To trace the development of therapeutic language from interpretation to injunctions
To show the effect that this evolution has had on the idea of "reality adaptation," highlight the "as if" nature of our interpretations
Invited Address Session 5 - Part 1 - Transactional Analysis and Redecision: A Short-Term, Focused Approach to Change featuring Mary M. Goulding, MSW.
With discussant Jeffrey K Zeig, PhD.
Moderated by Theodore Reid, Jr, MD.
Ronald Laing (1985) interviews a home-less woman diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Her presenting complaint is that her brain does not work right and that people are out to get her. Laing relates to the client and explores her theories of human conspiracy, the power of the mind and mind reading, issues of Christianity, and how these concepts relate to her.
Zerka Moreno (1985) explains the importance of role reversal. She demonstrates with Lori who discusses concerns related to her marriage. She examines her relationship with her father. Lori is asked to create a family structure using members from the audience. Moreno ends by sharing information about her own experiences in Psychodrama.
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.