The Provocative Genius of Frank Farrelly
See one of the world's most brilliant and gifted therapists showcasing his unique approach at a time when he was in his prime.
See Frank Farrelly at his provocative best in these video recordings of the live Provocative Therapy Workshop in Perth Western Australia in 1999. There are theoretical presentations, demonstration "therapy" sessions with workshop participants, group discussions and exercises.
Expect to add powerful new options to your therapeutic/coaching repertoire, and learn some elegant skills for working with clients. And to laugh heartily, as you learn, in the comfort of your own home, from one of the world's most brilliant therapists.
Provocative Therapy is an unconventional therapeutic system developed by Frank Farrelly from his experiences in working with severely disturbed clients. This approach utilises the client's own self-defeating experiences in the service of change, deftly provoking the client to push through self-defeating patterns towards new options and growth experiences.
Frank Farrelly (1931 - 2013) is internationally recognised as a profoundly gifted therapist, who presented his unique style of therapy throughout the world, and co-authored the book Provocative Therapy with Jeff Brandsma. His expertise in working with severely disturbed clients makes him an especially interesting and important teacher. Frank held a Master's Degree in Social Work and for years was a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Details of These Recordings:
These are the original recordings from the Perth 1999 workshop, recorded onto videotape and now converted to digital format. They are "warts and all" and unedited as we didn't want any degradation in quality. The sound and vision is fine, it's not high definition, which wasn't available back then, but the sessions are surprisingly good quality. What they show is a master therapist in his prime and there is so much learning - and laughing - to be had from viewing these recordings.
Feedback on the Recordings from One Reviewer:
"Gold, all gold! This is a great opportunity to see a Master in his prime at work - though I'm not sure one would call it work to watch these recordings. Suspend your 21st Century eyes of electronic judgment (yes, there are one or 2 technical glitches) and enter this workshop as though a participant.
This was my first time experiencing the work of Frank Farrelly, the originator of Provocative Therapy, and I was fascinated and very soon drawn into his world of acute perception, depth, warmth and laughter. Again and again the client (each a willing 'victim') has their fantasies deconstructed by Frank, only to then find an alternative way forward that could be infinitely less limiting and stressful. They are ok to be themselves, and Frank holds them safely whilst their world is unmade then remade.
I look forward to seeing more recordings like this please!"
- Sue Hughes, UK
What Others Have Said About Frank Farrelly:
"His core of lovingness is easily apparent and available... He is also a wizard at destroying the meta-communication bacterium 'why". A body free of this bug may never be the same again. You've read Groddeck, Eichorn, Redl, Laing, Kopp... Read Farrelly!" - Carl A Whitaker, MD
"...your demonstrations of therapy... were really great. I liked your style enormously. All of your expressions of yourself while here were a kind of enlarging and expanding experience, combined with a total buoyancy we all need. Meeting you was the best therapeutic experience I've had in a long time." - O. Spurgeon English, MD
"Frank Farrelly must be thought of with respect (perhaps even delight?) by his clients who have so far played the game of therapy with their therapists, but, I am afraid, also a shocking example for those therapists who, in Laing's words 'are playing at not playing a game'." - Paul Watzlawick, Ph.D. Mental Research Institute
"Frank Farrelly is a really exquisite example of requisite variety." - Richard Bandler and John Grinder
"Those therapists recognized as being genius in their stature certainly display wide variability in their behaviour. Especially useful examples of the range of Milton Erickson's behaviour can be found in Haley's Uncommon Therapy and Advanced Techniques of Hypnotherapy... no less effective is Frank Farrelly whose unique style is presented in his book Provocative Therapy." - Leslie Cameron-Bandler
Disclaimer and Purchasers Agreement:
This Provocative Therapy workshop was designed as a professional teaching, learning, training and supervision tool for Therapists, Counsellors and Coaches and is not to be used for any other purpose. It is not for general viewing nor to be shared nor copied.
Warning: Adult themes. You must have a working sense of humour, and be unconcerned with political incorrect language since Provocative Therapy deliberately plays with stereotypes to promote new ways of thinking and feeling.
By purchasing and viewing this program you agree to the conditions stated above.