Important new book – Cynical Therapies: Perspectives on the Antitherapeutic Nature of Critical Social Justice

A new book due to be released on the 6th March plays a crucial role in highlighting the dangers of Crucial Social Justice for therapy.

The book, edited by Dr Val Thomas, is entitled ‘Cynical Therapies: Perspectives on the Antitherapeutic Nature of Critical Social Justice‘ and is available on KoboBarnes and Noble, and Apple Books. The printed book is available on Book Depository.

The synopsis for the book is as follows:

Traditional therapy practice is facing a crisis due to the increasing influence of Critical Social Justice (aka ‘wokeness’). Activists are reframing the narrative of therapy, seizing control of professional bodies and institutions, and teaching future therapists to view their primary role. as changing society. Any critique is cancelled: critics are characterised as reactionary and bigoted. A diverse international group of authors comprising psychotherapists, academics, and psychologists are assembled here to present critical perspectives on the antitherapeutic nature of Critical Social Justice. 

The authors consider questions such as: 

• How did therapy become vulnerable to a political authoritarian ideology? 

How can theories drawn from psychology and psychotherapy shed light on the phenomenon of ‘wokeness”? 

• What are the implications of gender ideology for therapeutic practice? 

• How compatible are Critical Social Justice suppositions with established therapy theories and research? 

• What are the implications of the politicisation of professional bodies and training institutes for counselling and psychotherapy? 

Finally, some thoughts are offered about how to push back against an ideology which threatens to turn the clinical space into a site for the moral re-education of vulnerable clients. This book represents an ethical call to action: anyone who wishes to preserve the integrity of therapy needs to stand up and make their voices heard.

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