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Unread October 9th, 2005, 07:47 PM
Henry Stein Henry Stein is offline
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Default Re: Study Groups for "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler."

George, at the pace of one hour of discussion a week, the total length really depends on the individual's reading style and appetite for depth (taking at least a year, but possibly two years). Although it would appear to be mainly a scholarly examination of theory, the actual experience and result are a deepening of diagnostic insight and therapeutic skill. This combination of in-depth reading and regular discussion is one of the best, effective roads to a mastery of the core theory. It takes this rock-solid theoretical base upon which to launch the creative application of Adler's principles. (Students who have developed the habit of "quick study," often quit prematurely, thinking they know the subject sufficiently to move on to something else.) If you go deep enought, at some point, it begins to feel like Adler's thinking and feeling are in the marrow of your bones. Then the diagnostic conclusions and therapeutic strategies seem to flow easily and effortlessly. The "deep understanding" that can result from extensive study and discussion, must also be combined with a "deep feeling" that does not come from books, it comes from a sustained relationship with a mentor who provides the emotional "imprinting." This is how Sophia learned it from Adler, and how I learned it from her.

There are very few Adlerians today who have studied most of Adler's writings. This is understandable since only a few of his clinical writings have been available in English for the past seventy years. However, now that we have access to the great body of his work, we are faced with a wonderful opportunity to re-discover the treasure of Classical Adlerian depth psychotherapy. Digging for buried treasure takes sustained effort and vigorous optimism. Is it worth it? Ask Jim, Dyanne, Jeanie, and Martha (they are all forum members and can be contacted with private messages). For the past twenty years, we have held monthly discussions about theory and practice--we still do.
Henry T. Stein, Ph.D,

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