Sadly, we must inform you that Jules Seeman passed away peacefully at home on December 11, 2010 at the age of 95. He was active professionally until very near the end. This site will be maintained, and further examples of his work will be posted. His first book, Personality Integration, will be re-published in the near future. Please watch this site for information and updates. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 12. Please email for further information.
Best regards,
Family of Jules Seeman


 

Psychotherapy and the Fully Functioning Person

A book by Julius Seeman, Ph.D. Published by AuthorHouse, 2008

 

Long before there were "empirically supported treatments" or randomized clinical trials of psychotherapy, a group at the University of Chicago was conducting the first psychotherapy research, led by Carl Rogers. Jules Seeman was there at the beginning, as an early Research Coordinator for this project. In this new volume of unpublished and previously-published works, and new essays, Dr. Seeman takes us on a journey from the very beginnings of psychotherapy research, through a long career studying optimal functioning (the precursor of what is now called "positive psychology"), and capping it off with chapters synthesizing work on optimal functioning and human systems.


The book illustrates how central elements of a person's behavioral systems are integrally linked, and how it is possible to intervene at different points of the human system to affect other behavioral systems within the person. Using detailed narratives and excerpts from humanistic-experiential psychotherapy cases, the book integrates an understanding of therapy and research in a way that exemplifies the scientist-practitioner model.

 

Jules Seeman is one of the earliest representatives of humanistic-experiential psychotherapy and research.  He is the recipient of numerous local and national honors, including the American Psychological Association Division 32 Carl Rogers Award for his outstanding contribution to the profession and practice of humanistic psychology. Dr. Seeman spent six years with Carl Rogers at the University of Chicago Department of Psychology and the Counseling Center, and then came to Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, where he worked for the next 37 years. He was especially drawn to the area of what Rogers referred to as the “fully functioning person,” and over a lifetime of research and practice, developed the “human system model” of psychotherapy and optimal functioning.


In the present volume Dr. Seeman illustrates how central elements of a person’s behavioral system are integrally linked. Within this system, the core therapeutic processes that maintain and enhance the person’s development are the processes of connection and communication. These two processes are basic to any form of therapy and help to explain why different forms of therapy work.

 

 

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