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Adler Graduate School (AGS) is always excited to hear about what our graduates have pursued after graduation. Our team was able to catch Beth McNally and Adam Arnold, the dynamic duo, who graduated in 2011 and 2009. They spilled the beans to our team on how they met, their experiences at AGS, and what they have been up to since graduating.

Adam: Beth?

Beth: Yeah?

Adam: We’re instant messaging right now.

Beth: We are! Kind of like how we got to know each other before dating. So, we’re here chatting about Adler Graduate School and our work as mental health professionals?

Adam: We are! I’ll ask you the first question: What inspired you to go to school to be a mental health professional?

Beth: Hahaha. Well pretty simple: My mom died when I was 21 years old. The pain and grief I went through, along with coming-out of that grief, made me want to help others who are in pain.

Adam: Always gut-punching when I hear that story, even though I've heard it before in various ways. Something my mom's pastor once told her was to apply one's skills ‘where you have been wounded’.

Beth: Yeah, totally. What about you?

Adam: What about me?

Beth: What inspired you to work as a mental health professional?

Adam: Coming-out of college, I was working as a theater director with kids. Many of my relationships, I noticed, were turning into deeper relationships than just actor/director. I was nudged by one of my mentors, noticing the same relationship dynamics with the children, to consider becoming a mental health professional who works with kids. I had a meeting with admissions at Adler Graduate School, and decided then and there to cultivate my courage to risk failure.

Beth: Huh! What has been your journey as a mental health professional who works with kids since finishing at AGS?

Adam: I continued working with kids to create theater pieces focusing on mental health and social justice issues during and after my time at AGS. I went into private practice right after graduate school working in various treatment centers for kids along the way. I also met a smart, powerful woman during the graduate school process…

Beth: Say more about the smart, powerful woman……………..

Adam: I met my future wife (YOU) while taking Couples Counseling at AGS!

Beth: I knew of ‘Adam Arnold’ because he had flyers for his plays at the school. Then, I ended-up in class with him; but, I never talked to him. Roughly 3 years later, he ended-up living in the same building as my sister, and we ran into each other. That sparked us into chatting on Facebook almost every night.

Adam: Ah yes, the flyers. For over 10 years, my days were spent handing-out and hanging-up flyers promoting our plays. I remember seeing you walking out of the elevator in my (and your sister’s) building. I knew it was ‘Beth McNally’ from AGS, but I got scared and didn't say anything to your face. I messaged you later, right? And yeah, we chatted on Facebook every night until we finally went on a date. I still swear to this day you were carrying a guitar, in a case, on your back when walking-out of that elevator, but you claim to have never played guitar…

Beth: Yeah, I have no idea what that pack would have been other than maybe helping someone with their guitar.

Adam: It's possible that you had a backpack that I mistook as a guitar.

Beth: A big back pack! Yeah, we chatted for hours and hours until 3am most nights.

Adam: So much fun! We learned a lot about each other. We eventually dated, got engaged in 2011, and married in 2012.

Beth: Yep.

Adam: We haven’t talked about your professional journey since starting graduate school.

Beth: Right! I worked as an ARMHS worker for a couple years which was part of getting my internship hours. Then, I was hired at a private practice and started working with individuals, couples, and families in 2011 – right after we started dating. That’s where I stayed until we opened-up our practice, Enliven. I was super lucky to do that kind of psychotherapy work right away.

Adam: Yes, lucky. I remember how excited you were when these developments were occurring. We're married, and we run a mental health clinic together. How does that work?!?

Beth: You mean how does it work running a clinic together?

Adam: And, how do we stand spending so much time together!

Beth: Luckily, we like to spend a lot of time together! The business aspect is easy. We keep well balanced boundaries with our home life verses work life. What do you think?

Adam: I like spending time with you when you're nice to me! The boundaries are key. We will label a conversation "work" prior to talking. Then, we both go into a different “work mode.” People often ask us what it's like to be married to each other and both be mental health professionals. I say our marital conflicts are just the same as other marriages except we use clinical words during our conflicts.

Beth: “You're not being very attuning right now.”

Adam: “That was very invalidating.”

Beth: “I feel frustrated when you don't do the dishes. Would you be willing to be more diligent?”

Adam: “I'm noticing you're dysregulated right now. What is one thing from your calming plan that you can do right now?” (Yes, we both have calming plans.)

Beth: Hahaha. Yeah, it can sound so silly.

Adam: Silly, especially when the phrases are delivered in an aggressive manner.

