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Conference to address the 'Growing Edge of Marital and Family Therapy,' Sept. 11 - 13

Professionals in the field of family therapy are invited to attend a three-day conference, "The Growing Edge of Marital and Family Therapy: The Spirit of Carl Whitaker in Today's Clinical Practice," to be held Sept. 11 through 13 at the Radisson Plaza, the Hotel Syracuse, Syracuse.

The conference will bring together leaders from the field of experiential therapy to give voice to Carl Whitaker's ideas. Dr. Whitaker was behind the development of experiential family psychotherapy from the early 1950s until the 1990s. According to Dr. Whitaker, who died in 1995, "psychotherapy is a deliberate role, a therapeutic means for inducing growth-producing or integrative moments. These become symbolic (or therapeutically effective) when an experience takes on special meaning and becomes the kernal for reorganization of all the individual's (or families') living patterns."

The conference will address ways to use multiple generations therapeutically; living with the inability to be objective about people; gender complications in therapy; the person of the therapist; and how to activate the enriching possibilities of symbolic experience.

Among conference presenters are:

  • Maurizio Andolfi, M.D., an internationally known family therapy teacher. He is also an editor and the director of the Academy of Family Psychotherapy;
  • Pauline Boss, Ph.D., professor of family social sciences at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Boss is an editor and a well known researcher in family systems and ambiguous loss;
  • Richard Felder, M.D., of the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic. Dr. Felder was one of Dr. Whitaker's partners at Emory University and is in private practice;
  • Douglas Kramer, M.D., clinical associate professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and the Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin, and;
  • Lyman Wynne, M.D., professor emeritus in psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Wynne was Dr. Whitaker's close friend and colleague and is an international leader in the evolution and history of family therapy.

Conference registration is $200 per person, or $160 per person for a group rate of five or more individuals whose registration forms arrive in one envelope. Student registration is $100 per person, or $80 per person for a group of five or more individuals whose registration forms arrive in one envelope. Pre-registration is preferred, however, registration will be accepted at the door.

The conference is sponsored by the Health Science Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center. To register or for more information, call (315) 464-3130.