Existential-Humanistic NorthWest

presents:
 
Singin' the Blues:

New Ways Toward Engaging Psychological Depression

Presented by: Will Stillwell, Ph.D.

Workshop Summary

This workshop aims to increase our emotional and cognitive depth in our encounters with clients suffering with depression.

Presentation Outline

I. Part One The Phenomena of Depression: lecture, discussion and small group process

        a. Placebo

        b. Immunity

        c. Social Support

        d. Decreased Therapeutic Effectiveness

II. Part Two The Phenomena of Depression: lecture, discussion and small group process

        a. Fiction: Inventing a new mode regarding depression

        b. Role of entertainment in popular culture

        c. Mainstem learning from our African-American humanistic heritage

 III. Part One Experiential Involvement with the Phenomena of Depression: lecture, discussion, and group process

        a. Beyond the Witness Mindset

        b. Composing Blues from our lives

 IV. Part Two Experiential Involvement with the Phenomena of Depression: lecture, discussion, and group process

        a. Inventing Blues and Praise songs from our own lives

        b. Creative Inspiration from our sorrows, hopes, and ways of expressing our Blues

 

Recommended Readings

  • Bradford, Kenneth “Natural Resilience: A Heart Sutra for Psychotherapy”  (post 2010, date, source unknown
  • Caughey, John L.   Imaginary Social Worlds 1984
  • Granek, Leeat “What’s Love Got to Do With It?  The Relational Nature of Depressive Experiences”   2006 Journal of Humanistic Psychology                      
  • Jones, LeRoi  Blues People  1963
  • Peters, J.D. The Marvelous Clouds: Towards a Philosophy of Elemental Media  2015
  • Toure  “Black and Blues”  September 2016 / Smithsonian.com