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Adler Graduate School's goal at graduation is to have trained human services professionals to facilitate healthy and fulfilling lifestyles for people, organizations, and communities through graduate education and community involvement. We recently reached out to our fellow alumni to see where they are since graduation.


“I have operated a private practice, Friendly Psychology Professionals, since 2014. I currently am supervising; I am a Minnesota Board-approved supervisor for LMFT and LPCC. I participated in Adler's ‘non-profit incubator’ for a year, and I would recommend it to anyone. I am studying Psychodrama and plan to become accredited. I will be leading an experiential workshop on psychodrama at Adler on April 6, 2018.” – Timothy Kuss, MA, LMFT, LPCC, Supervisor, Marriage & Family License, 2005


“I am an AGS graduate working as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am currently serving individuals, couples, and families in the Ham Lake area. My approach is strength-based, client-centered, supportive, and encouraging. My aim is to provide a safe space where clients can feel heard and understood as they work through the many issues and challenges life and relationship present.” – Diane Halverson, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy, 2010


“I am originally from Charleston, South Carolina. My educational background includes degrees in business, law, Drug & Alcohol Counseling, and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. My passion for learning, teaching, coaching, and helping is evident in my inclusive approach to human interactions. I embrace the Alfred Adler philosophy of developing relationships and giving back to the global community. I participated in the 2011 International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes in Hitzkirch Switzerland. In 2017, I opened Vitality Family Mental Health, a private practice located in North Minneapolis. Additionally, I teach in the Alcohol and Drug Department at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.” – Albert Brown, MA, Marriage & Family Therapy and Clinical & Mental Health Counseling, 2012


“I am the owner of Beacon Therapy Associates, a group private practice in Champlin, MN. I have more than 23 years of experience working with families, children, adolescents, and adults…I am a Clinical Member of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the American Psychotherapy Association. I am an Approved Supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, and an Approved Supervisor for AAMFT. I hold a Master of Science degree with honors in Human Development: Family & Child Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology: Human Relations from the University of Central Oklahoma. Additional graduate studies for my LMFT license was obtained at Adler Graduate School in Richfield, MN…” – Shelly Davenport, MA, MS, LMFT, BCPC, Marriage & Family License, 2000


“I work for Dr. Hal Baumchen at Northland Counseling; this is my eighth year. Whenever I can, I travel overseas to give marriage and parenting seminars in Jamaica, Rwanda, Thailand, and other places. It usually works out to twice a year. The rest of the time I keep busy mentoring young people and spending time with my 7 grandchildren. I'm really thankful for the education I received at Adler because it's so practical!” – Cynthia Gill, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy, 2006


“I have worked at Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul MN, as a problem gambling therapist since 2004 along with working as an AMHRS (Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Services) with the SPMI (Serious and Persistent Mentally Ill) population. I have worked with Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance since 2013 as an outreach worker, trainer, and prevention specialist. I have spoken throughout the state to multiple groups, both staff and clients, about the dangers of problem gambling to people in recovery, the trauma of addiction, and focusing on healthy relapse prevention strategies.” — John Von Eschen, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy


“…I began my journey at Adler Graduate School in 2005. I had always wanted to be a School Counselor because when I was in high school I would not have graduated if it were not for a certain special School Counselor. I was a high school dropout and a youth at high risk of going nowhere in life. A school counselor and a special alternative high school accepted me and encouraged me to stay on track so that I could graduate. From that time in 1981, I knew that learning and education were always going to be my healing and path. I was 40 years old…a scared and intimidated 40-year-old woman who had not been in college for at least 12 years... That day, the first day, at Adler Graduate School I felt courage and belonging. I felt so empowered with that courage and belonging I went on for another 10 years at Adler Graduate School. I earned a Master’s of Arts in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling.  I became a Licensed School Counselor. I returned for the Marriage and Family Therapy program and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. And I returned for the Co-Occurring Disorders program and became a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. I currently work for People Incorporated in the School Linked Program as a Mental Health Therapist and I am pursuing a private practice.” – Debra Landwehr, MA, LMFT, LADC, School Counseling, 2010, & Co-Occurring Disorders Certificate, 2016


