Introducing Social Therapeutics:
A Performatory Approach to Human Development and Learning
**This online conversation is asynchronous – participants are on different time zones, and read/post messages according to their own schedule.
Why should building groups help people suffering from emotional pain? Why should performing on stage help young people develop? Why should pointless conversation develop all of us into better learners? And why should people of all ages and places play more, no matter how busy or difficult life is? These practical questions stem from the success of social therapeutics as a methodology for human social-emotional-intellectual-
For over 20 years, in collaboration with social therapy founder Fred Newman and Institute co-founder and director Lois Holzman, Carrie Lobman has developed innovative applications of social therapeutics in a range of pedagogical settings, with children, adults and families. Her research on play, creativity, learning and development has informed the Institute’s broad meta-psychological critique of mainstream psychology and education. In this 5-week introductory online course, you will learn this critique practically, by exploring the social therapeutic approach at work in key human environments: psychotherapy, classrooms, out-of-school youth programs, and the workplace.
Psychological Investigations: A Clinician’s Guide to Social Therapy, L. Holzman and R. Mendez, Eds.; ‘A Therapeutic Deconstruction of the Illusion of Self,’ by Fred Newman, in Performing Psychology: A Postmodern Culture of the Mind. Can be purchased on amazon.com. Additional readings will be provided electronically (free of charge).
Carrie Lobman, Ed.D. is associate professor at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and the Institute’s director of pedagogy. She is a trained social therapist and a core faculty member in the Institute’s international training programs. A creative teacher and teacher educator, Carrie trains people in the U.S. and internationally in the social therapeutic performance-based approach. She is co-author of Unscripted Learning: Using Improvisation Across the K-8 Curriculum and numerous articles and chapters on the importance of play and performance for learning and development.