Category Archives: Psychology

Play’s the Thing in Japan

Institute Director Lois Holzman recently returned from an invited speaking tour to Japan organized by colleagues there with whom she has been building relationships since her first visit to Japan organized in 2012 by Professor Yuji Moro of the University of Tsukuba. Moro was … Continue reading

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New film by Ishita Sanyal “Opens the Doors” on mental illness in India

This report just in from 2008 International Class alumna Ishita Sanyal (second-from-right in photo above). Her new documentary film project, Open the Doors, which she co-directed with Abhishek Ganguli, recently premiered at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in Kolkata.  Special guests on hand for the premiere included American Consul … Continue reading

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“Beyond the Therapeutic State” — Time to Advance an Alternative Therapies Movement

  How do we bring together critique (of traditional psychologies) and (innovative, non-diagnostic) practice? That question is being asked more and more frequently and urgently the world over. About 200 psychologists, researchers and therapists gathered in Norway in June at Beyond the … Continue reading

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Social Therapy Group Joins the National Dialogue on Mental Health

In response to the White House’s efforts to advance a national dialogue on mental health, The Social Therapy Group in New York, the Atlanta Center for Social Therapy and the Philadelphia Social Therapy Group will host an online community conversation on mental … Continue reading

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Holzman’s “The Overweight Brain” makes online debut

Lois Holzman’s latest book project — The Overweight Brain: How Our Obsession with Knowing Keeps Us from Getting Smart Enough to Make a Better World — made its online debut at LoisHolzman.org with the publication of a provocative first installment. Conceived as … Continue reading

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LaCerva and Lobman to present at ‘Psychology and the Other’

Social Therapy Group director Christine LaCerva and Institute pedagogy director and Rutgers U. associate professor Carrie Lobman will present at the third annual Psychology and the Other conference at Lesley University next month. The event is expected to draw several hundred mostly psychodynamically oriented psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, social workers, philosophers, sociologists, … Continue reading

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Community speaks-out on Psychiatric Diagnoses at Harlem Week

The Institute and Social Therapy Group  were out with 12 volunteers talking to strollers at the Harlem Week street fair and conducting a community poll on people’s attitudes toward psychiatric diagnosis and labeling.  Gwen Lowenheim (pictured above l. with volunteer … Continue reading

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Summer Interns explore social therapeutics

For another productive summer, the East Side Institute and Social Therapy Group welcomed a cosmopolitan class of summer interns, representing a variety of cultural backgrounds and coming from colleges in the Bronx, Massachusetts, Louisiana, the UK and Spain. Over the course the six … Continue reading

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Lev Vygotsky Revolutionary Scientist is a Classic (edition)

Twenty years after its debut, Fred Newman’s and Lois Holzman’s 1993 title, Lev Vygotsky: Revolutionary Scientist, has been published by Psychology Press as a Classic Edition — i.e., among a series of psychology texts designed to present “fundamental ideas to a new generation.” The … Continue reading

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Jennifer Bullock and Murray Dabby: Teaching “Good Therapists” to Be Better

Atlanta Center for Social Therapy director Murray Dabby and Philadelphia Social Therapy Group director Jennifer Bullock teamed up to lead a national web-conference with about 80  clinicians — all members of the GoodTherapy.org network. Entitled, Why Group Therapy: Going From Fixing Problems to Creating Possibilities, the conversation … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Now a Classic: Lev Vygotsky Revolutionary Scientist

  Twenty years after its original publication, Fred Newman and Lois Holzman’s Lev Vygotsky Revolutionary Scientist will be re-published this coming August  as a Routledge Psychology Press, Classic Edition. The book, which was translated into Portuguese in 2002, presents Vygotsky as a brilliant Marxist methodologist unique … Continue reading

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Lenora Fulani: Communities coming to learn, “we’re poor”

Institute faculty, All Stars Project co-founder and UX dean, Dr. Lenora B. Fulani led a special forum on Growing Up Poor:  Breakthroughs in Confronting the Subjective Side of Poverty.  Fulani’s presentation touched on DuBois’ concept of the “color line” and introduced her … Continue reading

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Marxist psychologists in Mexico: Energized and disgruntled

In a recent post, Lois Holzman reports on the 2nd Marxism and Psychology Conference in Morelia, Mexico, where she presented along with colleagues Wellington de Oliveira (São Paulo) and Miguel Cortés and Jorge Burciaga (from Juárez, Mexico) on,  From Critical to Practical-Critical Psychology: Activating and Developing People and Community in … Continue reading

