Once upon a time, psychotherapy was a field filled with charismatic and taboo-breaking innovators, whose live and taped sessions were a form of thrilling performance art that made traditional approaches seem slow and stuffy enough to bore both clients and therapists to death. A few decades ago, when young therapists like myself watched Salvador Minuchin, Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker, or other leading lights, it was like watching magicians—you didn’t know whether they were going to pull rabbits, iguanas, or some other strange, unexpected creatures out of the therapy hat. We watched as the clients they worked with changed before our eyes, becoming more alive, more open, and more unexpectedly inventive in resolving their own problems. Who knew therapy could be so colorful, so exciting, and even so much fun?
But that was then, and this is now. These days it often appears as if we’ve entered what you might call the Beige Era of Therapeutic Practice. Today's treatment is more and more shaped by predetermined DSM categories and empirically validated, standardized treatment protocols from which deviation isn’t welcomed, if even tolerated. Part of the reason is, of course, that old bugaboo—the power wielded by insurance companies, who eye any treatment approach or idea that strays off the reservation with deep suspicion or outright rejection. But another part of the problem is that we live in cautious times with heightened concerns about HIPAA guidelines and confidentiality, making it much harder to actually see therapists at work who inspire us to push the boundaries of the familiar and show how to engage clients with a spirit of daring and invention.
What we hope to do in our upcoming new webcast series, Creativity in the Consulting Room: New Tools for More Energizing and Effective Therapy
, is give you a taste of creativity, the real McCoy, by watching the work of "old masters" like Erv Polster, Peggy Papp, Virginia Satir, and Milton Erickson—while also exposing you to younger innovators—like Stephen Gilligan, Courtney Armstrong, Jeffrey Zeig, and Steve Andreas—who dramatically show us that there’s still plenty of creative life in the field.
Here’s your chance to increase your ability to use humor, metaphors, fantasy, theater arts, poetry, and other sources of creativity in your work to bring more spontaneity, curiosity, and excitement into your sessions. So, please join us—you have nothing to lose but the chains of habit and inertia!
Creativity in the Consulting Room
New Tools for More Energizing and Effective Therapy
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