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New issue – History of the Human Sciences


The new issue of the History of the Human Sciences on Psychotherapy in Historical Perspective could be of interest to H-madness readers. The issue is edited by Sarah Marks and contains the following articles:

Sarah Marks, Introduction: Psychotherapy in historical perspective

This article will briefly explore some of the ways in which the past has been used as a means to talk about psychotherapy as a practice and as a profession, its impact on individuals and society, and the ethical debates at stake. It will show how, despite the multiple and competing claims about psychotherapy’s history and its meanings, historians themselves have, to a large degree, not attended to the intellectual and cultural development of many therapeutic approaches. This absence has the potential consequence of implying that therapies have emerged as value-free techniques, outside of a social, economic and political context. The relative neglect of psychotherapy, by contrast with the attention historians have paid to other professions, particularly psychiatry, has also underplayed its societal impact. This article will foreground some of the instances where psychotherapy has become an object of emerging historical interest, including the new research that forms the substance of this special issue of History of the Human Sciences.

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New Book: Greg Eghigian, The Corrigible and the Incorrigible: Science, Medicine, and the Convict in 20th Century Germany


Greg Eghigian – Associate Professor of Modern History at Penn State University and co-editor of h-madness – has just published a new book with University of Michigan Press that explores the application of psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy in the correctional rehabilitation of prisoners in Germany.

The Corrigible and the Incorrigible explores the surprising history of efforts aimed at rehabilitating convicts in 20th-century Germany, efforts founded not out of an unbridled optimism about the capacity of people to change, but arising from a chronic anxiety about the potential threats posed by others. Since the 1970s, criminal justice systems on both sides of the Atlantic have increasingly emphasized security, surveillance, and atonement, an approach that contrasts with earlier efforts aimed at scientifically understanding, therapeutically correcting, and socially reintegrating convicts. And while a distinction is often drawn between American and European ways of punishment, the contrast reinforces the longstanding impression that modern punishment has played out as a choice between punitive retribution and correctional rehabilitation. Focusing on developments in Nazi, East, and West Germany, The Corrigible and the Incorrigible shows that rehabilitation was considered an extension of, rather than a counterweight to, the hardline emphasis on punishment and security by providing the means to divide those incarcerated into those capable of reform and the irredeemable.

Call for Papers: The History of Psychotherapy in North and South America

michael-rougier-psychiatrist-carl-rogers-leading-a-panel-discussing-mental-health-issuesHistory of Psychology invites submissions for a special issue on the history of psychotherapy in North and South America.

The history of psychotherapy is a topic that cuts across disciplines and cultures. In North America, psychotherapy pre-dates Freud in the faith healing and liberal protestant movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century, even as Freud took the limelight, the practice passed through many professions including neuropathology, psychiatry, social work, the ministry and clinical psychology, as well as marriage and family counseling, nursing, and a host of others. Psychotherapy also became the darling of cinema and literature. And yet, psychotherapy has never been a licensed profession. Anyone can hang out a shingle as a “psychotherapist.” Psychotherapy has thus been both a staple of, and a lens onto, medicine, science and culture for nearly 125 years.

How can we make sense of this ubiquitous and yet historically elusive practice? This special issue of HOP opens up the conversation to historians from a broad spectrum of specialties. We welcome contributions on any aspect of the subject in North or South America, but ask contributors to keep within the time-frame of late 19th century (when the term “psychotherapy” originated) to the present.

We are excited to announce that this special issue will be coordinated with a special issue of History of the Human Sciences on the history of psychotherapy in Europe (guest editor Sarah Marks). This simultaneous publication of two special issues on the history of psychotherapy marks the beginning of an international conversation about what psychotherapy is and how its practices have proliferated across time and culture.

The submission deadline is January 1, 2016.

The main text of each manuscript, exclusive of figures, tables, references, or appendixes, should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages (approximately 7,500 words).

Initial inquiries regarding the special issue may be sent to the guest editor, Rachael Rosner <> or the regular editor, Nadine Weidman <>.

