Five College Consortium

What is Psychotherapy?

Subject Name: 
Critical Social Inquiry
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Hampshire College
The mental health professions offer a range of methods for the treatment of mental illness and human suffering but there is often little explanation as to what the various treatments are and how it is they are thought to work. A central question this class will pursue is on what basis should one choose a psychotherapist and type of psychotherapy? We will examine what psychotherapy is from a range of perspectives with the intention of developing a moral and ethical framework through which psychotherapeutic practice can be critically understood. We will explore how shifting cultural values, economic changes in health care funding and accessibility, and the modern era's emphasis on functionality, efficiency and parsimony among other factors, contribute to many popular understandings about psychotherapy. Prerequisite: Prior undergraduate courses in clinical psychology.
Culture, Humanities, and Languages Power, Community and Social Justice Independent Work Writing and Research Students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
Linked Course: 
Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
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This course has unspecified prerequisite(s) - please see the instructor.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

What is Psychotherapy?
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Peter Gilford 02:30PM-05:20PM W R.W. Kern Center 202