Concentration, curiosity, fascination and simplicity of observation are natural agents of personhood. Dr. Polster will show how these are interwoven with four cornerstones of methodology. These are: the tightening of therapeutic sequences, establishing good quality contact, eliciting relevant stories, and identifying parts of the self. Live therapeutic sessions will illustrate the principles.
Living is composed of a supreme flow of experiences. Therefore, people face a commanding challenge to their integrative powers. Telling helps them by revisiting this landscape, revealing the accessibly hidden markers of a lifetime. Dr. Polster will show how a sharply pointed attention to universal themes within a group process will light up our lives, giving shape to personal perspective. Techniques and precedents for conducting this process will be addressed.
Personal disturbance is accompanied by feelings of disconnection within one’s self and with others. Reconnection is accomplished when
the therapist guides the patient into a fertile conversational stream - a moment to moment impetus toward personal resolution.
Strategic therapy and present centered therapy have often received attention as discretely different phenomena. Cloe Madanes will present her views of strategic therapy and its relevance for present centered therapy. Erving Polster will do the same, showing the disparity and commonality of the two. Their individual views will animate a conversation with each other.