Marina Bluvshtein, PhD

Director of the Adlerian Studies Program 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) (AAMFT), 1999-Present
American Psychological Association (APA)
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP)

Professional Practice: 

Dr. Bluvshtein has been in private practice since 1998, providing psychological assessments, psychotherapy, consultations, and supervision. Her clinical specialties include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, various emotional disturbances due to general medical conditions and those due to physical abuse, domestic violence and grief issues; immigration adjustment, international adoption and cross-cultural marriages; parenting, multigenerational families, cross-lingualism in marriage and families; dementia of various etiologies; treatment and care non-compliance; chronic/severe/persistent general health and mental health problems in older clients; Borderline Personality Disorder.

Select Publications: 

Adler, A. (compiled by Bluvshtein, M.). (2015). On suicide and drunkenness.  Journal of Individual Psychology, 71(1), 4-13.

Belangee, S., Bluvshtein, M., & Haugen, D. (2015). Cybersocial connectedness: A survey of perceived benefits and disadvantages of social media use. Journal of Individual Psychology, 71(2), 122-134.

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.

Bluvshtein, M., Belangee, S., & Haugen, D. (2015). Adler's unlimited universe. Journal of Individual Psychology, 71(2), 89-101.

Bluvshtein, M., Kruzic, M., & Massaglia, V. (2015). From netthinking to networking to netfeeling: Using social media to help people in job transitions.

Journal of Individual Psychology, 71(2), 143-154.

Leibin, V. & Bluvshtein, M. (2015). Paris: Freud and Adler. [In print]. Journal of Individual Psychology, 71(4)

Select Presentations: 

Bluvshtein, M. (2014). "Am I trembling creature or have I the right?" Adler's reading of Russian literature in search for cure against violence. A presentation at the 26th International Congress of Individual Psychology, Paris, France.

Bluvshtein, Anton, & Oberoi. (2013). Does History Have a Gender? Listening to Women’s Voices in the History of Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler. A presentation at the 61st conference of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.San Diego, CA.

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 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: 

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; online teaching and online learning; social media; cognitive and social processes

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."