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Chicago | Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology | Director, Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship

Marina Bluvshtein, Ph.D.



I consider myself an Adlerian historian, a theoretician, and a practitioner in a broadest sense of Adlerian practice. I am also and hopefully will always be an Adlerian student, and I am fortunate to have many great Adlerian mentors. In maintaining these roles, I see myself a connector – tying together the past and the future through research, matchmaking people for collaborative projects, engaging students and colleagues in everything that I am doing in our communities. In teaching, research, and community building, I follow a Rule of the Three Rs – adhering to Reason, Rigor, and Relationships. I see these principles being especially useful at the great contemporary social junction where Adler’s Individual Psychology responds to a call for community actions and for personal responsibility for the fate of humankind.

My special interests and expertise are in Early Recollections, therapeutic metaphors, cross-lingualism, and optimal neurocognitive processes. I am a Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology, a faculty member at the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI), and a Vice-President of the International Association of Individual Psychology (IAIP). I love teaching and am fortunate to teach nationally and internationally (Canada, Jamaica, Japan, China, Korea, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Austria, Germany, India, Israel, and other countries).

Please email or call me 312.662.4317 if you have questions or would like more information about me.



  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology  (emphasis in geriatrics), Harold Abel School of Psychology, Capella University
  • M.A., Adlerian Counseling an Psychotherapy, Alfred Adler Graduate School, MN
  • B.A., Journalism, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Licensure & Certifications

Licensure & Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP) (IL)
  • Board-Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP)
  • Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA) (2001-present)
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), clinical member (1999 – present)
  • North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) 1996 – Present, including COR member (2012-2016); Member of the Finance Committee (2014 – 2018); Member of an annual conference host group (2010, 2016); Member of the Task Force on Adlerian Research (2016 – present); NASAP Board member (2018-present); Journal of Individual Psychology – contributing editor (2015- present)
  • International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI), Faculty, 2017 – present
  • International Association of Individual Psychology (IAIP) – Vice President (2018-present)
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Bluvshtein, M. & Moses, S. (2017). Masculine Protest. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer International Publishing
  • Bluvshtein, M. (Ed.). (2016). Found in Translation, Volume1. Somatic Vocabulary: Early Contributions to Organ Jargon. Fort Wayne, IN: North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP).
  • Bluvshtein, M. (Ed.). (2017). Found in Translation, Volume 2. Crime and Suicide: Early Mapping of Detours and Moving Backward. Fort Wayne, IN: North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP).
  • Leibin, V. & Bluvshtein, M. (2015). Paris: Freud and Adler. Journal of Individual Psychology, 71(4), 399-414.
  • Mansager, E. & Bluvshtein, M. (2017).  Adler and Maslow in Collaboration: Applied Therapeutic Creativity. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Article first published online: December 7, 2017.
  • Leibin, V. & Bluvshtein, M. (abstract and trans.). (2018). My remembrances of Heinz and Rowena Ansbacher and Alexandra Adler. Journal of Individual Psychology, 74(2), 238-243.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (2019). The fundamental views and the need in fundamental courage. Journal of Individual Psychology, 75(3), 188-194.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (Ed.). (2019). Found in Translation, Volume3. Children and Education: Early Contributions to Raising a Child – the Human, the Artist, the Master of Tasks. Fort Wayne, IN: North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP).
  • Bluvshtein, M. (2019). The Law of Movement and a metaphor of Gemeinschaftsgefuhl: What is the essence of the Law of Movement? Year Book 2019: A collection of Topical Essays, pp.91-103. Adlerian Society UK and Institute of Individual Psychology.
  • Crossman, R.E. & Bluvshtein, M. (2019). Harold Mosak: Master Adlerian teacher, practitioner, and scholar. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 75(2), 95-97.
  • Mosak, H.H. & Bluvshtein, M. (2019). Faith, Hope, and Love in psychotherapy. Journal of
    Individual Psychology, 75(1), 75-88.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Bluvshtein, M. (July 15th – July 19th, 2019). Early Recollections in Individual Psychology. 10-hour course at the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI). Sibiu, Romania.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (July 22nd – July 26th, 2019). Metaphors and Movement. 10-hour course at the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI). Sibiu, Romania.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (May 31st, 2019). Fundamental Adler for Everyday Courageous and Cooperative Living. Tucson, AZ: North American Society of Adlerian Psychology annual conference.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (May 30th, 2019). Adlerian psychology and Military History. A presentation for APA Division 19 Military Psychology 2019 Regional Research Symposium. (Invited).
  • Bluvshtein, M. (March 19th, 2019). Antisemitism: Why worry? The role of antisemitism and the Holocaust in the development of Alfred Adler’s Individual Psychology. A presentation at Adler University, Chicago, IL, for faculty, staff, and students (invited).
  • Bluvshtein, M. (March 8th, 2019). Belongingness, Personality Development, and Social Evolution. A plenary at the 2nd Annual Adlerian Summit. Adler University, Chicago, IL.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (February 7, 2019). Adler’s Individual Psychology and Therapeutic Metaphors. A presentation for students and faculty at the Adler Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (February 1st, 2019). Historical Stream of Adlerian Psychology: Timeless principles and the new applications. Workshop for Japan Adlerian Society and Human Guild.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (December 20, 2018). Promoting equality and inclusion as an evolutionary necessity in working with parents. A part of an invited symposium “Adlerian Psychology: Principles and Practice of Social Equality and Social Inclusion” (with Karen John). National Academy of Psychology, 28th Annual Congress ‘Toward the Building Inclusive Societies’, Ramanujan College, University of Delhi, India, 19-21 December 2018. (Invited)
  • Bluvshtein, M. (November 19, 2018). Individual Psychology in personal and historical contexts: Overcoming – Humans over Inhumanity. Presentation at the International Conference of Individual psychology. Vienna, Austria.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (July 17-21, 2017). Lifestyle. ICASSI: Butler University Indianapolis, IN.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (June 28-July 4, 2017). Construct of hope in Adler’s Individual Psychology. Trencianske Teplice,
    Slovakia: Adlerian Summer School.
  • Balla, M. & Bluvshtein, M. (July 10, 2017). A Case Study of Social Embeddedness and Social Responsibility: Alfred Adler’s and Raissa Epstein Adler’s movement from Minus to Plus. 27th Congress of the International Association of Individual Psychology (IAIP), Minneapolis, MN.
  • Katz, R. & Bluvshtein,M. (July 11, 2017) M. Mim Pew: A life of curiosity and contribution. 27th Congress of the International Association of Individual Psychology (IAIP), Minneapolis, MN.
  • Mendel, E. & Bluvshtein, M. (2017). “Making Peace with the Dreamer and Doubter”: Margot Adler’s “Pathways to the Stars” as Overcoming Inferiority Feelings. . 27th Congress of the International Association of Individual Psychology (IAIP), Minneapolis, MN.


  • Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology, NASAP, 2017
  • Rudolf Dreikurs Award for the Contribution of Advancement of Adlerian Psychology – Adler Graduate School, MN (November 2011)
  • Certificate of Honors for Exceptional Skill in Outcome and Program Evaluation Research, 2002-2003 Year-in-Residence – Capella University, MN (June 2003)
  • Human Rights Award (Individual Category) – City of Eden Prairie, MN (1999)
  • Dean’s Award for an outstanding Thesis – Alfred Adler Graduate School of Minnesota (November 1997)

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