Beth: But, I think the reason it’s like that for us is we both value doing what we ask our clients to do.

Adam: Indeed.

Beth: So, if I’m telling my clients to be gentler to their spouse, then I need to do that as well.

Adam: Authenticity.

Beth: I think most clinicians would say that they learned a lot about themselves in graduate school. AGS, especially, made us focus on ourselves in our assignments. I think because of those self-reflections we are pretty good at knowing how to talk about feelings, about how our past informs us now, and how to understand each other more deeply. This is an advantage we have in our marriage.

Adam: I think it's an advantage for sure. I think we have a vibrant, fun, authentic marriage. We've also had some tremendously challenging times individually and relationally. It's been beneficial, for sure, having learned those skills. We have both benefited from continuing to seek professional therapeutic support for ourselves when needed.

Beth: We are not shy about seeking psychotherapy for ourselves when needed. We are not exempt from life’s challenges.

Adam: Wait, we forgot to mention another member of our family who is involved at our clinic.

Beth: I was thinking that too! We have a therapy dog named Doogie.

Adam: Doogie was abandoned in Georgia and brought-up to Minnesota by an animal non-profit. Beth found him in a foster home for dogs. We adopted him 5 years ago. Beth, you want to talk about Animal Assisted Therapy?

Beth: My final graduate project at AGS was on Animal Assisted Therapy; it was what I wanted as an integral part of my work with clients.

Adam: How so?

Beth: I believe animals can help people in ways a person can’t. People feel less anxious and comfortable when Doogie is around. He is attuning to my clients’ emotions and is very gentle. He too has a “work mode” because at home he is loud and naughty. Verses at Enliven, he’s calm and gentle.

Adam: It is remarkable how different he is at work. Hey, how about an Adlerian principle that has stuck with you into your professional career?

Beth: Of course, the theory of Lifestyle Assessment has stuck with me in terms of how our family dynamics impact a sense of self.

Adam: Another topic we are constantly talking about in our marriage: How our families of origin are informing our marriage.

Beth: Oh, and I do address mistaken beliefs with my clients.

Adam: I appreciated the Adlerian emphasis on understanding the purpose of the child's behavior. I am constantly thinking about that emphasis while working with kids in my office.

Beth: Tell me the best part of your job and the hardest part of your job?

Adam: Best - getting to experience the mind-blowing wisdom and curiosity of kids. Hardest part - kids telling me spoilers from movies that just came out that I have yet to see.

Beth: Hahaha. Yes, you hate spoilers. You would rather a kid trash your office than hear a movie spoiler.

Adam: Indeed. Your turn.

Beth: Best part of my job is doing what I love: seeing my clients getting better and improve is why I show-up every day. The hardest part of my job is when a client’s hill to climb is steep - unfairly steep. I just wish I could wave a wand to help them.

Adam: Beth?

Beth: Yes?

Adam: Do you still like me?

Beth: Yes.

At Adler Graduate School, we love to see our alumni in action. The stories of how they became apart of AGS to what they have accomplished since graduation inspire all of us to continue developing human services professionals. To learn more about our programs or discover what you can do with Adler Graduate School click here.

Adler Graduate School (AGS) is honored to spotlight our School Counseling Service Center (SCSC) in their recent award. The SCSC received the 2018 Minnesota Association of Charter Schools Innovation Award for student learning. The award recognizes the innovative partnership with Seven Hills Preparatory Academy, which was initiated five years ago and has since developed and evolved to match their school's growth and meet the students' changing needs in counseling. 

Seven Hills Preparatory Academy Executive Director Carl Schlueter states, “I would like to recognize Mr. Doug Pelcak from Adler Graduate School and the many tremendous interns (including Brittney and Lexy) we have benefited from as part of this unique program, which provides targeted and tailored, cost-effective and high-quality, counseling services for students as well as supports for families and training for staff.” Alumna Brittney Keating was spotlighted for her work with SCSC and AGS accomplishments earlier this year.

The counseling program has been successfully introduced at three other charter public schools using the founding model. Student counselor ratios across the country and the state are significantly higher than recommended averages, and yet student mental health and social-emotional support are critical to academic performance and educational success, so we are proud of the innovative work accomplished by this program.

To learn more about the AGS School Counseling's master’s and post-degree licensure programs, connect with our admissions team at 612-767-7055.

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.

To embrace our mission, vision, values, and deep-rooted beliefs in a call for social interest in action, Adler Graduate School Art Therapy program partners with the Lifeworks Organization to help facilitate a sense of purpose and belonging through art therapy.

