Dr. Kurt Alfred Adler, Alfred Adler’s son, was one of the most distinguished and sought after theorists, teachers and practitioners of Adlerian psychology.  His practice encompassed hundreds of patients, some of whom traveled from as far away as Switzerland to see him on a monthly basis, and he continued to practice to within a week of his death at the age of 92 (he died on May 28, 1997, 60 years to the day after his father’s passing).
In addition to building on his father’s theories, Kurt Adler was heralded as a therapist.  He wrote and lectured extensively on the patient intake interview, yet few would ever have expected the opportunity to actually sit in with him on such a session.
So there was great excitement and anticipation when in 1988 Dr. Adler and a patient he had never met before--“Virginia”--settled in as a video team of 20, lead by psychoanalyst and video producer Dr. Howard Garrell, staged a three camera shoot of an actual intake interview.
There was concern, of course, as to whether it would work.  Would the patient really be able to relax amidst the lights, cameras and action moving around her?  Would Dr. Adler feel he had to somehow alter his techniques to accommodate the unusual setting?
Any doubts evaporated as soon as the session began. Dr. Adler provided a series of real-time lessons in how to communicate with a new patient, how to control the process, how to reach into the patient’s mind and then offer constructive ideas and principles that take hold even in a first-time meeting.
A few months later, a distinguished panel of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists viewed the video of the interview and questioned Dr. Adler about technique, practice and theory, both in regard to the interview they had just witnessed and general principles of Adlerian therapy.  Dr. Adler provided instruction and lectured genially, sharing his unique grasp and singular development of core Adlerian principles, his insight into the human psyche and patient-therapist interaction, and their application to real world, therapeutic dynamics.
The two and a half hours together provide a compelling and illuminating symposium on Adlerian theory and practice, presented as only the genius and humanity of Kurt Adler can.
Five years later, in 1993, Virginia appeared with Dr. Adler at the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) annual conference, this time not in an interview, but, after the video was screened, to answer questions about her recollections of the 1988 interview and how it had affected her life.
Both her answers and Dr. Adler’s comments--as well as those by Dr. Garrell, who moderated the session--provided yet another extraordinary insight into Dr. Adler’s command of his discipline, and the positive impact he had created on Virginia in just one session.
The reaction by attendees was so positive that Virginia and Dr. Adler were asked to appear again the following year, and the expectations for that session were fully rewarded.
Together, the two DVD’s and four transcripts presented in this package create an unequalled resource for truly understanding the Adlerian approach, and how it can be so successfully applied in the real world.  Students, teachers and practitioners will all derive great benefit from this unparalleled collection, and enjoy a reference that can be consulted again and again as a definitive demonstration of the efficacy of Adlerian “common sense” psychology.
Common Sense Video History Productions is proud to present this collection as the first in its series of re-mastered “Adler on Adler” videos that showcase Kurt Adler’s genius in helping to develop and transform his father’s founding theories, and broadening their impact throughout the world.
 
Kurt Adler was born in Vienna, received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Vienna in 1936, and an M.D. from the Long Island College of Medicine in 1941.  He was the medical director and lecturer at the Alfred Adler Institute of New York for 45 years, and practiced at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  He was president of the board of the Advanced Institute of Analytic Psychotherapy for 39 years, and a charter member of NASAP, on whose board he served for 26 years.