Adlerian Theory

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Brief Description of Video with Adlerian Theory Adlerian Theory highlights the importance of focusing on the individual and the concept of social interest in relation to an individual’s desire to have a sense belonging within society. Emphasized within the theory is the idea that behavior is goal-oriented and individuals have the capacity for growth (Dufrene, Henderson, and Eckart, 2016). In the video presented on Adlerian Theory (, 1997), Diane Kjos, Ph.D. and Jon Carlson PsyD. begin with engaging in a discussion on the theoretical approach to provide background on the theory. To illustrate the application of the theory within the helping relationship, a session is then presented for review using Adlerian Theory with Dr. Carson and a client, Gina, followed by questioning and feedback from the audience and hosts on the session.
How this Theoretical Approach Resonates with Me Adlerian Theory resonates with me as I agree with the main focus on the individual and the adaptability of the theory from person to person. As I do believe that each individual is unique, I resonate with the idea of being able to tailor my approach to meet the specific needs of the client. Dufrene et al. (2016) discussed that Adlerian Theory does not emphasize a multitude of specific interventions to utilize in the helping relationship as the Alfred Adler believed in the uniqueness of individuals. Consequently, “counselor creativity and intuitiveness if imperative” to effectively elicit change (Dufrene et al., 2016, p.134).
Specific Interventions Used that Demonstrate this Theoretical Approach During the session, Dr. Carlson utilized multiple interventions that indicated his adherence to Adlerian Theory to include lifestyle analysis, specifically, exploring birth order and early recollections. As Dufrene et al. (2016) posited that the goal of Alderian therapy is “to help a client identify and understand mistaken beliefs about self, others, and life; make changes in those beliefs; and thus participate more fully in a social world”, an integral part of the identification process is assessing and understanding the lifestyle of the client (p.135). Through the use of lifestyle analysis in the form of questioning, the
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