Relational Systems Theory (RST), developed by Dr. Dan Bochner, offers a new approach for seamlessly integrating the intrapsychic and the interpersonal at a systems level. In this 90-minute presentation, Dr. Bochner will demonstrate how the RST model informs therapists on the therapist/client relationship during the therapeutic encounter. Of most importance, RST will be shown to guide the therapist in new ways as countertransference reactions are utilized in developing empathy where the most common interpersonal responses can be expected to reinforce an individual’s self-defeating patterns.
The model will be presented as a guide for metabolizing countertransference reactions more directly by facilitating the therapist’s understanding of a person’s interpersonal behavior. The model will also be shown to enhance the therapist’s ability to offer new and more constructive alternatives to people in therapy for approaching their relationships with their own spouses, children, friends, and acquaintances. The use of RST is only limited by a therapist’s inability, or lack of willingness, to engage authentically.
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Daniel A. Bochner, PhD, is the author of two books. His newest, The Emotional Toolbox: A Manual for Mental Health (Xlibris, 2011) is a self-help how-to for anyone interested in psychology or psychotherapy. It includes key explanations of essential psychological and psychotherapeutic constructs for individual, couples, and family psychology as well as tools for improving one’s life and relationships. His previous work, The Use of Self in Family Therapy (Aronson, 2000), is a clinical treatise in which Dr. Bochner introduced his "Relational Systems Theory" a psychoanalytic systems model that seamlessly connects the intrapsychic to the interpersonal world.
Dr. Bochner's approach to psychotherapetuic treatment applies his spontaneous and authentic interpersonal style to working in-depth in both brief and long-term treatments. He has been a licensed psychologist since 1998. For the past ten years, he has been in private practice in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Bochner has been working in the psychotherapy field since 1987, in community mental health centers, psychiatric facilities, private practice and in the U.S. Navy. In addition to providing individual (adult and child), couples, family, group treatment, and psychological evaluations, Dr. Bochner is a clinical supervisor and regularly presents on many topics related to family psychology and psychotherapy. Dr. Bochner and his wife Mary Jo have been married for 17 years, and he has two sons, Henry, age 16, and Owen, age 13. For more information on Dr. Bochner, please visit his website.