Existential psychology, which focuses on the choices people make and the meaning they find in their lives, is enjoying a renaissance in China and parts of Europe, while an increasing number of studies show that its techniques and approaches are often as or more effective than drug treatments.
Now The New Existentialists, a leading movement in existential psychology out of Saybrook University, is introducing a series of articles looking to the future of existential theory and practice. The articles, which examine how therapies that focus on personal insight can make their mark in a culture that values quick fixes, will be written by established existential scholars as well as students and early career professionals. Louis Hoffman, PhD, chair of Saybrook’s Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology specialization and president of the American Psychological Association’s division for humanistic psychology, wrote the inaugural post of the series.
Existential psychology is enjoying a renaissance in China and parts of Europe, while an increasing number of studies show that its techniques and approaches are as or more effective than drug treatments in many cases.
But pharmaceutical companies have billions of dollars to pour into marketing campaigns, and insurance companies don't like to support therapeutic treatment that focuses on individual outcomes. While a recent review in the American Psychological Association's website suggested that existential therapies are at the heart of any effective therapy, academic psychology programs remain stubbornly focused on cognitive behavioral treatment, neuro-psychology, and psychopharmacology.
In this environment, what is the future for Existential psychology? How do its practitioners make their mark in a culture that values quick fixes?
The American Psychiatric Association approved final revisions to the DSM-5 this past weekend, threatening to turn every aspect of human life into a form of “mental illness.”
Now more than ever, Existential Psychology needs to forge its path through the diagnostic morass that mainstream psychology has become to provide a truly human, truly healing alternative to the individual, unique people who come to see us each week.
Starting in January 2013, Saybrook University’s website on existential psychology, The New Existentialists, will commence an original series entitled “The Future of Existential Psychology,” in part as an answer to the state of mainstream psychology today and also to explain what we stand for.
The New Existentialists, a Saybrook University-based website dedicated to promoting the work of the 21st century’s Existential Psychology movement, has added a new section following the controversy surrounding the DSM-V … the so-called “Bible” of psychiatry.
“While the DSM has had a long history of controversy since its first edition was published in 1952, with various factions within the scientific community disagreeing over particular diagnostic criteria or psychiatric assumptions, the current conflict over the latest incarnation of the DSM is rife with disagreement and acrimony,” writes Dr. Donna Rockwell, in her introduction to the new section.
New articles from around the world on the DSM are now being stored on The New Existentialists, for review any time, along with Dr. Rockwell’s explanation of the issues behind the controversy. It is updated regularly, to keep you on top of the issue.
Stanley Krippner to receive the APA's award for distinguished lifetime contributions to humanistic psychology03/14/2012
Saybrook University is thrilled to announced that PHS faculty member Stanley Krippner has been selected to receive the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology.