Topical Panel 10 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 2000 - The Goal of Therapy
Featuring Bert Hellinger, MA, Dipl. Psych., James Hillman, PhD, Arnold Lazarus, PhD, and Miriam Polster, PhD.
Moderated by Brent Geary, PhD.
BERT HELLINGER, M.A., DIPL. PSYCH., is one of Europe's most innovative and provocative system therapists. He is a former priest, missionary to the Zulu, educator and psychoanalyst, group dynamic therapist, family therapist and writer. He has developed a revolutionary approach to working with the family soul as informational field. His 16 books and 50 videos are being translated into 10 languages.
Considered one of the most respected psychotherapists in the world today, Bert Hellinger has revolutionized the heart and soul of family therapy by illuminating the unconscious, and often destructive, loyalties within families. While much of psychology concentrates on exploring the conflicts in one’s childhood, Hellinger’s work examines the tragedies in one’s family. Hellinger has observed that traumatic events, such as the premature death of a parent, sibling or child, an abandonment, crime or suicide, can exert a powerful force affecting later generations. Entangled with unhappiness from the past, family members often continue patterns of anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, fear, chronic illness and unfulfilled relationships. It’s a common theme: sad mother, sad daughter... alcoholic father, alcoholic son... the relationship difficulties of the parents, mirrored by the children.
Hellinger developed Family Constellation Work, an effective therapeutic process that helps to break destructive family patterns of unhappiness, illness, failure and addiction. The results are often immediate and life-changing. The Family Constellation Approach is becoming one of the most rapidly expanding forms of therapy in the world and is practiced in more than 35 countries.
James Hillman, PhD, who received his Ph.D. degree from the Univeristy of Zurich, has served as honorary secretary of the International Association for Analytical Psychology and for 10 years was Director of Studies at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He has written 12 books and was nomiated for a Pulitzer prize.
Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D., was Distinguished Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Lazarus served on the editorial boards of ten professional journals. He was president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy and received the Distinguished Service to The Profession of Psychology Award from the American Board of Professional Psychology. His Ph.D. was granted in 1960 from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has authored four books; co-authored, edited, or co-edited seven; and authoered or co-authoered more than 150 professional papers and chapters.
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.
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