Since conflict professionals I know dip at least occasionally into mental health literature and training programs, I doubt if any of the names on this list of 10 renowned psychologists will be new to people who read this blog, but this article "The Most Influential Therapists of the Past Quarter-Century" from Psychotherapy Networker is nevertheless one I highly recommend.
The theorists described are: Carl Rogers, Aaron Beck, Salvador Minuchin, Irvin Yalom, Virginia Satir, Albert Ellis, Murray Bowen, Carl Jung, Milton Erickson, and John Gottman. Of that list, those who most influence me are: Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, Albert Ellis, Virginia Satir, and Aaron Beck. And, over the decades, I have enjoyed, and benefited from, learning about each of the others.
[W]e partnered with Dr. Joan Cook at Columbia University and her research project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to [pose] the question, "Over the last 25 years, which figures have most influenced your [therapy] practice?" ...
Perhaps the most surprising single finding was that in both the 1982 and the 2006 survey the single most influential psychotherapist—by a landslide—was Carl Rogers. In other words, the therapist who became famous for his leisurely, nondirective, open-ended, soft-focus form of therapy 50 years ago remains a major role model today, even with the explosion of brief, "evidence-based" clinical models, a psychopharmacological revolution that often makes medications the intervention du jour, and a radically altered system of insurance reimbursement that simply won't pay for the kind of therapy Rogers did. He and the remaining figures voted by the survey respondents to be among the top 10 most influential therapists of the last quarter-century are recognized in the pages that follow.
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