Social Therapeutics @ the Grassroots and in the Academy
with Lois Holzman & Guests
February 23 -May 20, 2018
This advanced, 12-week course offers an in-depth study of the foundations of Fred Newman and Lois Holzman’s social therapeutics and its current practice. Led by Institute co-founder, Lois Holzman, the course will include guest faculty whose work in diverse communities and environments in the US and internationally is strongly influenced by the Newman-Holzman approach.
What new conceptions – new ‘tools and results’ – might we discover in an exploration of colleagues’ varied practice of social therapeutics and its evolution at the grassroots and in the academy?
A 12-Week Developmental Challenge
We begin with a four-week intensive study of Newman and Holzman’s Unscientific Psychology: A Cultural-Performatory Approach to Understanding Human Life, which introduces a non-epistemic, activity theoretic, group performatory approach to human development and learning. We examine the contributions that cultural-historical activity theory, social constructionism, performance studies and philosophy of language have made to social therapeutics.
We follow with a reading of Holzman’s Vygotsky at Work and Play (2nd Edition) in tandem with presentations by, and intensive dialogue with, guest faculty. What are these scholars, psychologists and therapists, theatre artists and practitioners discovering about human development and building community using the conceptual tools of social therapeutics? What new discoveries have these conceptions produced, and can our class investigation continue to advance these discoveries?
Access Powerful Conceptual Tools
- Lev Vygotsky, Ludwig Wittgenstein and a cultural-performatory understanding of human life
- Selves and Identities
- Zone of proximal development, revisited
- Individuals, groups and human development
- Languaging and the thinking-speaking dialectic
- Philosophy and modern psychology’s glorification of the individual
- Mental illness and alienation
- The performatory dialectic of being-and-becoming
- Human activity-practical-critical, tool-and-result, revolutionary
Create the Conversation
Conferencing – Every other week Skype (or Zoom) conference calls and live chats with guest faculty.
Online discussion – Ongoing and continuous discussion on source materials, assignments and guest faculty. It’s asynchronous so you can add to it at any time.
Lois Holzman, Ph.D. is the co-founder and director of the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy and the founder and chief organizer of the bi-annual Performing the World conference. Her teaching, research and writing have developed in tandem with and in service to her community organizing work. Over forty years Lois has built and led grassroots organizations that are engaging poverty and underdevelopment utilizing the transformative power of performance. She is mentor and coach to hundreds of scholars, educators, artists and community activists around the globe, and, along with them, she is helping to usher in performance activism as a new approach to community development and social change. The author/editor of ten books and dozens of chapters and articles, Lois also blogs at loisholzman.org, Psychology Today, and Mad in America.
Tuition $850. (Students are responsible for purchasing required texts.)