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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 Psychologist (LP) (MN)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) (MN)
  • Certified Adlerian psychotherapist (NASAP)
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-present); 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 – 2019); NASAP Board member (2018-2019); member of the educational committee (2020 – present); Journal of Individual Psychology – contributing editor (2015- 2019); associate editor (2019 – 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., Wilson, M., Napoleon, J., Moore, T., & Watkins, K. (2021). Kenneth B. Clark and his “Implications of Adlerian theory for an understanding of civil rights problems and action”: 54 years later. Journal of Individual Psychology, 77(3). [In print].
  • Bluvshtein, M. (2021). Mea Culpa and what is humanity to do? Adler’s understanding of and approaches to pandemics. Journal of Individual Psychology, 77(1). [In print].
  • Bluvshtein, M. (2020). Alfred Adler sesquicentennial: The timeliness revisited. Journal of Individual Psychology, 76(1), 1-3.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (2020). Individual Psychology as a “living force of progress”. Journal of Individual Psychology, 76(1), 6-20.
  • Watts, R. & Bluvshtein, M. (2020). Adler’s Theory and Therapy as a River: A Brief Discussion of the Profound Influence of Alfred Adler. Journal of Individual Psychology, 76(1), 99-109.
  • Brown, K.S. & Londergan, K. & Bluvshtein, M. (2020). And they lived happily ever after: An intimate closeness of systems and Adlerian theories in the case of a transgender couple. Journal of Individual Psychology, 76(1), 128-140.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (2019). The fundamental views and the need in fundamental courage. Journal of Individual Psychology, 75(3), 188-194.
  • 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.
  • 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).
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

Most recent presentations:

  • Bluvshtein, M. (February 15, 2021). Law of Movement. A presentation for the French Positive Discipline Association group.
  • Bluvshtein, M. December 17, 2020. Женские голоса в истории Индивидуальной Психологии Адлера и метафора сердца. (Women’s voices in the History of Adler’s Individual Psychology and a metaphor of heart). A presentation for the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis. Masters Series.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (November 6th and 7th, 2020). A case of Belongingness: Humanity Tested. A presentation for Human Guild, Japan Individual Psychology Association, & Adler and the Comrades. Invited.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (September 10, 2020). Alfred Adler, Rudolf Dreikurs, and Military Psychology. A presentation for the Society for Military Psychology Division 19 2020 Research Symposia Series. Emerging Trends and Applications.
  • Bluvshtein, M (August 28, 2020). Surviving mass trauma, while helping others. A presentation for the Minsk Children’s Hospice. Invited.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (July 31, 2020). Motivation. A plenary presentation at the International Adlerian Summer school (ICASSI). Invited.
  • Bluvshtein, M. (July 22, 2020). How to maintain good mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. An interview for WBEZ at maintain-good-mental-health-during-covid-19/d914405a-676f-4a9e-88e6-17be1881af29
  • Bluvshtein, M. (June 14, 2020). Belongingness, personality development, and social evolution. A keynote presentation at the Taiwan Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference. Invited.
  • Bluvshtein, M., DeBruyn, N., & Triolo, S. (April 7, 2020). Working with clients diagnosed with PTSD during the Coronavirus crisis: an abnormal normal response. Sponsored by the Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship, Adler University, Chicago, IL.
  • Bluvshtein, M. & Watkins, K. (March 20, 2020). Coronavirus: Overcoming Anxiety and Fears with therapeutic metaphor. Sponsored by the center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship, Adler University, Chicago, IL.


  • 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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