2018 Class

Welcome students.  On this page you will find the syllabus for Fall 2019, as well as links to the required readings.  Future courses and readings will be updated.

Fall 2018: Foundations – Critical Therapy

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of critical therapy.  Students will learn about the basic tenants of: psychoanalysis, critical psychology, critical pedagogy and liberation psychology.  Students also familiarize themselves with the three stages of critical therapy. Further, this course conceptualizes the therapeutic process in the context of changing perspectives about the therapeutic relationship and orients the students to the rich curriculum to follow.  Clinical issues students will face in the beginning of treatment with patients will be also be and basic definitions central to critical therapy will be examined including: assessment, transference, countertransference, the analytic stance, and power.


Spring 2019: Transference: The Playground for Therapy


Summer 2019: First Phase of Critical Therapy


Fall 2019: Critical Theory, Critical Psychology and Critical Psychoanalysis

This course introduces critical theory in the context of struggles for social justice, its implications for psychology, psychoanalysis and clinical practice. We will look at the writings of: Marx, Freud, Fromm, Marcuse and Habermas, and pay particular attention to the application of critical theory to psychoanalysis, and clinical praxis.  We will also discuss postcolonial theory, poststructuralism, deconstruction, feminism, and queer theory as they may inform the clinical hour and interact with critical psychology. We will pay particular attention to how psychology and clinical practice have been tacitly linked with dominant power structures.