North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
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The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) is the primary organization in the United States for the promotion of the psychological and philosophical theories of Alfred Adler, known as individual psychology. Adler was a one-time collaborator with Sigmund Freud in the early days of the psychoanalytic movement who split with Freud to develop his own theories of psychology and human functioning.
In the late 1940s a group of psychiatrists and psychologists in Chicago, under the leadership of Rudolf Dreikurs, among others, founded an informal group to carry on discussion and teaching of the theories and techniques of Adler. This early Adlerian organization became the Individual Psychology Association of Chicago, which quickly grew until it became the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.
The current headquarters of the organization is in Fort Wayne, IN. Members are students and practitioners of classical Adlerian psychology (or individual psychology). Members are primarily concentrated in the United States and Canada, but there are also members from Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, and countries in Europe, the Middle East (esp. Israel), and Japan. The Society holds annual conventions at cities in North America where practitioners share techniques and experiences.
The principal publication of the Society is the Journal of Individual Psychology. This publication was established in 1940 as Individual Psychology News. It was changed to Individual Psychology Bulletin in 1941 and to American Journal of Individual Psychology in 1952. The title was changed again to Journal of Individual Psychology in 1957 and this title was kept until 1981, when it was changed to Individual Psychology. It was changed back to Journal of Individual Psychology in 1998. The journal was issued twice a year from 1952 to 1981 (frequency before 1952 varied) and became quarterly after that. It is indexed in PsycINFO and is available full-text in EBSCO Academic Search.
From 1963 to 1981 the Society also published another journal entitled Individual Psychologist (also indexed in PsycInfo, but not available full-text commercially), which was merged with its sister journal in 1981.
- Dreikurs, R. (1953). Fundamentals of Adlerian Psychology. Chicago, IL: Alfred Adler Institute.