EP17 Speech 16 - The Sex-Starved Marriage - Michele Weiner-Davis, LCSW
One out of every three couples struggles with mismatched sexual desire---a formula for marital disaster. When one spouse is sexually dissatisfied and the other is oblivious, unconcerned, or uncaring, sex isn't the only casualty; a sense of emotional connection can also disappear. Helping couples bridge the desire gap can be challenging when one spouse appears unmotivated or lacks empathy. This speech presents a collaborative model for partners to work together to turn around the decline in their sex lives and reignite their emotional connection.
EP17 Speech 17 - How Quantum Perspectives Could Facilitate the Evolution of Psychotherapy - Ernest Rossi, PhD and Kathryn Rossi, PhD
An Introduction to the facts and fallacies of how the Quantum World View could facilitate the Evolution of Psychotherapy by integrating the best insights of the arts, humanities and sciences to support people, cultures and nations to become the best they can be.
EP17 Speech 18 - The Fiction of Memory - Elizabeth Loftus, PhD
For several decades, I have been manufacturing memories in unsuspecting minds. People can be led to believe that they did things that would have been rather implausible. They can be led to falsely believe that they had experiences that would have been emotional or traumatic had they actually happened. False memories, like true ones, also have consequences for people, affecting later thoughts, intentions, and behaviors. Can we tell true memories from false ones? In several studies, I created false memories in the minds of people, and then compared them to true memories. Once planted, the false memories look very much like true memories—in terms of behavioral characteristics, emotionality and neural signatures. If false memories can be so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about “regulating” this mind technology? And what do these pseudo memories say about the nature of memory itself?
EP17 Speech 19 - Contributions to the Practice of Strategic Therapy - Cloe Madanes, LIC, HDL
Madanes will present 18 strategies that she developed for working with the whole age range and the whole range of problems presented to therapy. These interventions are in the tradition of Strategic Therapy in that the therapist plans a strategy that involves the social context of the individual and the therapist is directive, guiding clients towards the solutions for their challenges.
EP17 Speech with Discussant 01 - When Helping Doesn't Help - David Burns, MD and Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
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.
EP17 Speech with Discussant 02 - The Primacy of Creativity in Effective Psychotherapy - Stephen Gilligan, PhD and Jean Houston, PhD
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.
EP17 Speech with Discussant 03 - Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past - Peter Levine, PhD and Bessel van der Kolk, MD
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."
EP17 Speech with Discussant 04 - Beyond Therapy: Living and Telling in Community - Erving Polster, PhD and Michael Yapko, PhD
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.
EP17 Speech with Discussant 05 - Process-Based Therapy: The Future of Evidence-Based Care - Steven Hayes, PhD and David Burns, MD
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.
EP17 Speech with Discussant 07 - The Space Between: A New Way to Think About Couples Therapy - Harville Hendrix, PhD, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD and Harriet Lerner, PhD
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.