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This stimulating book explores the long-standing relationship between psychotherapy and politics and argues that from the beginning psychotherapy has had a political face. Documenting instances where ideas from psychotherapy have been incorporated into the political agenda, the book demonstrates the practical value of psychotherapy as an instigator of social and political change. Related to this, attempts to understand and evaluate political life through the application of psychotherapeutic concepts are examined. The author poses a number of key questions, including: What is human nature? Are aggression and violence innate in us? Is the therapeutic relationship inherently unequal? And, is the political an a

Challenging the Institutions of Psychotherapy
Challenging the institutions of psychotherapy

There have been several attempts over the years to challenge and reform the styles of organization which exist in the field of psychotherapy and counselling. In this chapter, we shall looks at three of these, corresponding to the three sections of the last chapter: the Platform group as a response to the IPA, the passe as a Lacanian method of accreditation, and the Independent Practitioners Network as a response to the UKCP and BAC.

The Platform Group

The Platform movement began at the 1969 World Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association, in Rome (Langer 1989, 111–13). This Congress tried to make sense of the stirring revolutionary events of 1968; according to Langer, though, its attempts were ‘totally disappointing. ...

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