The SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice is the first major survey of innovations in professional practice emerging from a social constructionist orientation to social science. This key perspective has been unique in its stimulation of pioneering practices over a broad number of professions. This volume offers insights into the latest developments in theory, showcases the range and variations in practical outcomes, while pointing to emerging directions of development. The Handbook focuses on hands-on practices, while offering the theoretical tools for further enriching their application. The authors are leading figures in their fields, including organizational development, therapy, healthcare, education, research, and community building. The volume will be particularly useful for students, scholars, professional practitioners, and change makers from across the globe. PART ONE: Introduction; PART TWO: Research Practices; PART THREE: Practices in Therapeutic Professions; PART FOUR: Practices in Organizational Development; PART FIVE: Practices in Education; PART SIX: Practices in Healthcare; and PART SEVEN: Community Practices.

Constructing Social Therapeutics

Constructing Social Therapeutics

Constructing social therapeutics
Lois Holzman

Social therapeutics is a 40+-year-old methodology for reinitiating the development of persons and communities through activating their capacity to play, perform, philosophize, and, in that process, create new ways to be, see, and relate. It is also social activism that takes the activity of ongoing social-emotional-cultural-intellectual development to be necessary for world-changing. In other words, to paraphrase Marx (1974), the changing of the world and of ourselves is one and the same task.

Social therapeutics originated in social therapy, the psychotherapy developed in the 1970s by Fred Newman (Holzman and Mendez, 2003). In subsequent decades, social therapy practices expanded from New York City (NYC) across the United States, and was taken out of the therapy ...

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