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EP90 IA20 - Drugs and the State: A Critical Look at Drug Education and Drug (Abuse) Treatment

Invited Address 20 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990 - Session 9 - Drugs and the State: A Critical Look at Drug Education and Drug (Abuse) Treatment, featuring Thomas Szasz, MD.

With discussant Rollo May, PhD.

Moderated by Joseph Barber, PhD.



Dr. Szasz will present a brief historical review of drug controls in the United States; a critical analysis of the transformation of the trade in drugs from a free market at the beginning of the century to a tightly statist system of controls today; and a market-oriented analysis of the "drug problem."


Educational Objectives:

  1. To present the political-economic context of the trade in drugs: i.e., by what means are various drugs available, or not available, in our society today
  2. To provide a free-market analysis of drug abuse (drug addiction) as a social problem, identify the incentives that define the "problem" as a disease," and indicate some of the highly problematic consequences of the War on Drugs
  3. To offer a critical - moral and political - perspective on the War on Drugs and the lessons this contemporary crowd madness holds for a better understanding of the true nature and function of all types of psychotherapy and psychopathology 



Product Details
Topic Areas:
Invited Address
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990
Thomas Szasz |  Rollo May
1 Hour 21 Minutes
Audio Only
Original Program Date:
Dec 12, 1990
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Thomas Szasz's Profile

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Thomas S. Szasz, (M.D., University of Cincinnati, 1944) was Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He was recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanist fo the Year Award from the American Humanist Association and the Distinguished Service Award from teh American Institute for Public Service. He has received a number of honorary doctorates and lectureships, and served on the editorial board or as consulting editor for ten journals.

Szasz has authored approximately 400 articles, book chapters, reviews, letters to the editor and columns. He has written 19 books.

Rollo May's Profile

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Rollo R May, PhD In 1949, Rollo May received the first Ph/D in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. In 1938, he was awarded a Master's of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Currently, he is in private practice in Tiburon, California. The author or co-authoer of 14 books, he is the recipient of many awards and honors for distingushed contributions and humanitarian work. He is one of the main proponents of humanistic approaches to psychotherapy and is the principal American interpreter of European existential thinking as it can be applied to psychotherapy.

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