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  • 0 P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment DebateP004, Attachment, Session 4, David Schnarch 04.28.2011 09:40
    David and Richard,

    First of all, Richard, I so appreciate the decision to include David in this conversation. Woe betide the therapist who becomes slave to any model or approach, and whose mind is closed to new possibilities. For those who were turned off, please consider this: maybe we need to be irritated now and then, to experience our own disequilibrium, just as we ask clients to experience, if we're going to grow, personally and professionally. Although trained in GST-based family therapy, I agree with David's assertion that the quality of relationship is largely determined by the individual's level of differentiation, capacity to self-soothe, resiliency, and so on. When all is said and done, it all comes down to the individual. In terms of process, one inference I take away is that the therapist - whether his/her personality is gregarious / blunt or easy-going, must be bold. If we're going to ask clients to have the courage to face the unknown, to change, to operate on a different plane, we'd bloody well better model that for them. I am intensely grateful for this reminder, David, and in two of my couples sessions yesterday, inspired by this presentation, I believe something good happened. By the way, David, if you remember at the Long Beach AAMFT conference, I'm the guy who told you that we read Constructing the Sexual Crucible in the MFT program at the Christian college in Arkansas.
    Bob Kallus
  • 0 P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment DebateP004, Attachment, Session 3, Dan Siegel 04.22.2011 16:03
    Thanks, Dan! I've contacted Dr. Main's department and have ordered The Mindful Therapist. Looks very promising!
    Bob
  • 0.1 P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment DebateP004, Attachment, Session 3, Dan Siegel 04.20.2011 14:13
    Once again, Richard, a superlative experience. What training is required in order to use the AAI properly? Is there such a thing as certification for the use of this instrument? I've gone to the website and tried to take my best guess at which course would get me qualified to use the AAI. Am I on the right track?
    Bob Kallus
  • 0 P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment DebateP004, Attachment, Session 2, Jerome Kagan 04.12.2011 16:27
    As an MFT who's worked with numerous troubled teens and their families, and confess that I may have become too attached to attachment theory. As yet unfamiliar with Dr. Kagan's work, I anticipated resisting his challenge to attachment theory's pre-eminence (if it can claim that position) today. In short order I was in tune with him, and have come away reminded that fixation on any single approach, model or theory is risky. The comments about cultural and historical context are right on the money, and served, as Richard said, to nudge us off our parochial therapist's-eye perch to adopt an expansive view of our clients and their problems, and ourselves in the bargain. Thanks for another marvelous hour. I can't wait till next week.
    Bob Kallus
  • 0 M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive ClientsBeyond Pills, Session 4, Michael Yapko: Comment Board 01.28.2011 06:17
    Hi; thank you for a super learning experience. All the way through it's obvious that Michael is not padding or stretching; the content is dense. I felt the pace was energetic, but not frenetic, and a good fit for my 64 yr old brain. In exactly 15 minutes I am scheduled to see my first ct who's specifically coming to address with the help of hypnosis the pain of migraines and fibromyalgia, and I will be mindful of what I've learned, along with my previous learning from the Erickson crew in Dallas. I also plan to use this learning with current clients who present depression and anxiety. -- Session 3 was the driest of the 4; I think you might be spending a tad too much time in justifying the case for the social component; I bought that argument readily. I'd have liked more time spent on some of the other material in that session. But overall, this was a splendid seminar, excellent integration of research, theory and practice; and I am very grateful for the energy and obvious commitment to excellence which both of you have demonstrated.
    Bob Kallus, MS LMFT - Valparaiso, IN
  • 0 M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive ClientsBeyond Pills, Session 1: Comment Board 01.07.2011 08:40
    Loved it and look forward to the next three. New info for me: the emphasis on the social component. I eagerly anticipate more practical stuff about behavioral activation and the use of hypnosis.
    Bob Kallus, MS, LMFT
    Valparaiso, IN

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