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EP95 Invited Address 11a - The Therapeutic Power of Attention: Theory and Techniques - Erving Polster, PhD

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Invited Addresses |  Gestalt |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995
Erving Polster, PhD |  Ernest Rossi, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 17, 1995
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Invited Address Session 11 Part 1 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995 - The Therapeutic Power of Attention: Theory and Techniques
Featuring Erving Polster, PhD; with discussant Ernest Rossi, PhD.
Moderated by W Michael Munion, MA.

The focus and re-focus of attention is represented everywhere in psychotherapy; nowhere more pointedly than in hypnosis, meditation and the gestalt concept of concentration. Expanding on these techniques, Dr. Polster offers three options for heightening attention in the ordinary therapeutic relationship: tight therapeutic sequences, the reconstruction of storyline and the spotlighting of selves. Each of these impels attention, helping to create an imbeddedness into previously squandered ingredients of the patient's life.


Educational Objectives:

  1. To name three fundamental therapeutic concepts that implicitly incorporate the concept of attention.
  2. To name three major therapeutic vehicles for establishing both focus and versatility of attention.
  3. To name the three elements of the attention triad.

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



Erving Polster, PhD's Profile

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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.

Ernest Rossi, PhD's Profile

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Ernest L. Rossi, PhD, is an internationally renowned therapist, teacher and pioneer in the psychobiology of mind-body healing. The author of more than 24 professional books, Dr. Rossi worked with Milton Erickson for eight years and co-authored three classic volumes on therapeutic hypnosis with him. Rossi has also edited four volumes of Erickson's Collected Papers and four volumes of Erickson's Seminars, Workshops and Lectures. He has been conducting research in the psychosocial genomics of ultradian rhythms and their relation to mind-body healing and psychotherapy for over three decades.