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ERIC Number: ED307507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing a More Inclusive Curriculum: Revising Courses in Psychotherapy.
Chambliss, Catherine
In many respects clinical psychology has been more sensitive than most to issues related to gender, but many glaring problems remain to be addressed. In the clinical realm of psychology it is especially important to frame more inclusive conceptualizations of adjustment. Ursinus College developed a college-wide program aimed at greater integration of gender in the college curriculum. In this program small groups of faculty from various departments committed to curricular change joined to create reading groups. Participants critiqued their current courses and developed new approaches with the help of their interdisciplinary colleagues. Extensive reading on such topics as feminist therapy fostered an expanded awareness of some of the sexist and racist underpinnings of the field, but more importantly afforded a new perspective from which to reexamine some of the core assumptions that underlie mainstream approaches to the teaching of therapy. Transforming how the classroom operates in light of new understanding of differences in students' ways of knowing will allow more students to embrace their educational experience. Strategies for increasing student participation will emphasize ways to make the classroom atmosphere less personally threatening. Evolving an integrated curriculum requires long-term commitment to experimentation and change. (Examination of a psychology course on the major techniques of psychotherapy is included to illustrate the process of curricular revision. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A