AGS Celebrates Alumna Published in the Journal of Individual Psychology

Catherine Reid Day

Catherine Reid Day, a 2011 Adler alumna, recently shared with us that her case study and article was published in the spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Individual Psychology.

Catherine came to Adler Graduate School because a friend repeatedly mentioned, “You’re a natural Adlerian.” Not understanding what her friend meant, Catherine investigated and found Adler Graduate School.

Initially, she chose to come for a certificate in coaching and to develop her understanding of Adlerian values and techniques. Her goal was to teach and coach executives; she decided to continue and complete her masters to add credibility to her expertise in nonprofit executive experience and her consulting skills.

The ideas she researched for her master’s thesis facilitated the formation of her business today, Storyslices, which focuses on the intersection of story and purpose. The business focuses on strategic communications, leadership development, and family owned business organizational culture. By using early recollections and her proprietary model of tragic and transformational characters, she aims to help people become the leaders they aspire to be.

The Adlerian Organizational Leadership degree, now called Adlerian Studies, offered her a small, close-knit cohort full of diversity. Catherine’s peers were natives from Liberia, Kenya, and one is a member of the Whapeton Sisseton tribe.  During their time at Adler, the Arab Spring emerged and her classmates were watching the uprising from a very personal perspective because of their homelands. Before classes, her classmates would watch CNN and other news outlets to get updates on the distant demonstrations. The experiences of her peers lead her to understanding psychology from a different perspective. Catherine felt herself learning from their struggles and experiences.

Story Slices Method DiagramWhen the chance to write for the special edition on diversity came about, Catherine knew her time at Adler and previous work with her clients would be ideal in spotlighting diversity and equity. Her published article, Claiming Equity Using Early Story and Metaphor, is a case study on a small family foundation in Seattle and the coaching work she did transitioning her executive client through the ‘spending up’ of the foundation. In June, she will be sharing the case study and her Story + Mastery = More method at the upcoming NASAP conference in Toronto. As she put it, “being on the level is a key value of Adlerian psychology. We, as a community, have not faced the challenges of equity and diversity head on and this case study offers a window into one approach.” Her mentor, Dr. Premo, acknowledges Catherine’s work as progressive.

Catherine believes that we need the courage to transform mistaken beliefs surrounding equality and equity. Through communicating feelings of safety, belonging, and significance, our communities can mitigate these mistaken beliefs.

Catherine has also shared her method and work using the Adlerian perspective by participating in the Medicinal Mind podcast, presenting at various conferences, and she’s working on completing a book that expands the ideas presented in her article. She chairs the Creative Enterprise Zone board in Saint Paul that is working toward innovative city and system changes.

At Adler Graduate School, we love hearing about the success and journey our graduates have undertaken to further their profession. Like Catherine, not all students require licensure, which is why we offer our Adlerian Studies master’s degree and certificate programs. These programs help deepen and strengthen Adlerian concepts in coaches, non-profit leaders, degree seekers, and more. To learn more about how Adler can inspire you, click here.