The Ontario Society of Adlerian Psychology (ONSAP) is a Registered Charity dedicated to furthering the understanding and application of Adlerian Psychology (also called Individual Psychology) based on the work of Alfred Adler.
ONSAP's purpose is to educate the public and mental health professionals by offering conferences, workshops, and teleconferences about Adlerian Psychology and its various implications and uses in everyday life.
The Ontario Society of Adlerian Psychology is interested in encouraging and promoting the Adlerian principles in daily living through initiatives that facilitate effective parenting, counselling, teaching and community development based on the principles of mutual respect, cooperation, encouragement and social interest.
Alfred Adler was born in Austria on February 7, 1870. He was the second of six children. At a young age Adler became very sick with pneumonia and almost died. He heard the doctor tell his father that he was doubtful that Adler would recover, and it was at that time that Adler decided to become doctor. He attended the University of Vienna where he graduated with a degree in medicine. Alfred Adler founded the Society of individual Psychology. He served as a physician in the Austrian army. After the war Adler opened child guidance clinics in Vienna, Austria. Alfred Adler came to the United Stated in 1926 where he lectured and taught at universities. On May 28, 1937 Adler died of a heart attack in Aberdeen, Scotland at the age of 67.
Alfred Adler founded Individual Psychology which has made an impact on psychology, counselling, wellness of individuals and groups in work, family and social context. The concepts of Adlerian Psychology include: understanding individuals in their social context, parent education, the promotion of social interest, a sense of belonging, community feeling, encouragement, mutual respect, courage, the creative self, purposeful and goal directed behaviour, etc.