Welcome to the Integral Psychotherapy Center

By: Mark Forman

The Missions of the Integral Psychotherapy Center

As of now, there is an emerging literature on the topic of Integral Psychotherapy. There are books by Ingersoll and Zeitler, Marquis, Forman, Witt, and others. There are a good number of articles in peer-reviewed journals. This is excellent news! When I was a graduate student, there was little professional literature to reference. Wilber himself had done wonderful theoretical work on psychotherapy, but his framework was suggestive and the details about the "hows" and "whys" of Integral practice had yet to be articulated. We are now at a point where the first generation of literature can guide would-be Integral therapeutic practitioners.

And yet there is an enormous amount to be done in terms of the development of the field in terms of theory, research, and practice! The next ten to twenty years will be a crucial time in the development of the field of Integral Psychotherapy.

As I see it, for any long-term goals to be achieved, we need to build some sense of professional and intellectual community. What is missing from the field of Integral Psychotherapy is a supportive, generative dialogical space: There is simply no forum in which to come and really talk about what it means to do psychotherapy from an Integral perspective.

This is no small matter. In the most fundamental sense - not withstanding the power of somatic approaches - psychotherapy is a talking art. Not only is this true between client and therapist, but between therapists themselves. The complex concepts of psychotherapeutic practice need to be discussed and exchanged in order for a movement to grow and flourish. Right now, we simply need more IP practitioners, and need to offer opportunities for people to make contact with one another and feel supported and challenged in their professional development. This then is the first mission of the Integral Psychotherapy Center: To create a forum for dialogue for those who identify or want to identify as Integral Psychotherapists

To this end, during our first year we will be hosting a series of conference calls featuring prominent Integral Psychotherapists. They will describe their practices, a clinical case, and articulate how they approach and apply the Integral framework in their practice. There will be opportunities for questions, comments, and feedback. We hope to host several supervisory sessions as well - calls in which participants can present a case of their own for feedback and discussion.

The second goal of the Integral Psychotherapy center is to create a robust training program for Integral Psychotherapists - a way to learn this approach and to apply in different therapeutic settings. The training program will likely be based on online technology and learning, so as to allow participants to join the training from wherever they are in the world. The development of our training program will be an ongoing project for the rest of this year, and we hope to launch a pilot program in 2013.

Psychotherapy is a field with a great deal of history and tradition. The goal of Integral Psychotherapy is not to supplant, but rather to offer ways to synthesize and balance what has come before while adding key insights. This will take time, but we believe the MetaIntegral ecosystem is the place in which to do it.

We will welcome your support and ideas.

Comments

Submitted by sarby7@msn.com on

 

As a mentee of KW for over 30 years, and a licensed therapist for nearly that long, the absence of postmodern therapies is glaring in most presentations of Spectrum/Integral Psychotherapy by just about everyone.  

Postmodern therapy can be identified as being influenced by the philosophies of a handful of individuals, including Derrida, Foucault, Wittgenstein, Rorty, and a few others.  Actual clinical work that is rooted in postmodernism can be grouped in three major categories or influences: (1) Narrative Therapy, (2) various off-shoots from the work of Milton Erickson, such as Solution-Focused Therapy, (3) Collaborative Language System.  There are other therapies that may assert themselves as postmodern, but these three constitute the majority, worldwide.  In KWs "valid knowledge acquisition", this is where communal confirmation lives; this is the accepted community of knowers.

Similarly, KWs four validity claims (truth, truthfulness, cultural meaning, functional fit) are met in this perspective of postmoderrn informed psychotherapy.

However, one will be hard pressed to find much, if any, mention of any of this community of postmodern therapy knowers in the writings by KW or most any other  writer of Ingegral.  The integrity of Integral demands otherwise.  I am currently writing an essay that addresses this, with the working title of "Ken's Green Poop", outlining his expressed Phobos of postmodernism, as found in psychotherapy.

All thoughts welcome.

Steven Brody

 

 

 

 

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