Videos 19 / 20 / 21 is a live video example of an intervention demonstrating                                     the effectiveness of the method with group of adolescents

19) Paradox Interv w/ Problem Sexual Bhvr – Video 1 of 3

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Video 1 introduces a Paradoxical Intervention with juveniles mandated to a NY Residential Treatment Facility. This intervention was in response to escalating Problem Sexual Behavior (PSB) in one of the live-in cottages. Staff was concerned that younger and smaller residents would soon be targeted by 5 boys whose behaviors had become increasingly volatile. In the video there is a lot of “hootin’ & hollerin” but suddenly the boys realize they have ‘painted themselves into a corner’!


20) Paradox Interv w/ Problem Sexual Bhvr – Video 2 of 3

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In the first video the boys have been instructed to continue their ‘normal’ acting-out so we can get a “baseline of behavior”. However, during the week, the boys have a different idea! They coach and police each other, -and through peer pressure and self control they reduce and undo previous sexualized behavior. My complaint to them is that they are “not living up to their potential” Welcome to the absurd world of paradox psychology!


21) Paradox Interv w/ Problem Sexual Bhvr – Video 3 of 3

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This is the 3rd and final video of the intervention. This week again, the boys still reject previous acting out. I inform them, “My grandmother could do better than this!” As a result they now have to deal with the consequences of their actions: “I’m calling off the project; and I’m not returning until you guys are ready to get back to business. You guys brought this on yourselves!”

…. I did not know the long-term impact of the intervention. However, even months later, staff continued to report that sexualized behavior was no longer a threat to cottage safety.



U-Tube Videos -  MASOC Conference April 12, 2012

18 (of 18 Clips) Strategic Paradoxical Interventions with Sex Offenders:                                                Video URL:      (13.18 min)

The truth is… if you can treat sex offenders, you can treat anybody. This is clip 18 of 18 from the 2012 MA Sex Offender Treatment Conference. This clip offers a scientific approach in hypothesizing strategic interventions using an orbits-gravity model. The model indicates that if we are able to shift inner orbits of non-criminogenic behavior we will simultaneously influence targeted external (Jupiter) orbits of criminogenic behaviors (i.e.: problem sexual behaviors, violence, fire setting, etc.)


1 (of 18 Clips)  Paradoxical Interventions- Miraculous or Just Amazing:                                                  Video URL:         (11.19 min)

Counter-Intuitive Interventions to Bypass Treatment-Resistance.                                                            Used by master therapists including: M. Erikson, Minuchin, Perls, Satir, & others.                                    Now you can learn the secrets of the “method behind the madness”


2) ‘Spontaneous Change’ My, Oh My!                                                                                                      Video URL:         (8.54 min)

Conventional Wisdom assumes we must ‘plan for change’ in order for it to happen. Here we present a ‘thought experiment’ for change utilizing the science of an orbits-gravity model. The model indicates a conceptual process to influence a ‘spontaneous shift’ in repetitive orbits of energy / behavior.


3) Counter Intuitive Interventions - Say Whaaat?!                                                                                 Video URL:        (13.34 min)

Counter-intuitive interventions are what make paradoxical interventions exciting. These interventions go against what the ‘logical mind’ would expect. As such interventions ‘neutralize’ the mind from interfering while placing the client in a ‘win-win double-bind’. As a result the mind has to reorganize its perception of self and its view of the world.


4) So This Guy Walks Into a Paradox…                                                                                                    Video URL:       (11.43 min)

 If you think about it, man lives a life of paradox: We live in an animal body, but walk upright; Our DNA is programmed for instinctual behavior, but we assert free-will; We are smart enough to ‘know better’, but keep repeating history. Now you may say I’m biased, but in my view ……the paradox process is more aligned with man’s true essence than any other dribble that passes for “therapy” out there. …Just my humble opinion…


5) A Few More Wacky Interventions                                                                                                        Video URL:      (13.11 min)

 In PdxI we do not convince, educate, or reward the client to change behavior. Interventions are designed to strengthen the therapeutic alliance while also identifying habitual behaviors and reactions where he has ‘forfeited his free-will’. In identifying patterns where he lacks free-will, interventions thereby challenge the client to regain his ‘free will potential’ by taking responsibility to undo these habitual patterns.


6) Freud, Science, and Pseudo-science                                                                                                    Video URL:         (6.06 min)

Freud, Is he right or wrong?! If he was ‘wrong’ why can’t we seem to get rid of him, and if he was ‘right’, why is he so controversial? In this clip we discuss his contributions that are irreplaceable, as well as what makes him so controversial. Although Freud is the ‘father of psychology’, he never defined the ‘process of change’. But why is it so important to come up with a clear and unified view to define ‘change’ anyway?


