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William Doherty
“The Role of Commitment in Our Personal and Public Lives”

Saturday Morning Keynote

William Doherty is one of psychotherapy’s most prominent media commentators on family and social issues. An acclaimed and inspired multitasker—researcher, couples therapist, consultant, author, professional gadfly, and community organizer (which recently included creating a group called “Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism,” a response to what he perceives as a growing and dangerous antidemocratic tendency in the US)—he’s devoted much of his career to exploring value issues in therapy, especially how our profession can become a powerful force for the public good. He’s director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota and past president of the National Council on Family Relations.

In this keynote, Doherty will explore what therapists can do to forge a new vision of the goals of therapy, based on the clarification of personal commitments and a fuller sense of civic responsibility. In short, how can we use our skills as therapists to begin healing the social and political fractures in our broader world?


Approved for 1 CE hour.

William Doherty, PhD, is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota. His books include Take Back Your Marriage, Take Back Your Kids and Medical Family Therapy with Susan McDaniel and Jeri Hepworth.

Learning Objective: You’ll discover how to bring the discussion of clients’ life commitments into treatment.

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