Guy du Plessis  

 Academic Publications & Presentations



Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

 

  • Du Plessis, G. P. (2010). The Integrated Recovery Model for Addiction Treatment and Recovery. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 5(3), 68-87.  

  • Du Plessis, G. P. (2012). Integrated Recovery Therapy: Toward an integrally informed individual psychotherapy for addicted populations. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 7(1), 124-148. 

  • Du Plessis, G. P. (2012). Toward an Integral Model of Addiction: By means of integral methodological pluralism as a metatheoretical and integrative conceptual framework. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 7(3), 1-24.    

  • Du Plessis, G. P. (2014). An Integral Ontology of Addiction: A multiple object existing as a continuum of ontological complexity. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 9(1), 38–54.  


  • Du Plessis, G. P. (2019). An Existential Perspective on Addiction Treatment: A Logic-Based Therapy Case Study. International Journal of Philosophical Practice. 5(1).



Peer-reviewed Conference Presentations 

 

  • Du Plessis, G. P. (2013). The Import of Integral Pluralism in Striving Towards an Integral Metatheory of Addiction. Paper presented at The third biennial Integral Theory Conference, CA: San Fransisco, 20 July 2013.

  • Du Plessis, G. P. & Weathers, R. (2015). The Integral Jan Smuts. Paper presented at The Fourth International Integral Theory Conference, CA: San Francisco, 19 July 2015.

  • Du Plessis, G. P. & Newmark, R. (2018, March). Family and Commercial Mediation for Specialization Areas: Disability and Substance Abuse. Presentation at the Mediation and Justice in South Africa, Paarl, South Africa.

  • Du Plessis, G. P. (2018, May). Introducing Mind-Body Bridging. Presentation given at the International Mind-Body Bridging Conference. University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

  • Du Plessis, G. P., Webb, K. (2019, May). Addiction as a Mode of Being: An Existential-Psychodynamic Foundation for Mind-Body Bridging Therapy in the Treatment of Addicted Populations. Presentation given at the 2nd Annual Mind-Body Bridging Conference 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

  • Webb, K. & Du Plessis, G. P. (2019, May). I-System Analysis and Mind-Body Bridging Treatment Planning. Presentation given at the 2nd Annual Mind-Body Bridging Conference 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

  • Webb, K., Olsen, N. & Du Plessis, G. P. (2019, May). An Introduction to the I-System Analysis. Keynote presentation given at the 2nd Annual Mind-Body Bridging Conference 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Webb, K. & Du Plessis, G. P. (2019, September). Mind-Body Bridging for Professional Self-Care: Preventing and Treating Secondary Trauma. Paper presented at the 2019 Domestic Violence Solutions Conference, Provo, Utah.



Books


  • Du Plessis, G. (2015). An Integral Guide to Recovery: Twelve Steps and Beyond. Integral Publishers.

  • Block, S. H., Block, C., & Du Plessis, G. (2016). A Mind-Body Workbook for Addiction: Effective tools for relapse prevention and recovery. New Harbinger. 

  • Du Plessis, G. (2017). An Integral Foundation for Addiction Treatment. Tuscan, AZ: Integral Publishers.

  • Block, S. H., Block, C, Tollefson, D., & Du Plessis, G. (2020) Social Unrest: Resolving the Dichotomies between You/Me and Us/Them - The I-System Model of Human Behaviour. I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies, Utah State University.


  • Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2021) Resilient Mind Skills Workbook. I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies, Utah State University.



Book Chapters

 

  • Du Plessis, G. P. (2019). Incompatible Knots in Harm Reduction: A Philosophical Analysis. In T. Waetjen (Ed.), Opioids in South Africa: Towards a Policy of Harm Reduction. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council Press.



Published Educational & Program Manuals

 

  • Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2018). Mind-Body Bridging Skills Workbook. Utah State University CS Academic Publishing: UT, Logan

  • Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2018). Idiographic I-System Analysis. Utah State University CS Academic Publishing.

  • Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2018). Therapist Guide for the Mind-Body Bridging Skills Workbook. Utah State University CS Academic Publishing.

  • Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2019). Building Resilience Program Workbook. Utah State University CS Academic Publishing: UT, Logan.

  •  Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2019). Resilient Mind for Law Enforcement. Utah State University CS Academic Publishing.

  •  Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2019). Resilient Mind for Schools Program Manual (Grades K-3). Utah State University CS Academic Publishing.

  •  Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2019). Resilient Mind for Schools Program Manual (Grades 4-6). Utah State University CS Academic Publishing.

  •  Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2019). Resilient Mind for Schools Program Manual (Grades 7-12). Utah State University CS Academic Publishing.

  • Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2021). Resilient Mind for Child Welfare Workforce Workbook. Utah State University CS Academic Publishing.

  • Du Plessis, G., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. (2021). Resilient Mind for Athletes. Utah State University CS Academic Publishing.

 


Non-peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings, Presentations & Seminars


  • Integral Recovery Panel: Integral Theory Conference, JFK University, Pleasant Hill, CA, 30 July 2010

  • Towards an Integral Metatheory within a South African Context. Presentation to students of the Master in Health Administration programme from TIAS Business School, University of Tilburg, Netherlands, 15 May 2014.

  • Metatheory of Addiction: A Philosophical Perspective. Presentation given at Opioids and Harm Reduction in South Africa: Opening a Multidisciplinary Conversation. Johannesburg Institute of Advance Studies, University of Johannesburg, 21-22 August 2017.

