8 Students from Japan to South Africa join a postmodern psychology play


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 HolzmanCarrie 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.


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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One Response to 8 Students from Japan to South Africa join a postmodern psychology play

  1. Baylah Wolfe says:

    What an incredible mix of psychology, culture and politics.

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