Workshop title: “The School of wizards”: Strategic integrative psychotherapy for the child
Presenter Name and Surname: Popescu Oana Maria
Workshop duration : 1 hr. 30 min/ 3 hr.
Biography of presenter:
President of the Association for Research, Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy, main psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor in integrative psychotherapy, autonomous psychotherapist in clinical hypnosis, relaxation techniques and Eriksonian therapy, training and specialization in transactional analysis, psychosexology, group psychotherapy, co-counselling, psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, gestalt therapy, hypnotherapy and psychoneuroimmunology, director of the Psiho Blue Centre in Timişoara, editor of the Journal of Integrative Research, Counselling and Psychotherapy, editor of the Integrative Psychotherapy Magazine, author of numerous articles and specialized books, such as “Manual of integrative psychotherapy ”, “Strategic integrative psychotherapy. Manual for clinicians”, “Integrative Strategic Psychotherapy”, founder of the integrative strategic psychotherapy for adults and children.
One of the most important tendencies in child’s psychotherapy at the moment is the integration of the various therapeutic approaches and techniques. Since 1988, Kazdin has underlined the fact that the child’s psychotherapy must take into account various approaches in order to obtain the best results.
The strategic integrative psychotherapy starts from the premise of the existence of the four domains of the self: the basic self, the central self, the plastic self and the exterior self, and also from the premise of the six psychological axes: biological, cognitive, emotional, psychodynamic, familial and existential. The model includes the integration of the latest discoveries in neurobiology and research regarding attachment theory, with the principal orientations of the 21st century: cognitive-behavioral, humanist-existential and psychodynamic.
The psychotherapy of the child has certain particularities regarding applying the therapeutic models, one of the most important being that many times children cannot verbalize their problems and difficulties. But children have imaginary friends whom they talk to, and these friends have fascinated psychologists, parents and teachers from some time now. All children play, and play is an important part in the child’s development.
Within the psychotherapy program “School of wizards”, the therapeutic relation is facilitated by the fact that the psychotherapist is a playmate for the child, he is working with the child and using a specific language for the child. The entire program is conceived as a fairy tale, having at the core of the program the Harry Potter series
We will work experientially with techniques such as: the School of Wizards regulations (fulfilling the expectations), the wizards’ journal (behavioral technique), the magic wands (therapeutic ritual), herbology (support for change), the pensive (technique for proto-hypnotic framing), the personal magic map (art-therapy), the spells (metaphor for problem solving) and other… secrets… that only the participant wizards shall find out.
The diagnostic model in strategic integrative psychotherapy
The integrative strategic theory suggests the following configuration of the self: 1. We are born with a basic self, which develops under the influence of the non-verbal stimuli; 2. The central self is modelled by the verbal and non-verbal interactions, containing the “central sets”: a series of mental models or schemes; 3.The plastic self represents the headquarters of the internal feed-back loops for all the self’s components; 4. The external self is the interface of the individual for the exterior world.
The four components of the self are intersected by six axes: biological, cognitive, emotional, psychodynamic, familial and existential, which refer to various ways of forming the self, from biological reactions to sub-personalities.
The strategic integrative diagnosis suggests using a conceptual matrix of systematization of the aspects related to the intersection of the psychological axes with the domains of the self, the psychotherapist being given a simple evaluation tool to use for a clear perspective of the factors that interfere in the genesis and in maintaining the problem, being able to select the most useful interventions within the treatment.