Frank X. Walton
Dr. Walton has been a psychologist in private practice in Columbia, South Carolina for over 40 years. He was Associate Director of the University of South Carolina Counseling Center from 1967 until 1974. He is the founder of Adlerian Child Care Centers and Kindergartens (www.adlerianchildcare.net). For eighteen years Dr. Walton offered graduate courses through the South Carolina Adlerian Summer Institute in Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston. He has been a member of the faculty of the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI) (www.ICASSI.net) since 1976. He is known for his outreach activities through which he has helped to establish or strengthen the use of the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler in universities, schools and agencies in North America as well as in seventeen European countries, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, and Uruguay (www.centroadleriano.org), Japan and China.
Dr. Frank Walton was inspired by the work of psychiatrist Rudolf Dreikurs, who was a protégé and colleague of Alfred Adler in Vienna. Dr. Walton subsequently studied with Dreikurs in Chicago. He typically teaches family therapy and individual therapy by means of live demonstrations in the manner introduced by Adler and pioneered in North America by Dreikurs. As a practitioner, he is regarded by his professional colleagues as a master in the field.
One of the significant contributions to the practice of Adlerian counseling and therapy in recent years was Dr. Walton’s creation of a powerful technique known as “The Most Memorable Observation.” He has been recognized by his peers for his work as a “counselor to counselors” and a “therapist to therapists.”
At the center of Dr. Walton’s personal life are his wife of fifty-seven years, Kathy, their four children, and nine grandchildren. He is a former athlete and an enthusiastic outdoorsman with interests in fishing, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and tennis. He is a devoted sports fan of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He was elected to the Athletic Hall of Fame of John Carroll University in 1992.