Welcome to the ESI
Advancing social therapeutics and performance with colleagues worldwide since 1985.

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Social Therapeutics:  
A Vygotskian / Wittgensteinian Synthesis


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Fred Newman
Co-founder Fred Newman led the Institute with Lois Holzman until his death in 2011.

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Our Library
The Institute Library offers visitors a wide array of books, articles and other educational media.

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ESI Training Opportunities
The East Side Institute offers in-person and online training opportunities for anyone who wishes to continue their education in social therapeutics.

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Revolutionary Conversations
The East Side Institute produces a variety of events relating to social therapeutics both at our New York center and available online.

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Performing the World 2014
The eighth Performing the World (PTW) conference will be held in New York City, October 10-12, 2014.

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The Power of Revolutionary Play
Watch Lois Holzman’s TEDx presentation, “Play Helps Us Grow at Any Age”

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The East Side Institute Welcomes You

The East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy is an international educational, training and research center for developing and promoting alternative and radically humanistic approaches in psychology, therapy, education and community building.



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