Unidentified inner person survival roles, ours and our clients, while helpful at some point in our pasts, interfere with attunement, empathy, and authentic connection in the therapy system. This workshop will explore ways to feel, see, and intervene with survivor roles, with the goal of identifying turning points that close boundaries and lead to old, repetitive patterns, versus ones that open up to curious observer energy and the possibility of developing more rewarding inter person role systems.
Conference Afternoon Workshop
Clinical|Theory and Basics|General Interest
Open to All Levels
Start: 2:00 End: 4:00
Based on attending this event, I know, or am able to:
Name three inner person survivor alerts to look for in therapy, in ourselves and our clients, that let us know that a survival role is likely operating
Describe three interventions to increase a client’s or therapist's capacity to explore and come out of a survival role once an alert has been identified
Articulate one of the functions of the fork-in-the-road in working with inner person survival alerts
This presentation focuses on helping participants understand one of the most recent developments in the theory of living human systems (TLHS), the introduction of role systems into the theory (inner person, inter-person, and person-as-a-whole), and on gaining experience with some ways the theory can be applied in clinical settings through the use of experiential exercises involving the systems-centered therapy (SCT) technique of fork-in-the road. SCT has initial empirical support in the psychotherapy context (Ladden, Gantt, Rude & Agazarian, 2007) and its methods were recognized by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists as making a significant contribution to the field of group therapy. Multiple SCT seminars have also been presented on a yearly basis at the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) Annual Conference. Two recent AGPA presentations focused on an important area for therapy in our current world, PTSD (Agazarian, Gantt, Goltra & Green, 2016, 2017). These presentations also provided updates on the centrality of role systems in SCT, which is one of the central foci of the current seminar. SCT methods are regularly cited or included in handbooks and reviews of group psychotherapy practice. There is also significant peer-reviewed published support for the theory and its practice, including articles in the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Group Dynamics, Small Group Research, Organizational Analysis, and Group Analysis.
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Agazarian, Y.M., Gantt, S.P., Goltra, P.H,, & Greene, L. (2016). A systems-centered view of trauma and annihilation anxiety in the systems of person, group, and large groups. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Audio recording available from AGPA, New York.
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Dick Ganley, Ph.D.. Dick Ganley is a licensed SCT practitioner, the Research Director for SCTRI, and is in private practice just outside of Philadelphia, with active involvement in bringing SCT into the larger world through psychotherapy research, especially therapy focused on PTSD. He is currently writing up single-case studies for publication, with Jacquie Mogle, Ph.D., from Penn State University, and they hope to extend the research to doing groups with veterans who have combat-related PTSD. Dick holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Temple University, and is a certified group psychotherapist. He has given five previous workshops/presentations at the annual SCTRI conferences, and has presented at national conferences for the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, as wells at numerous state and local conferences.
Norma Safransky, MD. Norma Safransky, MD, is a psychiatrist and licensed SCT therapist in private practice in NC. She graduated medical school from UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill NC and completed her residency in psychiatry at UNC Hospitals in 1992. She has presented workshops on SCT theory and practice to Kaiser Permante in San Francisco, CA , the UNC chaplaincy program at UNC Hospitals, at AGPA, at the NE Group Psychotherapy Association and at the annual SCT Conferences.
Rick Campa, Ph.D. . Rick Campa, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, Texas. Rick earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Boston University in 1991 and trained at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, for his internship and for an additional year as a post-doctorate fellow. In 1991, he moved to Texas to serve as director of the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the San Antonio State Hospital, and later moved to Austin to open a private practice. Rick currently divides his time between the roles of full-time husband and father of two children, psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, couples, and groups, and psychological consult to the State of Texas making determinations for the federal Social Security Disability program. Rick began studying System-Centered training in 1998 and is currently a licensed Systems-Centered practitioner.