Alfred Adler Institute of Northwestern Washngton

Distance Training and Certification in Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy

Sophia de Vries & Henry Stein
Co-teaching a Workshop in July, 1987
Overview of Distance
    Training & Certification

Our Approach to Depth

Courses & Descriptions

Time and Cost
Study-Analysis & Annual

Registration: Getting Started
Training Analysts
Advanced Certification:
   Training Analyst

Overview of Distance Training/Certification

We offer post-graduate, professional training leading to certification, based on a one-to-one mentor relationship with weekly study and telephone/Skype discussions. In addition to a vigorous study of theory and practice, the program includes a personal study-analysis and exyensive, individual case supervision.

Our Approach to Depth Psychotherapy

Our approach is based on Adler's original clinical writings, as well as the work of Sophia de Vries, Alexander Mueller, Lydia Sicher, and other Classical Adlerians. We train students in Adler's style of treatment: a warm, gentle, Socratic approach that respectfully challenges clients. In order to promote optimal functioning, we integrate Adler's vigorous optimism with the inspiring ideas of Abraham Maslow. Using Adler's solid psychological foundation, we adapt therapeutic strategies like eidetic imagery to compensate for missing developmental experiences.


Our team of Classical Adlerian training analysts provides distance training in Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy (CADP) to mental health professionals and students anywhere in the world, via telephone, Skype, and e-mail. With their individual mentors, our students engage in: home study of audio-recorded seminars and video-recorded therapy demonstrations; supplementary reading of rare, unpublished materials; weekly discussions, personal study-analysis, and case consultations by telephone; self-paced progress; and customized training to match their professional interests and needs.

Mastering the art of Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy takes more than learning a theory and a series of strategies. It requires ongoing mentoring from a highly experienced clinician whose character reflects Adlerian philosophy. This experience is essential to grasp the necessary depth of feeling and trust in the therapeutic process. Larger institutions rarely offer this master-apprentice relationship. Our training analysts work with a limited number of psychotherapists in order to bring each of them to a high level of mastery. Adler handed down a remarkable legacy of therapeutic artistry to a small group of first generation Adlerians. Each of them trained a few others very comprehensively. This tradition of quality and depth cannot be translated effectively into large group instruction. Only a mentor with expertise in Adler's original principles and therapeutic style, who has completed an effective study-analysis, can offer the personal relationship necessary for training of this caliber. Mentors may alter the content and length of courses to facilitate individual progress.

Certification: 4-5 Years

Certification recognizes that participants have earned a sufficient level of knowledge and skill in the practice of Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy. A prerequisite for Certification is the fulfillment of any local licensing requirements in counseling and psychotherapy. We do not award academic credit or degrees, so these requirements need to be earned at an academic institution; essentially, we offer post-graduate professional training. However, individuals may begin work with us if they are enrolled in a master's or doctoral program. Most of our students are licensed counselors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and physicians.

Courses (For descriptions, follow the links.)

DT101: Basic Theory
DT102A: Intermediate Theory: Part I
DT102B: Intermediate Theory: Part II
DT103: Advanced Theory
DT104: Mastering Core Constructs
DT105: Comprehensive Study of The Collected
   Clinical Works of Alfred Adler, Volumes 1 & 12

DT201: Personal Study-Analysis

DT301: Case Analysis and Treatment Planning
DT302A: Individual Adult Psychotherapy: Part I
DT302B: Individual Adult Psychotherapy: Part II
DT303: Couple Therapy
DT304: Child & Family Therapy
DT305: Brief, Group, and Marathon Therapy
DT306: Substance Abuse Diagnosis, Assessment,
   and Treatment

DT307A: Advanced Socratic Method - Part I
DT307B: Advanced Socratic Method - Part II

Case Study
DT401: Basic Case Study
DT402: Intermediate Case Study
DT403: Advanced Case Study
DT404: Case Consultation
DT405: Supplementary Case Analysis
DT406: Monthly Group Case Study

Post-Certification, Advanced Study
DT407: The Therapeutic Wisdom of Sophia J. de Vries

Special Topics
DT501: Career Assessment and Guidance
DT502: Organizational Consulting
DT503: Conducting Parent & Pre-School Teacher
   Education Workshops

DT504: World Test Adminstration
DT505: Conducting Classroom Teacher Education

DT506: Conducting Workshops for Parents of Teens
DT507: Customized Directed Study in Substance
   Abuse Treatment

DT508: Software Applications for Case Analysis

On-Site Experiential Workshops
DT601: On-Site Experiential Workshop (3 Days)
   [A minimum of three annual workshops are required
   for certification. Ongoing annual attendance is

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
* DT101: Basic Theory
* DT102A: Intermediate Theory -Part I
* DT102B: Intermediate Theorty - Part II
* DT302A: Individual Adult Treatment - Part I
* DT302B: Ineividual Adult Treatment - Part II
* DT301: Case Analysis & Treatment Planning
* DT201: Personal Study-Analysis (concurrent
   w/other courses)
* DT601: On-Site Experiential Workshop

