ABS413 - Where Vygotsky and Rogers meet

3.3 Interventionist methodologies: bridging theory and practice
1:30 PM, Thursday 31 Aug 2017 (1 hour)
Vygotsky’s primary methodological message (and challenge) to the contemporary psychology was that its keystone must be the “philosophy of practice” (“psychotechnics”). Cultural-activity psychology has been sufficiently realized in education, medicine, etc., but not in what seems to be the only particularly psychological practice — counseling and psychotherapy.
The founder of counseling psychology was Carl Rogers. In 1986 he paid a visit to Vygotsky’s dear home — Psychological Institute of RAE in Moscow. This symbolical meeting arose into a psychotechnical system of Co-experiencing psychotherapy. What do Vygotsky and Rogers share? They both hold experiencing as a central and integral category. F. Vasilyuk developed a concept of experiencing which became a two-way linkage between Vygotsky’s theory and Rogers’s practice.
For academic psychology Co-experiencing psychotherapy brought 1) a model of an “integral unit of psychological analysis”; 2) a theoretical understanding of experiencing as a productive internal meaning-generating activity; 3) the conceptual models of levels, registers and structures of consciousness. To the psychological practice it brought 1) a methodologically based description of psychotherapy as a particular anthropological practice; 2) a system of “psychotechnical units” in psychotherapeutic activity; 3) a structural analysis of the psychotherapeutic situation. These and other concepts are useful not only for guidance in psychotherapeutic practice, but for enriching the psychological theory, using psychotherapy not as a subject, but as a method of research (Molostova, Zareckiy, & Vasilyuk).
Hence Co-experiencing psychotherapy suggests one of the convenient solutions for overcoming the contemporary crisis in psychology, a split between academic psychology and psychological practice.
Psychologica Institute of Russian Academy of Education
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