Adlerian Family Therapy
by James Bitter
Watch James Bitter masterfully demonstrate Alfred Adler’s values and techniques in an actual therapy session with a family caught in a typical power struggle, followed by a fascinating discussion of the nuances of this influential approach to helping families thrive.
Carol and Glenn are the parents of three young children and are struggling with a problem that most parents and therapists are all too familiar with: their kids don’t listen! With playfulness and humor, Bitter skillfully uncovers the goals that are motivating the parents’ and children’s behaviors and uses that understanding to create new possibilities in the family.
This is a great opportunity to see an expert demonstrate a foundational Adlerian technique—the “Typical Day” assessment--which reveals the details of the family’s interactions with each other, allowing Bitter to make specific recommendations to support the parents in co-leading the family more effectively. From advice such as “Act without talking” to “Cut the television cord,” Bitter helps the parents work together to set limits that really work, ending the power struggle once and for all.
In Depth
By watching this video, you will:
  • Learn how to integrate an Adlerian approach into your own therapeutic work with families.
  • Develop an understanding of the key components of Adlerian Family Therapy, including how to conduct a “Typical Day” assessment and the role of birth order in understanding families.
  • Gain insight into how to adopt an encouraging attitude by reframing problems into possibilities.

Length of video: 1:57:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-261-1

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-261-7

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-262-X

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-262-4

James R. Bitter, EdD, is a Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology and professor in the Counseling Department at East Tennessee State University. He has authored numerous publications and conducts seminars across the country and internationally. 

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