Empowerment Family Therapy
by Frank Pittman
Do you want to be more effective at empowering your clients to make the changes in their lives that will get them what they really want? Dr. Frank Pittman is one of the most passionate therapists around when it comes to helping people take responsibility for their lives, as you’ll see in this live couples therapy session.
Pittman begins by laying the foundation for his light-hearted, playful approach to the serious endeavor of helping families in crisis. Then you’ll observe him work with Susan and Tom, a married couple who disagrees about how to parent Tom’s ten-year-old daughter. As Pittman offers practical solutions to the various problems the couple presents, he uncovers the layers of resistance to change, including Tom’s lack of role-modeling for how to be an effective and involved parent and husband. With optimism and humor, Pittman helps Tom recognize the power he has to make positive changes so that he can be the father and partner he longs to be.

Concluding with a lively discussion with an audience of therapists, Pittman shares what he has learned over his forty years working with couples and families in every imaginable crisis. A great role-model for making therapy fun, Pittman shows therapists how to maintain a sense of hopefulness with even the most distressed families.
In Depth
If there’s one thing Pittman can’t stand, it’s a therapeutic approach that enhances a client’s sense of being a victim. Empowerment Therapy is a character-building experience in which therapists tell clients that they are responsible for what they do--no matter how they feel, no matter what’s happened to them. If you’re reaching your limit with clients who aren’t making the changes they claim to want to make, spend a little time with Frank Pittman in this video: his no-nonsense approach to change may be just the inspiration you and your clients need.

By watching this video, you will:
• Learn how to develop a therapeutic relationship with clients that empowers them to make the changes they want in their lives.
• Develop an understanding of how to negotiate a family’s resistance to change.
• Discover how to help parents make responsible decisions that are in their family’s long-term best interest.

Length of video: 1:55:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-267-0

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-268-9

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-268-6

Frank Pittman, MD (1935-2012) was the author of Grow Up! How Taking Responsibility Can Make You a Happy Adult (1999), Private Lies: Infidelity and Betrayal of Intimacy (1990) and Turning Points, a book about treating families in transitions and crises. He is also featured on the video Empowerment Family Therapy. Dr. Pittman practiced out of Atlanta, Georgia, where he was active as a psychiatrist and family therapist from 1962 until his death in 2012. 

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