Moving the Needle of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

11/14/2020 - 11:00am to 3:00pm CST

First annual conference for I.D.E.A. at Adler Graduate School.

Moving the Needle of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (in the right direction): Working with Diverse Populations.

Marion Balla, Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology, has been involved in the counselling field since 1969. She has completed a master's in education (Counseling) and a master's in social work (Direct Intervention). Marion presents workshops and training throughout North America on constructive approaches to human relationships in the family, schools, workplaces and community. She has been President of the Adlerian Counselling and Consulting Group in Ottawa, Canada for the past 40 years and has served several years on the governing bodies of both North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) and the International Association of Individual Psychology (IAIP). She is a faculty member of Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto, Canada. She has also been on the faculty of ICASSI (International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools) since 1992.

Marion Balla has gained recognition throughout North America as well as internationally for her expertise, her dynamic speaking style, and her skills as a facilitator, workshop leader and trainer. Marion was honored with the Parent Education Award in 1997, in recognition of her important contribution towards increasing the awareness of education for parents and enriching family life. In 2001, Marion was given the distinguished honor of delivering the Heinz Ansbacher Memorial Lecture to the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. She is the first woman and the first Canadian to have been chosen for this presentation which highlights her international presence in the practice of Adlerian Psychology. She is also a recipient of the 2005 Bessie Touzel Social Work Award from the Ontario Association of Social Work, in recognition of her contribution to the profession of Social Work and in 2018, Marion received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NASAP.



Rosalba Martinez was born and raised in Mexico City and came to the USA in 2000. She is a single mother with 3 teenagers (Paul-17, Saul-18, and Audrey - 13). She has a master’s degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with two minors, Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling, graduating in 2014 from AGS. She has worked in the field of therapy when her family commitments allowed. The Adlerian approach has helped her to better serve my community. Her work history includes being the Liaison between the Richfield Police Department and Richfield High School, working with at-risk youth and immigrants; training Bloomington Public Schools to encourage family engagement for schools from preschool, elementary and middle school levels and giving a keynote address for the Department of Education on Family Engagement resulting in increased engagement with families and schools. She also works part time as a mental health practitioner. For five years, she also provided training to Bloomington Public Schools in cultural competency for teaches and staff.

Why did she decide on becoming a Mental Health Practitioner?

When working with youth at risk, she saw the necessity of helping our youth and she wanted to do it in the right way. She always reached out for resources, but sometimes they seemed too little or not the right fit. Why not the right fit? Because a person must be viewed in a holistic perspective for us able to help.



Ana Macias is a graduate of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico, where she received a degree in Clinical Psychology in 1991. She relocated to Minnesota in 1995 and she obtained licensure as an educator from Augsburg University in 1999. Ana worked with young children in various educational programs in the Minnesota public school system for over 10 years.

Ana started working as a Mental Health Practitioner in 2013 and completed the Marriage and Family Therapy academic program at the Adler Graduate School in 2016. She currently supervises and is part of a team of mental health practitioners who provide in-home mental health care to adults. As a supervisor, Ana is also involved in training new staff. She has a passion for working with this underserved population and finds all aspects of working in the mental health field to be extremely gratifying.



Tamara graduated from Adler Graduate School in 2016. She is the director and counselor at People with CAPES in Richfield MN. She primarily works with African American families and their children who are facing depression, anxiety, and prejudice. She facilitates weekly parenting groups. She found her niche in working with children struggling with behavioral and mental health issues.

Tamara creates programs that facilitate community building and resiliency.

Tamara completed her BA in Social Work at Metropolitan State University. For 27 years, she has been a member of AA.

Tamara completed Life Coaching and Parent Coaching at Adler Graduate School. Tamara Dauphin-Whear BSW- MHPDirector of People with CAPES(Counseling- Advocacy- Parenting- Education-Supportive Services)

Mental Health Counselor

Certified Parent and Life Coach



Ashwak Hassan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Twin Cities. She has been providing psychotherapy, individual and family skills training to adults and children of all ages in day treatment and in-home settings since 2009. Ashwak has worked as an independent subcontractor in various organizations. Ashwak has dedicated her career to doing behavioral therapy with children on the autism spectrum and bringing awareness to the Somali community to better serve families that are impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders.

Currently, Ashwak provides services under her private practice, Hassan Counseling & Family Services LLC. Ashwak has experience working with patients who are from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ashwak has great knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the intersectionality of race, class, culture, gender, and mental health. Ashwak is a warm, dynamic, and empathetic therapist. She speaks Somali, German, and English.



Hallie M. Williams Sr is a graduate of Adler Graduate School in Minnetonka, MN.

Hallie’s focus and passion surround trauma and mental illness as it pertains to at-risk youth and their families and the trauma surrounding US veterans. Hallie is also interested in the dissonance experienced by young people from mixed families.

Hallie is been involved with many non-profits. Hallie has served as Executive Director of Squared Away Youth, a non-profit designed to use sports as a cohesive agent, while facilitating the delivery of services to young people that will better allow them to be more successful in life. Hallie has also served as the primary facilitator of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, a program designed to be an alternative to juvenile detention.

Hallie has been published in the Journal of Individual Psychology, (vol. 1, no. 3, 2008, pp. 503-509, “The Internet and Religion,”) and has presented several presentations and workshops to include several Special Interest Presentations at ICASSI (International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes) in Bonn, Germany and Sibiu, Romania focusing on social justice as well as presentations at the South Carolina Society of Adlerian Psychology, Adler University in Chicago and Western Kentucky University on topics related to social justice, diversity and inclusion and gangs.

Hallie is originally from Savannah, GA but currently lives in St. Paul, MN. Hallie’s free time is spent on family, fitness and friends.

Marion Balla
Rosalba Martinez
Ana Macias
Tamara Dauphin-Whear
Ashwak Hassan
Hallie M. Williams Sr
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