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Unformatted text preview: Psych 222 Context & Social Construction Deconstructing categories Deconstructing relationships Intro to feminist therapy Current context of therapy Current role of therapists Current challenges Assumptions of feminist therapy Core principles Cases
1 Deconstructing Categories
According to your readings: What is the function of the concept of race? How does "race" affect lived experience? What is the function of sexual orientation categories? How are we affected by categories? What is the function of defining an underclass? What is the "undeserving poor?" How has "disability" been used to justify 2 Deconstructing Relationships To what extent are all relationships in society structured by domination and subordination? Can categories exist without power differentials? Is it possible for equality to exist in relationships? What is the therapist's role in helping people create equality in their own relationships? What is the therapist's role in creating equality between groups? To what extent should therapists be advocates? 3 Intro to Feminist Therapy Critical Psychology: questions assumptions Stems from civil rights movement, rape crisis movement and antipsychiatry movement States: Therapy exists in a cultural context and traditional approaches often reflect and reinforce power arrangements 4 Current Context for Therapy: Medical model of clinical psych (Since WW2) Clinicians "treat" "psychopathology" Individual level intervention After the fact Emphasis on treatment of "disease" Corporate ownership of psychotherapy Emphasis on "outcomes" and "accountability" Short term problem focused Standardization in assessment and treatment Clinical trials as "gold standard," seen as unbiased
5 Current Role of Therapist Predominance of CBT model Therapists seen as professional experts Movement toward manualized treatments 6 Current Challenges Drastic cuts in funding for social supports Neighborhood support systems diminishing Punitive policies in schools Emphasize accountability Reduce enrichment Two tiered system of healthcare Increased poverty linked to increased violence, addiction, and risk behaviors
7 Core Principles of Feminist Therapy Clients stories matter (Phenomenology) Integrative: Can be used with different approaches Personal is political Context matters Gender is at the core of power relationships Gender is socially constructed Emphasizes interdependence over autonomy Emphasizes transformation of self and society not just adjustment, symptom reduction, or actualization Sees therapists as agents of social change Believes good therapy is feminist therapy
8 Cases Scott Abby Anna & Sergie 9 ...
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