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October 26, 2001

UW-RF Dean Receives Certificate of Study

UW-River Falls Dean of Students Roger Ballou was recently awarded the Certificate of Study in Adlerian Psychology by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. The award followed a two-year period of evening and weekend study at the Alfred Adler Graduate School of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Adlerian Psychology is a broad and comprehensive body of knowledge about human behavior begun in the early 1900s by Alfred Adler. At its core is the concept that all human activity is best understood in a social context. All people strive for a sense of belonging in the world and act on the useful or useless side of life, depending on their degree of interest in the betterment of the human family. When related to college students and their myriad of social relationships, Adlerian Psychology helps young people understand the value and process of living in a community.

As a part of his training at the Adler School, Ballou received a full tuition scholarship from the International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes to travel to Zuoz, Switzerland, during the summer of 2000 to attend the Dreikurs Summer Institute. There he studied Adlerian family counseling under Oscar Christensen and advanced lifestyle assessment under Miriam Pew. Christensen and Pew are noted Adlerian trainers.

Ballou has been dean of students at UW-RF since 1992. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine, a master's degree from the College of William and Mary, and a doctorate from Purdue University. His areas of academic study have been college student development and marriage and family therapy.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities at UW-RF, Ballou leads an honors seminar each semester at the University where students learn the history and function of basic Adlerian concepts and how these can be applied in educational and family-life settings.

Ballou is also a licensed associate marriage and family therapist in Minnesota, a parent educator and trainer in Wisconsin, and a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Ballou and his wife Joni have one son, Graham, age 17.

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