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Ontario Society of Adlerian Psychology

Social Interest ~ Gemeinschaftsgefuhl ~ Community Feeling

Advancing Adlerian Psychology in Ontario

Past Events

ONSAP is having it's second walkathon, Walk to Connect, taking place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Etobicoke Creek Trail in Brampton at 8:30AM. View the Flyer and Sponsorship Form in our 'Current Events' section of the website. Come walk with us and support ONSAP. 

The Adler Graduate Professional School and ALFREDS presents Principles and Practice of Safe Trauma Therapy. This is a w-day workshop providing information, interactive and group processes with brief lecture, experiential exercises, and practical demonstrations.  It presents guidance to delivering safe trauma therapy work with underpinned by Adlerian principles and practice.

See the attached Flyer for details and registration.

Notice of Annual General Meeting of ONSAP Members

MAKE NOTICE that the 7th Annual General Meeting of the members of the Ontario Society of Adlerian Psychology will be held at the Courtyard Marriot, 90 Biscayne Crescent, Brampton, ON L6W 4S1, at 1:00 PM in the afternoon of the Fourth day of June, 2017:

  1. To approve of the Minutes of the AGM held October 2016;
  2. To receive and consider the President’s Report, financial statements and reports of the various ONSAP standing and Adhoc committees;
  3. To review and approve any amendments to the Bylaws of the Association;
  4. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

You may assign your voting privileges to another member by completing the attached proxy form. Proxies must be returned by Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to:

240A St. David Street North
Fergus, Ontario N1M 2J7
Facsimile: (519) 787-0773

Dated at Toronto, Ontario this 5th day of May 2016.


Michael Diotte
Governance Chair - ONSAP 

North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference

The conference takes place May 18-21, 2017 | Vancouver, BC | Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

Presenters from Ontario at this year’s conference include: 
Thursday Evening
Alyson Schafer - Ansbacher Keynote
Marion Balla - Managing Life Transitions
Ruth Strung - Adlerian Parenting for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sonia Nicolucci - Alfred Adler: Inspiring the Hearts of Athletes
Alyson Schafer - Gamification How to Harness the Secret Powers of On-line Gaming to Improve Your Parenting and Clinical Work with Youth
Susan Proser - When a Client Feels Instantly Known
Patricia Kyle and Linda Page - The Challenge of Presence: Courage to Integrate Our Three Brains – Head, Heart and Gut
Begum Verjee and Jim Little - Doing Social Interest
Sunday Half-Day Workshop
Rocky Garrison and Charmaine McIntosh - Forgiveness: A Gemeinschaftsgefuehl Skill

For more information and to register for the conference, CLICK HERE.

ONSAP 2017 Walkathon | Walk to Connect

We are having our first Walkathon | Etobicoke Creek Trail in Brampton

The Walkathon takes place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 with registration at 8:30AM and the walk commencing at 9:00AM.  This Walkathon takes place in collaboration with the Walnut Foundation (a men’s health support group in Brampton -  To view/print information about the Walkathon, click on the following: FLYER and SPONSORSHIP FORM.

Resilience Focused Marriage and Family Therapy Workshop

Hosted by Dalton Associates.  Click Here for  more details and to register
The Resilience Focused Counselling model is based in Adlerian Psychology and then expands upon this model by integrating it with the resilience research and other positive, well-being approaches to counselling and therapy.  The goal of therapy is viewed as increasing the client's overall mental health or resilience capacity rather than to merely decrease or control presenting conflicts and symptoms.

Kids, Drugs, Stress and Anxiety Workshop

The Parent Education Network, an Adlerian organization, is hosting this workshop.

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Where: North Toronto Memorial Community Centre
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

There will be two presentations:

  • Preventing Youth Substance Abuse
  • Building Resiliency in Our Youth

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE to view the flyer.

North American Society Adlerian Psychology Conference

The next NASAP conference taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia from May 18-21, 2017. NASAP is still accepting submissions for their poster presentation.  The deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  For more information and to register for the conference, click here.


Upcoming Event

The ONSAP 2016 Annual Conference will take place from Friday, October 14-Sunday, October 16, 2016 .

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto  

The conference will focus on Promoting Wellness and Mental Health.

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North American Society of Adlerian Psychology

ONSAP does not have any current events; however, the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, of which we are an affiliate, is having their annual conference May 12-15, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

NASAP 2016 Conference

For more information and to register for the conference, Click Here.

ONSAP Holiday Dinner  


Spend some time with other colleagues, members and  friends of Adler for a great opportunity to connect, socialize and network.  We look forward to seeing you there and having an enjoyable time!  

When: Friday, December 4, 2015

Time: 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Where: Canyon Creek Restaurant, 299 Rathburn Road West, Toronto, 905-279-3342 (Rathburn Road West and Hurontario Street by Square One Mall)

RSVP to Linda Burdett at by Monday, November 30, 2015 so that Linda can confirm the numbers with the restaurant. 

Please note that meals are paid for by the individual.


OAMFT 2015 International Conference

The OAMFT and IFTA are proud to open registration for their 2015 Global Conference.  This year's conference will be held inToronto (Richmond Hill), Ontario from October 15 to 17, 2015 and brings together a very of worldwide practitioners for our conference offering entitled, Global Family and Systemic Therapy in an Era of Dis-ease.  Our themes of Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Impact of Violence, War and Disease on Family and Individuals and Collaborating for Global Mental Health include speakers from around the globe who are experts in their field of study/work.

Early Bird Pricing Available until September 5th - Don't miss out on the savings!

