One of the great perks of serving as CalSouthern’s editor of university publications is the opportunity to travel to conferences around the country, listening to some of the finest minds in psychology, law, and business discuss developing trends and best practices within their fields of specialty. These are wonderful learning experiences, and they’ve given me the opportunity to develop relationships and gain exposure to emerging topics that have resulted in many of the articles you see in the new content section of the CalSouthern website.
A short time ago, I attended the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ 47th Annual conference in Burlingame, California, just outside of San Francisco. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, an accomplished psychotherapist, and an acclaimed author of both fiction and non-fiction.
Dr. Yalom’s remarks were fascinating—the highlight of the conference, in my opinion. His presentation was less a speech than a discussion—facilitated aptly by Dr. H. Dan Smith—during which Dr. Yalom almost nonchalantly dispensed pearls of wisdom to the packed house. Let me share a few of them with you now:
But I’m just an interested observer, with no psychological training outside of a few classes in college many—many—years ago. I’d love to hear the reactions of mental health providers or students in CalSouthern’s School of Behavioral Sciences. What do you think of Dr. Yalom’s thoughts? Have you read The Gift of Therapy of any of Dr. Yalom’s other works? Please post your comments below.