Historical Precursors to Postmodern Psychology

Online Course
$60.00 – List Price
$60.00 – Member/Affiliate Price
CE Credits
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Postmodern approaches to psychology and psychotherapy have enjoyed increasing popularity, emphasizing a view of knowledge as humanly constructed, fallible, and open to revision, and of psychotherapy as focusing on meaning-making, collaboration, and a plurality of perspectives. These concepts have a long history, the understanding of which may help us to more fully comprehend and embrace their implications. This workshop addresses the historical ancestry of postmodern psychology, beginning with a consideration of three perspectives from over 2000 years ago in ancient Greece, Rome, and India (Sophism, Skepticism, and Buddhism), and subsequently surveying more recent viewpoints from 19th and 20th Century Europe and America (Perspectivism, Pragmatism). The workshop then summarizes and synthesizes several postmodern themes and approaches to implementing a pluralistic perspective on psychology and psychotherapy.           

Part of the APA Online Academy Professional Development Presentation Campus.    

Learning Objectives
  • Comprehend the difference between modernist/foundationalist/realist and postmodern/constructivist/antifoundationalist views of the nature of phenomena and human knowledge.

  • Appreciate the view of “truth,” “reality,” and “self” as socially constructed rather than as correspondence with independent entities.

  • Develop an appreciation of the implications of a postmodern perspective for a psychology of human possibility.

Spencer McWilliams
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