Advanced Workshops

Featured Speaker: Wes Wingett

ISIP 2016 Advanced Fall BR.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Making Memory Maps ~ Creating Lifestyle
October 12th-13th, 2018 in Boise, ID

This didactic and experiential workshop will focus on understanding the development of lifestyle through the creation of a childhood memory map. The childhood memory map will focus on family, friends, neighborhood, and school. Lifestyle conclusions will be developed based on the personal perceptions of the components of the memory map. Components of the lifestyle conclusions will be utilized in seeking solutions to current challenges. The workshop will be conducted using the theory of Alfred Adler and will emphasize empathy, encouragement, equality, ethics and education as the theoretical and practical. Objectives: Participants will (1) review several principles of Adlerian psychology, (2) create a childhood memory map focusing on family, friends, and community, (3) identify personal perceptions of childhood family, friends, and community, (4) utilize the perceptions as a source of strengths and socially useful strategies, (5) identify a current challenge, and (6) utilize personal strengths and resources to move toward a solution of the identified challenge.

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Wes Wingett, PhD, LMHP has been a counselor in private practice in Norfolk, NE since 1978. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Wingett had been employed as a counselor in a mental health center, a university program development specialist, and in multiple educational settings as a counselor and teacher. Dr. Wingett received his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State College, Wayne, NE, and his masters and doctorate in guidance and counselor education from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. Additional graduate study was completed at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Vermont. Dr. Wingett’s private practice focuses on providing individual, couple, and family counseling, consultation to educational institutions and businesses, and presenting Adlerian training in a variety of national and international venues. Wes has served as a consultant in the areas of aging and long-term care solutions, early childhood education, time and stress management, domestic violence, drug and alcohol prevention and treatment, health care and wellness, criminal justice, adult-child relationships and training of professional educators and counselors.


Past Advanced Workshops

Featured Speaker: Michael McDonough, PhD

"Adlerian Encounters from Many Sides" May 4th & 5th, 2018 in Boise, ID

Michael has practiced Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy for over 30 years. He holds a license to practice Clinical Psychology in the state of Virginia. Michael is an associate Fellow in the Irish Psychological Society as well as a Chartered Psychologist in Ireland. His Doctorate is from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Attracted to Adler’s Individual Psychology as an  undergraduate student taking a Psychology Class, Michael discovered the links between Adler and Michael’s lifelong love of music. His Professional life is infused with his ongoing work as an Adlerian and his continued pursuit of growth in music through performance. His early experiences demonstrated social connectedness and contribution as important elements, so Adler’s ideas appear as self evident experiences. The sharing of music with people from other cultures who have different languages further enhances the value of music as a universal form of  communication in his experience.

As Michael entered his Psychological training at Rutgers and continued in a Graduate Program at William and Mary, he was exposed to more of Adler’s ideas and found a Mentor. That led to membership in NASAP in the 1980s and more exposure and training. He expanded his experiences by living, working & teaching in Bermuda from 1998 to 2007. He has also spent time in Ireland providing his Professional Expertise. He became an Associate Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland due to those experiences. He and his family returned to the US in Southwest Virgina in 2011, working at a State Child Development Clinic, as well as providing Private Practice Services to Clients in the under-served area of Appalachia.

This two-day Advanced ISIP Workshop will present Michael’s approach which incorporates an overview from a Theatrical Perspective. Incorporating Blaybill, background, writers, synopsis, and moving through the experience as Act 1, Act 2, and Resolution. Post-Event discussion will incorporate the elements and experience. Ongoing activities will incorporate demonstrations, small group activity, and reciprocal discussions. This event will be an additional hands-on experience for Advanced Attendees.

Featured Speaker: Wes Wingett

ISIP 2016 Advanced Fall BR.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro DC From Personal Perception to Community Feeling: An Adlerian Journey
October 13th-14th, 2017 in Boise, ID

This didactic and experiential workshop based on the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler will identify a current personal experience that is creating a challenge, process the event utilizing several Adlerian-based strategies, and create alternative solutions encompassing an increased sense of community feeling or social interest. Emphasis will be on using Adlerian-based theory and practice to increase self-understanding and professional development.

Wes Wingett PhD has been a counselor, educator, and consultant in private practice in Norfolk, NE since 1978. Dr. Wingett, a Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology conferred by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, has coauthored several articles published in professional journals, coauthored several chapters in books, self published four workbooks focusing on the application of Adlerian psychology to various challenges of living, and co-authored four workbooks on families. He has conducted workshops based on the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler in twenty states in the United States, Puerto Rico, three provinces in Canada and several countries in central and far eastern Asia, Europe, Central America and South America.


