Rudolf Dreikurs himself was a musician. He played a number of instruments (piano, cello, violin, viola) and composed some classical music, and music was positive and dominant in his personal life. As a psychiatrist, he understood that music requires social sharing, not only between the listener and the performing artist, but if two or more performers play together, they need to cooperate. People with psychological disorders lack this cooperative sharing (as described by Adlerian psychology). The process of beating rhythms together or playing tunes together with others helps increase Social Interest (a key Adlerian concept). Dreikurs found music therapy with very disturbed children and adults often to be able to reach clients far more effectively than verbal 'talk therapy.'
Video of Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs conducting a Family Counseling demonstration. This presentation was delivered and televised on June 29, 1960, as part of a summer workshop in the school of Education at Oregon State College.
Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs counsels parents who describe several challenges with their four children not listening and following directions, especialy at mealtimes. One of the children is also having difficulty with bedwetting, and their infant continues to suck her thumb. Dr. Dreikurs describes the importance of choice, withdrawing from conflicts, and assigning responsibility. A discussion regarding attention seeking is also facilitated.
Half way through the session, Dr. Dreikurs invites the four children into the session and has the parents leave the room. The children describe the family problems they perceive, including mealtimes, fighting, and getting dressed in the morning. Dr. Dreikurs makes guesses about the goals of the children’s' misbehavior.
Finally, Dr. Dreikurs invites the parents back into the room to discuss his observations.
Dr. Hal McAbee delivers a history of Alfred Adler's life and the development of his theory of human behavior: Individual Psychology. This video is moderated by Dr. Frank Walton. Dr. McAbee covers some of the basics of Individual Psychology, the main differences between Individual Psychology and other theories, the historical context of the theory's development, and the contributions that Adler's individual psychology has had on the field and practice of psychology. Video length (57:13).
This video was donated by Rob Guttenberg and reproduced here with permission of the South Carolina Society of Adlerian Psychology.