Meet the Presenting Team

Presenter's and their Workshops

Workshop One: - "Early Recollections and strategies for coping with change." Presented by Mia Levitt Frank MA, MCC.

Mia is the co-founder and director of Coach Training School at the Adler Institute Israel and a faculty member at the Adlerian School for Professional Psychotherapy in Israel.

A Master Coach certified by the International Coach Federation, Mia is an Adlerian psychotherapist, coach and supervisor in private practise. A faculty member at Icassi, Mia, is currently doing a PhD. Her field of research is early recollections and culture.

Mia's Presentation: -
Early recollections are "a story of one's life" (Adler). Narrative metaphors, they represent an individual's subjective perceptions about oneself, life and others. A projective technique used in Adlerian therapy, early recollections hold a wealth of information, enabling clients to access their creativity and gain the courage to move forward. The past year has taught us all the importance of recognizing and developing our unique coping mechanisms. In this workshop, we will experience the power of working with early recollections, with a focus on personal strengths and strategies for coping with a changing reality.

Workshop Two: - "Trauma-Informed Adlerian Psychology Practice" Presented by Jon Sperry PhD.

Jon is a core faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Lynn University. He has been a staff therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) since 2010. He was awarded a diplomate in Adlerian Psychology in 2016 (NASAP), also accredited with a certificate of study in Adlerian Psychology. He is very active in the research, practice, and theory of Individual Psychology, in which  has spent the last 15 years researching, publishing, and presenting about this counselling approach. He was President of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) in 2017-2018; and, he is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Individual Psychology (JIP). In 2018, and appointed as a board member of the International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI), which focuses on Individual Psychology counselling techniques and is hosted in a new country each year, he has served as an ICASSI faculty member since 2015. Also, co-authored five textbooks, five book chapters, and various professional articles. In addition to his clinical experience and publications, he has given workshops, in lecture, in 20 different countries throughout the globe.

Jon's Presentation: -

Description: Mental health practitioners are tasked with understanding holistic factors that influence psychological trauma and implementing strategies to help individuals recover and heal from traumatic events and experiences. This workshop will introduce how Adlerian practitioners can integrate trauma-informed processes in their clinical work. Sperry will also review findings from his sabbatical, which examined trauma treatment and practices around the globe.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to define trauma-informed care and understand the basic principles for conceptualizing cases through a trauma-informed lens.

  1. Understand the significance of the adverse childhood experiences study (ACES) as a public health concern.
  2. Understand how trauma-informed principals can be integrated into various Adlerian counselling practice.
  3. Understand themes of trauma treatment and practices around the globe.

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Workshop Three: - "How Adlerian psychotherapy works?" Presented by Dr Anabella Shaked

Anabella is an Adlerian expressive psychotherapist and psychodramatist. She is a world-known expert and lecturer in Individual Psychology in parent education, psychotherapy, and coaching. In the last ten years, Anabella focused on Avoidance and developed a model for working with parents of avoidant children and young adults. She is the author of the bestselling book “Making A Life” (Likfotz Lamaim) which helped individuals and families to aim for full participation in life.
Anabella is the founder, teacher, and former head of the Adlerian Professional School for Psychotherapy in the Adler Institute in Israel. She is a certified psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. Master certified coach, co-founder, academic director, and teacher at the Adlerian School for professional coaching.
Anabella is a member of the faculty of the International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI), and ex-president of the Israeli Association of Focused Therapies.

Anabella's Presentation: -

In this lecture I will explain what Adlerians do in their interventions that creates a shift in the clients’ private logic. 

                                                                                                      When a client changes his or her interpretation of themselves, others or a situation, a new possibility                                                                                                        arises. Adlerian therapist are midwives of possibilities.

Workshop Four: - “Useful” Grieving - An Adlerian-based Three-Step Grief Process Presented by Calvin D Armerding

Calvin Armerding is co-owner and Senior Associate at Travelers Rest Counseling Associates in Travelers Rest, SC, USA. He works primarily with young adults and couples, but also does some parent education work. When not counseling clients, he teaches on Adlerian Psychology at universities, facilitates workshops at local and international conferences/events. He also will be teaching for the International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools & Institutes (ICASSI) in 2021. Calvin recently published his first book, "The Cooperative Family: How Ridding Ourselves of Competitive Goals Helps Us Flourish" (Henosis Press, 2021).

Calvin's  Presentation: -

Adler emphasized the purposeful nature of emotions, including sadness. Sadness, the emotion at the centre of grief, alerts us to the loss of something meaningful. Sadness, in Adler's view, is not good or bad on its own. However, like any other emotion or symptom, sadness can move us towards the useful side of life (endowed with social interest) or towards the useless side of life (consistent with private logic). This workshop will explore a basic three-step grief process that properly attends to the usefulness of sadness and endows the grieving individual with courage and social interest.