The Shape of Things to Come

By Rich Simon

We asked educator, couples therapist, and wise-man-in-residence Bill Doherty—an old friend and ally of the Networker for more than 30 years—to explain why he thinks that, at its core, therapy is not an art or a science, but a conversational craft. And, what’s more, does he feel that if the field is to continue to survive, do we need to find better ways of mastering the subtle conversational skills increasingly being ignored in clinical training; skills that mark the difference between well-intentioned, but ineffective chatter, and something that truly deserves the label “good” therapy. Click on the video below to hear what he had to say.

This is the first of a series of video previews by Symposium 2013 Featured Speakers. This year we’ve decided to let the larger therapy community in on some of the secrets to be revealed at the Symposium by offering some video previews of what featured speakers consider their own professional cutting edge (at least for the moment).

Most practitioners, as they traverse the bumpy obstacle course of their daily appointment schedule, don’t have the luxury of taking time off to peer into their crystal balls to divine what’s ahead for psychotherapy. That’s where we step in.

We see our job as providing a kind of early-warning system highlighting the trends shaping the future of the field (for better and worse) and the new ideas and methods that promise to help us do our jobs better. That’s why the Networker Symposium—our annual schmooze fest, house party, and celebration of new ideas and innovations—is so central to everything else we do. The hundreds of conversations that go into the months of planning the Symposium, selecting its faculty, and finding out about their latest work is our main source for getting the Big Picture of our profession. It determines everything else we do, including what we’ll cover in our magazine, what resources and developments we highlight on our website, and what courses we’ll be offering in Networker U. And that‘s why coming to Symposium 2013 is the closest thing to coming to the world premiere of “The Shape of Things to Come in Psychotherapy.”

Whether you’re able to join us in March or not, stay tuned for more video previews from leaders in our field.

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Over the past 35 years, there have been many transcendent Symposium moments—including presentations by Gloria Steinem, Tom Wolfe, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mary Pipher, Salvador Minuchin, John O’Donohue, and others. These are all captured in the 35th Networker Symposium Anniversary Video.

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2 Responses to The Shape of Things to Come


    I am Dr Sam From Mauritius -I will definitely attend this symposium .

  2. Jean Aniebona says:

    I attended the Conference.
    I have a comment regarding Gary Small’s brief talk to the general audience. He, of course, spoke of
    his “iBrain” work. I was distressed by the video he introduced showing as he said the development of man. It depicted early man as dark in color and wild animal like and as he advanced the depiction of man became lighter and finally grew into man with Caucasian features. As a person who is African American I found this insulting and an example of unintentional racism. I hope someone in your organization can address this unfortunate display of what might be seen as white superiority.
    Thank you for your attention to my concern.

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