Is Psychological Treatment the Same Thing as Education? (Not Really!) | Jean Mercer

On the whole, it’s pretty easy to tell whether a method of working with people should be labeled psychotherapy, or should be considered as an educational approach. Psychotherapies usually have as their primary goal some changes in a client’s moods and the behaviors related to those moods, and although there may be associated cognitive changes, the latter are not the major concern of the treatment. Education is ordinarily thought of as involving cognitive change and the mastery of new information and skills; the information and skills may have to do with social or emotional concerns, and a…

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