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Creativity: Making New Things Happen with Erving Polster

Creativity: NP0051 – Session 3

How do you overcome clients’ preconceptions of themselves? What small steps can you take that can help facilitate change within a client? Join celebrated therapist, Erving Polster, as he reflects on the lessons he’s learned about how to use creativity in the consulting room.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email

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3 Responses to Creativity: Making New Things Happen with Erving Polster

  1. ncetlin says:

    Being a senior clinician myself, and a veteran of many training workshops, I did not find the first two seminars inspiring. I would recommend leaving out Courtney Armstrong the next time. Today’s session with Erv Polster was nothing short of stupendous!! His work is astonishing in his ability to get to the crux of the matter easily, and with such deep caring that trust is quickly established. His style, using the wisdom acquired from his own brilliance and life lessons, reminded me of the quote from Watzlawik (sp?) Weakland and Fisch, “The situation is desperate but not serious” invites us all to have some perspective on our own dead seriousness when, really, things are not so difficult after all.
    If he was the only good presenter in this whole series, it would have been worth it to see him work. I also realized that showing each presenter’s work might be helpful as a general rule

  2. marescho says:

    I disagree with ncetlin about Courtney Armstrong. Perhaps it is because she is a senior clinician and I am an intern, but I found Courtney had useful tips, and I loved learning how she became skilled in working in the trenches with adolescents. I enjoyed Erving Polster as well and the time flew watching his work. There was not as much content, and the learning in his webinar was more by osmosis and seeing the example of his clinical presence. I think it is important to have a variety of clinical styles represented in these webinars and I have found this creativity series particularly interesting.

  3. andrewws says:

    LOVED IT!!! I read Erving Polster’s Gestalt Therapy Integrated many years ago and loved that too, but haven’t had any contact with his work since then.

    This interview reminds me of what got me interested in therapy in the first place: the human drama and excitement of the therapeutic venture.

    Thanks so much to Rich Simon and Erving Polster for bringing us this wonderful interview.

    Also, it really was awesome to see clips of some actual therapy done by the interviewee, more like this would be great!

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