Activity and performance (and their discourses) in social therapeutic method

Lois Holzman and Fred Newman

in Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice

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Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592753
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754715 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Activity and performance (and their discourses) in social therapeutic method

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As collaborators on the development of social therapy, Fred Newman and Lois Holzman bring different things to the task. Newman was trained as a philosopher, originated social therapy and practises it, and is a playwright and director. Holzman was trained as a developmental psychologist and psycholinguist, and practises as a teacher, trainer, and researcher. Both of us write on social therapy theory/practice, sometimes together and at other times separately. When we write together, we sometimes speak in one voice and at other times in two (or perhaps more). For this chapter we decided to preserve our two voices. After a brief historical and conceptual overview of our approach, the chapter is organized as three discourses on social therapy as performance. In Discourse 1, we together introduce that topic in relation to the practice of social therapy, the teaching of it, and directing plays. Discourse 2 was written by Holzman who takes a developmental psychologist (Vygotskian) perspective. Discourse 3, written by Newman, is a concise philosophical-political characterization of social therapy's performance modality.

Chapter.  6077 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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