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Therapists as Agents of Hope: Our Role in a Game of Thrones World

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William Doherty, PhD
1 Hour 51 Minutes
Mar 20, 2021
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In the toxic polarization of our society, most of us try to stay focused on our traditional work of personal healing, trying to steer clear of the struggles in our wider culture. But if “winter is coming,” a more proactive alternative is to expand our conception of psychotherapy to include building capacity for people to live in a pluralistic democracy that doesn’t rely on “saviors” of the Left or Right. How can we enhance our impact in a Game of Thrones world, where red tribes battle blue tribes, democracy is in retreat, and climate change threatens us all? Explore a larger vision for our role as therapists. You’ll discover how to: 

  • Identify the connection between your current clinical work and democratic renewal 
  • Develop skills in bridging gaps between groups who see themselves as opposing the political “other” 
  • Practice depolarization skills in your own life and work 
  • Connect with organizations and initiatives where you can use your knowledge and skills for the public good 



This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



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William Doherty, PhD, is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota. He is co-author of the book Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce: Discernment Counseling for Troubled Relationships, with Steven Harris. He is cofounder of Better Angels, an initiative to depolarize America.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. William Doherty has an employment relationship with the University of Minnesota. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. William Doherty is a member of the National Council on Family Relations, the International Council of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, and the American Psychological Association.


  1. Evaluate how your current clinical work can enhance democratic renewal, thereby improving client functioning in the community. 
  2. Develop skills in bridging gaps between groups who see themselves as the political “other.” 
  3. Apply depolarization skills in your own work with clients and within the community.  


  • Sources of today’s political polarization 
  • How this polarization affects communities 
  • How it affects clients and therapists 
  • Strategies for helping clients depolarize in their own relationships 
  • Strategies for helping communities depolarize 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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