We human beings spend most of our time taking in the world not so much through direct experience, but through that everyday marvel of civilization we call “conversation.” We’re wired to converse and, under the right circumstances, getting engaged in a good conversation is among the most automatic and irresistible of human activities. It effortlessly enables us not only to carry on the mundane business of daily life but to explore the world, acquire new information, instantly journey to far-flung locations around the world and, at times, suddenly discover aspects of ourselves and others whose existence we had never previously suspected.
As psychotherapists, we spend countless hours communing with clients, gossiping with friends, and rambling with family. But rarely do these kinds of conversations leave the rooms in which they take place and get to interweave with each other, giving us a chance to reflect on the larger conversation in which the whole may be larger than the sum of its parts. Achieving that sense of a larger picture illuminating the Big Picture of Psychotherapy today was the goal of our State of the Art 2013 virtual conference—the 5 day, 40 event, online festival of ideas featuring many of the fields leading lights that premiered this week.
In the weeks and months to come, the remarkable conversations included in State of the Art will have ripple effects on the people who have listened to them. For many attendees, the most galvanizing events were the practice-oriented dialogues between leaders within each of the four specialty areas:
- Integrative Mental Health
- Anxiety, Depression and Trauma
- Brain science and Attachment
- Couples and Families
One session in particular—Esther Perel
and Bill Doherty’s
dialogue “Commitment and its Challenges in 21st
Century Couples”—triggered questions and reactions from viewers. If you haven’t yet purchased State of the Art, which you can do any time over the next 5 months, here’s a clip to give you a flavor for the kind of spirited discussion that made this year’s virtual conference a success:
I’m looking forward next week to following up with Esther and Bill to have respond to some of the many questions that their dialogue raised for the State of the Art audience:
- What are the clinical pitfalls for therapists working with couples who reject traditional ideas about monogamy in marriage?
- Has there ever been a time that, as couples therapists, your cultural influence has interfered with your session? If so, how does a therapist prevent this from occurring?
- In our individualistic culture, where do you draw the line between family responsibility and repressive obligation?
We’ll also have follow-up discussions on the dialogues between Dan Siegel
and Rick Hanson
on “Does Neuroscience Really Matter,” Diana Fosha
and Chris Germer
on “The Now Moment in Psychotherapy,”
and Mary Jo Barrett
and Dick Schwartz
on “Treating Trauma: A 30 Year Perspective.
” If you’d like to watch those conversations on the future of psychotherapy, it’s not too late to sign up for State of the Art 2013. You’ll have the chance to access all 40 sessions, plus view the new follow-up dialogues that will premiere during the week of November 18
So if you like engaging conversation that expands your clinical perspective and want to be part of the excitement of an ongoing discussion of the future of psychotherapy, get your questions in
, join your colleagues in the community forums
, or simply tune into the candid, freewheeling back-and-forth among some of the field’s leading innovators while earning your CE credits for the next two years.
No matter how you participate, State of the Art 2013 is a unique opportunity to enhance your work by learning from the most probing—and most entertaining—conversations about the nuts-and-bolts issues of practice that you’ll find anywhere.
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