ROLLO MAY, CARL ROGERS, VIRGINIA SATIR & THOMAS SZASZ: The Role of the Therapist / The Role of the Client (1985). May emphasizes the importance of availability to the client; Rogers, that the therapist serves a function rather than a role. Satir examines client expectations, and how the therapist can be a leader while still maintaining a relationship based on equality. Szasz describes concrete economic factors, social and psychological factors that motivate the therapist. The panel also responds to questions from the audience.
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Carl Rogers, Ph.D, was an influential American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic approach (or client-centered approach) to psychology. Rogers is widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of psychotherapy research and was honored for his pioneering research with the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1956. Carl received his Ph.D. in 1931 from Teachers College, Columbia University. Rogers has served as president of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for Applied Psychology, and the American Academy of Psychotherapists. He is the recepient of eight honorary doctorates and the Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. The American Psychological Association offered him two awards: the Distinguished Scientific Contribution award for research in teh field of psychotherapy, and the first Distinguished Professional Contribution Award. Rogers also received the Award of Professional Achievements from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the author or co-author of 12 books and numerous articles in psychological, psychiatric, and educational journals dating from 1930.
Virginia M. Satir, M.A., A.C.S.W.
For almost forty years, Virginia Satir has practiced and taught psychotherapy. One of the founders of family therapy, she has co-authored four books and authored five. Additionally, there are a number of books about her approach. She is recipient of the Distinguished Family Therapy Award from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Satir is the co-founder of the Mental Research Institute. She is past president of the Association of Humanistic Psychology and has a number of honorary doctorates. Her master's degree was granted in 1948 from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
Rollo R May, Ph.D
In 1949, Rollo May received the first Ph/D in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. In 1938, he was awarded a Master's of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Currently, he is in private practice in Tiburon, California. The author or co-authoer of 14 books, he is the recipient of many awards and honors for distingushed contributions and humanitarian work. He is one of the main proponents of humanistic approaches to psychotherapy and is the principal American interpreter of European existential thinking as it can be applied to psychotherapy.
Thomas S. Szasz, (M.D., University of Cincinnati, 1944) was Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He was recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanist fo the Year Award from the American Humanist Association and the Distinguished Service Award from teh American Institute for Public Service. He has received a number of honorary doctorates and lectureships, and served on the editorial board or as consulting editor for ten journals.
Szasz has authored approximately 400 articles, book chapters, reviews, letters to the editor and columns. He has written 19 books.
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