Fast Track – Introduction to Adlerian Counselling

Access course: 3 year Combined Adlerian Diploma Course


Time:                   Saturdays      10.00 – 4.30 pm             Sundays 9.30 – 2.00 pm

Date:                   Weekends      29, 30 July and 5,6 August 2017

Venue:                 56 St James Street, Narberth

Cost:                   £300.00 with £50.00 deposit payable in advance

Who is the course for?

The Adlerian Society is pleased to announce that it will be running another Fast Track Introduction Course in the summer of 2017.  The Course is open entry and will be suitable for anyone who is interested in counselling, personal development, support, working with children and young people, or in understanding what motivates human behaviour.

Course content includes a thorough introduction to Adlerian theory and practice and a range of counselling skills including the following:-

  • Key concepts and theory of Adlerian Psychology.
  • Birth Order: understanding how our place in the family system influences our personality.
  • Childhood Early Memories:  the key to understanding human behaviour and self-concept.
  • Counselling Demonstrations.
  • Encouraging Co-operative Children:  the mistaken goals of child behaviour.
  • Family Constellations:  how family atmosphere, values and myths play their part in our lives.
  • Dreams and their interpretation.
  • The Adlerian concept of neurosis and mental health.
  • Social Interest:  the measure of mental health.
  • How to bring about changes of behaviour.
  • Practice in a range of counselling and communication skills.

Booking: Please contact:  Administrator, Adlerian Society of Wales, 56 St James Street, Narberth, SA67 7DA

Tel:    01834 860330    Email:

Completed application forms and a deposit of £50.00, cheque payable to ‘Adlerian Society of Wales’ to be sent to the above address.

Introduction to Adlerian Counselling and Communication





@ Bloomfield Centre Narberth

Our Mobile College operates at the Bloomfield Centre every Friday morning from 9.30am to 11.30am.  It is mobile because we can take in anywhere to different places and people.

Anyone  above the age of 18 can  join in and the cost is £45 for 5 sessions or if you just want to attend the odd one,  £10 per single session. A certificate is given for each half term attendance.

The Spring Term runs from January 20th 2017 –  31st March 2017 and the theme is:-



Week One :  Attachment and  Loss

Week Two:  Understanding the stages of grief and loss

Week Three: The tasks of mourning

Week Four: Learning to live in a new personal world

Week Five: Creating personal memorials


Half Term

Week 6  Knowing yourself better – identity

Week 7  Living with Separation

Week 8  Divorce: endings and beginnings

Week 9  Learning about Trauma

Week 10 About Self-Care


To book a support appointment  please call the Adlerian Society 01834 860330 or  email

Adlerian College of Wales – Learning Hub

Well Being Learning Hub

Autumn  Term: 



Fridays 9.30-11.30

From 23rd September 2016

@ Seminar Room Bloomfield Centre Narberth

  • Do you feel like you’re losing the parenting plot?
  • Getting too stressed out?
  • Unable to get your 13 year old off the computer?
  • Sometimes just can’t wait for them to be in bed?
  • Feel like being a mum or a dad should be easier than this?

Join us for a short course of 5 weeks discussion, ideas, skills and understanding child and teenage behaviour

Cost:  £45 for the half term or £10 per session

To book call ADLERIAN CENTRE ON   01834   860330

or email

Or meet  us at  open evening  Bloomfield  on September 15th







So very delighted that Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature –
without doubt the greatest living poet.
A wonderful example here…

CHIMES OF FREEDOM   by  Bob Dylan 1964

Far between sundown’s finish and midnight’s broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
And for each and every underdog soldier in the night
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Through the city’s melted furnace, unexpectedly we watched
With faces hidden as the walls were tightening
As the echo of the wedding bells before the blowin’ rain
Dissolved into the bells of the lightning
Tolling for the rebel, tolling for the rake
Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned and forsakened
Tolling for the outcast, burning constantly at stake
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Through the mad mystic hammering of the wild ripping hail
The sky cracked its poems in naked wonder
That the clinging of the church bells blew far into the breeze
Leaving only bells of lightning and its thunder
Striking for the gentle, striking for the kind
Striking for the guardians and protectors of the mind
And the poet and the painter far behind his rightful time
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

