Welcome to the ESI: Home of The International Class
Advancing social therapeutics and performance with colleagues worldwide since 1985.

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The International Class
Because what the world needs now is creativity, community and development!

A year-long exploration of the Institute’s social-therapeutic, performatory approach to social activism and community building, led by Lois Holzman and faculty. Read the stories of our talented alumni HERE.
Performing the World
Can we perform our way to power? Some 400 participants and over 100 volunteers from 34 countries gathered in September, 2016, for the ninth biennial Performing the World conference hosted at the All Stars Project, Inc. The conference returns September 21-23 to New York City.

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Social Therapeutics:  
A Vygotskian / Wittgensteinian Synthesis


See some favorite quotes from Wittgenstein
Fred Newman
Co-founder Fred Newman —  the creator of social therapy — led the Institute with Lois Holzman until his death in 2011. The author of numerous books and plays, he was the catalyst for building community-based developmental psychological, educational and cultural projects independently funded and volunteer driven.

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Meet Our Social Therapy and Emotional Development faculty!
Headed by Christine LaCerva (2nd from left) it includes Rafael Mendez (left), Barbara Silverman (2nd from right), Hugh Polk, MD (right), along with Rachel Mickenberg and Joyce Dattner (not pictured). Learn More
Revolutionary Conversations
The Institute offers introductory and advanced courses in Social Therapeutics in our New York classrooms and online.

Want to change the world? Come Discover Development!

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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 humanizing approaches in psychology, therapy, education and community building.



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