When people call us for treatment, they carry the perception that they have pathology. When we schedule an appointment, we carry the presumption that we will be treating their pathology. And then therapy begins. But what if the problem was the perception and the presumption? What if getting better was not a viable goal, or even a desired one? Too often psychotherapy gives people hope that something can and should change. And the longer that continues, the more self absorbed our patients become making suffering worse. This workshop will examine some of our assumptions about psychotherapy, the process and what hope and healing really means.
Daniel Gottlieb, PhD
Daniel Gottlieb began his practice as a psychologist and family therapist in 1969. He worked with substance abusers and their families, eventually running several drug treatment programs in West Philadelphia. As a young psychologist and father, gaining respect from his peers and enjoying his family, life seemed perfect. Until... In 1979, while preparing a surprise for his wife on their 10th anniversary, Gottlieb was in a near fatal automobile accident which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Over the ensuing years, he faced depression, divorce and multiple additional losses, maintaining his practice throughout. Since that time, he has been sitting in a wheelchair observing life and gaining unusual insight into what it means to be human. Since 1985 Daniel Gottlieb has hosted "Voices in the Family,"an award winning mental health call in radio show on Philadelphia's local public radio station. In 1993, he began writing a weekly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer where he also hosts a blog and weekly Web chat (http://www.philly.com/askdan). He has published three books, and is completing his fourth, The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life by an Uncommon Child, following up his best-selling: Letters to Sam. Dan lecturers locally and nationally on topics related to the well being of individuals, families and the larger community. He recently traveled to Taiwan where he received the "Fervent Love of Life" award. Dan attributes much of his wisdom and compassion to having experienced severe losses -- his mobility and the deaths of his wife, sister, and parents. He has a unique understanding of both the solitude and growth that accompany suffering with a deep and abiding belief in the healing power of love. It is his belief that much human suffering is a result of alienation and isolation. For more information about Daniel, visit his website at www.drdangottlieb.com.
1.5 CE credits will be provided for attending this teleconference in its entirety. GoodTherapy.org is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
In short, participants will join the teleconference by calling into the teleconference center and entering an access code. The teleconference will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods
This teleconference is available for free to GoodTherapy.org members.
This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.