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Daniel A Briggs, PhD

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 of New England

Kurt Adler, MD, PhD
1905 - 1997


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Alfred Adler Institute of New England

Alfred Adler, MD, PhD
1870 - 1937

Alfred Adler Institute of New England (AAINE) was founded by Daniel Briggs, Ph.D. and William J. Moore, Ph.D. and first located at 62 N. Main Street in Old Town, Maine in March of 1990 (incorporated by February, 1991) with William Moore, Ph.D., James Morrell, NCPsyA, Alston W. Oliver, Ph.D., Catherine Morrell, CpsyA, Howard Garrell, Ph.D., and Norman Nelson as the original core faculty and administrators of AAINE. The institute acquired several notable academic and professional memberships that included NAAP and NASAP.

After Daniel A Briggs, PhD completed his graduate level CAC at AAINE (n/f member institute of both NASAP and NAAP), he was invited to become an Adjunct Faculty member at AAINE and to join AAINE's administration.  As major philosophical differences arose between Dr. Briggs and Dr. Moore it was decided that AAINE would remain under the direction of Dr. Briggs while Dr. Moore would develop a new training center known as the American Institute of Adlerian Psychoanalysis (AIAP), which he later dissolved and started what is n/f known as the New England Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies (NEIPS).
AAINE also developed a branch location in Biddeford, Maine at ( n/f) Cornerstone, Inc. (CI), which was also founded by Dr. Briggs but n/f managed by Dr. Oliver, who later changed the name to Cornerstone Ministers and Counselors Association, Inc.  CI originally started out as a counseling center to help rehabilitate incarcerated individuals in southern Maine, which received several  letters of commendation, one from former Senator Mitchel and one from former Senator Cohen, etc.  CI was also the beginnings of Cornerstone Theological University (CTU) while it was also under the direction of Dr. Briggs.  Both CI and CTU were former affiliate member organizations of WCMA during Dr. Briggs' tenure.  CI and CTU now operate independent of WCMA on a very small scale.   In 2006, Dr. Briggs divested AAINE and initiated the Transmutation Psychology Institute (TPI), which is under the auspices of Apostolic School of the Prophets (n/f) ALU (ASP). TPI is now ASP's current graduate and doctoral psychoanalytic and psychology certification training program. ASP now maintains and manages all academic transcripts of n/f ALU and AAINE as well as TPI's academic transcripts.

In 1993, Dr. Briggs conducted a two-hour research interview with Kurt Adler, M.D., Ph.D. (son of **Alfred Adler) in his downtown Manhattan, NY office as part of his doctoral dissertation at Walden University.  Kurt Adler shared anecdotes and memories of his father (Alfred Adler), Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung and others.  He also shed light on many of his father's theoretical constructs, his father's acts of Biblical plagiarism, his father's theoretical views on homosexuality, the use of psychotropics to treat mental health maladies, and much more. Dr. Briggs conducted this research interview just a few years prior to Kurt Adler's death.

Kurt Adler was born in Vienna in 1905, received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Vienna in 1936 and an MD from the Long Island College of Medicine in 1941. He was the president of the board of the Advanced Institute of Analytic Psychotherapy for 39 years and a charter member of NASAP and served on its board for 26 years. He was a psychological supervisor at AAINE for several years before his death but was the medical director and lecturer at the Alfred Adler Institute of New York for 45 years. He practiced at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City as well as maintained a private practice in Manhattan, NY until age 92, up until a few days before his death on May 28, 1997.

**Alfred Adler was born February 7, 1870 and died on May 28, 1937.  He was an Austrian medical doctor and psychologist and was the founder of the school of Individual Psychology.  Sigmund Freud, with the collaboration of a small group of Freud's colleagues, of whom Adler was among the co-founders of the psychoanalytic movement as a core member, formed the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society.  However, Adler was the first major figure to break away from the psychoanalytic society to form an independent school of psychotherapy and personality theory.  This happened after Freud declared Adler's ideas were too contrary, leading to an ultimatum to all members of the Society, which Freud had been leader.  The ultimatum was to drop Adler or be expelled from the society, disavowing the right to dissent. Following this split, Adler came to have an enormous, independent effect on the disciplines of counseling and psychotherapy as they developed over the course of the 20th century (Ellenberger, 1970).  He influenced notable figures in subsequent schools of psychotherapy too, such as Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, Albert Ellis, Rollo May, Raymond Corsini, et al. 

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  Ellenberger, H. (1970). The Discovery of the Unconscious. New York: Basic Books.



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