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I - Introductory

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Typically offered:

Upon occasion

Feminist Therapy is focused on empowerment through self-awareness and self-assertion as shaped by an understanding of the larger social and political constructs that influence our thoughts and behaviors. In practice the application of feminist therapy synthesizes tenets of gender-based psychology, psychosocial theories of lifespan development, multicultural analysis, and applied social change activism with the objective of self evolution in relation to personal, social, political, and cultural exchanges.

This course offers an overview of the origins and applications of feminist therapy as a conceptual framework developed in response to androcentric therapies. We will begin by acknowledging the forerunners of feminist therapy such as Karen Horney and Leta Stetter Hollingworth. We will continue studying the contributions of contemporary feminist therapists such as Ellyn Kaschak, Lenore E. Walker, Jean Baker Miller, and Laura Brown, including prominent contributions by women of color in clinical psychology such as the work of Ruth Winifred Howard and Ellen Kitch Childs, and those who are currently pioneering the development of women’s psychology in other countries such as Vindhya Undurti. We will explore the core principles of feminist therapy, and the influences and implications of power and gender biases at play in clinical practice throughout assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Students will have the opportunity to learn about feminist therapeutic techniques.

The objective of the course is to aid students in developing a functional knowledge of feminist therapy and its various clinical applications. Students who have a desire to pursue psychotherapy and social work are encouraged to consider this course as a means of understanding the benefit of feminist therapy in the development of egalitarian therapeutic relationships.

The class format includes lectures, roleplays, media presentations, interviews with guest speakers, group work, and discussions. Opportunities will be provided for students to reflect upon experiences, to practice skills, and apply learning through a community project.

Students will be evaluated on their critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of the course goals and objectives as demonstrated by participation in class activities, responsiveness to required and suggested readings as evidenced by successful completion of course assignments and active participation in lecture generated discussion.


Introductory Psychology and/or courses in Feminist Theory.

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