Archive for March, 2012

bibliotherapy

March 23rd, 2012

Through the years there have been certain books that have stood out among the rest for me, and here are a few of them to consider:

Addictions:

Drinking: A Love Story, Caroline Knapp.

12-Step Literature (e.g. The Big Book of AA / 12 Steps and 12 Traditions)

Anxiety:

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Edmund Bourne.

Buddhist Infusion:

How to Be An Adult in Relationships, David Richo.

Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach.

Codependency:

The Language of Letting Go,  Melody Beattie.

Couples:

The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman.

Mating in Captivity,  Esther Perel.

Death & Dying:

Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love,  Norine Dresser and Fredda Wasserman.

Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom.

Forgiveness:

Forgive For Good, Fred Luskin.

Men’s Issues:

Facing the Fire,  John Lee.

I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Terrence Real.

Sexual Addictions:

Facing the Shadow (workbook),  Patrick Carnes.

Out of the Shadows, Patrick Carnes.

Somatic Experiencing:

Crash Course,  Laurence Heller and Diane Poole-Heller.

Waking the Tiger,  Peter Levine.

Spirituality:

The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz.

The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra.

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Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners:

The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber.

Goal Achievement:

Maximum Achievement, Brian Tracy.

The Success Principles, Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer.

Money Issues:

Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki.

The Wealthy Spirit, Chellie Campbell.

agpa

March 13th, 2012

Last week I attended the 2012 Annual Meeting o f the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and here are a few reflections:

On Day 1 (“The Special Institute”) I attended a full-day workshop with Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity and found her to be dynamic, inspiring and engaging as she shared a very fresh and sometimes controversial perspective to her work with couples and desire.

On Days 2 and 3 (“The Institute”), I participated in a 2-day group experience lead by Ronnie Levine, PhD, a modern psychoanalytic group leader based in New York and an instructor at the Center for Group Studies.  Although it was highly-challenging and unsettling at times, it provided an invaluable experience.

On Days 4 and 5 (“The Conference”) I attended three diverse workshops and one open session.  The workshops all had a demonstration group as part of the format and the open session had a panel of four seasoned clinicians from different theoretical orientations analyzing a videotape of a scripted group.

Being with 25 members of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (away from L.A.) was truly a treat.   On Thursday afternoon the AGPA Community Meeting honored Keith Rand as a new Fellow of AGPA – a well-deserved recognition. Then many of us gathered together for a “happy hour” which felt like an oasis in the midst of 1000 attendees.  Getting to know GPALA members outside of the hustle-bustle of L.A. allowed me to share some really memorable moments and conversations that seem rare back home.

Thursday night I attended a dinner organized by the GLBT Special Interest Group (SIG) as 35 of us gathered at a local Greek restaurant.  On Thursday and Friday during lunch I attended the GLBT SIG and the Addiction/Recovery SIG, and this is another prime opportunity to build and develop relationships.

AGPA is also a place for fun. On Wednesday night Keith organized an outing to see Freud’s Last Session (an off-Broadway play), and there was also a dance and a luncheon which I didn’t attend this year because I went to visit a childhood friend of mine.

All in all, the AGPA Annual Meeting was an abundant 6-day event, and I chose  how to pace myself throughout the week.  It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be part of a vibrant community of those who are passionate about the tremendous power and value of group.