Dr. Beck will provide a perspective on the evolution and the place of cognitive therapy today. He will compare standard cognitive therapy to newer developments in theory and therapy such as mindfulness, attention focus, and positive psychology. Dr. Beck also will discuss the role of cognitive approaches to conflict and suffering.
EP05 Conversation Hour 19 - Moral Disengagement in the Perpetration of Inhumanities - Albert Bandura, Ph.D.
This presentation examines the psychosocial mechanisms by which people selectively disengage moral self-sanctions from inhumane conduct. The moral disengagement may center on redefining inhumane conduct as a benign or socially worthy one by moral justification, sanitizing language and expedient comparison with worse cruelty; disavowal of personal agency in the harm one causes by diffusing or displacement of responsibility; disregarding or minimizing the injurious effects of one's actions and dehumanizing those who are victimized and blaming them for bringing the suffering on themselves. Given the many mechanisms for disengaging moral control at individual and collective levels, civilized life requires in addition to human personal standard, safeguards built into social systems that uphold compassionate behavior and renounce cruelty.
The notion of "logical levels" refers to the fact that some processes and phenomena are created by the relationships between other processes and phenomena. The function of each level is to synthesize, organize and direct the interactions on the level below it. Changing something on an upper level would necessarily radiate downward, precipitating change on the lower levels. This presentation will cover the six basic levels of therapeutic change: environment, behavior, capabilities, beliefs and values, identity and spiritual.
For decades, psychotherapy based upon the paradigm of the individual, has focused on the intrapsychic world of the client. The focus is now shifting to the interpersonal, as a result of the appearance of the relational paradigm from the collective unconscious. This shifting of paradigms will challenge and transform the process of diagnosis and therapeutic interventions of all forms of therapy. This address will outline this historical shift and suggest its implications for therapy theory and practice.
Interpersonal neurobiology is a way to define mental health and the kinds of social experiences the brain requires to achieve a coherent mind. This interdisciplinary synthesis of science reveals an exciting convergence among research findings that helps us in mental health to explore the interplay among relationships, the mind and the brain. Experience shapes the connections in the brain in ways that we can now understand and harness within psychotherapy to help stimulate the neuronal activation and growth necessary to achieve resilience and emotional well-being.
Dr. Ellis will describe the up-to-date principles and practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) in the twenty-first century, how some people are trying to water it down, and what its future will probably be.
EP05 Workshop 33 - Imagineering: Helping Clients Find the Path to Change - Robert Dilts
lmagineering is a term coined by Walt Disney to describe the process he used to form dreams and then turn them into realities. The lmagineering process essentially involves creating and evaluating the steps necessary to reach a desired state. It can be applied to help clients find creative solutions to many problems.
EP05 Workshop 34 - A New Leadership Role for Mental Health Professionals - William Glasser, M.D.
The leadership role in mental health has been assumed by psychiatrists who diagnose mental illnesses that do not exist and treat them with potentially harmful brain drugs. Dr. Glasser will explain that mental health separate from mental illness does exist if we could change from the mental illness model to a new public health model based on mental health. This will allow psychotherapists to assume a leadership role they don't have now.
EP05 Workshop 35 - Etiology, Psychotherapy. Diagnosis and Treatment Indicators for Severe Personality Disorders - Otto Kernberg, M.D.
Present day knowledge and leading hypotheses regarding severe personality disorders will be reviewed, and their relationship to clinical characteristics of these patients clarified. A critical review of present classification will be followed by exploration of specific technical approaches to diagnostic interviewing and decision-making regarding specific therapeutic approaches to each patient.
EP05 Workshop 36 - Growth Games for BEING the Best Therapist - Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D.
This "playshop" will consist of experiential clinician development exercises. While it is widely agreed that the person of the therapist is central to patient change, there are limited methods for developing the person of the therapist. Dr. Zeig will present a systemic model that can be easily transferred to make therapy and supervision more powerfully experiential.