SOCIAL THERAPY

Social Therapy is a new approach that is not developed by Freud but by Fred Newman. Though there is similarity in the name of these two leading professionals but there isn’t any similarity in therapy structure. The former aims at analyzing each & every behavior pattern while the latter believed in improvisation, activity & performance oriented therapy.

Dr. Fred Newman introduced Social therapy & his therapy is aimed at development & growth of every individual. He is least bothered in labeling a person as depressed, Schizophrenic & so on. According to him whatever a person is suffering from- the development process has no end. They say that although development often stopped after illness, it could be reinitiated at any point in life. Even adults could grow & develop.

Dr. Fred Newman & Social therapy respects each & every human being, believes in the potentialities of every individual. That human being can make mistake & may not know everything that others know is an acceptable fact to Fred & Lois who works together at East Side Institute, New York & has spread Social Therapy – a post modern psychotherapy throughout the world. “It frees an individual from his effort to feel the stress to always prove to others & to self that I am Knowledgeable”

Dr. Fred Newman & his therapy empowers patients to own the therapy & take an active role in the process of their own “Cure” He believes that each individual can be active changers of our lives & our society. Works to create an environment in which we – human beings- grow & develop, so that we can make the changes that we feel need to happen.

He observed that emotional pains are endemic in postmodern, postindustrial society. He also observed that emotional blocks often interfere with the learning process, holding it back or otherwise distorting it. He worked to make the problems vanish. -Indeed to deny that there is a problem. He thinks life is not a problem; it is an activity. Only if it is lived as an activity, he insisted can it be developmental.

One of the most important principles of the Social therapeutic approach is that although we live in the culture of getting, people are helped much more- emotionally & developmentally by giving than they are by getting. He meant by giving the active sharing of all emotional possessions in appropriate environments.

He has read the Indian philosophy- the Veda, the Upanishad & most of his writings & therapies are a proof of his inclination to Eastern way of thinking & believing.

“The Social therapeutic approach teaches people to create environments in which people are supported & encouraged to practice a way of living that is different from what we are used to in our getting culture.”

To him, a people who is responding violently or abusing others is not a bad person but emotionally ignorant. He make them learn a way to be different in approach or create an environment which would be different.

If a husband is hurting his wife- social therapy asks the man to be creative & come away from his fixed negative male dominated role that he has learnt from his childhood. Rather it focuses what other reaction patterns a man can do to get the attention & love of his wife.

Often we are tied up in rigid images & accept our self as kind, angry or in some fixed images. But each individual has a capacity to develop & come out of those fixed rigid roles in which he has been habituated for years together.
He believes in transforming ones life & performing in a different role, which one has never tried before. The Social Therapeutic framework does not make use of a problem- solution framework, because they do not believe it is useful Rather they support people to make moves , without prescribing what moves they ought to make. They do not label people as alcoholics, drug addicts- but help them to live it. It is judgment free, guilt free zone where an individual can feel free to break away from his own fixed image.

From the Social therapeutic point of view, every human being – whatever his or her Psychological diagnosis, score on a standard IQ test or any other societal label- has an unlimited capacity for development. Accordingly the social therapeutically approach relates to people not in terms s of their pathology or their problems , but as human beings who may be undeveloped, or underdeveloped , but whose development can nevertheless be reinitiated at any time.

In short some special features of social therapy are-
 Respect towards human being
 Non Judgmental approach
 Trust & belief in the potentialities of every human being
 Transforming human being not by advice but by empowering them to create an environment or providing solution to their emotional blocks

Fields in which Social therapy is needed
1)In schools to make the students transform in to learners not mere individuals who has a task to acquire knowledge only.
To make learning playful & interesting
To make the students & the teachers develop through the process where it becomes not a one way process of giving & getting but a both way process of learning where both the teachers & the students are benefited from it
2) House wives who live a life in a fixed role determined by the society & feels depressed when their children become independent. There is no end point of development. So irrespective of age anyone can start Social therapy for his/ her development
3) People after retirement often suffer from loneliness & a feeling of emptiness amongst them. Social therapy can make their life fulfilled & help them to understand & develop a new perspective in their lives.
4) In Corporate Sector improvisation & training can help them to increase their motivation level. They have already made a programme in Infosys, India
5) People with any form of mental illness or disability

Transforming the life of people & making them the active players in it is the art of Social therapy. India would also be benefited by this new approach, which can be practiced so widely in many different sectors. There is good news also. Social therapy is going to be started very soon in India. One can get training as well as join Social Therapy sessions & transform their life for a better tomorrow. For details about Social therapy contact
www.eastsideinstitute.org
www.performingtheworld.org
& ishitasanyal@hotmail.com in India

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The first time opportunity to learn Social Therapy In India

Social Therapy is a new approach that is not developed by Freud but by Fred Newman of East Side Institute, New York. Though there is similarity in the name of these two leading professionals but there isn’t any similarity in therapy structure. The former aims at analyzing each & every behavior pattern while the latter believed in improvisation, activity & performance oriented therapy. It is a postmodern Psychotherapeutic Approach & be a leader in it. It is aimed at development & growth of every individual.


East Side Institute is pioneer in promoting Social Therapy throughout the world. It has changed the life of millions & helped the people to grow & develop. It has transformed the life of people in an amazing performance based module. One can get a glimpse of their work from www.eastsideinstitute.org & www.performingtheworld.org
Ishita Sanyal is the first Indian to have completed its training from the institute & starting this new mode of Therapy in India

Dr. Fred Newman & his therapy empowers patients to own the therapy & take an active role in the process of their own “Cure” He believes that each individual can be active changers of our lives & our society. Works to create an environment in which we – human beings- grow & develop, so that we can make the changes that we feel need to happen.

Course details :


It is a six months certificate course. A person who lives at Kolkata can come for once a week to complete the course. It would start from August 15 & continue till February 15th. Willing people outside Kolkata can also avail the opportunity though internet facilities. But they would have to come once at Kolkata & stay for 10 days.

Eligibility for the course- Any person who wants to bring change in his life & also in the life of others for making a better tomorrow. People involved in developmental work would be the first priority.

Course fees – It is Rs 8000/ only for the six months course. Interested candidates can mail us back for further details. For Registration please contact us as soon as possible. The last date for Registration is 15th August
For Registration Form Contact us immediately in the following address
Ishita Sanyal
Director
Social Therapy

socialtherapyindia@gmail.com







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