October 30, 2007

Dear Friends,

I am excited to report to you that the WPSAP Vice President, Diane Snyder, and I were warmly recieved at the South Carolina Society of Adlerian Psychology’s Practitioner’s Conference held in Myrtle Beach the weekend of September 29th. We presented the same workshop that we had given at WPSAP’s September meeting, “Encouraging the Autistic Child to Thrive: Techniques That Work!”

We had gotten a positive response from our own group but going “on the road” to a large conference, where we had 26 folks choose to come to our workshop, was encouraging to Diane and I. In addition the folks that attended were very positive and encouraging in their feedback and felt that the workshop was a real help to them in understanding that the Adlerian concepts are effective in treating children with an autistic spectrum diagnosis. This kind of reception underlines for me how much we, as Adlerians, have to offer folks when it come to understanding and addressing the issues facing the mental health community, the educational system, and all of our fellow human beings. We have some very valuable information to spread and it is my hope that this Society will be in the forefront in Western Pennsylvania in providing that information.

A reminder to everyone that we have our website up and recommend you check it out at wpsap.org and if you know of someone we should add to our email list, let me know at pawaltond@verizon.net.

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting – and bring a friend!

Pat Walton-Donalies
President, WPSAP

November Educational Program – Mistaken Games Parents: Teachers and Children Play at Home and at School!

A workshop for parents, educators, counselors, social workers and therapists presented by Vicky Rumpf, M.S.Ed., NCC.

Join us for an alternative approach to the well-meaning, but not always successful, discipline techniques routinely used by adults to get children and teens to listen and learn. This presentation was originally made by Dr. Mel Markowski at the NASAP Conference in 2004 and will address the everyday games adults and children play with respect to fair play, handling demands, establishing good behavior, bargaining, protecting, etc., and the mistaken lessons learned by our children.


  1. To define faulty techniques and the mistaken goals of discipline and learning that adults and children practice.
  2. To understand the goals of discipline.
  3. To be able to apply Adlerian principles and techniques in disciplining and teaching children in order to promote healthy lifestyles and positive adult/child relationships.

The following games will be discussed, and why they don’t work:
The Referee Game, The Cry Wolf Game, The Say Uncle Game, The Master of Ceremonies Game, The Self-laceration Game, The Big Business Game, The Cops and Robbers Game, The Little Bo Peep Game, The Body Guard Game and The What Game Shall We Play Today.

One (1) hour of Continuing Education will be awarded. This program is co-sponsored by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). NASAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for counselors. NASAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. NASAP is also approved to sponsor continuing education for ACT 48 for educators in the State of Pennsylvania. There is no fee for attendance. There is a nominal charge of $5.00 for CEs for non-members of WPSAP to cover administrative costs.


WHAT: WPSAP MEETING and Educational Program coordinated by Vicki Rumpf: Mistaken Games That Parents, Teachers, and Children Play at Home and at School

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2007, 6:30pm

WHERE: Glade Run Lutheran Services, Essex House – 5701 Centre Ave, Suite L-12.
Note: Parking is available in Essex House lot off Baum Blvd at Negley Ave – Use blue commercial spaces.

For more information contact Pat Walton-Donalies at (412) 344-8719 (home) or (412) 953-6874 (cell) / e-mail: pawaltond@verizon.net.

Where Can I Learn More?

WPSAP has a small library of books and videos from which you can borrow to learn more about Adlerian ideas. For more information contact Pat Walton-Donalies at pawaltond@verizon.net. There are also informational websites where you can learn more about Individual Psychology / Adlerian Psychology. These sites all offer info: www.alfredadler.org | www.adleriansocietywales.org.uk | www.adler-maps.com | www.adleriansociety.co.uk | www.alfredadler.edu | ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/hstein/.

Newsletter Editor: Pat Walton-Donalies

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