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EP95 Workshop 17 - Psychotherapy and Personal Responsibility - Thomas Szasz, MD

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Workshops |  Psychotherapy |  Existential Therapy |  Religion
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995
Thomas Szasz, MD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 14, 1995
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Szasz considers the role of responsibility in religion, civil and criminal law, medicine and the mental health professions; the differences among existential responsibility, moral blameworthiness and legal accountability; that connections between (mental) competence and responsibility; and relates all of the above to problems in psychotherapeutic theory and practice.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To articulate the concept of responsibility as intrinsic to viewing persons as moral agents.
  2. To relate our understanding of the nature of responsibility to our understanding of the nature of the therapeutic enterprise and reconcile the contradictions between them.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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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.