BT16 Keynote Address 03 - Beyond Therapy: Living and Telling In Community - Erving Polster, PhD and Michael Yapko, PhD
Living is composed of a supreme flow of experiences. Telling is the selective option to revisit this landscape and to reveal the accessibly hidden markers of a lifetime. Dr. Polster will show how a sharply pointed attention within a group process will light up our lives, a key element in a growing life focus cultural movement. Techniques and precedents for conducting this process will be addressed.
1. Apply therapy principles to the needs of people in their everyday lives.
2. Create congregations of people to explore their life experiences together.
3. Incorporate the concept of design and the creation of exercises in guiding the group experience.
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.
Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D. (professional psychology, clinical specialization), is internationally recognized for his innovative work in applied clinical hypnosis, developing brief psychotherapies, and the strategic treatment of depression. He has been invited to present his work in more than 30 countries across six continents. He is the author of 15 books, including his most recent, The Discriminating Therapist. He is a recipient of numerous awards for his many contributions to the field, including the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
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