Jere (Jerome) Truer, MA, LICSW
I view my role as an educator as one role with two facets. I take the word ‘educate’ literally and historically to mean to bring forth students’ own body of knowledge and lived/felt experience in such a way that they can make it useful and creative in their own unique way. That is one facet.
The other facet has to do with my role as Didactic Instructor. Among our Didactic cohort, we use the command from the Oracle at Delphi, to know oneself, as our mission. The entire process of Didactic fits in with Adlerian theory and Socratic process wherein students learn to access their own selves and thereby heal others. I use the metaphor of inventory in that each therapist, to be effective, gains the capacity to use what is within them. What is within them is their ‘inventory’.
Also, I truly believe that what I expect of others—in this case, students—I should expect of myself. As a therapist and as an educator, I use my whole self and appropriate self-disclosure. And, with that, I tell stories because I find them a very effective way to communicate knowledge by way of metaphor and illustration. In short, I attempt to be a role model for how to be a professional therapist and an insightful, empathic human being who is not afraid to be imperfect and not afraid to live.
Jere Truer, MA, has been on the AGS faculty since 2004, and is also an alumnus of the school (1989). Having formerly been on the general faculty until 2012, he resigned that position and moved over to serve students taking individual and group Didactic.
Jere was in private practice in Uptown Minneapolis from 1992 until 2013, but has worked in the mental health field in several capacities since 1977. In 2013, he retired his private practice and moved to Central Colorado where he and his wife have a Bed and Breakfast in the Rocky Mountains just west of Denver.
Because of this move, Jere conducts his individual sessions via Skype, or via phone if necessary. He does travel to Minnesota, however, for the classroom group Didactics.
Jere’s interests and specialties are in trauma, addictions, spirituality, and integrative approaches to healing. He also blends a healthy dollop of Jungian thought, as well as mythology and literature, into his Adlerian practice. His Skype username is “truer123”.
MA - Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
BA - Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
I have lapsed memberships in NASAP, MN Jung Association, and the Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. I have a life time membership in the Twin Cities Men’s Center.
I held a LICSW license from 1993 until 2014. When I retired my psychotherapy practice in 2013 and moved out of state to Colorado and then Arizona, I contacted the MN Board of Social Work and cancelled my license.
I have not published in the field of education or research. I have contributed psychologically oriented articles to the MN Men’s Conference and Inroads, a literary and cultural magazine. I also have a book of original poetry, “The Art of Dying”, in which I write about grief from the inside out as I worked through the death of a spouse.
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