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date: 03 December 2022

Humanistic Therapieslocked

Humanistic Therapieslocked

  • Jessica GroganJessica GroganUniversity of Texas at Austin
  •  and Frank C. RichardsonFrank C. RichardsonUniversity of Texas at Austin, Emeritus


The Humanistic Psychology Movement, which began in 1962 and flourished throughout the 1960s and 1970s, exercised a strong influence over the development of social work assessment and practice. Defined by its distinctive research methodologies, based on the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger and in the consideration of subjective, experiential elements, humanistic psychology contributed to the modern practice of qualitative and survey-oriented research. Its health and growth orientation, antihierarchical emphases, and affirmation of the inherent strengths of human nature also greatly impacted therapeutic practice. Specific therapeutic orientations that arose from the movement include person-centered counseling, existential therapy, Gestalt counseling, transactional analysis, and the strengths perspective.


  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Mental and Behavioral Health

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