With religion as a precedent and large group formation as an instrument, Dr. Polster will show how we may address the everyday, non-pathological needs of people. A complementary offshoot of these life-long groups is the reciprocal benefits it will share with brief therapy, supplying continuity to the brief therapy experience and individual focus to the large group formations.
The purpose is to transpose office therapy into communal application. Personal change is fundamental to psychotherapy but life focus is its instrumentality, often overshadowed. These groups will prioritize it, seeking to portray life. The groups may be large and life-long. Dr Polster will provide conceptual innovations, representative exercises and live communal illustration.
Historically, psychotherapists have worked with individuals, small groups, large groups and organizations. We have moved from treating pathology to facilitating personal growth to expanding public consciousness. A next step is the life-long guidance of congregations of people. With religion as a precedent, and large group formation as an instrument, Dr. Polster will show how we may address the everyday, non-pathological needs of the community at large, spelling out some of these procedures and their theoretical underpinnings.
Psychotherapy, an originally private medical procedure, faces two immediate challenges: 1) an asocial pharmaceutical ethos and 2) its own populist success, which now call out for a more inclusive format. The latter represents a growing option for life-long large groups tapping the innermost sensibilities of people and creating the embodiment of belonging.
Extrapolating psychotherapy leadership private sessions into Life Focus Communities would expand therapy’s inter-relational purpose, combining the treasures of belonging with the inspirational powers of people joining together in a continuing examination of the lived life. Dr. Polster will offer some novel comparisons with religion and demonstrate through experiential exercises how such groups may be conducted.
Huge numbers of people want to KNOW their lives as much as they want to CHANGE. This need to KNOW, long overshadowed in therapy by pathology, is evident every day in: ordinary conversation, the arts, the mindfulness movement and religion. History now calls for therapy’s attention to basic themes of living through the design of Life Focus Communities.
A compelling social ethos beckons psychotherapy to expand beyond pathology into the way people live their everyday lives. This workshop will illuminate psychotherapy’s inherent thrust toward the communal: people joining together to explore universal issues of living; naming themes; developing novel formats, and introducing life-defining exercises. This will include a live communal demonstration.
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.