The Dangers of Psychotherapy: Hope, Hopelessness and Healing

Presented by Daniel Gottlieb, PhD on 04-09-2010 at 9 a.m. Pacific

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 clients become, worsening their concerns. This web conference will examine some of our assumptions about psychotherapy, such as the process and what hope and healing really means.

How the Web Conference Works

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

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

Daniel Gottlieb, PhD

Daniel Gottlieb, PhD

Daniel Gottlieb began his practice as a psychologist and family therapist in 1969, working with individuals who abused substances 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. But in 1979, while preparing a surprise for his wife on their 10th anniversary, Gottlieb was in a near-fatal automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Over the ensuing years, he faced depression, divorce, and multiple additional losses, but maintained his practice throughout.

Since that time, he has observed life from his wheelchair, gaining unusual insight into what it means to be human. Since 1985 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. 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.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.