Wednesday, 1 January 2020

A Most Worthwhile Thing. 2. Rogers: ‘A Silent Young Man’. Inner Circle Seminar 270 (19 September 2021)

A Most Worthwhile Thing
‘Psychotherapy is one of the most worthwhile things in the world.
       Thomas Szasz, 2007                                   
2. Carl Rogers: ‘A Silent Young Man (1967)

Anthony Stadlen  Naomi Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 270
Sunday 19 September 2021
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carl Rogers
Carl Rogers published, in his 1967 book The Therapeutic Relationship and its Impact: A Study of Psychotherapy with Schizophrenics, a transcript of two interviews, with lengthy silences, from his 166-session psychotherapy of a hospitalised silent young man, James Brown’, whose diagnosis was ‘schizophrenic reaction, simple type’. Rogers wrote: I hope and believe that the interaction of the two hours speaks for itself.He included a letter from James Brown reporting his independent life two years after leaving therapy. Rogers added fifteen randomly selected four-minute transcripts from the therapy with detailed evaluations and criticisms from six leading therapists, including existential analyst Rollo May and family therapist Carl Whitaker. In todays seminar you are invited to examine the two interviews; the letter; the fifteen extracts; and the comments of Rogers and the other therapists. Does this case of ‘a silent young man’ confirm that psychotherapy can be, as Thomas Szasz said, one of the most worthwhile things in the world’?

If possible, this seminar will be at the venue specified below, but if necessary this will be an online seminar, using Zoom.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £140, others £175, some bursaries; coffee, tea, Durrants rock, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
Tel:  +44 (0) 7809 433250

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The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and universities.

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