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The Human Cost of Bad Science: Therapists need new tools

The Human Cost of Diagnosis forum brought together Columbia University’s Gil Eyal, the Institute’s Lois Holzman, and Social Therapy Group director Christine LaCerva at NYU’s Vanderbilt Hall. The audience of 100+ therapists, educators, parents and others were treated to three ways of looking at … Continue reading

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Otto Award Winner Hector Aristizábal explores therapeutic power of performance

Lois Holzman greeted 2012 Otto Award winner Hector Aristizábal at a reception for the honorees at the Castillo Theatre (above).  Aristizábal, a Colombian psychologist and founder of Los Angeles-based ImaginAction, uses performance and theatre games to help people deal with trauma. In accepting his award, he shared with the … Continue reading

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“Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice,” alternatives to medical psychiatry

Andy Lock and Tom Strong’s new book, Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice is hot off the presses. It includes a chapter by Lois Holzman and Fred Newman, Activity and performance (and their discourses) in social therapeutic method. Other featured authors include: Kenneth J. … Continue reading

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Gil Eyal, Lois Holzman, Christine LaCerva to discuss human cost of diagnosis

On Friday, June 8, the Institute will host a conversation with Columbia University sociologist Gil Eyal, developmental psychologist Lois Holzman and social therapist Christine LaCerva , to address the Human Cost of Diagnosis. What are the history, politics and economics of diagnoses? Where is … Continue reading

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Open House Features a Performance of Social Therapy

The Social Therapy Group hosted an Open House at its community center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Thirty people attended, including members of the Students and Professionals in Mental Health Meetup.  By way of introduction, Institute faculty member Hugh Polk, M.D., asked members of … Continue reading

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Two weeks to grieve, says DSM-5

Arizona State University professor and researcher Dr. Joanne Cacciatore challenges proposed changes to the “bereavement exclusion,” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which establishes the (normal) amount of time you’re allowed to grieve the loss of a loved … Continue reading

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Holzman and Friedman Head to Scandinavia

Lois Holzman will travel to Denmark and Sweden this week to lead a series of workshops and talks organized by colleagues in the Performing the World Community. In Copenhagen, psychologist Esben Wilstrup, a 2009 graduate of the Institute’s International Class, has … Continue reading

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Holzman: DSM Is a Hoax

Lois Holzman comes out swinging in her latest post, There’s No Science in the DSM, citing the growing controversy surrounding proposed diagnostic changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual — a debate that has grabbed the attention of The New … Continue reading

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Not crazy about DSM (I,II, III, IV or V)

See Lois Holzman’s latest post on the growing controversy surrounding the proposed 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) — “the diagnostic bible for mental health professionals the world over—and a cash cow for the American Psychiatric … Continue reading

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Moscow colleagues to present on children’s dialectical thinking

In December, the Institute will host two visiting scholars — Igor and Olga Shiyan, who will present on their research on children’s dialectical thinking—and contemporary Vygotskian-inspired work in the US and Russia. They will be in the US to complete a 15-year … Continue reading

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“Who do we want to become?” (Less psychological…)

Institute faculty, Mary Fridley, attended one of the many events around the city that commemorated 9-11. This one was hosted by NPR’s Krista Tippett and entitled, “Who Do We Want to Become? Remembering Forward Ten Years After.”  Panelists included The New … Continue reading

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Social Therapist, Hugh Polk, M.D., and “men’s emotional prison…”

The Social Therapy Group‘s, Community Therapist blog features a new piece by medical director Hugh Polk, M.D., writing on his experiences in doing therapy with men and the emotional prison that many live in…. Men are socialized in our culture … Continue reading

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David J. Bearison: Messy decisions at end of life

Institute faculty, Susan Massad, M.D., comments on David J. Bearison‘s, When Treatment Fails: How medicine cares for dying children. Bearison has a great deal of insight into how messy and non-rule governed end-of-life decisions are….I couldn’t agree more with him that the reality … Continue reading

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Lois Holzman to present at conference in Hangzhou, China

Institute director Lois Holzman will be a guest presenter at the Third International Academic Conference on Contemporary Capitalism Studies in Hangzhou, China, October 22-23, 2011. The conference is organized by the Center for the Study of Marxist Social Theory at … Continue reading

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Visiting scholar, Stephen J. Cowley, presents on distributed view of language

Developmental psychology professor, Stephen Cowley, visited the Institute recently for an informal presentation and discussion on “why languaging makes us special (for each other).”  Stephen is a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, having … Continue reading

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