View Conference Agenda    Register Here
Conference Website            Hotel Accommodations



Join us for a potluck on Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 3:00PM to 7:00PM.
We look forward to seeing you there.  Don't forget to RSVP by May 30, 2015.  FLYER

The Ontario Society of Adlerian Psychology in partnership with ALFREDS Foundation of Canada present the 2015 Day of Learning - Caring for Self, Caring for Others


DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2015
LOCATION: Adler Graduate Professional School, 890 Yonge Street, Suite 900, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3P4
TIME: 9:00AM - 4:00PM EST
PRESENTER: Marion Balla, M.Ed., M.S.W., R.S.W

View the Flyer

Click on 'register now' and it will take you to Eventbrite where you can register for this teleconference.  REGISTER NOW 

We Become What We Remember – Career Predictions: Early Recollections as Early Indications of Career Choices with Louise Giroux

DATE: Monday, February 9, 2015
LOCATION: Teleconference
TIME: 7:00PM - 8:30PM EST

Teleconference Flyer
Click on 'register now' and it will take you to Eventbrite where you can register for this teleconference.  REGISTER NOW

ONSAP Holiday Dinner 

ONSAP presents our first Holiday Dinner.  Take a moment out of your busy holiday planning and shopping to spend some time with your Adlerian colleagues, members and  friends of Adler. This is a great opportunity to connect, socialize and network.  We look forward to seeing you there and having an enjoyable time!  

When: Friday, November 28, 2014

Time: 6:30PM to whenever!

Where: Milestones Grill and Bar at Yorkdale Shopping Mall, 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto 

Please RSVP to Charmaine at by Wednesday, November 26, 2014 so that we will know how many people to accommodate for seating.

Please note that meals are paid for by the individual.

Holiday Dinner 2014

4th Annual Ontario Society of Adlerian Psychology Conference

Date:  October 17 - 19, 2014
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto

Theme: Strengthening Loving Relationships

Keynote SpeakerDr. Betty Lou Bettner
See the Conference Brochure for more details.

Register Early, before October 1, to SAVE!

No Inferiority = No Compassion with John Reardon, M.A.

Understand Adler's clear views on inferiority. The emphasis of this teleconference will be on where it comes from and how it is "useful" or "useless". There will also be a connection made between Inferiority and Compassion and a need for application of this connection. 

Date: Wednesday, Septemer 24, 2014
Location: Teleconference
Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM EST
Teleconference Flyer
Click on 'register now' and it will take you to Eventbrite where you can register for this teleconference.  REGISTER NOW

Keeping the Joy in Marriage: Adlerian Tools for Couples and Those Who Work with Couples with Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Location: Teleconference
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM EST
Teleconference Flyer

Jane Nelsen and Mary Nelsen tamborski have adapted the tools and concepts for couples and developed the Keeping theJoy in Marriage Tool Cards and Couple Workbook.  Jane will be sharing this in the teleconference.

Exploring the Impact of Personal Priority on Professional Identity with John M. Reardon, M.A.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Location: Teleconference
Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM EST
Teleconference Flyer

At the Adler Graduate School of Minnesota, John has been developing a highly personal and subjective process relating to Professional Identity and Leadership. Participants are becoming more effective as they grasp what they "take in the room". Using our subjectivity fully with Emotional Intelligence creates optimum conditions for growth and Wellness for those we serve. This is a first and significant step toward a deeper Professional Identity.

Seven Counselling-Related Metaphors: Relationship Implications with Dan Eckstein, Ph.D.
(This workshop has been cancelled)

Date:  Saturday, Sepember 7, 2013
Location: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Time: 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Workshop Flyer

Recognizing and responding to client spoken metaphors are two valuable counselling skills.  The workshop will identify and illustrate seven specific types of metaphors that can be used in describing clinical scenarios.  There will be a demonstration will a volunteer, and an audience discussion and clinical applications of metaphors will conclude the workshop. The workshop will focus on using metaphors in relationships.

No More Praise Junkies: The Difference Between Praise and Encouragement with Doone Estey, M.A.

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Location: Teleconference
Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM EST
Teleconference Flyer

Praise is now known to be counterproductive to children's self esteem.  Given the best of intentions, praise can actually lead to more challenging behaviour and undermine the life goal we have for our children.  Learn how to be a ore encouraging parent and help your children reach their true potential.

Principles and Practices of Adlerian Family Counselling with Dan Dalton, Ph.D.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012
Location: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Time: 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Workshop Flyer

Through the use of lecture, discussions, role play and demonstration, the following course objectives will be addressed: Defining the modern family, rational for family counselling, principles of Adlerian family counselling, techniques of Adlerian family counselling and special issues in family counselling.

Building Self-Esteem Through Self Understanding with Wes Wingett, Ph.D.

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012
Location: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Time: 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Workshop Flyer

Adlerian psychology is a psychology of use.  Adlerians believe that individuals develop character traits to utilize in meeting the personal and social challenges of living.  This didactic and experiential workshop will focus on identifying those individual character traits that contribute to self-esteem, on differentiating three uses of character traits, and on applying these character traits to a current challenge.

Adlerian Theory Rediscovered: Applications of a Systemic Paradigm with Linda Page, Ph.D.

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Location: Teleconference
Time: 7:30PM - 8:30PM EST
Teleconference Flyer

A Century ago, Adler's theory was rejected by many because it emphasized values, holism, community, egalitarianism, collaboration, and positive health rather than "hard", objective, diagnostic "science" of what's wrong.  Now science has caught up with Adler, and his ideas can be seen as a foundation for most application in psychotherapy, coaching, counselling and other change professions. This hour-long teleconference will provide an overview and specific examples of what's newly relevant for today's practitioners.



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