We live in the most polarized era since the 1850s. The presenter will describe the connection between escalating couple conflict and escalating political polarization. He will propose ways that therapists can work with politically divided couples, and he will describe his work since 2016 on “red/blue” polarization in the U.S. via the national nonprofit Braver Angels. He will argue that couples therapists have much to offer a nation in trouble.
We’ll explore the deluge tidal of information, including a great deal of traumatic information about the fate of Mother Earth, that all of us are confronted with daily. I’ll share the steps of a trauma-to-transcendence cycle that begins with awareness, leads to resilient coping, and then continues to a transcendent response. This cycle always involves action and creates hope.
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What is a modern definition or a contemporary conceptualization of care-giving and counseling? How are the events and trends of our world today shaping the nature and function of the helping professions? Presently, globalism, secularism, extremism, and radicalism constitute a major challenge to individuals, communities, and nations alike and to both the care-giver/therapist and the care-receiver/client! Trans-national, trans-theoretical, and trans-cultural implications will be discussed.
What is a modern definition or a contemporary conceptualization of caregiving and counseling? How are the events and trends of our world today shaping the nature and function of the helping professions? Presently, globalism, secularism, extremism, and radicalism constitute a major challenge to individuals, communities, and nations alike and to both the care-giver/therapist and the care receiver/client! Trans-national, trans-theoretical, and trans-cultural implications will be discussed.
This presentation addresses how otherwise good people can do cruel things. They do so through selective disengagement of moral self-sanctions from inhumane conduct. At the behavior locus, worthy ends are used to sanctify harmful means by social and moral justification. At the agency locus, people obscure personal responsibility by displacement and diffusion of responsibility. At the outcomes locus, the detrimental social effects of one’s actions are ignored, minimized, or disrupted. At the victim locus, perpetrators dehumanize and blame recipients for bringing the maltreatment on themselves. These mechanisms operate at both individual and social systems levels. Disengagement of moral agency is illustrated in the workings of the corporate world, terrorism, the use of military force, application of the death penalty, and in ecological destruction that is heating the planet and making it less habitable.
From Freud to Erickson to the current practice of psychotherapy, the nature of human problems has remained the same. What has changed is which problems we consider are within the realm of psychotherapy to elucidate. When Erickson introduced the concept of directive therapy, the field changed, not only in terms of how to do therapy, but also in terms of what are the issues a therapist must address. Is there a place for the concept of evil, for the practice of justice, and for the spiritual realm in therapy? What do we know today that we didn't know a hundred years ago? How can we preserve the existence of the therapist as humanist, social activist and systemic thinker?
Hypnotherapy has been an under-used tool in social work. However, the principles of Ericksonian hypnotherapy are quite congruent with social work especially in serving at risk populations. Examples of how to use Ericksonian hypnotherapy and evaluate outcomes with at risk populations will be presented.
What are the causes of fundamentalism and militant behavior? Can we clearly understand or define terrorism? This presentation will examine the root causes of radicalism and religious militancy and will explore how Milton Erickson would have dealt with these emerging and recent phenomena. We will attempt to address these sensitive, timely matters through open discussion among participants and analyze the psychosocial nature of terrorism and its impact on people.
Few cases are as difficult for therapists as those involving the intentional harm of one family member against another. This course provides participants the fundamentals of the model for treating family injustice developed by The Family Therapist Institute Midwest and presented in the new book, Treating Families and Children in the Child Protective System: Strategies for Systemic Advocacy and Family Healing. Didactic, participant discussion and videotape examples explain the model and its application.