Second Year
* DT201: Personal Study Analysis (continues)
* DT303: Couple Therapy
* DT304: Child & Family Therapy
* DT305: Brief, Group, & Marathon Therapy
* DT401: Basic Case Study
* DT307A: Advanced Socratic Method - Part I
* DT103: Advance Theory
* DT402: Intermediate Case Study
* DT601: On-Site Experiential Workshop

Third Year
* DT201: Personal Study Analysis (may contunue)
* DT307B: Advanced Socratic Method- Part II
* DT104: Mastering Core Concepts
* DT403: Advanced Case Study
* DT306: Substance Abuse Diagnosis, Assessmentt,
   & Treatment
* DT404: Case Consultation
* DT406: Monthly Group Case Study
* DT601: On-Site Experiential Workshop

Fourth Year
* DT201: Personal Study Analysis (may contunue)
* DT404: Case Consultation
* DT105: Comprehensive Study of CCWAA,
   Vols 1 & 12
* DT404: Case Consultation (continued)
* DT405: Supplementary Case Analysis
* DT406: Monthly Group Case Study (continued)
* DT501-508 Special Topics (optional courses)
* DT601: On-Site Experiential Workshop
   (not required, but recommended)

Fifth Year
(May be required to complete unfinished course work.)

Post-Certification, Advanced Study
* DT407: The Therapeutic Wisdom of Sophia J. de Vries

Time and Cost

The full certification program in CADP takes about four to five years of weekly study and a minimum of three, 3-day, on-site, experiential workshops. The total cost of the training is about $36,000-$42,000, depending on the amount of study-analysis and case-study needed. Students pay for each course as they begin it.

Study-Analysis & Annual Workshop

Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy achieves a unique integration of the cognitive, affective, intuitive, creative, and somatic realms which must be experienced in order to be understood. No amount of academic study alone can prepare someone to learn this multi-faceted art. Students must begin a weekly, personal study-analysis, in order to absorb this complex process first-hand, so they can duplicate it with a client. Students must also use the opportunities offered by the annual, 3-day, on-site, experiential workshops to work on personal issues face-to-face with our training analysts and other students, thus further internalizing this complex art in order to provide the full depth and range of Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy to clients. Participaton in a minimum of 3 workshops is required for certification. (Our training analysts have been attending for over 15 years.)

Registration - Getting Started

Students work with a mentor to develop a personalized plan that builds on their prior training and experiences. To begin the development of a plan, e-mail a copy of your Curriculum Vitae to Henry Stein ( and then call Dr. Stein (360-647-5670).

Training Analysts

[Henry Stein photograph]

Henry T. Stein, Ph.D., co-founded the CADP movement and training program with Sophia de Vries. The senior training analyst and director of the Alfred Adler Institute of Northwestern Washington, he has been a Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist for over forty years. He studied with Sophia de Vries and Anthony Bruck who were both trained by Alfred Adler. For more than thirty years, he has been training psychotherapists with an approach based on the original teachings and therapeutic style of Alfred Adler, as well as the clinical and philosophical writings of other Classical Adlerians. His own contributions to Classical Adlerian clinical practice include a comprehensive adaptation of the Socratic method, a thorough exposition of the twelve stages of psychotherapy, and an integration of Abraham Maslow's and Alfred Adler's visions of optimal human functioning. He has written four books on CADP, and edited the 12-volume Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler. For more details about Dr. Stein, see Jim Wolf's interviews of him.

[Dyanne Pienkowski photograph]

Dyanne Pienkowski, M.A., licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT) is a Cerfified Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist, Director and Training Analyst of the Alfred Adler Institute of San Francisco, and a nationally certified Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). She combines over twenty years of training with Dr. Stein & Dr. de Vries with exceptional knowledge and skill in substance abuse treatment. For over 40 years she has worked in the field of chemical dependency, and in private practice for over 32 years. Now retired from private practice, she offers telephone and Skype mentoring to students located anywhere in the world.

[Erik Mansager photograph]

Erik Mansager, Ph.D., is a Certified Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist in private practice, in Morges, Switzerland; a Training Analyst for the Alfred Adler Institute of Northwestern Washington; and a faculty member at Webster University Worldwide, in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a USA-licensed clinical professional counselor (Illinois) and a nationally certified Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). He has over 35 years of direct counseling and therapy experience with individuals, couples and families. From 2004-2006, he was president of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. His articles and reviews have been published in the Journal of Individual Psycholgy, The UK Adlerian Yearbook, and other psychology journals.

Advanced Certification as a Training Analyst

Information about becoming a training analyst.

For additional information, contact:
Henry T. Stein, Ph.D., Director
& Senior Training Analyst

Alfred Adler Institute of Northwestern Washington
2565 Mayflower Lane
Bellingham, WA 98226
Tel: (360) 647-5670     E-mail:

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