The partnership supports art therapy field experience opportunities for our Adler Graduate School art therapy students and provides art therapy services to participants who are challenged by developmental, cognitive, and physical disabilities. Through the partnership, the participants benefit from community connection, a safe space to be creative and express themselves, and provides a sense of belonging within a supportive and encouraging environment that enhances personal strengths and abilities.

For the past several Fridays, Lifeworks has utilized our Art Therapy Studio to work with these individuals. Our students have been able to provide hands-on experience to the participants. The artistic pieces created by Lifeworks’ artists, in collaboration with the Adler Graduate School’s Art Therapy Department, will be featured at the end of the series in a gallery show featuring the artists.

We would like to welcome all our students, alumni, and surrounding community to this annual spring art show Friday, May 18, 2018, from 10-11 AM. The show will be an open house on campus.

Adler Graduate School aims to promote community, encouragement, and a sense of belonging through social interest in action. Recently, our Marriage and Family Interim Program Director Jean Budge was awarded a volunteer award for her work with Minnesota non-profit Project DIVA.

Project DIVA opened their doors 10 years ago with the goal to help young, black girls grades 3-12 develop self-identity through positive help and outlook. DIVA stands for dignity, integrity, virtue, and availability. The program matches aspiring girls with a mentor in their career field of interest. Project DIVA typically works with 20-30 girls who find the program through referrals, word of mouth, and school. Programs focus on emotional stability, career readiness, physical health, social health, and financial stability. Their mentors act as career coaches helping them find positive ways to find opportunity in their future endeavors.

Jean had the opportunity to mentor a 17-year old girl interested in the therapy and counseling field. Mentors usually work with their mentees for a period of a year. Jean has been working alongside her mentee since 2016 — when Project DIVA Career Coach Coordinator Martha Norris reached out for a counseling contact. When not mentoring, Jean has lead educational workshops on mental health to girls and their parents to promote wellness, additional support, and guidance.

The program has recently expanded to an Omaha location with the hopes of growing nationwide. Beside mentoring, volunteers can assist in community service, guest speaking, and through financial donations. To learn more or find creative ways to volunteer, click here.

Adler Graduate School is pleased to announce that President Jeffrey Allen, PhD, is being honored at this year’s Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Reception presented by Xcel Energy. The event honors the Twin Cities' newest executives on May 3, 2018.

Dr. Allen joined Adler Graduate School in December of 2017, and has made strides in community partnerships, the Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation process, and faculty and staff improvements. Dr. Allen has brought over 25 years of education management, including: leading schools to maximize their enrollment, retention, and supporting faculty and staff success. We are privileged to have him on our executive team.

Dr. Jeffrey Allen has supported student success as an administrator, dissertation chair, committee member, and an adjunct faculty member. His background includes a full range of experiences gained from working in executive and officer roles in higher education and nonprofit organizations, teaching, and social work. He believes in a relationship-centered approach in every aspect of an organization’s operations and has created trusted and strategic relationships at all levels inside and outside of the organizations. He helps execute growth through a practical application of assessment and self-reflection. In his personal life, he has applied the Adlerian principles of dignity, respect, equality, encouragement, purpose, belonging, and social interest.

To view the list of honored executives attending the event, click here.

To embrace our mission, vision, values, and deep-rooted beliefs in a call for social interest in action, Adler Graduate School partners with various community organizations in offering discounted tuition scholarships. Our team recently met with each of our community partners to spotlight the social interest they have vested in our communities.

House of Charity began transforming lives in the early 1950s, offering meals, housing, chemical and mental health treatment, and public showers. “One of our primary goals is to help struggling individuals meet their basic human needs of food and housing while reducing barriers to their long-term self-sufficiency.” The supportive housing programs serves over 200 single adults and the Food Centre, at 714 Park Avenue, feeds more than 350 people each day.

House of Charity’s Day by Day Program (chemical and mental health recovery program) serves adults in the Twin Cities struggling with co-occurring disorders. The Day by Day program is a 120-day outpatient program that offers personalized recovery plans, health and wellness programming, psychotherapy, chemical health assessments, and more using an integrated, holistic approach to restore the mind, body, and spirit.

House of Charity offers Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) internships in their Day by Day program. Interns can practice their skills through hands on group sessions, office work, and learn from the expertise of co-workers in the field. Interns work along side Mental Health Professionals, LADC’s, and Clinical Case Managers to assist clients in completing their goals.

