Although there's been an overwhelming proliferation of new therapies for depression and anxiety, the controlled outcome studies have yielded disappointing results. Dr. Burns argues that this is because resistance has not been addressed, and describes a new approach called TEAM-CBT that solves this problem and promises superior outcomes.
Therapy is successful when clients are able to experientially realize positive life changes. While the identification and transformation of symptoms is important in this regard, the activation of the client's creative capacity to change is even more important. This paper outlines 6 steps in this therapeutic process:: (1) opening a mindful field, (2) setting positive intentions, (3) developing and maintaining a creative state, (4) identifying a “storyboard” for achieving goals, (5) transforming negative experiences, and (6) everyday practices Methods and case examples will be given to illuminate this core process.
There is tremendous confusion in work with traumatic memories, often leaving clients and their therapists confused and insecure. In this lecture we will discuss the different types of memory (both explicit/conscious & implicit/unconscious) in resolving traumatic reactions, while avoiding the creation of "false memories."
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.
Evidence-based care is still the future of mental and behavioral health intervention, but not in the form of protocols for syndromes which has finally collapsed of its own weight. This talk is about what is arising in its place. I argue that process-based therapy is the logical next step in the evolution of evidence-based care: evidence-based processes linked to evidence-based procedures that alleviate the problems and promote the prosperity of people. Using the work on psychological flexibility as a foil, I explore how process-based therapy can help dissolve some of the long standing differences between the various wings of psychotherapy, and liberate the practices of practitioners who value an evidence-based approach.
Reimagining couple hood as a partnership, rather than a competition, requires reimaging the "space between," rather than "the space within," as the target of therapy. This relocation of the locus of change requires reimaging therapy as a process that facilitates connecting more than self-understanding. This lecture will propose "being" rather than "knowing" as the foundation of the therapeutic process and connection and wonder rather than insight and self-knowledge as the outcome.
It has been 50 years since General Systems Theory revolutionized psychotherapy. Yet it never became a real science, and the therapies it produced were either never evaluated or, when studied, produced only weak effects. We can now scientifically complete general systems theory and show that the new theory does result in highly effective couples and family therapy.
Cultural factors are present in all therapeutic relationships. Engaging the totality of individual clients by addressing their intersecting identities can promote self-affirmation and clarity about internalized oppression. The cultural competency paradigm and the Dimensions of Personal Identity model will serve as the primary reference points.