How do you teach a postmodern psychology? Or more specifically, how do you design a seminar to engage the foundations, politics, philosophy and community-based applications of the social therapeutic approach?
(Presumably, pop quizzes and multiple-choice tests are out…)
Institute faculty Lois Holzman, Carrie Lobman and Chris Helm kicked-off their Social Therapeutics Online seminar, a 20-week course that currently includes educators and medical, mental health and organizational development professionals from Brazil, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the US. In the first weeks students explored “the roots of revolutionary conversation” through readings and videos of Marx and Engels, social therapy founder Fred Newman, Holzman, and critical psychologist Ian Parker. Their next assignment? Playwriting. Students were asked to each write a one-scene play drawing their characters from these authors, the faculty and themselves.