Workshop 28 – Wendel Ray, PhD – Systemic Therapy- Lessons from the Palo Alto Group

11 Dec 2016
8:30 am - 11:30 am

Workshop 28 – Wendel Ray, PhD – Systemic Therapy- Lessons from the Palo Alto Group

Fundamental concepts central to present day effective systemic therapy will be described in this presentation. The connection between present day systemic therapies and research conducted during the 1950s and 1960s by the Palo Alto Group and the Mental Research Institute (MRI) will be described. Featured will be the contributions of Palo Alto Group members Gregory Bateson, Don Jackson, MD, John Weakland, Jay Haley, and William Fry. Seven specific, learnable concepts and techniques will be taught that make treatment more effective and efficient.

Educational Objectives

  1. Develop an operational understanding of communication / interaction focused theory and interviewing techniques derived from the Palo Alto Group.
  2. Gain skills for translating individual diagnostic labels into relationship interactions within the patient/client current living contexts of clients.
  3. Increase knowledge of asking relationship-focused questions to effectively and efficiently facilitate change.