EP17 Speech 09 - In-Depth Thinking on the Role of Psychotherapy Today - Esther Perel, MA, LMFT
In her new Audible original audio series: Where Should We Begin, Esther Perel invites the listener into the raw intimate space of real anonymous couples who are participating in unscripted counseling sessions. In opening the closed doors of psychotherapy, she stands to redefine not only the boundaries of therapy, but also the communal nature of healing. The project raises some timely questions: If one of therapy's aims is to create a space for meaningful, challenging and authentic conversations between partners, can it broaden its aim and address relationships in today’s complex world in general. Can it serve to strengthen and improve human connection in society at large? What does therapy offer that differs from coaching? Where do thought leaders and psychotherapists intersect?
EP17 Speech 11 - Motivational Interviewing and the Clinical Science of Carl Rogers - William Miller, PhD
The clinical method of motivational interviewing (MI) evolved from the person-centered approach of Carl Rogers, maintaining his pioneering commitment to the scientific study of therapeutic processes and outcomes. The original developer of MI will summarize the development of this method, its linkage to Rogers, and research on its therapeutic processes, outcomes, and training.
EP17 Speech 12 - Buddhist Psychology: The Heart and Essence - Jack Kornfield, PhD
In this session we will explore the wise and loving perspectives of Buddhist Psychology. These transformative teachings and practices can awaken in clients and therapists alike an inner capacity for wakefulness, joy, dignity, and compassion—Buddha-nature. Combining practical and clinical examples, teaching stories, and innate wisdom we will consider the heart of healing, love, consciousness and the nature of mind.
EP17 Speech 13 - Psychotherapy's Missing Link: Why Don't the Majority of People Who Could Benefit From Seeing a Therapist Go? - Scott Miller, PhD
Psychotherapy is remarkably effective. Fifty years of research provides overwhelming empirical support for the practice. At the same time, study after study shows that the majority of people who could benefit from seeing a therapist never go. Put more bluntly, they would never even consider going. Of those who start, between 25 and 50% unilaterally discontinue prior to experiencing any benefit from the service. Stigma, ignorance, denial, and lack of motivation are the most common reasons cited by professionals for people either not seeking help or dropping out of treatment. Research provides another explanation.
EP17 Speech 16 - The Sex-Starved Marriage - Michele Weiner-Davis, LCSW
One out of every three couples struggles with mismatched sexual desire---a formula for marital disaster. When one spouse is sexually dissatisfied and the other is oblivious, unconcerned, or uncaring, sex isn't the only casualty; a sense of emotional connection can also disappear. Helping couples bridge the desire gap can be challenging when one spouse appears unmotivated or lacks empathy. This speech presents a collaborative model for partners to work together to turn around the decline in their sex lives and reignite their emotional connection.
EP17 Speech 18 - The Fiction of Memory - Elizabeth Loftus, PhD
For several decades, I have been manufacturing memories in unsuspecting minds. People can be led to believe that they did things that would have been rather implausible. They can be led to falsely believe that they had experiences that would have been emotional or traumatic had they actually happened. False memories, like true ones, also have consequences for people, affecting later thoughts, intentions, and behaviors. Can we tell true memories from false ones? In several studies, I created false memories in the minds of people, and then compared them to true memories. Once planted, the false memories look very much like true memories—in terms of behavioral characteristics, emotionality and neural signatures. If false memories can be so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about “regulating” this mind technology? And what do these pseudo memories say about the nature of memory itself?
EP17 Speech with Discussant 04 - Beyond Therapy: Living and Telling in Community - Erving Polster, PhD and Michael Yapko, PhD
Living is composed of a supreme flow of experiences. Therefore, people face a commanding challenge to their integrative powers. Telling helps them by revisiting this landscape, revealing the accessibly hidden markers of a lifetime. Dr. Polster will show how a sharply pointed attention to universal themes within a group process will light up our lives, giving shape to personal perspective. Techniques and precedents for conducting this process will be addressed.
EP17 Speech with Discussant 05 - Process-Based Therapy: The Future of Evidence-Based Care - Steven Hayes, PhD and David Burns, MD
Evidence-based care is still the future of mental and behavioral health intervention, but not in the form of protocols for syndromes which has finally collapsed of its own weight. This talk is about what is arising in its place. I argue that process-based therapy is the logical next step in the evolution of evidence-based care: evidence-based processes linked to evidence-based procedures that alleviate the problems and promote the prosperity of people. Using the work on psychological flexibility as a foil, I explore how process-based therapy can help dissolve some of the long standing differences between the various wings of psychotherapy, and liberate the practices of practitioners who value an evidence-based approach.
EP17 Speech with Discussant 08 - Completing General Systems Theory (Includes CE) - John Gottman, PhD, William Bumberry, PhD, and Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
It has been 50 years since General Systems Theory revolutionized psychotherapy. Yet it never became a real science, and the therapies it produced were either never evaluated or, when studied, produced only weak effects. We can now scientifically complete general systems theory and show that the new theory does result in highly effective couples and family therapy.
EP17 Workshop 02 - New, Brief, Respectful and Effective Approaches to Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Bill O'Hanlon, MS
This workshop will detail a philosophy and methods of working briefly and effectively with people who have been traumatized. An array of new methods has shown that previous conceptions and methods of working with trauma are unnecessarily long-term and re-traumatizing. These new approaches, rather than being based on the past and deterministic models, are oriented towards the present and future and a sense of possibilities.