Our Approach

The Adlerian approach to counseling and psychotherapy is based on the belief that mental health is derived from the ability to cooperate, collaborate, and contribute to the community.  Social Interest, rather than self-interest, promotes a healthy lifestyle.

"Every human being strives for significance, but people always make mistakes if they do not recognize that their own significance lies in their contribution to the lives of others." - Alfred Adler

Your Education, Personalized.

Maintaining an environment that provides a deep-rooted feeling of belonging is embedded in our culture.  As a student, you'll be encouraged to promote wellness within yourself and others with an emphasis toward what is best for all. Your success as a mental health or human service professional will take place in small group settings and learning environments, with a faculty invested in your path to serve others. 

Striving For Diversity & Social Interest. 

Alfred Adler highlighted the importance of equality among all individuals in an effort to promote individual and societal health, including equality between women and men and a holistic view of the worth of each individual. Adler Graduate School continues these efforts in its commitment to providing increasingly diverse education to increasingly diverse individuals, to serve increasingly diverse communities. 

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Flexible Learning Options.

Life is busy. Counseling & Psychotherapy courses at Adler are offered in the evening, on weekends, on campus, and online. You can obtain your master's, certificate, or post master's licensure at a time that works best for you.  

Practitioner Faculty Members.  

In addition to teaching, the majority of our faculty are also clinicians in private practice, serving others in a diverse group of organizations. The faculty includes licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, licensed professional clinical counselors, licensed psychologists, registered art therapists, licensed school counselors, life coaches, parent coaches, and career development professionals. 

The faculty of Adler Graduate School is committed to using preparation, experience, and wisdom in effectively preparing students for the demands and the rewards of the profession of counseling and psychotherapy. They're well-versed in the principles of Adlerian psychology and share an understanding of human need compatible with the worldview of Alfred Adler and other psychologists in a modern context. 

Access To 100+ Urban, Suburban, And Rural Internship Sites.

We have relationships with well over 100 internship sites working with children, adolescents, families, couples, adults, seniors, schools, crisis centers, hospitals, grief & loss support, mental health, spirituality, domestic violence, employment, ex-offender, parent support, education/learning support, and career services for students seeking licensure within all of our programs. These sites can be found across the state of Minnesota, the upper midwest, and around the country.

Fully Accredited By The Higher Learning Commission.

The Adler Graduate School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Higher Learning Commission accredits and evaluates such things as governance and administration, financial stability, admissions, and student services, institutional resources, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with internal and external constituencies.