This is the awards address I gave after being honored by APA for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service. In it I used the Biblical metaphor of “dry bones” as a springboard for exploring external and internal threats to the practice of a social justice-oriented psychology. I use the concept of Tikkun Olam, the Hebrew term for healing of the world, to define as a core notion informing social justice-oriented practice. I analyze and critique two social phenomena, managed care and the false memory movement, as potential threats to this model of practice. I then discuss the risks and challenges to justice-based practice in psychology.
Where to find
Brown, L.S. (1997). The private practice of subversion: Psychology as Tikkun Olam. American Psychologist, 52, 449-462.