Zerka Moreno (2000) emphasizes the importance of spontaneity and creativity while demonstrating with Christi, who is asked to see her family photo and then construct it on stage using volunteers from the audience. These volunteers act as “auxiliary egos.” Following this demonstration Moreno plays all of the characters in a rolereversal she did with her 3 year-old son.
Miriam Polster (2000) demonstrates supervision with Wendy, a clinical social worker who conducts therapy in the home. Polster’s supervision focuses on finding Wendy’s unique gifts and how these can be integrated into therapy. Next, Steve is working with a woman who has a history of bulimia and has threatened suicide. Polster follows this demonstration by explaining her work.
At the turn of the last century, the pioneers and new radicals of psychotherapy gathered for a meeting that has become legendary for its size and scope: The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference 2000. Twenty-four extensive and illuminating articles capture the contributions of Beck, Bugenthal, Glasser, Goulding, Haley, Hillman, Huxley, Kernberg, Lazarus, Madanes, Marmor, Masterson, Meichenbaum, Polster, Szasz, Watzlawick, White, and more.
The 1985 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference was called the Woodstock of Psychotherapy. Writer Carlos Amantea penetrated every corner of the first Conference, talking with the psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors who attended,and writing down everything he saw from the ambience of the huge Phoenix Convention Center, to the tiniest feeling of angst that he (and many of the other participants) felt.
Eugene Gendlin (2000) demonstrates with two volunteers. The first is guided through feelings of tension in her shoulders and shakiness in her stomach. Gendlin conducts a second demonstration. The next volunteer presents the trauma of a hysterectomy due to cancer. Gendlin concludes with an explanation of his method.