EP00 Dialogue 09 - Group Psychotherapy - Miriam Polster, Ph.D., and Irvin Yalom, M.D.
Given a topic, to become aware of the differing approaches to psychotherapy, and to identify the strengths and weaknesses in each approach.
Featuring Miriam Polster, Ph.D., and Irvin Yalom, M.D., moderated by W. Michael Munion, M.A.
Dr. Yalom will discuss the definition of existential psychotherapy, its sources, basic tenets and applications in clinical work. Major focus will be on the ultimate concerns of death, meaninglessness, freedom and isolation. Dr. Yalom will discuss his approach to teaching about this field through a literary conveyance.
Topical Panel 07 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 2000 - Training Therapists part II
Featuring Aaron Beck, MD, James F.T. Bugental, PhD, Salvador Minuchin, MD, and Irvin Yalom, MD.
Moderated by Christine Padesky, PhD.
This presentation will be a discussion of existential psychotherapy and of group psychotherapy drawing especially from Yalom's new teaching novel, The Schopenhauer Cure. Dr. Yalom will discuss: the therapist/client relationship from an existential therapy perspective; the practice of existentially oriented psychotherapy using recent clinical cases; the impact of death awareness on the conduct of life; the technique of the group therapist; the selection and preparation of group patients; the relevance of philosophy for therapy; and the case for and against clinical philosophy. Dr. Yalom will sign books after his presentation in the Arena Lobby.
The terror of death plays a larger role in our inner life and our psychological problems than is generally thought. Too often psychotherapists avoid inquiry into death anxiety; either because they do not know what they can offer patients or because they have not confronted their own anxiety about death. If we come to terms with mortality in our own personal therapy and familiarize ourselves with the topic, we can offer a great deal to patients terrorized by death. Individuals with much terror about death can be helped, not only to enjoy relief from fear, but also may find that an encounter with death will enhance their life. As wise men have pointed out through the millennia, death confrontation can awaken us to a fuller life.Awakening experiences, if we learn to recognize them, are amply available in everyday therapy. One important method of coping is to avoid large reservoirs of un-lived life.
Dr. Yalom will discuss those aspects of therapy that he has discussed in his stories and novels, especially focusing on group therapy and existential issues in therapy. He will focus on the content of his new novel, The Spinoza Problem. Dr. Yalom will read and discuss two of his new psychotherapy teaching tales.
EP13 Topical Panel 08 - History of Psychotherapy - Albert Bandura, PhD, Nicholas Cummings, PhD, Otto Kernberg, MD, and Irvin Yalom, MD
Moderator: Dan Short, PhD
Compare and contrast clinical and philosophical perspective of experts.