“As a 2012 Adler graduate, I completed a Master's Project that blended the Adlerian concept of Social Interest with understanding the particular needs of Mixed Race people struggling with identity and belonging. For the first five years of my post-graduate career, I worked in community agencies that provided culturally-specific programming, first at African American Family Services, followed by a fellowship with Reclaim for LGBTQ+ Youth, and finally at Pangea Care (which focused on immigrants and refugees). I received invaluable experience, supervision, and mentorship during in these years, working in a variety of clinical, administrative, and leadership/supervisory positions. I have a trauma specialty which includes training in EMDR, Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model, and TF-CBT. I provide trauma-informed therapy with a focus on clients of Mixed Race and Trans-racial Adoptees, and try my best to provide safe space specifically for QTPOC.” – Lola Osunkoya, MA, LPCC, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2012


“I completed my studies at Adler Graduate School from both the Art Therapy and the Marriage and Family Therapy programs.  Since then, I have been working with children, adolescents, and adults with ASD and ADHD, their parents, and their siblings. My passion for my work is informed by my training and experiences as an artist, in art education, in mental health, and as the parent of a beautiful child with this unique way of experiencing the world.” – Jocelyn Thoemke, Med, MA, LMFT, ATR, Art Therapy, 2012, Marriage & Family Therapy, 2012


At Adler Graduate School, we love to see our graduates in action. Alumni testimonies inspire 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.

Each year the Adler Graduate School’s Social Interest in Action Committee takes our vision statement— transforming society through social interest in action – to heart. This year, our committee selected our Field Experience Partner, Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being.

Lee Carlson supports various mental health populations in our Minnesota community including adults with SPMI, children and adolescents in various school settings, outpatient clinics, and community centers.  We have past graduates who are now current professionals working for Lee Carlson Center in various capacities. Additionally, we have current students working on obtaining field experience hours at their organization. 

We were honored to have collected specific donations on the participants wish list as well as monetary donations in the form of gift cards. We want to thank our Adler community for the kind generosity and support toward a wonderful mental health organization within our local community.  

Brittney Keating, a recent school counseling graduate student, entered Adler Graduate School (AGS) without much knowledge of Adlerian psychology. She googled graduate schools in Minnesota, talked with respected friends and family and fell in love with Adlerian psychology after her first class at AGS: 511 Foundations of Adlerian Psychology.

From the useful learning tools acquired in class discussions to the influential instructors teaching classes from their experiences, Brittney found Adler to be refreshing and relevant. She built a cohort of classmates that became lasting friendships. This sense of belonging only furthered as she continued into her internship.

Brittney was personally selected from her program to join the Adler School Counseling Service Center (SCSC), created by Doug Pelcak – Coordinator of School Counseling Internships and Service Center. The program partners with charter schools k-2, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. The goal of the SCSC is to collaborate with schools to create comprehensive school counseling programs, impact systems, and address the needs of school counselors and underserved school communities by providing education and consultation to increase the quality and access of SC services.

Brittney spends her days working with kids to provide support and understanding: describing what it means to be a good family member, friend, and student both 1-1 and in small group settings. She helps build a foundation of developmental social and emotional learning skills.

“Doug set a good base for school counseling in this program. I get to work with students in a way I believe in, which I learned from Adler, with a supportive staff that believes in the school.” In the last year, Brittney has been hired on with her intern charter school. She has developed anti-drug programs and is currently working with an Adler Graduate School art therapy student to bring in art programs to help students come together as a group. “I love that I get to help bring a counseling program with Adlerian base to schools in need: helping form a community and school culture.”

At Adler Graduate School, we love to see our graduates in action. Brittney’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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