BT12 Keynote 03 – Remarkable Acts of Change: From Theory to Practice – Harriet Lerner, PhD
Dr. Lerner will offer clinical examples of how she uses straightforward “coaching” that invites clients, in relatively few sessions, to experiment with bold acts of change that can change everything. She will outline the theoretical perspective that guides this work, and share her personal experience with systems- based remarkable acts of change.
Describe the concept of “differentiation of self” in systems theory as can be applied to the “coaching” process in brief psychotherapy.
Explain how a multigenerational perspective can enhance the therapist’s ability to facilitate change in brief psychotherapy.
Harriet Lerner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a contributor to feminist theory and therapy. From 1972 to 2001, she was a staff psychologist at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas and a faculty member and supervisor in the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry. During this time she published extensively on the psychology of women and family relationships, revising traditional psychoanalytic concepts to reflect feminist and family systems perspectives.