404, 504 – The Therapist’s Most Important Tool

A Dialogue with Salvador Minuchin
Parts 1 & 2
Salvador Minuchin, Jeffrey Zeig & Susan Johnson

At 95 years old, Salvador Minuchin is the world’s most famous living family therapist and probably the most imitated practitioner ever. In this special workshop, he’ll show a series of excerpts from some of the most memorable therapy sessions in his long career to illustrate what he believes lies at the heart of the craft of family therapy. Through dialogue with his co-discussants, he’ll highlight the need to go beyond theory and technique to acknowledge the role of the therapist’s use of self as the central tool in facilitating change. You’ll have the opportunity to explore:

  • Why being a nice, empathic listener isn’t enough to produce meaningful change
  • How to engage in a silent dialogue with yourself while in session to maintain a systemic awareness of your clinical impact
  • How therapists can learn to use themselves differently as they age and move through the course of their life cycle
  • How to apply key principles of structural family therapy work to enhance you practice


Continued with workshop 504

Salvador Minuchin, MD, is a family therapist, author, and teacher. He’s the developer of Structural Family Therapy and is considered one of the founders of family therapy.

Jeffrey Zeig, PhD, conducts workshops internationally and is the founder and director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

Susan Johnson, EdD, the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Families, is the director of The International Center for Excellence in EFT.

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