Throughout my career I have been “obsessed” with knowing exactly how successful psychotherapy works. I have served as therapist, professor, clinical supervisor, researcher and workshop presenter for over three decades and in these roles I have surveyed and explored the aspects of each theoretical model that contributes to effective therapy.
Over the past eight years I have been offering monthly two-hour Consultation Groups on Wednesday mornings in my office in Hewlett, Long Island. The groups run from October through May. The response to these offerings has been very enthusiastic and heartening. In each group, 6-8 clinicians from varied backgrounds and theoretical orientations have joined me in my obsession– to deepen the understanding of the essence of psychotherapeutic healing along with the “how to” of this understanding.
At each meeting we review and discuss articles, I present a mini-lecture on a current topic and we discuss our cases. In addition, I become a “coach” to the participants as they review their cases and refine their own working style as we apply experiential exercises in an atmosphere of mutual support, respect and good humor. The goal: to deepen understanding and broaden strategies in the esssence of healing.
One group is currently in its eighth year of learning together and the other in its seventh year.
Feel free to contact me for information on newly forming groups.
In Transforming Troubled Children, Teens and Their Families: An Internal Family Systems Model for Healing, Dr. Mones presents the first comprehensive application of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy model for work with youngsters and their families. This model centers diagnosis and treatment around the concept of the Functional Hypothesis, which views symptoms as adaptive and survival-based when viewed in multiple contexts.
Read MoreKidsWorld: Inside and Out is a psychotherapeutic board game. The purpose of the game is to engage the child in a healing process through a supportive, compassionate relationship with the therapist while having fun! The therapeutic approach of this game is built upon the treatment approach of Dr. Arthur G. Mones as explicated in his book.