To learn more about House of Charity, contribute to their efforts, or find an internship placement, click here. Adler Graduate School is honored to partner with such charitable organizations that focus on giving back to the diverse communities we serve.House of Charity Building

Adler Graduate School announced today that it has earned the 2018-2019 Military Friendly® ​School designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® ​School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation. More than 1,400 schools participated in the 2018-2019 survey with 941 earning the designation.

The 2018-2019 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® ​Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer), and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“Adler Graduate School is committed to supporting active-duty service members and veterans. Our online courses are convenient for students who are outside of the Twin Cities and cannot come to campus for class, and we offer financial assistance in the form of tuition discount scholarships for military members and veterans. We are so thankful for the service of our veteran and active-duty students and work hard to let them know they are valued members of our campus community,” states Christina Hilpipre-Frischman, Director of Admissions.

Victory Media’s Chief Product Officer Daniel Nichols stated, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for veterans.”

For more information about Adler Graduate School student veteran programs, visit www.alfredadler.edu or call 612-767-7055.

About Military Friendly® ​Schools:
The Military Friendly ® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

About ​Adler Graduate School:
The Adler Graduate School has a distinguished history in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. Through the encouragement and support of internationally known psychiatrist Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, the institution was founded in 1967 as the Minnesota Adlerian Society. It began in the Twin Cities as a small movement to present Adlerian concepts to the regional community. Today, in addition to the Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, the Adler Graduate School offers various certificate and other specialty study programs. It is a well-respected graduate institution educating and training mental health practitioners. At its core remains the Adlerian philosophy of encouragement, open-mindedness, and mutual support to advance the public interest.

To find a program and learn more about admissions contact us at 612-767-7055.

About Victory Media:
Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service disabled, veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs ® and Military Friendly ® brands. Victory Media and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity.

Learn more about Victory Media at www.victorymedia.com.

Adler Graduate School (AGS) is excited to announce it will be moving to a new location at 10225 Yellow Circle, Minnetonka, MN. This move allows AGS facilities to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, the Adlerian community, update technology, and make considerable improvements to our work space.

The move comes after over 12 years in our current location. “The move will facilitate our growth and ability to support our student body and prioritize our facility and technology needs to meet this growing population,” states AGS President Dr. Jeffrey Allen.

The new building will require extensive renovation to better serve the educational needs of the current and future AGS student body. To donate to our efforts in further training human services professional in facilitating healthy and fulfilling life styles for people, organizations, and communities through graduate education and social interest in action, click here. Your gift can contribute to the capital improvements, excellence in academic programming, and in keeping an Adler education affordable for current and future students. Adler Graduate School is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Have you ever wondered what you could do with a M.A. degree from Adler Graduate School (AGS)? We had the fortune of discussing life after graduation with an alumna, Cindy Anderson, MA, LPCC.

Cindy chose an unconventional route to college. She was a stay at home mother with a fear of public speaking. She took a single class at a local institution and fell in love with learning. One of her favorite undergraduate courses focused on organizational behavior, leading her down the path into psychotherapy. While her B.A. focuses on English literature, Cindy discovered that the integrative and investigative aspects of the human condition are littered throughout literature.

Since graduating in 2003, Cindy continued her work at her internship site, Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, opened a short-term private practice, and has since found her passion as an Inpatient Psychotherapist and Case Manager at the University of Minnesota Medical Center for the last ten years. At the medical center, the focus is on the tools and support patients need to improve and balance their lives. Cindy’s team accomplishes Adler Graduate School’s vision — transforming society through social interest in action.

While others may refer to her as a social worker, clinical treatment coordinator, or counselor, her patients relate to her as an advocate for change. Her day-to-day routines include early morning team meetings, researching her new patients’ history and catching up on the progress of her current patients, Rule 25 assessments , developing and collaborating on a plan of action, and confirming placements for patients following hospitalization. She can see up to seven clients daily.

Cindy reflects on her work saying, “While it took a year to fully grasp hospital procedures, I truly appreciate that Adler Graduate School provided a great foundation for my career field. It opened my eyes to seeing more to the world and the early recollection classes were invaluable.” In 2013, Cindy converted her LPC license to LPCC and completed a certification for supervision training this past spring through AGS.

At Adler Graduate School, we love to see our graduates in action. Cindy’s story inspires all of us at AGS to continue developing human services professionals. To learn more about our programs or discover what you can do with Adler Graduate School click here.

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