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BT12 Workshop 15 – Attention: The Elixir of Therapeutic Growth – Erving Polster, PhD

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Workshops |  Therapeutic Relationship |  Brief Therapy
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2012
Erving Polster, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
Dec 06, 2012
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Dr. Polster will flesh out the roles of an attention triad of concentration, fascination and curiosity in evoking amplified interpersonal immersion in the therapeutic process. The resulting involvement leads to a quasi-hypnotic energy opening the client to new experience. Conceptual perspectives will be elaborated, augmented by live demonstrations of therapy sessions.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Create a combination of safety and urgency in the therapeutic relationship.
  2. See past the client’s self-denigration and accentuate contrastingly enabling qualities.
  3. Evoke those stories which help clients recognize the actuality of their lives.

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



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Erving Polster, Ph.D in clinical psychology, is the Director of The Gestalt Institute of San Diego, and the author of several important books, including Gestalt Therapy Integrated, Every Person's Life is Worth a Novel, and From the Radical Center: The Heart of Gestalt Therapy, as well as dozens of articles and chapters. Erving has authored 6 books. In his current writings, he offers perspectives and designs for a communal application of psychotherapy principles. He also describes and celebrates a powerful contemporary momentum for people-at-large to join together in the search for personal and social enlightenment.