Approved Supervisor status within the year. Paula’s clinical background includes Play Therapy (RPT-S), Equine therapy, sand tray and other experiential therapeutic modalities. Paula’s professional background includes an impressive list of professional presentations. Paula has been supervising interns and externs for over 15 years. Paula’s teaching at AGS includes (on campus only):

  • AGS 948 Internship

 

Ben Bevis became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2010. Ben is a graduate of Adler, so brings Adlerian theory and knowledge to his teaching. Ben’s clinical work is primarily with children and adolescents, parents and families. Ben travels extensively presenting on adolescent mental health topics. Ben completed an Approved Supervision course, but not through AAMFT. Ben reports he is motivated to become an AAMFT Approved Supervisor within the next year. Ben was ‘hand selected’ to teach at Adler by the previous Children and Adolescent instructor. Ben’s teaching at Adler includes:

  • AGS 544 Counseling Children and Adolescents both on campus and online.

 

Richard Close has been licensed as an MFT since 1989. Richard is also licensed as and LPCC. Richard is a MN Board Approved Supervisor and has just reapplied to AAMFT as a clinical fellow and is researching the Refresher course to become an AS Candidate. Richard’s background includes a Doctorate in Divinity. Richard has extensive teaching and scholarship background at AGS and other institutions. Richard was a clinical supervisor for the Fairview program, his emphasis was compliance and risk manager. Richard is the Program Director for Adlerian Studies. His teaching experience at AGS includes (online and on-campus):

  • AGS 521 Values, Ethics, and Legalities
  • AGS 521.4 Values, Ethics and Legalities in MFT
  • AGS 511 Introduction to Adlerian Psychotherapy and Child Guidance
  • AGS 938 Internship in Clinical Mental Health
  • AGS 599B – Master’s Project
  • Master’s Project Chair

 

Tamarah Gehlen has been licensed as an MFT since 2012. Tamarah is a MN Board Approved Supervisor and has just started the Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Argosy University – Twin Cities. Tamarah is a graduate of AGS so brings Adlerian Foundation to her teaching. Tamarah is also licensed as a Drug and Alcohol counselor. Tamarah’s clinical background includes treatment, outpatient and inpatient work. Tamarah teaches in both the MFT program and COD programs. Tamarah’s teaching in the MFT program includes (online and on-campus):

  • AGS 541 Systems of Family Therapy
  • AGS 521.4 Values, Ethics and Legalities

 

Jared Bostrom earned his LMFT licensure in 2014. Jared is also a LADC since 2011 and has clinical background in treatment programs. Jared is close to completing the Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University – Twin Cities. Jared is eligible to complete the AAMFT Approved Supervisor refresher, so is eligible for AS Candidate. Jared also teaches in the COD program. Jared’s teaching for AGS MFT program includes (on-campus, interested in online):

  • AGS 949 Individual Clinical Instruction

 

Rachelle Reinisch is an LAMFT and graduate of the DMFT program at Argosy University – Twin Cities. Rachelle also works in the Writing Center at AGS. Rachelle’s teaching at AGS includes:

  • AGS 601 Introduction to Graduate Writing (online)
  • AGS 602 Developing the Master’s Project (on campus)
  • Master’s Project Chair

 

There are many more highly qualified faculty. These are the primary faculty in the MFT program. Others who have been a large part of the faculty and stepped back recently due to life events include:

  • Debra Orbuch GreysonAGS 948 Internship, AGS 521.4 Values, Ethics and Legalities, AGS 541 Systems of Family Therapy
  • Becky LaFountainAGS 541 Systems of Family Therapy
  • Louise FerryAGS 504 Abnormal Psychology and the DSM 5
  • Tracee Robinson FooteAGS 541 Systems of Family Therapy

 

Supervisors

“It is expected that MFT students learn from MFTs who have attained the highest level of supervision training. As such, approved supervisors will be experienced marriage and family therapists who are either AAMFT Approved Supervisors, AAMFT Supervisor Candidates, or the equivalent. If this level of supervision is occasionally unavailable at the students’ sites, students may participate in supplemental supervision at Adler Graduate School.

During Field Experience, students will have two assigned supervisors. Because supervisors are unique individuals, sometimes they do not agree about interventions or models applied to a client case. For this reason it is imperative that the roles of each supervisor and their responsibilities be differentiated.

Site supervisors are the clinical professional at internship sites. They are directly responsible for students’ clinical work, and should be working with them to conduct diagnostic or other assessments, conceptualize client concerns, select appropriate interventions and monitor completion of client case history, diagnostic assessment, treatment plan, progress notes and client termination.

In contrast, AGS instructors will provide a primarily didactic experience in which course material, therapeutic roles, and students’ professional development will be assessed and discussed. Classes will mirror group supervision regarding students’ client cases. However, any ideas or suggestions students receive from their institutional supervisors must be utilized only in consultation with their site supervisors, with the site supervisor having the final decision. 

During the field experience, students participate in supervision that examines the wide range of professional issues often encountered in clinical work. These include, but are not limited to, questions of ethical standards, dealing with difficult clients, supervisory and organizational issues, and enhancing the personal and professional development of the student as a therapist-in-training.

Supplemental (AGS) supervision serves as a link between the program and the practicum site. The AGS supervisor serves as a liaison to the off-campus site supervisor. A secondary critical role for the AGS supervisor is to monitor students’ progress in their clinical work. Supervision provided by AGS supervisors supplements but does not replace on-site individual or group supervision.”

 

Students

Adler Graduate School students are adult learners who are primarily female and White with other students who are Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, and American Indian. The majority of AGS students attend classes on campus, while some participate in both on-campus and distance learning, and a small number completing their courses only through distance learning. Student Demographics

 

Program Composition and Student Achievement