The diamond model of psychotherapy integration
The purpose of this paper is to introduce the audience to The Diamond Model, developed by the presenter. This model synthesizes numerous theoretical concepts, methods and techniques, drawn from diverse sources. It is multi-systemic (taking into account all the internal and external systems relevant to the case), linguistically uniform and rigorous (explicating the whole clinical discourse in the languages of information-processing, cybernetics and semiotics). The central principle that explains the etiology of a case as well as spontaneous or therapeutic change is simplicity. Any therapeutic technique can be applied with the purpose of restoring the system's lost simplicity, if its underlying change mechanism is understood. The model has served as a theory-to-practice training model for clinicians in full and partial international training programs. The educational purposes of this presentation are to help the audience understand the concepts and principles on which The Diamond Model is based, to see its applicability and benefits by following the case examples and hopefully to be motivated to learn it in depth and use it in their practice. Methods of presentation: lecture, cases illustration and general discussion with the audience. The Diamond Model is introduced in the presenter's book Multi-dimensional therapy with families, children and adults: The Diamond Model. London: Routledge (in press).