7) Atomic Model Diagrams Human Personality                                                                                         Video URL:          (8.08 min)

This shows the progression of thinking that leads to an ‘atomic model of the human personality.’  By diagramming overlapping repetitive type disruptive behaviors (addictions, mental health issues, repetitive criminal behavior, and family conflict) we create a visual metaphor to indicate ‘personality structure’. The model goes on to hypothesize that either ‘healthy attachment’ or ‘abandonment trauma’ will determine the nature of the ‘gravitational force’ that governs the flexibility or rigidity of that ‘personality system’.


8) Changing Psychology – Orbits-Gravity Systems                                                                                   Video URL:       (6.38 min)

The foundation of the ‘hard sciences’ (astronomy, astro-physics, biology, chemistry, quantum physics) are all anchored on orbits-gravity phenomena. Historically, the medical / scientific communities have had trouble respecting the field of psychology as a ‘science’ because we have never been part of the club. In this segment we apply for membership…


9) This is Just Reverse Psychology, Right?                                                                                               Video URL:          (10.11 min)

Critics of the method claim that it is simply ‘reverse psychology’ and its intent is to ‘manipulate’ client behavior. They argue that once the client ‘figures out the system’ the method can ‘backfire’ with the clinician undermining trust and losing the therapeutic alliance. In this segment Dr. Kaplan addresses these concerns, and explains how an EDUCATED understanding of PdxI shows these concerns to be unfounded.


10) Win-Win Double Binds for the Lose-Lose Client                                                                                                                       Video URL:     (8.11 min)

All successful PdxI place the client in a win-win double-bind. This means that regardless of his behavior, he will ‘win’. In terms of treatment, this ‘win’ translates to strengthened attachment in the therapeutic alliance. For the client who has grown up in a lose-lose lifestyle, failing and feeling alone has unfortunately become his ‘comfort zone’. By placing him in a win-win double-bind he must now deal with the discomfort of success.


11) Hi IQ, Low IQ, The Young and ‘Young At Heart’                                                                                      Video URL:        (7.24 min)

PdxI is effective even with the high IQ client who believes he can ‘out-think’ therapy. Since the focus of PdxI identifies observable cycles (rather than getting caught in the client’s ‘spin’ on things) he is unable to escape the factual reality of his ‘repetitive orbits’ and predictable patterns. In addition, the intervention is simple enough that even the low IQ client can gain awareness of his patterns and thereby take responsibility to undo them. Those young and ‘young at heart’ thrive on proving their ‘free-will’ potential is stronger than their predicted behavior.


12) Free Will Choices vs Rigid Predictable Behavior                                                                                                       Video URL:       (9.13 min)

Free will means that a person has flexibility in making choices. Predictable behavior means that the person’s choices are limited and their forecast more certain. Very often an issue that arises is that the client believes his decisions are a product of ‘free-will choice’ when in fact his actions are totally predictable. When the clinician forecasts the client’s ‘orbit’, he is able to convey in a non-threatening and non-confrontational manner the rift between how the client ‘wants to sees himself’ and objective reality.


13) Avoiding Power Struggles Is The Ticket                                                                                                      Video URL:        (7.10 min)

A common pitfall of treatment is that clinicians often find themselves in either subtle or overt power struggles with their client. However, as long as this tension continues the client never has to advance. For many clients, the power struggle is part of their comfort zone. PdxI is counter-intuitive as it avoids the power struggle by ‘joining’. In paradoxical fashion the process of joining inherently strengthens the therapeutic alliance, which in turn influences the client to undo rigid orbits of behavior.


14) Contracting For Success                                                                                                                    Video URL:         (12.03 min)

Here we explore an age-old therapy technique that we all know and love: Contracting.                 However, with a little paradoxical twist, we set up a “contract the client can’t refuse”. As a result we create an intervention guaranteed to succeed - no matter what the client does!


15) Cognitive Ordeal Disrupts Rigid Thinking                                                                                           Video URL:        (7.10 min)

WARNING: If you’re into CBT, you may NOT want to watch this clip. It goes against everything CBT is based on.                                                                                                                                              Watching this may irreparably ‘turn your world upside-down’ - (or right-side up -depending on how you look at it). Either way, it won’t be pretty. Enter at your own risk! You’ve been warned …


16) A Sharp Knife                                                                                                                                     Video URL:          (7.25 min)

The purpose of this training series is to promote the ‘educated’ use of PdxI. It should be understood that PdxI is like a sharp knife; it can either harm or heal. The clinician might use the same words when he is ‘centered’ or ‘sarcastic’. The words of the ‘centered’ clinician come out with compassion and unconditional positive regard. Such words will promote a sense of bonding and healing. However, those who use the same words to ‘cut’ the client with sarcasm will promote the opposite.


17) Absurd Humor Throws ‘em For a Loop                                                                                                                Video URL:       (7.55 min)

A ‘secret weapon’ of PdxI is its ability to capitalize on humor to bypass client defenses. When done correctly, absurd humor is able to address core issues in a non-confrontational and non-threatening manner. When the client is able to suddenly laugh at the ridiculousness of his own rigid behavior this indicates that he ‘gets the clinician’s point’. Humor has the power to subliminally strengthen the therapeutic bond, while promoting a new level of awareness and flexibility.