In the toxic polarization of our society, most of us try to stay focused on our traditional work of personal healing, trying to steer clear of the struggles in our wider culture. But if “winter is coming,” a more proactive alternative is to expand our conception of psychotherapy to include building capacity for people to live in a pluralistic democracy that doesn’t rely on “saviors” of the Left or Right. How can we enhance our impact in a Game of Thrones world, where red tribes battle blue tribes, democracy is in retreat, and climate change threatens us all? Explore a larger vision for our role as therapists. You’ll discover how to:
Identify the connection between your current clinical work and democratic renewal
Develop skills in bridging gaps between groups who see themselves as opposing the political “other”
Practice depolarization skills in your own life and work
Connect with organizations and initiatives where you can use your knowledge and skills for the public good
Continuing Professional Development Certificates
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William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota. His books include Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce: Discernment Counseling for Troubled Relationships, with Steven Harris. He is cofounder of Better Angels, an initiative to depolarize America.
Financial: William Doherty is the director at Citizen Professional Center; and the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project. Dr. Doherty is a professor at the University of Minnesota. He is an author and receives royalties.
Non-financial: William Doherty is a member of the American Psychological Association.
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Evaluate how your current clinical work can enhance democratic renewal, thereby improving client functioning in the community.
Develop skills in bridging gaps between groups who see themselves as the political “other.”
Apply depolarization skills in your own work with clients and within the community.
Sources of today’s political polarization
How this polarization affects communities
How it affects clients and therapists
Strategies for helping clients depolarize in their own relationships
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.