ERIC Number: ED351660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Counseling as a Subversive Activity.
This paper addresses the potential for the practice of psychology (i.e. therapy) to be politically subversive: to challenge and attempt to change the status quo. More specifically, it raises questions for feminist psychologists and therapists about the possibility, the value, and the morality of implementing a style of therapy designed to impel women clients to take political action and challenge the patriarchal status quo, in order to better the condition of women. The paper offers the view that a potential implication of the finding that peer counselors working in a radical feminist social change movement rely on an individualized, psychologized, and humanistic approach to counseling is that it may be professionally trained feminist psychologists who can, and do more often, offer a political-social action type of counseling. The paper expresses the fear that theory and collective commitment to liberate women from the oppression of the patriarchy is becoming lost at the very interstice where personal lives can generate political awareness and action, when feminist counselor meets another woman. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).