Course: The Gift of Therapy
by Irvin Yalom, M.D.
CE Credit Hours: 10
Our Client's Thoughts About This CourseYalom seems to 'get it all' regarding interactions with clients, with groups and the ingredients which encourage human growth. Excellent CEU! - Carol Jean, Licensed Professional Counselor, North Carolina
Yalom's Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists
The Gift of Therapy is Irvin Yalom's gift to the future generations of psychotherapists.Yalom's brand of spirituality is found in his wisdom, authenticity, honesty and his existential view of life. The American Psychiatric Association awarded him the 2000 Oscar Pfister prize for important contributions to religion and psychiatry. The book is a repository of wisdom, gleaned from his 35 years of psychiatric practice.
Yalom sees psychotherapy changing radically; prompted by an economically driven healthcare system to provide a “streamlined psychotherapy, inexpensive, brief, superficial and insubstantial”. In his own words he continues, “…I worry about psychotherapy – about how it may be deformed by economic pressures and impoverished by radically abbreviated training programs. Nonetheless, I am confident that, in the future, a cohort of therapists coming from a variety of educational disciplines (psychology, counseling, social work, pastoral counseling, clinical philosophy) will continue to pursue rigorous postgraduate training and, even in the crush of HMO reality, will find patients desiring extensive growth and change willing to make an open-ended commitment to therapy. It is for these therapists and those patients that I write the Gift of therapy”.
As a generous older brother, Irvin Yalom gives practical insights into the nuts and bolts of psychotherapy. He shares concepts ranging from the here-and-now to the power of an authentic relationship. The book inspires as much as it equips.
Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:
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Bio: Irvin Yalom, M.D.Dr. Irvin D. Yalom earned his Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and received his Doctor of Medicine in 1956.
He is currently Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine culminating a career of teaching at Stanford, beginning in 1962.
Among many awards and recognitions, he has received the Oscar Pfister Award for contributions to Religion and Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association in 2002 and the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal Award for fiction Best Novel of 1992, awarded September, 1993.
He has authored numerous books and articles on various aspects of clinical psychiatry as well as excellent works of 'psycho dramatic fiction'. He is a teacher, writer and psychotherapist.