101067: Nostalgic Postmodernism

A Story for the Not Yet Self-Identified Postmodern Therapist

About the Course:

This course explains the postmodern turn and how it manifests itself in a therapy context. In the course of this story, the nostalgic therapist emerges, heroically, on center stage, honorably committed to the well-being of clients, yet not fully equipped for the job . Disillusioned with the over sale of prior theories and techniques, the nostalgic postmodern therapist works eclectically, but feels there is something wrong in doing so. Finally, the nostalgia fades as the therapist glimpses the postmodern vision now dawning across Western culture.

Journal/Publisher:

Paralogic Press

Publication Date:

2006

Author

Lois Shawver, Ph.D.

About the Author:

Lois Shawver, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the host of an active online community consisting largely of professional therapists discussing postmodern therapy. She has published numerous papers and book chapters on postmodern therapy as well as her own book: Nostalgic Postmodernism. In addition, Shawver was the narrator and scriptwriter for the DVD, When Wittgenstein and Lyotard Talked with Jack and Jill, which is a drama that introduces postmodern philosophy.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for therapists at all levels of training, but especially for those therapists who find themselves working eclectically.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the postmodern influence on the therapy disciplines as well as the cultural history of postmodernism.

  2. Determine if one is postmodern and, if one is, whether one is a nostalgic postmodern.

  3. Evaluate whether colleagues, clients, and authors are postmodern and explain why you think so.

  4. Recall the history of Western ideas and discuss how and why both the modern and the postmodern emerged.

  5. Recall the history of therapy as a profession and discuss the pros and cons of the postmodern movement.

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