  • Panel: Perspectives from Philosophy: Current Research and Reflections on Applications/Relevance. Opioids and Harm Reduction in South Africa: Opening a Multidisciplinary Conversation. Johannesburg Institute of Advance Studies, University of Johannesburg, 21-22 August 2017.

  • Plenary speaker: Existential Considerations for Rural Substance Use Disorder Treatment. LSAAG community-based substance abuse outpatient treatment program launch conference. Robertson, South Africa, 27 February 2019. 

  • A Metatheoretical Foundation for Mind-Body Bridging in the Treatment of Addicted Populations. Addiction Seminar, Helsinki, Finland, 21-23 September 2019.

  • Mind-Body Bridging Sleep Program. Mind-Body Bridging Sleep Seminar, Helsinki, Finland, 24-25 September 2019.

  • An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation. Presentation and training for Western Cape Government employees. 15 February 2020. 

  • The Theoretical Foundation of the I-System Model. Webinar presentation to the Finnish Association of Mental Health and the Finish Mind-Body Bridging Association. 16 July 2020.

  • The I-System Model of Individual and Collective Human Behaviour. Webinar Presentation to the Finnish Association of Mental Health and the Finish Mind-Body Bridging Association. 29 October 2020 



Publications in Development  


  • Du Plessis, G., & Weathers, R. Jan Smuts the Neglected Progenitor of Contemporary Integral Metatheory. (Article) 

  • Block, S. H., & Du Plessis, G.  Existential and Ontological Dimensions of Space in Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō. (Article)  
  • Du Plessis, G., Weathers, R., Webb, K., & Tollefson, D. Building Recovery Resilience: A Guide to Addiction Relapse Prevention. (Book)

 

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Current Research Projects


  • The Integrated Metatheoretical Model of Addiction: Towards a general model of addiction. PhD research, UNISA, Department of Psychology.                                               

    Abstract:This research project aims to develop a general theory of addiction and adapt this theory to clinical practice. The objective of this study will be pursued through the exploring the systematic connections and relationships between the diverse etiological and explanatory paradigms of addiction, and to systematise those into an overarching integrative meta-theory (general theory) of addiction and its treatment. This goal will be achieved through analysing several theoretical orientations, identifying their core conceptual themes. From these core conceptual themes or lenses, an integrative meta-theory of addiction (general theory of addiction) will be constructed. The specific objectives of the study are to: i) perform a multi-paradigmatic review and analysis of the theoretical literature on addiction and to identify the core conceptual elements of the extant theories; ii) develop a general theory for addiction, tentatively titled the ‘integrated metatheoretical model of addiction’; iii) apply the integrated metatheoretical model of addiction to addiction treatment. This study is theoretical, and the discussion is based entirely on published literature. It involves a conceptual analysis of existing theories of addiction. Considering that theories are the data to be analysed, this type of conceptual analysis is known as meta-theorising. A maximum variation sampling procedure will be used to identify the theories to be included in the study. The chosen theories will be found by searching scientific literature databases. This study will contribute to the longstanding aim for an integrative model of addiction or a general theory of addiction

  • An Existential-phenomenological investigation of Quality of Life for Addicted Populations, with Dr. Rona Newmark (Ongoing qualitative research project for Momentum Mental Healthcare South Africa)


  • Ideology Addiction: I am researching the relationship between ideology and addiction. I propose that ideologies are psychoactive and potentially addictive. Ideology addiction can be understood as a type of ideological possession and zealotry, with deleterious consequences for the individual and society. An individual in the grips of an ideology addiction exhibits psychological and behavioral patterns common to all addicted populations. From a psychodynamic perspective, ideology addiction can be understood as the result of a narcissistic disturbance of self experience and deficits in self capabilities. Consequently, the activism of an ideology addict is fundamentally a narcissistic project. A misguided attempt at self repair and satisfaction of archaic narcissistic needs, and seldom motivated by the ideals of the ideology. 

 


 

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Academic publications that reference and discuss my research and therapeutic methodologies on the application of integral-metatheory in addiction treatment and studies.

 

  • The SAGE Encyclopaedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy by Edward S. Neukrug (Editor)

  • ‪Understanding Psychopathology: An Integral Exploration by R. Elliott Ingersoll and Andre Marquis

  • The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science (Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy) by Hanna Pickard (Editor), Serge H. Ahmed (Editor)

  • Integral Theory and Transdisciplinary Action Research in Education (Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design) by Veronika Bohac Clarke

  • Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy 3 rd Edition by Kevin A. Fall, Janice Miner Holden and Andre Marquis

  

Trade publications that reference and discuss my research and therapeutic methodologies


  • Integral Recovery : A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction by John Dupuy

  • Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions - More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete by Ken Wilber 



Academic Publication Achievements


  • I was in the top 1% for most dowloaded academic articles in the category of Philosophy of Action and in the top 2% in the category of Existentialism in the PhilArchives database  (for  the year 2020). PhilArchives is the largest open access e-print archive in philosophy. It is developed and operated by the Center for Digital Philosophy at Western university.

  • I was in the top 10% for most dowloaded academic articles in in the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The SSRN is a repository for preprints devoted to the rapid dissemination of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities and more. It is owned by Elsevier.