Workshop 19 - Family Systems Therapy, featuring Murray Bowen, MD.
Some of the cardinal principles in Family Systems Theory will be presented. It is important to diagnose the emotional posture of principal family members. A videotape of family therapy will be presented and discussed.
Hypnosis continues as the "mother of the psychotherapies" by contributing new approaches to human facilitation. Specifically, we will learn to use the therapeutic
double bind, symptom prescription, and ideodynamic channeling to assess and facilitate a patient's inner resources.
Change in psychotherapy is a gradual process with predictable stages which can be understood and prepared for. Integrating new perspectives and behaviors requires attention to the needs of each of three phases: support, accommodation, and assimilation. These stages will be defined and demonstrated in work with volunteer workshop participants.
This approach is a short-term, focused psychotherapy that uses clear contracts for change, respect for the autonomy of the client, imaginative games, effective self-reparenting, and client redecision. Emphasized will be freeing the client from early "stuck" spots. Lecture, case presentation, and large-group exercises.
The Cognitive Model of anxiety as applied to acute and chronic anxiety, post-traumatic disorders, agoraphobias, panic disorders and simple phobias will be presented.
Cognitive-behavioral strategies include identification and evaulation of dysfunctional cognition, induced imagery, induced panic attacks, and cognitive monitoring of exposure treatment. A videotaped demonstration of the treatment of panic disorders will be shown.