Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the most common mood disorder on earth and earlier this year was ranked as the number one cause of suffering and disability worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO). Depression is a complex, multi-faceted disorder and many different theories have been formulated to describe its etiology and course. In this joint presentation, Drs. Amen and Yapko will compare and contrast their viewpoints about depression, addressing such topics as the merits of neuroimaging in depression, causes and types of depression, antidepressant medications, the role of diet and use of diet supplements in treatment, and why not all psychotherapies are equally effective in promoting recovery.
In the aftermath of traumatic and victimizing experiences, most individuals are impacted, but 75% evidence resilience while 25% “get stuck” and develop PTSD and co-occurring disorders. This presentation will discuss what distinguishes these two groups and considers the implications for treatment.
There is a professionally familiar dichotomy between the experience of an actual person to person relationship, on the one hand, and the transpersonal expansion. The latter is often given a special place in the therapeutic repertoire but, in actuality, they are overlapping experiences, Drs. Houston and Polster will each tell how these perspectives enter into their work, with an accompanying discussion.
This presentation will propose a diagnostic assessment of the couple, specifying their conflicts at the level of their sexual life, their integration of expectations regarding daily living together, and potential discrepancies regarding their value systems, including their overall social integration. On this basis, a diagnostic assessment of unconscious reactivation in both partners of unresolved conflicts in their relation with their parental couples may determine the strategy of therapeutic interventions.
Generative processes are those that promote innovation, evolution and growth. To “generate” means to create something new. Thus, the core focus in of generative change is creativity: How do you create a successful and meaningful work life? How do you create great personal relationships? How do you develop a great relationship with yourself—your body, your past, your future, your wounds and your gifts? These are the basic challenges in leading an extraordinary life, and the processes of generative change offer a way to succeed at them.
This exchange will focus on the classic question of whether good therapy should focus more on cognitive or experiential changes. The merits of each, and the possibility of a “both/and” partnership, are considered.
On the surface, CBT and mindfulness can look quite different. Are they? Kornfield and Padesky explore similarities and differences in the purposes, practices and philosophies of CBT and Buddhism/Mindfulness. They also discuss when therapists might employ either approach in therapy or recommend clients pursue one and/or the other for self-improvement or mood management.
We will debate the Promise of attachment science as a guide to the practice of individual couple and family therapy in the 21st century including what this science tells us about how to understand mental health issues and the most direct pathways to positive change, health and resilience.
Strategic therapy and present centered therapy have often received attention as discretely different phenomena. Cloe Madanes will present her views of strategic therapy and its relevance for present centered therapy. Erving Polster will do the same, showing the disparity and commonality of the two. Their individual views will animate a conversation with each other.
Tennyson, in a nineteenth-century poem, expressed the firm belief in the difference between men and women.
Man for the field and woman for the heart:
Man for the sword and for the needle she:
Man with the head and woman with the heart:
Man to command and woman to obey.
During the twentieth century, this doctrine of separate spheres was steadily eroded so that by now, in the Western world, woman are expected to use their brains as well as their hearts and men are encouraged to assume some of the roles previously allotted exclusively to women. This dialogue between Esther Perel and Marilyn Yalom will explore the challenges that men and women now face in assuming traits and roles of the opposite gender. Are we edging towards a more androgynous definition of gender and a multiplicity of gender identities? What are the lingering gaps in gender inequality? Is there a “crisis of masculinity”?