Adlerian Skype Research Group

The Adlerian Skype Group has met weekly since the AIIPS UK Spring conference in 2016.

Our  agreed aims:

  • To explain the validity and use of Adlerian philosophy for promoting social interest and community feeling.
  • To explore Living Theory as research methodology (Whitehead, 1989) for understanding, improving, evaluating and explaining our individual embodied knowledge of how we practice.
  • To find ways to increase availablity of Adlerian psychology for practitioners in other fields.
  • To search for solutions to questions we identify while researching in practice and together.
  • To use Adlerian concepts such as contribution, responsibility, equality, significance, social interest etc. for framing our research explanations. 

ASIIP UK Spring Conference 2017

The Adlerian Skype Research Group will introduce our findings at Cafe Adler (see Proposal). 

In a workshop, practitioners will have an opportunity to create unique explanations of your practice knowledge using Living Theory methodology.  Handout summary

Here we answer questions asked during presentations at the April 2017 conference

A useful way to start the research process is by creating a 'living poster' about what has brought you to this point in time, your passions, where you hope your practice will go next and your achievements and practice knowledge can be made public.  

Here are our examples:
Our first Adlerian Skype Group Living Poster contains links to each of our individual posters.  We submitted our posters to a network of living theory practitioners from a range of disciplines across the world - links:  2015 and 2017

We invite you to create your own poster: How to create a Living Poster



Adlerian Psychology adds to an Ecology of Knowledges

The Adlerian Skype Research Group is following the proceedings of the "First Global Assembly on Knowledge Democracy: Towards an ecology of knowledges". This will take place on the 16th June 2017 in Cartagena, Columbia. We are taking part in the pre conference workshops by skype because Adlerian philosophy and alongside epistemology offer good examples of democratic knowledge creation.

Here is the website at:  https://knowledgedemocracy.org


Robyn's contribution to the:

Monthly London Lecture Series          For details please go to ASIIP UK                                                                        
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square,  
London WC1R 

 • 7.30pm Tuesday 13 June 2017 

  Presented by Robyn Pound




'Alongsideness in working relationships and as epistemology:
What does alongsidedness mean to me – and to you?'




Alongsideness as epistemology is personal knowledge of relationship researched in relationship. The process creates and sustains relationships to enhance alliances between all involved for generating individual knowledge about how to live purposeful lives. As a practitioner researcher in mental health and research contexts I hold self-worth to be requisite for Social Interest in community action. Social Interest is analogous with reduced isolation and inferiority feelings, increased sense of belonging and capacity to take responsibility for our behaviour and influence on the world around us. Influenced by Adlerian psychology, alongsideness emerged from doctoral practitioner research to improve and explain my health-visiting using Living Theory methodology (Whitehead 1989). It describes values motivating my practice and evaluation approaches.

As a way of being and as epistemology, alongsideness emerged from my personal characteristics, early and subsequent life experiences and unique contexts, prompting a constructed view of how my life 'should' be. Although alongsideness appears widely recognised, each version will not be recognised in its entirety by anyone else even with similarities in motivation and practice.

This talk will look at emergence of alongsideness as an epistemology exploring inevitable contradictions in real life relationships and will invite participants to share practical and theoretical experiences towards improving practice and generating knowledge.

Robyn Pound PhD, BA Hons, NZ RGN, Cert Health Visiting, Dip Adlerian Psychology: I trained as a health visitor and later for a diploma in Adlerian psychology and worked in front-line community practice until 2016. My career as practitioner researcher focused on improving community practice for child and family wellbeing and on community development. My current practice is supporting Make a Move charity to deliver and research therapeutic dance groups for mothers with postnatal depression and I support Adlerian and other educational research groups by Skype. Recent publications are in fields of Health Visiting, Adlerian psychology and Living Theory research.

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