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BT06 Workshop 45 - Bad Therapy: Lessons from Prominent Therapists and Famous Clients - Jeffrey Kottler, PhD

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Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2006
Jeffrey Kottler, PhD
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Dec 10, 2006
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Based on interviews with over a hundred of the most prominent theoreticians in the field, as well as studies of famous individuals (Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Sylvia Plath, Vaslav Nijinsky, Lenny Bruce, Charles Mingus) who have had spectacularly negative outcomes in therapy, this workshop explores what can be learned from failures as well as successes. Participants will explore the nature of their own consistent errors and misjudgments, how we all tend to deny and disown these experiences, and what we can do to be more accepting of our failures and more proactive in preventing them in the future. There will be opportunities to identify personal and professional struggles that are going on right now and work through impasses and frustrations through a peer supervision model that can be applied to any work setting.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe two lessons that can be learned from the worst sessions of the best therapists.
  2. To describe two ways to become more strategic and systematic in supervision and self-supervision to process therapeutic disappointments.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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JEFFREY KOTTLER, PhD, is the author of 80 books including a dozen texts for counsellors and therapists that are used in universities around the world, and many classics for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include: On Being a Therapist, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine Madness, Changing People’s Lives While Transforming Your Own, and more recently, The Assassin and the Therapist: An Exploration of Truth in Psychotherapy and in Life and Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy: Tales of Transformation and Astonishment. Dr. Kottler has served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru, Thailand, and Iceland, as well as worked as a Visiting Professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. Jeffrey is currently Professor of Counselling in the Department at California State University, Fullerton. He has also co-founded Empower Nepali Girls ( which provides educational scholarships for lower caste girls at-risk in Nepal.