Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 99-107

First online:

Wilhelm Reich in the alternative therapies and clinical social work

  • Louis HochbergAffiliated with

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This paper raises questions concerning the use of Wilhelm Reich's discoveries in the alternative therapies as they impinge on clinical social work. Clinical social workers use Reich's theoretical concepts and treatment techniques that come to them second-hand from the alternative therapies. Social work graduate schools appear not to recommend him to students. Reich's theoretical and treatment concepts concerning body or muscular armor and its three-layered structure are discussed. “Red” and “black” fascism is related to the secondary layer in discussion of the sociopolitical character. Questions related to orgonomic counseling for social workers are raised and recommendations made for social work to open channels of communication with the American College of Orgonomy.