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Adler University Welcomes New Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship Director

University News | 09.13.17

Marina Bluvshtein will join Adler University in fall 2017 as the new Director of the Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship (CAPS). Marina is a highly respected Adlerian psychologist and couple and family therapist, with an extensive depth and breadth of teaching, scholarship, and practice in Adlerian philosophy, psychology, and couple and family therapy.

“I have studied Adlerian psychology since 1995, six months after my family arrived to the US as refugees,” said Marina. “I now believe all my experiences prior to immigration prepared me for Adler University, and most of my English came from reading Adler’s books.”

Marina will carry forward the work of Drs. Jay Colker and Jon Carlson while forging new paths for CAPS. She will be responsible for teaching nine credit hours per year, ideally one three-credit course on each campus to enrich the focus of Adlerian studies across Chicago, Vancouver, and Online.

“I am walking into a place saturated with rich history, filled with great dreams, and tackling contemporary challenges of preparing practitioners who live and practice with courage,” said Marina.

Marina brings to Adler over ten years of teaching experience at the graduate-level. She has taught doctoral and master-level courses in the areas of ethics, counseling skills, multicultural, Adlerian, and research. For Adler’s Chicago Campus, Marina has taught Adlerian Therapy I and II courses in the Psy.D. program this past fall and spring terms. Prior to working at Adler, Marina held positions within the Adler Graduate School of Minnesota as the Director of Online Education and Special Projects, Director of Adlerian Studies and Online Education, and most recently as the Director of Adlerian Studies program. Cultural identity, immigration, and cross-lingual development remain a strong focus area in all of Marina’s professional activities.

Marina received her Ph.D. in Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology (Geriatrics) from the Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University, and her Master of Arts degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling from the Alfred Adler Graduate School of Minnesota. She holds active licenses in Minnesota as a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in addition to holding credentials from the MN Boards of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT), and as a Marriage and Family Therapy (BMFT) approved supervisor. She is deeply involved in national and international activities within the Adlerian community, and is a productive scholar with many peer-reviewed journal publications, public and scholarly presentations, and research projects. She has also served on a number of editorial and professional boards and organizations.

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