The theoretical concepts of family therapy have evolved since their beginnings in the 1950s. If we look at the political landscape of the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, we see that family therapy parallels the political ethos of the time.
Ten myths, some contradictory, some interconnected, are outlined, followed by a fairly detailed exposition and rebuttal. The treatment of a young man with panic disorder is discussed as an exemplar of the need to apply data-based treatments of choice within the context of clinical artistry. Technical eclecticism is defined and is offered as a possible solution to many common misconceptions.
This address includes a brief history of Reality Therapy, and explains that it is based on control theory and that it is applied to both counseling and managing clients. Case examples are used to show that it is composed of two major components: Creating the counseling environment and the procedures that lead to change.
Epicurus, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche are forefathers of contemporary psychotherapy. Freud was aware of these wellsprings of modern therapy, and Jung brings them specifically into his writing and his methods. We not only get hints from these forefathers, but we also find a lasting base in them, such as Bubar's "l-thou" construct or Kierkegaard's emphasis on the ultimate relationship of the self to life. These ideas are assumed in Freud, Jung, Adler, Rank, Fromm and other leading therapists in our day. It is these latter therapists who have given us the web of ideas which underlie contemporary psychotherapy.
The emphasis in Dynamic Psychotherapy over the past few decades has shifted from a focus on insight and the recovery of early memories to a recognition that the quality of the patient-therapist relationship is the quintessential factor upon which the success of therapy depends. This involves both the real relationship and transference-countertransference elements, all within a systems-theory orientation.
Actually, namely historically (as well as autobiographically), "existentialism" preceded "concentration camp"- to be sure, existentialism only in the sense of something to teach and to learn, rather than - to live . .. Reminiscenses, episodes, and anecdotes will be illustrated by pertinent slides.
This workshop will include an informal discussion of 50 years of experience with Dynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Marmor will evaluate his theoretical and clinical perspectives and present his views on long- and short-term techniques. The role of systems thinking in clinical practice also will be discussed.
My own physical disabilities as well as my performance anxiety during my childhood and adolescence impelled me to read many ancient and modern philosophers who had worked on the philosophy of human happiness and unhappiness. Thinking about their views and adapting them to my own life, I made myself distinctly less disturbed as well as less disturbable.