One Day Workshop with Dr. Karl Tomm 31st March 2014

Interpersonal Patterns of Interaction that influence Mental Health

One Day Workshop


Dr. Karl Tomm

Date: Monday, 31st March 2014

Time: 9.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.
(Registration from 8.30a.m.)

Venue: Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

The systemic approach in family, couple, and individual psychotherapy gives priority to understanding the context of human behaviour, thoughts, feelings, and experience. It focuses on identifying and clarifying patterns of interaction between clients and significant others which contribute to specific experiences and behaviours.

Several years ago, Karl and his colleagues developed a model of systemic assessment that distinguishes between unhealthy (Pathologizing) Interaction Patterns, restorative (Healing) Interaction Patterns, and Wellness Interaction Patterns, Transforming Interpersonal Patterns and unhelpful (Deteriorating) Interpersonal Patterns. Recently he and his colleagues have refined this “Interaction Pattern scope” framework, and have extended it to include Sociocultural Interpersonal Patterns as well. A new book on this approach will be published in 2014.

Compared to a traditional psychiatric assessment, a systemic approach to assessment is much less pathologizing. Since a Pathologizing Interaction Patterns exists in the interpersonal space between persons, labelling or “diagnosing” the Pattern has fewer stigmatizing effects on the people involved than diagnosing an individual with a mental disorder. Systemic assessment also provides guidance for therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Karl Tomm has been the director of the Family Therapy Program in Calgary for more than 35 years. He has developed an international reputation not only as a family therapist, major innovator, theoretician, and trainer of family therapists but also as a leader in facilitating dialogues among many of the world’s family therapists. He started his career applying the problem solving approach to family therapy, developed by Nathan Epstein. In the 1980s, Karl championed the work of the Milan Group. More recently, Karl has promoted the work of Michael White and David Epston in narrative therapy.

Dr. Tomm has previously visited Ireland and the FTAI is delighted to welcome him back.

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