The History of Psychotherapy: Observations from a 50-Year Career

Presented by Dan Gottlieb, PhD on 02-14-2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

When Dr. Dan Gottlieb wrote his thesis on treating test anxiety through Systematic Desensitization by Reciprocal Inhibition, he was a devoted follower of the technique. As such, he thought this method could cure everything. That is, until he treated his first patient who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia 35 years earlier. He was 23 years old at the time.

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Dan Gottlieb, PhD will discuss some of what he has learned in his 50 years as a therapist. Dr. Gottlieb will describe what psychotherapy looked like in 1969 near the advent of the behavioral therapy of Joseph Wolpe, to the Family Therapy of Salvador Minuchin, through over 100 new techniques to today. 

Dr. Gottlieb will also discuss how several significant traumas shaped his life and his practice. He will discuss how his experience of the therapeutic relationship changed dramatically after he became a quadriplegic 40 years ago. Finally, Dr. Gottlieb will discuss how his career shifted from overvaluing what little he knew to paying homage to everything he doesn’t know. Dr. Gottlieb will describe how that opens the door to greeting patients with an open heart and a curious mind.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Discuss what psychotherapy looked like 50 years ago. 
  2. Compare how techniques can be both helpful and harmful.
  3. Explain the progression of the field and of the therapist after 5 decades.
  4. Describe how our lives are changed by the therapeutic relationship.
  5. Prepare to approach new clients with an “open heart and curious mind”.

Statement of program materials accuracy, utility and risks: This program is consistent with the American Psychological Association code of ethics. To the best of the presenter’s knowledge, these observations are accurate and up to date. However, misapplication of these suggestions may not be helpful at best or harmful at worst.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: This presenter conducts trainings, provides clinical services and has written books related to the content of this program.

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At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in your GoodTherapy Account. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

To receive CE credit hours for a recorded event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Recorded CE events are generally considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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GoodTherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.

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Meet the Presenter

Dan Gottlieb, PhD

Dan Gottlieb, PhD

Dan Gottlieb, PhD began his practice in 1969 after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees at Temple University. As a young psychologist, his early career specialized in addictions. At the time he was director of two outpatient clinics and one inpatient unit supervising over 30 staff. He was also a graduate of the highly respected Family Institute of Philadelphia, a program that later elected him as president.

Personally, he was happily married and had loved being a father to his young daughters. However, his early successes were tragically interrupted.

In 1979 Dan was in a near fatal automobile accident which left him paralyzed from the chest down. As expected, there were years of despair, hopelessness and depression. He experienced loss on top of loss as his wife and sister passed away several years later. And for the last four decades, he has been observing life with what he calls “a curious mind and an open heart.” In doing so, he has learned valuable lessons about what it means to be human and how adversity can teach us how to live better and love better.

Despite this adversity, he resumed his private practice which was to grow substantially over the next several decades. In addition to his practice, he has continued to lecture, train and supervise a variety of healthcare professionals.

From 1985 until last year, Daniel Gottlieb hosted “Voices in the Family,” an award-winning mental health call-in radio show aired on WHYY 90.9 FM, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate. He stepped down from his weekly show and now does six specials a year in front of live audiences.

From 1993 until 2008, he wrote a highly regarded column for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled: “Inside Out,” reflecting his perspective on the intersection of the events in our world and the events in our minds and hearts. He has also published 5 books, including the international bestseller: Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life.

For more information about Dr. Gottlieb and his work, please visit www.DrDanGottlieb.com

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo 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.
  • Logo 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.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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