CATEGORY: 2022 Fall Courses

PSY-515 Social Dimensions of Psychotherapy (F22 WE)

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

In every nation, the rate of mental illness rises in direct proportion to the level of income inequality. Yet psychotherapy rarely considers the impact of social context on mental health. The result is attribution error: the clients’ behaviours are viewed as poor choices or character defects rather than as reasonable responses to unreasonable social conditions. In order to facilitate the therapist-client alliance, therapists must understand, and be able to explain to their clients, the impact of social conditions on mental health. Topics include: the social determinants of health; why most clients are women; how oppressive conditions generate intra-personal and interpersonal conflict; and responding to internalized oppression