Thoughts from the left – what causes mental illness and how to treat it

Psychotherapy is often derided as a middle-class indulgence. Prof Wahbie Long’s talk will examine the potential for a more socially responsive profession by, first, exploring theories of mental illness from the perspective of the left, and second, by tracing the implications for the practice of psychotherapy.

Professor Wahbie Long is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychology and the director of the Child Guidance Clinic at the University of Cape Town. With research interests in the history and theory of psychology as well as Freudo-Marxism, he holds a Y1 rating from the National Research Foundation and has held fellowships at Harvard and Durham. In 2016 he received the Early Career Award from the Society for the History of Psychology.

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One comment on “Thoughts from the left – what causes mental illness and how to treat it
  1. Very impressive lecture, relevant and true.

    Thank you

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