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EP00 Invited Address 2a - Procedural Range in Gestalt Therapy - Miriam Polster, Ph.D.


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Invited Address
Category:
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2000
Faculty:
Miriam Polster |  Paul Watzlawick
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1 Hour 21 Minutes
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Original Program Date :
May 25, 2000
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EP00 Invited Address 2 Part 1 - Procedural Range in Gestalt Therapy

Featuring Miriam Polster, PhD, with discussant Paul Watzlawick, PhD.

This address will focus on some of the particulars of therapeutic attention. It will explore how to translate therapy into an increased sense of self-support and choice. Educational Objectives:

  1. Given an individual, identify an imbalance in the awareness/action ratio.
  2. To describe how an individual develops inadequate use of language and how this affects his/her experience. 

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Miriam Polster's Profile

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Miriam Polster, Ph.D, is co-director of the Gestalt Training Center in San Diego, and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego. Along with her husband, Erving Polster, she is co-author of a book on Gestalt therapy. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1967.


Paul Watzlawick's Profile

Paul Watzlawick Related seminars and products: 33

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Paul Watzlawick, received his Ph.D. from the University of Venice in 1949. He has an Analyst's Diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute for Analytic Psychology in Zurich. Watzlawick has practiced psychotherapy for more than 30 years. He was research associate and principal investigator at the Mental Research Institute. He was Clinical Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center. Watzlawick is a noted family therapist; he is recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Association. Also, he is author, co-author or editor of eight books on the topics of interactional psychotherapy, human communication and constructivist philosophy.

He formulated five axioms. They are:

  1. It is not possible to not communicate. Every behavior is some kind of non-verbal communication.
  2. Every communication has a content. In addition, there is 'metainformation', which says how the communicator wants to be understood.
  3. All partners involved in a communication process also interpret their own behaviour during communication.
  4. Human communication involves both verbal and non-verbal communication. In addition to the spoken words, there are is also a non-spoken part (gestures, behavior, intonation..) which is part of the communication.
  5. Communication between humans is either symmetric or complementary. This is based on whether the relationship of those communicating is based on differences or parity.


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