In this keynote address, the following topics will be covered: the development of cognitive therapy; applications to other psychiatric and medical conditions; the relationship of brain abnormalities to symptoms; the use of neuroimaging and cognitive therapy; and predictions of the future for cognitive therapy, and psychotherapy in general.
After a brief description of Family Therapy on the 1960s, and an equally brief description of where it is today, we will make a comparison of the success of family therapy in Europe and the shrinkage in the U.S. A new model of family assessment in four easy steps will be described.
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.
By not looking at brain function in complex psychiatric cases, physicians often miss important information, which leads to erroneous diagnoses and missed opportunities for effective treatment. This lecture will explore how using functional brain imaging tools improves diagnoses and opens a new world of understanding and hope for many patients.
Ms. Ackerman will be speaking about love in a time of illness, something she has lived with for many years, and has written about in her most recent book, One Hundred Names for Love. One day, Ackerman’s 74-year-old husband, a gifted author and professor, suffered a savage stroke. When he regained awareness he was afflicted with “global aphasia”—total loss of language—and could utter only a single syllable: “mem.” The standard therapies yielded only frustration.
Prevalent views of higher brain functions are based on the notions of computation and information processing. Various lines of evidence appear to be incompatible with this position and suggest instead that the brain operates according to a set of selectional principles. A theory addressing these principles, called Neural Darwinism, will be discussed. This theory has a direct bearing on our understanding of the neural basis of consciousness, a key issue in psychotherapy.
Alanis Morrisette will be interviewed by Dr. Zeig about the artistry of impact in song. Discussion will include the topics of relationships and feminine roles. Psychotherapy can be advanced by studying methods of writing lyrics and composing music.
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.
The discussion will center on the evolution of the cognitive model of psychopathology and psychotherapy since its earlier stage. The expansion of therapy has included all of the common disorders and many of the medically related disorders will be explored. Finally, we will focus on the future of cognitive therapy and psychotherapy in general. Special attention will be paid to the relationship of other psychotherapies.