Featured Speaker: Steven A. Maybell, PhD

Spend two days with Steven A. Maybell, Ph.D. who started The Series, the three course program
in Adlerian Theory, Adlerian Psychotherapy, and Adlerian Family Therapy, leading to the ISIP Certificate of Professional Studies in Adlerian Psychology. Those of you who took The Series from Steve know how well he is able to bring clarity to Adlerian ideas and create a dynamic learning environment.

Steve is one of the world’s 35 Diplomates in Adlerian Psychology, as well as a Diplomate in Professional Psychotherapy, a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, and listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is currently the Director of the Student Counseling Center and Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. He also maintains a private consultation and supervision practice for licensed mental health professionals and those pursuing licensure.

Dr. Maybell has authored numerous publications including “Raising Respectful Kids in a Rude World” (Prima 2001) and “Calming the Family Storm” (Impact 2005). Dr. Maybell has been teaching Adlerian Psychology for over 40 years. Steve’s consistently positive evaluations are a testimony to his ability to make Adlerian Psychology practical, accessible, and relevant to today’s world and today’s problems.

 Adlerian Toolkit: Continued

Steve has put together a special two day training for us, sharing the most innovative, impactful, therapeutic strategies he has come across in his over 40 years of practice, almost never included in Adlerian therapy trainings. The course will incorporate lecture and discussion, experiential exercises, and video and live demonstrations. Therapeutic techniques will be chosen from the list below.

• Renewing Adlerian Theory – Extending Our Understanding of the Mind/Body Connection
• Traps and Escapes: Understand Where “Resistance” Comes from – Know What to Do
• Steve’s Grief and Loss Notes
• Holistic-Metaphorical Therapy - A Five Minute Intervention
• The Memory Re-Authoring Technique
• Helping Clients Heal Trauma – Bottom Up Processing
• Revisiting the Empty Chair


Featured Speaker: Wes Wingett

ISIP 2016 Advanced Fall BR.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro DCWes Wingett PhD has been a counselor, educator, and consultant in private practice in Norfolk, NE since 1978. Dr. Wingett, a Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology conferred by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, has coauthored several articles published in professional journals, coauthored several chapters in books, self published four workbooks focusing on the application of Adlerian psychology to various challenges of living, and co-authored four workbooks on families. He has conducted workshops based on the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler in twenty states in the United States, Puerto Rico, three provinces in Canada and several countries in central and far eastern Asia, Europe, Central America and South America.

Adlerian Strategies For: Understanding Places, Play, and Priorities

This didactic and experiential workshop will be focused on understanding children, adolescents, and adults utilizing three Adlerian-based strategies. “Places” will focus on  perception of events and experiences at home and school, “play” will focus on perception of childhood experiences of playing alone and in groups, “priorities” will focus on strategies developed to solve problems and to interact more effectively at home, at work, and in the community. Participants will be able to utilize the strategies demonstrated and experienced to their specific work with children, adolescents, and adults.

Advanced Workshops are open to all graduates of The Series  ( the 3 Basic Workshops) who have attended one Annual Conference.


Featured Speaker: Richard E. Watts

Layout 1Dr. Richard Watts is a Texas State University System Regents’ Professor, a Distinguished Professor of Counseling at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), and the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision at SHSU. He is also a Fellow of the American Counseling Association, a Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology, and the immediate Past-President of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology. Dr. Watts has published and presented extensively, both in the United States and internationally, on Adlerian theory and practice, and has developed or adapted several Adlerian-based interventions that will be addressed in this workshop.

Being a Therapeutic Chameleon: Integrative Strategies and Techniques for Adlerian Therapy

Being a therapeutic chameleon means that the counselor does what the client needs; not what the counselor prefers. Because Adlerian counseling is a flexible approach, it readily allows mental health professionals to be both theoretically consistent and technically eclectic; that is, it allows us to be a therapeutic chameleon. Thus, the counselor does what the client needs; not simply what the counselor prefers. Via discussion, demonstration, and practice, attendees of this workshop session will increase
understanding and application of (a) the common ground Adlerian counseling and the common factors of successful counseling outcomes; (b) the common ground between the Stages of Change Model and the four phases of Adlerian counseling; (c) Adlerian strategies and techniques – some traditional, some more recently developed; (d) techniques that resonate with, and integrate easily into, Adlerian counseling; and (e) where and how these strategies and interventions may be used in the counseling process. Although the content in the workshop is geared toward Adlerian counselors, the techniques presented may be used by most counselors regardless of their guiding theoretical orientation and work settings.