Psychological Investigations

A Clinician's Guide to Social Therapy

Edited by Lois Holzman, Rafael Mendez

© 2003 – Routledge

222 pages

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About the Book

"Psychological Investigations" lets readers listen in on one of the most exciting developments in psychology today as it is unfolding. With the current trend in therapy reflecting a movement away from traditional psychology and towards more postmodern psychologies, social therapy, a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Fred Newman, emerges as a qualitatively new way of doing therapy. Social therapy blends philosophy, the arts, and political concerns into a group approach that focuses on improved social functioning.

"Psychological" "Investigations" provides insight into the revolutionary development of social therapy--an improvisational, investigatory, development-focused method of treatment. Featuring dialogues drawn from transcripts of teaching and supervisory sessions between Newman and therapists, the book presents a comprehensive guide to the core philosophical and political issues of social therapy and the social therapeutic group process. Instead of introspection and insight--traditional means to self-realization--Newman and social therapy encourages activity, involvement and commitment to causes larger than the individual ego.

Table of Contents

Foreword, By Harlene Anderson

Preface, By Lois Holzman and Rafael Mendez

PART ONE

SETTING THE STAGE, By Rafael Mendez

CREATING THE CONTEXT: AN INTRODUCTION, By Lois Holzman

PART TWO

THE DIALOGUES, By Fred Newman and Others

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Core Issues of Social Therapeutic Practice

A. Developmental Activity

B. Enhancing Sociality/Challenging Individualism

C. Mundane Creativity

D. Performance

E. What's Wrong With Truth Talk?

F. Problems

G. Identities and Identity

Chapter 2. The Social Therapeutic Group Process

Chapter 3. Developing the Social Therapeutic Relationship

Chapter 4. Therapeutic Challenges: People and Situations

Chapter 5. Social Therapy Integrated

A. Social Therapy and Spirituality

B. Social Therapy and Body Work

C. Social Therapy and Medicine

D. Social Therapy and Self Help

Chapter 6. Social Therapy and Philosophy (and Politics)

EPILOGUE: THERAPISTS' COMMENTS

Appendix: Readings in Social Therapy and the Social Therapeutic Method

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General
PSY030000
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology