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Humanistic Psychology for the 21st Century & Beyond

4 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $39.00

Co-developed by Ilene Serlin, Ph.D. and Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D.

Course includes a rare video of a special interview with Laura Perls

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

his is an introductory course on Humanistic Psychology. Humanistic Psychology provides us with a treatment model that is client-centered and which emphasizes strengths rather than pathologies. Humanistic Psychology emphasizes the power of the human being to exercise choice, commitment and authenticity in life. It build on strengths and creativity, and helps people discover the meaning and purpose in their lives, work and relationships. This course considers the relevance of Humanistic Psychology today. It reviews the founding principles and key figures, and includes a videotaped interview between Ilene Serlin and Laura Perls. It also provides insight about how Humanistic Psychology can be applied to special populations.

The course is comprised of four articles and a videotaped interview. The first article, "Humanistic Psychology," reviews basic definitions, history and issues in existential and humanistic psychologies. It traces ITS roots in Greek and European philosophy, and it follows the evolution into a psychotherapeutic practice in American psychology. This section is followed by a video of an interview with Dr. Laura Perls, one of the founders of Gestalt Therapy. The second article, "A Humanistic Perspective on Trauma," discusses the application of humanistic psychology to the study of trauma, and it shows how the emphasis on the basic human need to find meaning in the face of mortality provides a unique perspective on trauma psychology. The third article, "Humanistic Psychology and Women: A Critical-Historical Perspective," introduces the role of women in humanistic psychology and the relationship between feminist psychology, women's ways of knowing and humanistic psychology. Finally, "Positive Psychology and Humanistic Psychology" discusses the relationship between humanistic psychology and positive psychology. While positive psychology has its roots in humanistic principles of personal growth, resiliency, responsibility and a non-pathological model of human development, humanistic psychology also includes dimensions of depth, tragedy and the body.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify the history, theory and basic issues in humanistic psychology.

2.    Apply basic issues of humanistic psychology to the psychology of trauma.

3.    Apply basic issues of humanistic psychology to the psychology of women.

4.    Compare and contrast humanistic psychology with the related new field of positive psychology.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction to Humanistic Psychology
  • Existential and Humanistic Psychology in America
  • Issues in Humanistic Psychology
  • Clinical Applications & Interventions
  • Therapist Training Principles
  • The Role of Women in Humanistic Psychology
  • Special and rare interview with Laura Perls
  • Women's Ways of Knowing and Humanistic Psychology
  • Contributions of Humanistic Psychology to Positive Psychology
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