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"The Psychology of Political Philosophies and Worldviews--Understanding Our Client's (and Our Own) Political Ideologies"

When: 8/4/2017
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Where: LACPA Confrence Room
6345 Balboa Blvd., Bldg 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: Kenneth Rasmussen, Psy.D., Ph.D.

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Friday,  August 4, 2017

Philosophy for Psychotherapists SIG presents a discussion of: 


"The Psychology of Political Philosophies and Worldviews--Understanding Our Client's (and Our Own) Political Ideologies"


Presenter - Kenneth Rasmussen, Psy.D., Ph.D.



9:00 - 10:30 am

Location: LACPA Office, Encino

RSVP to Kenneth Rasmussen, Psy.D., Ph.D., PSY 23810



Therapists over the last year have witnessed how our highly polarized and charged political process has been affecting both our clients (and often their relationships), and themselves, including therapists' countertransference toward certain clients, a questioning of the traditional assumption that political discussion should not enter into clinical work, and a growing sense that as psychotherapists, we have something valuable to contribute in addressing our current political crisis.  

Join us for a discussion of these questions:

What insights have philosophers and  psychologists developed to offer toward explaining why people embrace certain political ideologies and hold their political beliefs so strongly.

-What is the psychological function of ideology and fixed belief systems? How can philosophy enhance our understanding of this? 

-What are the emotional/psychic  and "core schema" roots of ideologies and especially those termed "extremist"?

-What are the social and cultural factors fueling the extreme political polarization that is pervasive today? 

-How can we utilize our psychological understanding of political ideology to manage our countertransference and help our patients? 

- How can we as clinicians begin to engage in politics (and address the crisis of our democracy) in a way that utilizes our psychological expertise and is congruent with our professional integrity?


Those who RSVP will be sent links for recommended reading. We will also focus on three recent books which are very pertinent for this topic: : Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, and J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis, and Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. You are invited to come and share your ideas and experiences regarding this important area that affects our clients, our profession, and our common civic life. 


Parking info for Weekday/daytime meetings:


The LACPA office address is THE ENCINO OFFICE PARK, 6345 Balboa Blvd, Building 2, Suite 126, Encino, CA 91316 - second building from Balboa Blvd., conveniently located near ample free daytime/weekday street parking on Balboa Blvd, south of Victory Blvd.  Both sides of Balboa have all day free parking.  There is also plenty of free parking at the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex on the west side of Balboa, south of Victory, 6201 Balboa Blvd. (2nd driveway past the Busway). 2-3 minute walk to the office door.  Wherever you park, please check the signs. 


Parking at The Encino Office Park lot between the hours of 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. is restricted to building tenants only.  Please, do not park in the lot at the building.





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