Board Opportunities

Adler Graduate School

The Adler Graduate School has a distinguished history in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. Through the encouragement and support of internationally known psychiatrist Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, the institution was initially founded in 1967 as the Minnesota Adlerian Society. It began in the Twin Cities as a small movement to present Adlerian concepts to the regional community. Among its initial founders were Bob Bartholow, Susan Pye Brokaw, Bill and Mim Pew, and Bob Willhite. They worked directly under Dreikurs’ tutelage.

By 1969, the new Society experienced broad public exposure, broad participation, and enthusiastic volunteerism. Programs were offered to individuals, couples, and families at numerous locations around Minneapolis and St. Paul. Concurrently, an Adlerian teaching institute was created as part of the Society. This was started by a group of professionals dedicated to teaching the practice of Alfred Adler’s Individual Psychology.

In May 1969, the Institute was separately chartered as the Alfred Adler Institute of Minnesota (AAIM). In 1982, AAIM began a cooperative program with its sister institution, The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. AAIM was first independently accredited in 1991 as a full-fledged graduate school offering various paths of study toward the Master of Arts degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy.

In July 1998, the Institute formally changed its name to the Alfred Adler Graduate School (AAGS) and to the Adler Graduate School in 2004. Today, in addition to the Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, the Adler Graduate School offers various certificate and other specialty study programs. It is a well-respected graduate institution educating and training mental health practitioners. At its core remains the Adlerian philosophy of encouragement, open-mindedness, and mutual support to advance the public interest.

Strategic Priorities:

  • Quality Education
  • Sustainability-Fundraising
  • Marketing

Annual budget: $4 million – Earned Income


Adler Graduate School is seeking board members with skills in the following areas:

  • Board Governance
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Strategic and Business Planning

Board members should be interested in mental health and addressing the current mental health crises in our communities.


  • Number of members currently: 7
  • Meeting time and frequency:  10 meetings annually
  • Meeting location: Minneapolis


  • Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month
  • Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
  • Service on Committee Required: Yes
  • Length of Term: 3 Years
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes

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10225 Yellow Circle Drive Minnetonka, MN 55343


To prepare mental health and human service professionals with a strong Adlerian foundation to foster encouragement, collaboration, and a sense of belonging to the individuals, families, and the culturally diverse communities they serve.