The Institute offers a variety of ways for participants to study with us: in-person or online, short-term or long-term, and as part of your personal and/or professional development…
What is Social Therapeutics?: An Introduction to a Postmodern, Performatory Approach
A 5-week online course exploring social therapeutics as a methodology for human social-emotional-intellectual-cultural development in diverse settings (psychotherapy, youth development, education and the workplace). Offered spring, fall and winter. Sign up online here.
Social Therapeutics and the Practice of Method
This certificate program is an opportunity for in-depth study of social therapeutics with Lois Holzman, who worked for over thirty years with Fred Newman in developing the approach. Holzman, along with guest faculty, will guide students in an exploration of the foundations, politics, philosophy and community-based applications of this unique group performatory approach to human development and learning. More
The International Class
A 10-month program in the Institute’s approach to human development and community building. The program combines residencies in New York City and seminars, supervision, and project development sessions conducted online. Open to practitioners, social entrepreneurs and scholars across all disciplines from the NYC area, across the US and throughout the world. More.
Social Therapy as Clinical Practice
- The Weekend Intensive: Learn this powerful approach to group therapy over three intensive weekends in New York. 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. More
- Professional Development Saturdays: Join Christine LaCerva and Institute faculty for a full-day interactive practicum designed for therapists, coaches, counselors and group leaders interested in learning how social therapy and a group-creativity approach can enhance their practices. More
- Conversations for Practitioners: Christine LaCerva welcomes mental health professionals, psychotherapists and counselors to an open forum on current issues in psychology and mental health seen through a social therapeutic lens.
Therapist Training Program
One and two year postgraduate program designed for professionals eligible to practice psychotherapy in New York State: social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, registered nurses, psychiatrists, creative arts therapists, and marriage and family therapists. More.
Discover Development NYC
This fall, spend an unforgettable weekend in the cultural capital of New York learning to see and create environments for growth. Discover Development is a small-group experience designed to introduce you to vibrant performances of personal and community development across NYC. More
Leading Improvisational Learning Environments
This short-term online professional development group for educators of all types (K-12, university, informal learning, adult ed) is designed to enhance creative group building skills and capacities for building more collaborative, playful and participatory learning environments. It responds to the needs of educators for new tools to address the daily demands of teaching — and specifically, for tools that can support students in learning how to learn and developing motivation and confidence. It also provides educators with support in implementing the latest innovations in the areas of human development, learning theory and practice. More
Course of Study
The Institute offers flexible learning options for professionals from a variety of fields to study the social therapeutic method outside of a formalized training program. Individualized courses of study are designed to meet the needs and concerns of students interested in social therapy from different perspectives, among them • clinical practice • postmodern methodology • creative community building • leadership development • a new learning model (for all ages) Contact Lois Holzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our approach to research has “family resemblances” to action, qualitative and participatory research. Drawing upon Vygotsky’s insight that a new unit of study (human activity) requires a new method of study, we radically reject the implicit objective/subjective duality and distance of standard research techniques. We host visiting scholars, including undergraduate interns, graduate students, visiting professors and practitioners, for training and collaboration ranging from a few weeks to a year. Contact Lois Holzman: email@example.com.
Institute faculty serve as consultants to social service agencies, hospitals, schools and other organizations. The focus of our work is to help staff members exercise their creativity, learn to work collaboratively, and shift their focus to activity, improvisation, and development. Staff trainings are conducted both on-site at schools and organizations and at the Institute’s offices. Contact Christine La Cerva: Clacerva@eastsideinstitute.org.
Social Therapy is a group psychotherapy in which clients work together with therapists to create a therapeutically helpful environmnent – meaning an environment for social-emotioal growth. It is a collaborative, philosophically oriented, non-medical model approach that is at the leading edge of the post modern movement in psychology. Interns will be introduced to Social Therapy theory and practice, and to the programs and activites of the Institute. Each intern will meet regularly with a social therapist who will serve as a mentor and advisor, and help conceptualize a final project that expresses the intern’s learning and contributes to the Institute. More.
Practicing psychotherapy is one of the most intimate and demanding of professions. Therapists sit with their clients – hour after hour – listen to their stories, and experience the emotional pain of their lives. What kind of support do therapists need to do the work of helping others develop? How do we deal with the isolation we often feel? How do we continue to grow emotionally ourselves? The answer for many therapists is supervision—a supportive environment to speak with other practitioners, share and try out new ideas, and grapple with all that’s difficult. More.
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100% Refund minus $35.00 Admin Fee or Credit
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75% Refund minus $35.00 Admin Fee or Credit
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50% Refund minus $35.00 Admin Fee or Credit
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