Conference: Psychotherapeutics from the York Retreat to the Present Day (London, October 2013)

Conference: Psychotherapeutics from the York Retreat to the Present Day

UCL Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines

Friday, 11 October 2013 at 11:00 – Sunday, 13 October 2013 at 18:00 (BST)

London, United Kingdom

A 3-day international conference bringing together historians, clinical practitioners and anthropologists to present original research and discuss the development of psychotherapies since the 18th century.


 Friday 11th October


10.30 Registration opens, Old Refectory, UCL Main Building


Welcome address


18th and 19th Centuries


Edward Brown (Independent scholar)

François Leuret:  Nineteenth Century Psychotherapist

Sharlene Walbaum (Quinnipian University, Connecticut)

Moral Therapies Before the York Retreat: Work and Therapeutics in 18th C English and Scottish Asylums’

Andrea Korenjak (Paris-Lodron-University, Salzburg)

Music and “Moral Treatment”: Music as Therapeutic Medium in the 19th Century as Reflected in Present-Day Music Therapy Concepts

Lunch 12.30-14.00


Late 19th Century


Sarah Chaney (University College London)

The Action of the Imagination: Daniel Hack Tuke and Late Victorian Psychotherapeutics


Thibaud Trochu (University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Lourdes’s ‘miraculous’ healings as viewed by a protestant scientist


C. Bartolucci and G.P Lombardo (University of Rome Sapienza)

The renewal in the diagnosis and treatment of the abnormal subjects according to Enrico Morselli(1852-1929)

15.00-15.30 coffee break


Early-Mid 20th Century


Monika Ankele (University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf)

Occupational Therapy in Germany during the Weimar Period (1918-1933)

David Freis (European University Institute, Florence)

Subordination, Authority, Psychotherapy: Mental Hygiene and Politics in Interwar Vienna

Simon Taylor (Columbia University New York)

Between Philosophy and Psychotherapeutics: Existential Analysis and the Birth of Anxiety


Psychiatry in the ‘60s and ‘70s

Peter Agulnik, Craig Fees, David Kennard, David Millard, & John Hall (British Psychological Society)

Harnessing personal experience in understanding the development of therapeutic communities and environments: an Oxford case history

Kateřina Lišková (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Everything for the Couple: Sex Therapy in Czechoslovakia during Normalization

Saturday 12th October


Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


Susan Lamb (McGill University)

Importing, Appropriating, and Condemning Psychoanalysis:Adolf Meyer’s Use of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Technique at Johns Hopkins, 1913-1917

Arthur Eaton (University College London)

Undercurrents: the history of lay psycho-analysis in the USA

Dee McQuillan (University College London)

Bringing Psychoanalysis to Bloomsbury: Strachey and the Translation of Freud into English.

12.00-13.30 lunch


Art Therapies

Susan Hogan

History of Art Therapy

Imogen Wiltshire (University of Birmingham)

On the Historical Origins of British Art Therapy: Arthur Segal, Painting and German Modernism

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch (University of the Sciences, Philadelphia)

The Proof is in the Brush-Stroke: Diagnosing and Treating Psychiatric Patients through Art

14.30-15.30 coffee break


Transcultural Contexts

 Nancy Rose Hunt (University of Michigan)

Neurasthenia and Vernacular Therapies the Colonial Situation of the Congo


Yu-Chuan Wu (Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan)

Psychotherapy at Home: Morita Therapy for Neurotic Disposition in Japan, 1919-1945

Roland Littlewood (University College London)

Anthropological Approaches and Transcultural Psychiatry


Sunday 13th October



New Paradigms in Modern Psychotherapy


Sonu Shamdasani (University College London)

Notes on Wellbeing in 20th Century Psychotherapy


Felicity Callard (University of Durham)

Behavioural Therapy and the Calibration of Anxiety

Rachel Rosner (Independent Scholar)

To Manualize Psychotherapy: Aaron T. Beck and the Creation of the Manualized Treatment Protocol



Hallucinogens and Psychotherapy


Matei Iagher (University College London)

Ronald Sandison and the Use of LSD in Psychotherapy

Jelena Martinovic (University of Lausanne)

Bootstrappers Seeking to Understand Creativity: Experimental Science, Psychiatry and Cybernetics (1960-1970)


Sarah Marks

Stanislav Grof and LSD Psychotherapy

14.30-15.00 coffee break


Concepts and Debates in Modern Psychotherapy


Stephanie Pache (University of Lausanne)


Ulrich Koch (Johns Hopkins University)

Cruel to be kind? The politics of professionalism and the controversies over therapists’ displays of emotions in the consulting room (ca. 1940-1980)

Andreas Sommer (University of Cambridge)

Discarnate Spirits as Pathogens and Cure in Modern Western Psychiatry

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CFP: From Moral Treatment to Psychological Therapies (UCL)

CFP: From Moral Treatment to Psychological Therapies: Histories of Psychotherapeutics from the York Retreat to the Present Day.

Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines, UCL
11-13th October 2013

Whilst the history of psychiatry has become a well developed field of scholarship, there remain few examinations of psychotherapeutic treatments beyond histories of psychoanalytic approaches. This conference will bring together recent historical research on therapeutic treatments for mental distress and disorder, from the 18th century up to the present. It seeks to explore how such therapies were developed, their institutional and intellectual contexts, and the debates and controversies which may surround their use. ‘Psychotherapeutics’ is defined in its broadest terms, and is intended to include approaches that have been accepted by the medical or state establishments, as well as those practiced outside official institutional settings. Such modes of therapy could include moral treatment, mesmerism, mental healing, ‘talking’ therapies with a wide variety of theoretical bases, from psychoanalysis to cognitive therapy, as well as professional interventions such as those from psychiatric nursing, mental health social work, occupational therapy, play therapy and art therapy.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• The philosophical basis of therapies, such as existential, gestalt or behavioural approaches etc.
• Connections between the generation of therapeutic methods and their orginators’ biographies.
• Institutional, economic and political influences on the development of therapeutic practice.
• Psychotherapeutics in the health services.
• The professionalization and regulation of psychotherapeutic practice.
• The relationship between psychotherapeutic methods and other fields of knowledge, e.g. pedagogy, criminology, the neurosciences etc.
• Debates and controversies about psychotherapeutic approaches.
• The development of specific approaches for different age groups.
• Psychotherapeutic concepts in popular culture and the media.

Abstracts of up to 500 words for 20 minute papers should be sent to Sarah Marks at Proposals for themed panels with a maximum of four participants are also welcome. The deadline for individual papers and panel proposals is the 10th June 2013. Participants will be notified whether their papers have been accepted by 20th June 2013.

CfP: History of Counselling in Canada

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Counselling
and Psychotherapy: History of Counselling in Canada

Submit proposal by Jan. 7, 2013

The Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy intends to publish a
special issue devoted to the History of Counselling in Canada. Dr. Sharon
Robertson and Dr. William Borgen will be the Guest Editors for this theme

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Counselling and
Psychotherapy Association in 2015, it is timely to reflect on the past,
present, and anticipated future of counselling in Canada. One-page
proposals for manuscripts are requested for this special issue that
centres on conceptual, research, and practical issues related to the
history of counselling in Canada.

Manuscripts should address topics pertaining to the evolution of
counselling in Canada such as the following: the development of ethical
standards, certification and credentialing standards, program
accreditation standards; changes in counselling paradigms, the practice of
counselling, counselling diverse clients; developments in speciality areas
such as career counselling, school counselling, family counselling,
post-secondary counselling; research in counselling; and the evolution of
counselling in various regions of Canada. Other topics related to the
history of counselling in Canada are encouraged.

The proposals should be submitted to the Guest Editors by January 7, 2013.

The deadline for manuscripts of accepted proposals is July 2, 2013.

In Session: Psychotherapists Undergoing Psychotherapy

The latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology features a special issue on psychotherapists discussing their own experiences undergoing psychotherapy.  As editor Jesse D. Geller explains, the issue

… provides 6 psychologists’ narrative accounts of their own personal therapies and a practice-friendly research review on the characteristics of therapist-patients and their own treatment experiences. In response to a standard set of questions, highly experienced psychotherapists hailing from diverse theoretical commitments wrote the accounts. Their accounts illuminate subtle nuances of the therapeutic relationship and treatment outcome, perhaps more fully than other sources of data. Much of value can be learned from these essays and the research findings about the linkages between receiving and conducting psychotherapy and about the technical and emotional challenges that arise when treating a patient who shares the same profession.

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