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Psychotherapy- Society- and Politics From Theory to Practice


– Psychotherapy, Society, and Politics: From Theory to Practice (2016)
– Forms of Practitioner Reflexivity: Critical, Conversational, and Arts-Based Approaches (2016)
– Beyond Schizophrenia: Living and Working with a Serious Mental Illness (2016)
– Psychoanalysis and Complexity (2014)
– How to Rethink Psychology: New metaphors for understanding people and their behavior

1 This book offers a comprehensive overview of the overlap between personal and political aspects of life within the context of psychotherapy It sketches out a clear and detailed narrative of the complex interrelations between psychotherapy, society, and politics It articulates a theoretical basis for politically conscious and socially responsible therapy work, as well as the guiding principles in implementing this position Many psychotherapists find themselves struggling when faced with political issues that come up in treatment, both overtly and covertly Many of them find value in clarifying political aspects of clients’ lives and psychotherapy itself, but are hesitant to touch upon this loaded issue or do not know how to approach it Nissim Avissar’s book opens up new possibilities of thinking afresh on psychotherapy, in a way that takes into account real life conditions and the effects of professional work on the social environment

2 This edited volume addresses the different methods professionals use to promote a critical reflective and reflexive stance among practitioners, leading to both a reconceptualization of practice and its subsequent change The goal of increased reflection in professional education is intended to expand approaches for professionals to work with diverse others It is also intended to increase their levels of cognitive differentiation and depth of professional consciousness about themselves alongside diverse others in a rapidly changing world This is an important issue in a range of applied professional programs, from education to medicine, social work to psychology, business to criminal justice, in nearly every country in the world

3 The experience of living and working with schizophrenia is often fraught with challenges and setbacks This book is a comprehensive attempt to explain why, in spite of near-miraculous advances in medication and treatment, persons with mental illness fare worse than almost any other disadvantaged group in the labor market As a researcher of economics and disability and the mother of a son with schizophrenia, the author speaks from both professional and personal experience First, she looks at societal factors that affect employment outcomes for persons with schizophrenia (or other serious mental illness), including stigma and discrimination, investments in human capital, the quality of mental health services, and the support of family and friends Then she examines workplace factors that affect employment outcomes, including employer mandates in the Americans with Disabilities Act, the decision to disclose a diagnosis of mental illness at work, the interaction between job demands and functional limitations, and job accommodations for persons with a serious mental illness Giving weight to both perspectives, the final chapter outlines a set of policy recommendations designed to improve employment outcomes for this population

4 Psychoanalysis and Complexity
This book is a rich and articulate discussion on the controversial relationship between the cognitive method related to the sciences dealing with the study of complexity (human sciences) and that related to nature sciences

Scientists indeed, have always been torn by the internal conflict between an apparently exhaustive and linear theory and its uncertain practice, which falsifies and challenges the certainties of the reference models

Psychoanalysis has always been a step forward or a step back compared to science in the epistemological field and constantly in search of an organic relationship with it

The “complex thought”, therefore would clarify quite different phenomena, such as those studied by nature sciences and those investigated by psychoanalysis, providing a common key to interpretation of the processes manifest in them

5 Based on the author’s forty years of experience in psychology, philosophy, and the social sciences, How to Rethink Psychology argues that to understand people we need to know more about their contexts than the dominant modes of thinking and research presently allow Drawing upon insights from sources as diverse as Freud, CBT, quantum physics, and Zen philosophy, the book offers several fascinating new metaphors for thinking about people and, in doing so, endeavors to create a psychology for the future

The book begins by discussing the significance of the key metaphor underlying mainstream psychology today – the ‘particle’ or ‘causal’ metaphor – and explains the need for a shift towards new ‘wave’ or ‘contextual’ metaphors in order to appreciate how individual and social actions truly function It explores new metaphors for thinking about the relationship between language and reality, and teaches the reader how they might reimagine the processes involved in the act of thinking itself The book concludes with a consideration of how these new metaphors might be applied to practical methods of research and understanding change today

How to Rethink Psychology is important reading for upper-level and postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of social psychology, critical psychology, and the philosophy of psychology, and will especially appeal to those studying behavior analysis and radical behaviorism It has also been written for the general reading public who enjoy exploring new ideas in science and thinking mags mags

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