Doing Psychology Critically: Making a Difference in Diverse by Isaac Prilleltensky

By Isaac Prilleltensky

How can psychologists comprise fresh insights approximately energy, values, and inequality of their paintings? what's the function of social justice within the perform of psychology? during this hugely readable e-book, the authors take on those questions and suggest possible solutions. this can be the 1st publication to translate into motion the rules of severe psychology. utilizing a value-based framework the authors suggest instructions for severe perform in medical, counseling, academic, health and wellbeing, group and paintings settings.

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As I began doing community research as a young, untenured academic, I quickly found that there was a lot more to research than I’d anticipated. I learned that I needed to develop collaborative relationships with people in community settings and to ask questions that were meaningful and useful to them, not just research out of theoretical curiosity. For example, in the research on mental health and housing needs, I remember sitting in the regional health department and talking with a group of public health nurses about the research.

In this section we tend to concentrate more on graduate or postgraduate education, as graduate courses in psychology have more explicit goals of training teachers, researchers, and practitioners. However, we do not neglect undergraduate education, as it reaches a large number of students who pursue a number of different work and career options (including work in human services and education), as well as providing a foundation for graduate education for a smaller, more select group of students. Moreover, we believe that undergraduate education in critical psychology provides a basic training in citizenship that involves an understanding and critical analysis of social issues and suggests possibilities for citizen participation and social action.

When psychologists ignore social and political antecedents of problems, and when they arrogate power, they are more likely to abide by the reigning and oppressive status quo. Empowering practices, on the other hand, strive to raise consciousness about the societal origins of problems and seek to share power. Social ideals of equality cannot be pursued in relations that promote inequality. The way we do things is not just a means to an end, but an end in itself. Hence, we do not accept domination in therapeutic relationships, however minimal, strategic or momentary.

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