This presentation will cover the assessment and detection of spousal and partner abuse, as well as intervention strategies. Community resources, cultural factors and same gender abuse dynamics also will be discussed.
With religion as a precedent and large group formation as an instrument, Dr. Polster will show how we may address the everyday, non-pathological needs of people. A complementary offshoot of these life-long groups is the reciprocal benefits it will share with brief therapy, supplying continuity to the brief therapy experience and individual focus to the large group formations.
Within the enormous complexity of human experience, the reflex to connectedness rescues the person from fragmentation. Dr. Polster will portray connectedness along four dimensions: 1) person to person, enhancing relational experience and belonging; 2) moment to moment, restoring continuity and fluidity; 3) event to event, recovering life's storyline; 4) Characteristic to characteristic, integrating the self.
Today, prudent therapists learn not only to influence client's interactions within their natural social context, but also influence their interactions with the helping system. In this workshop, the problematic relations between helping and family systems and strategies to change them will be described. Three areas will be explored: 1) humanistic approach to services; 2) correcting the family hierarchy; 3) boundary building.
As the rate of depression increases around the world, it is apparent that depression is about more than just "bad chemistry." The evidence is clear that social factors play a huge role in depression's onset and course, and these can be better addressed through psychotherapy than with medications. Key aspects of effective treatment will be described in this workshop.
This presentation will explore the major themes, dimensions, and conceptualizations of resiliency from communal, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual perspectives. We will discuss how to mobilize resiliency within the framework of time-limited soul care and use the dynamic interaction among heritages, norms, traditions, and values, to further the coping, surviving, and thriving strategies. We will argue that resiliency, is not only a psycho-emotional and individualistic potential ability, but also a collective foundation, resource, and faculty stored in the community. Thus, resiliency is a clear function of culture, group identity, and generational wisdom.
Living is composed of a supreme flow of experiences. Telling is the selective option to revisit this landscape and to reveal the accessibly hidden markers of a lifetime. Dr. Polster will show how a sharply pointed attention within a group process will light up our lives, a key element in a growing life focus cultural movement. Techniques and precedents for conducting this process will be addressed.