In the wild cathedral evening the rain unravelled tales
For the disrobed faceless forms of no position
Tolling for the tongues with no place to bring their thoughts
All down in taken-for-granted situations
Tolling for the deaf and blind, tolling for the mute
For the mistreated, mateless mother, the mistitled prostitute
For the misdemeanour outlaw, chained  and cheated by pursuit
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Even though a cloud’s white curtain in a far-off corner flared
An’dthe hypnotic splattered mist was slowly lifting
Electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones
Condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting
Tolling for the searching ones, on their speechless, seeking trail
For the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale
And for each unharmful, gentle soul misplaced inside a jail
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Starry-eyed and laughing as I recall when we were caught
Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended
As we listened one last time and we watched with one last look
Spellbound and swallowed ’til the tolling ended
Tolling for the aching whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones and worse
And for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Evidence-based Practice

More and more, as the idea of evidence-based practice takes hold,

we as counsellors are increasingly likely to find ourselves in situations where we have to “measure” our clients’ progress: employee assistance programmes often require a test at the start and end of the work, and sometimes even one in the middle; and I have even heard a very senior practitioner in the children and young people field suggest, with a perfectly straight face, that some kind of assessment questionnaire at every session was not only appropriate, but therapeutically beneficial!
The reality, though, is that measurements are here to stay. For Adlerians, this is not quite so much of a challenge, as Adlerian psychology has built into it the idea of measuring life task scores, and using scaling questions (“On a scale of 0–10, how do you feel about…?”); for practitioners in other disciplines, this kind of task can feel uncomfortable and at odds with their ways of working.
But there can be a catch. When we ask a client for their life task scores, for example, we are explicitly asking them for their subjective judgement as to where they feel they score in each area – there is little danger that we are going to use those scores to make comparisons between clients, and it would be futile to do so, since what one person might think of as being a 5 could well be a 7 to someone else.
Those dangers are not always so evident to those who crave the evidence that tests like CORE or the plethora of screening tests appear to give. To them, the task is one of trying to achieve an objective rating – independent of the client’s perceptions – that indicates how “well” or otherwise our clients are. This is something which might reasonably be regarded as impossible to achieve.
Worse, there is always the temptation, having gathered together such a body of data, to start aggregating it or using it to make comparisons between practitioners. Data that was initially collected to provide some kind of comparison over time between an initial subjective assessment by the client of their state of mind and a subsequent, also subjective assessment by the same client starts to be misapplied to make comparisons that can be both flawed and risky when it is aggregated across many clients and therapists.
Indeed, in one setting in which I worked, a new CORE graph was issued to us. Along with the bandings indicating the “severity” of the client’s score were two black lines superimposed, which, on further enquiry, turned out to be an upper level beyond which the client was considered too severely affected to be appropriate for us to work with, while the lower line represented a cut-off point indicating a degree of distress too low for us to concern ourselves with.
What this demonstrated was a very fundamental failure to understand the perils of using subjective measurements to make such decisions: by scoring “too low” (as often happens with clients who are not yet secure enough in their counselling to risk giving us the unvarnished truth about how they are feeling), a client was, under that system, able to unwittingly deprive themselves of counselling they wanted and needed, with potentially profound consequences for their own well-being.
This brings us to another point. The act of asking a client to complete a questionnaire or answer scaling questions may well influence the very feelings we are attempting to quantify. When this is being done as an embedded part of the therapeutic process – as Adlerians do – this can be beneficial, as it can help bring into the client’s awareness their own feelings about themselves or their relationships, and the therapist will typically work with the client on the feelings and knowledge identified by that process. However, if the measurement process is somehow imposed onto the therapeutic one, and does not form a seamless part of it, the risk is that it can affect clients without offering the same potential for therapeutic benefit.
Measurement, of one kind or another, is not going to go away, although it is interesting to note that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is itself moving away from its previous adherence to the evidence-based CBT model as the only suitable approach.
We, as practitioners, are going to need to learn how to use measuring tools in our work in a way that can, ideally, enable us to work more effectively to the client’s benefit, or at least not interfere too much with the therapeutic process. However, it may also be that we have to take the bold step of drawing a firm line across the threshold of our counselling rooms when it comes to funders or service providers making demands on us to measure our clients.
Ultimately, if something threatens to undermine the most important aspect of our work – the therapeutic alliance – we have to ask ourselves where our real responsibilities lie.
On that note, I’ll share a final thought from American Express’s chief marketing officer, who is reported to have said: “We tend to overvalue the things we can measure and undervalue the things we cannot.”