Psychopolitical validity in the helping professions: Applications to research, interventions, case conceptualization, and therapy

Isaac Prilleltensky, Ora Prilleltensky, Courte Voorhees

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What is preventing the advancement of liberation psychiatry? Why is it that after so many volumes of critique, the helping professions are still firmly grounded in traditional medical models (Prilleltensky, 1994; Teo, 2005)? How can we challenge the regnant deficit, reactive, disempowering, and individualistic oriented approaches in psychology, psychiatry, social work, counseling, and allied professions? This chapter is a modest attempt to translate the abundant theoretical critique of the helping professions into practical guidelines for action. In our view, there is a wide gap between the cogent reservations about dominant paradigms and actionable formulations. Unless we manage to convert critique into construction, and deliberation into delivery of new practices, the gap between discourse and action will continue to grow, leaving behind a trail of doubly disaffected practitioners; disaffected with the medical model, and disaffected with critical approaches that fail to suggest convincing alternatives for practice.We build our case for action around the concept of psychopolitical validity. Following an introduction of the construct and its rationale, we articulate its implications for research, interventions, case conceptualization and therapy. The first two areas of interest apply to all the helping professions, whereas the last two pertain more directly to therapeutic interventions.What is psychopoliticalvalidity?Psychopolitical validity is a criterion for the evaluation of understanding and action in professions dealing with oppression, liberation, and well-being. The criterion consists of the level of attention given to the role of power in explaining psychological and political phenomena affecting suffering and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLiberatory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics, and Mental Health
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages105-130
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780511543678, 9780521689816
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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Prilleltensky, I., Prilleltensky, O., & Voorhees, C. (2008). Psychopolitical validity in the helping professions: Applications to research, interventions, case conceptualization, and therapy. In Liberatory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics, and Mental Health (pp. 105-130). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511543678.007

Psychopolitical validity in the helping professions : Applications to research, interventions, case conceptualization, and therapy. / Prilleltensky, Isaac; Prilleltensky, Ora; Voorhees, Courte.

Liberatory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics, and Mental Health. Cambridge University Press, 2008. p. 105-130.

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Prilleltensky, I, Prilleltensky, O & Voorhees, C 2008, Psychopolitical validity in the helping professions: Applications to research, interventions, case conceptualization, and therapy. in Liberatory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics, and Mental Health. Cambridge University Press, pp. 105-130. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511543678.007
Prilleltensky I, Prilleltensky O, Voorhees C. Psychopolitical validity in the helping professions: Applications to research, interventions, case conceptualization, and therapy. In Liberatory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics, and Mental Health. Cambridge University Press. 2008. p. 105-130 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511543678.007
Prilleltensky, Isaac ; Prilleltensky, Ora ; Voorhees, Courte. / Psychopolitical validity in the helping professions : Applications to research, interventions, case conceptualization, and therapy. Liberatory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics, and Mental Health. Cambridge University Press, 2008. pp. 105-130
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