Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Social Therapy

  • Lois Holzman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_293


Social therapy (and the broader practice/theory of social therapeutics) is an approach to human development and learning that challenges many of psychology’s and psychiatry’s presuppositions: about persons; therapy, the therapeutic relationship, and therapeutic discourse; illness, cure, and treatment; emotions and cognition; and mind, body, and brain. This orientation locates social therapy within the diverse grouping of nonmedical model approaches that identify as postmodern, discursive, collaborative, and/or social constructionist.

Most critical psychologies fault mainstream psychology for having misidentified its subject matter in one of three ways: (1) by treating a privileged subset as normative (identity-based critique); (2) by being based in and biased by a capitalist, sexist, Eurocentric world view (ideology-based critique); and/or (3) by misappropriating the natural and physical science method and its epistemological presuppositions (epistemologically based...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.East Side InstituteBrooklynUSA