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Psychotherapy and the Social Clinic in the United States

Soothing Fictions

Authors: Epstein, William M.

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  • Offers a thought provoking critique of a the role of social clinic in American society
  • Argues that the caring services offer the unrealized alternative to clinical treatment, capable of achieving greater personal adjustment as well as social and economic equality
  • Asserts that the social clinic and its myths are collusive products of an entire society
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This book offers a compelling critical analysis of American society by examining the role of psychotherapy within social policy and the culture that has fashioned it. It takes a deeply critical look at ‘the social clinic,’ defined here as a ubiquitous organizational arrangement that includes clinical and community psychology, counseling, clinical social work, psychiatry, much of the self-help industry, complementary and alternative medicine and others. Epstein’s analysis concludes that the social clinic lacks credible evidence of effectiveness and its continued popularity expresses popular but predatory American values such as romantic individualism, the triumph of the subjective, a sense of personal and political chosenness, persistent bigotry, and a preference for tribal as opposed to civic identities. This careful examination of American society through the lens of psychotherapeutic practice characterizes the social clinic as a soothing fiction of the United States.
The book offers caring services as the unrealized alternative to clinical treatment, capable of achieving greater personal adjustment as well as social and economic equality. It will appeal to readers with an interest in social welfare, public policy, and public administration, as well as to students and scholars of psychotherapy, counseling, social work, rehabilitation, and community psychology.

About the authors

William M. Epstein was Professor of Social Work at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA until his retirement in 2019. He is the author of The Masses are the Ruling Classes (2017), Empowerment as Ceremony New (2013), and Democracy without Decency: Good Citizenship and the War on Poverty (2010).

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook 64,19 €
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Hardcover 80,24 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-32749-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychotherapy and the Social Clinic in the United States
Book Subtitle
Soothing Fictions
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32750-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32750-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32749-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 361
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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