February 23, 2012
I don’t usually promote activities here but now is an exception. Recent posts on the DSM-5 and all that it reveals about the ways our culture relates to human emotionality have drawn new readers (much thanks to everyone who’s reposting!). I’ve been introduced to many others who are writing, blogging, and generally working hard to expand the dialogue and to share “best non-diagnostic practices.”
Which is why I decided to share one of the programs of my Institute—Social Therapy as Clinical Practice. They’re training weekends being held in March, May and November, 2012 in New York City. They’re open to social workers, counselors, psychologists, medical professionals, and educators who favor non-diagnostic, relational approaches to mental health.
Social Therapy as Clinical Practice
Social therapy is the group-oriented, development-focused psychotherapy that relates to people of all ages as performers and creators of their lives. Its unique approach to emotionality as social activity places it at the cutting edge of postmodern therapeutic approaches.
Intensive training weekends are an effective way to learn this powerful approach to group therapy. Each four-day training will focus on a specific aspect of social therapeutic method introduced experientially through diverse learning activities: social therapeutic role-plays, observations of therapy groups, reflection sessions with social therapists, group supervisions, and seminars linking theory and practice.
Thursday-Sunday, March 8-11
Thursday-Sunday, May 17-20
Thursday-Sunday, November 29-December 2
$475.00 per training weekend. 20% discount on two or more.
To learn more about social therapy and/or download an application, go to http://www.eastsideinstitute.org/ClinicalTraining.html or contact Christine LaCerva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to read something first?
Psychological Investigations: A Clinician’s Guide to Social Therapy Edited by Lois Holzman and Rafael Mendez Psychological Investigations explores the nature of the social therapeutic group process, the social therapeutic relationship, and applications to health care, alternative medicine, education and youth development. The book features over 70 dialogues between Fred Newman, the creator of social therapy, and therapists-in-training, These dialogues, together with introductory overviews by Lois Holzman and Rafael Mendez, are a provocative invitation to both new and seasoned professionals seeking alternative modes of practice and understanding. (Brunner-Routledge, 2003)
Let’s Develop! A Guide to Continuous Personal Growth
by Fred Newman with Phyllis Goldberg
In a culture of “getting,” this is the little book that keeps on giving. The 2010 edition of Fred Newman’s Let’s Develop! has a foreword by Patch Adams (the peripatetic, clowning MD) and new introduction by Lois Holzman. Based on 25 years of clinical practice and his discovery that people can reinitiate development at any stage in life, Newman urges his readers to eschew insights, explanations or getting to the “bottom” of deep-rooted emotional problems and seek their cure in development.