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The Family Therapy Approach

Its Relevance to Work with Congregations

John Launer

In thinking about how to address this subject, three possible points of entry come to mind. Firstly, there is the theoretical approach. I could, for instance, start with some definitions. What is family therapy? What are its central tenets? What techniques do family therapists use? These are important questions and I will have to address them in some way. However, talking a great deal about theory always runs the risk of dryness, so perhaps it is better to find a more imaginative way of giving you answers to these questions.

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On Shock Therapy

Modernist Aesthetics and American Underground Film

William Solomon

“Shock Therapy” has thrust its non-too-pretty form into the field of psychiatry. Whatever the method of producing ‘shock,’ the process is distasteful. The patient is thrown into a state that is contrary to normal physiological functioning

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Thither and Back Again

An Exploration of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sue Emmy Jennings

Interactive play and child development Neuro-Dramatic Play (NDP) is the developmental paradigm that I have created for therapy, education and parenting, which includes sensory play, messy play, rhythmic play and dramatic play. 1 There is a

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Group Therapy as Revolutionary Praxis: A Sartrean View

Betty Cannon

As a psychologist working with individuals, couples, and groups over the past 25 years, I have become convinced that group therapy holds effective possibilities for treatment that neither individual nor couples therapy can match. In theorizing about why group work holds such potency for changing lives, I have come to place it in a Sartrean context. I believe that group therapy offers a greater possibility for revolutionary praxis than individual or couples therapy. In saying this, I am not talking about political or social revolution, but rather the possibility for radical change in a person's orientation toward the world, which groups tend to provoke and reinforce in a way that is more difficult in other forms of therapy. Sartre's concept of groups in his later philosophy, especially in Search for a Method and the Critique of Dialectical Reason, can help us to understand better this transformative power of groups. Such power is not always positive, of course, as Sartre himself recognizes—and as social and political history so amply demonstrates. But the nature of therapy groups is such that they at least have the potential for positive results.

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Therapy Is a Process That Reduces Injustice

Ian Mordant

The aim of this paper is to discuss what I take to be a new and useful concept of injustice. By means of this concept I think that some of the destructiveness of injustice may be lessened.

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Filthy Old People

Ageism in Israeli Gyms

Esther Hertzog and Assaf Lev

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Based on an ethnographic study the article explores ageism in the context of gyms in Israel. It questions perceptions of ‘old age’ as having self-evident existence. As bodily characteristics are prominent in the social surrounding of the gym, this context serves as a convenient sphere for examining ageism. The findings reveal that fitness activity is perceived by all gym participants as serving to mitigate physical fragility. They also demonstrate that the attitude toward older exercisers shifts from encouragement to contempt and disregard. However, significant differences were found, depending on the contexts and situations, the specific sites, the extent of social integration, and other characteristics.

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Editorial

Penny Welch and Susan Wright

In this issue of Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences , authors from a range of academic disciplines – music therapy, political geography, social policy, international communications and law

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The republic of therapy: triage and sovereignty in West Africa's time of AIDS by Nguyen, Vinh‐Kim

LINDSAY SPRAGUE

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COVID-19 and Its Implications for the Practice of Psychotherapy on Zoom during the Pandemic

Jane Haynes

as the better alternative to ending his therapy. I opened our first Zoom meeting to find him reclining on his bed. (An explanation for which appears later.) He was keen to show me the room furnishings, the paintings and a pile of books. He must use

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Postmodern Depthlessness and the Psyche

Therapy, Displacement and Emotional Simulacra in Carrie Fisher's Postcards From the Edge

Jo Trevenna

cultural currency of psychoanalysis and therapy in the Hollywood community. Postcards From the Edge follows the progress of recovering drug addict, Suzanne Vale, whose experience is often characterised by emotional, psychological, linguistic and reality