Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Therapeutic Jurisprudence, “TJ”, is a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective that focuses on the law’s impact on the emotional and psychological health of the participants, clients, lawyers, and judges. It is a context for the legal system which can be applied to almost any practice and incorporated into the other approaches. Some would argue that most (if not all) of the vectors are actually forms of TJ.

The goal in TJ is to bring sensitivity into law practice and it focuses on listening to participants with an awareness of the psychological and emotional issues including stress, confidence, trust.

TJ also looks at the court system and how it impacts society from either a therapeutic or non-therapeutic perspective.

The International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence (ISTJ) is an organization dedicated to advancing TJ by supporting legal and interdisciplinary scholarship; identifying and promoting best professional and judicial practices; sponsoring conferences, workshops, and seminars; engaging in continuing professional education and public education activities; and hosting and participating in print, electronic, social media platforms.

We always had a section in articles where we would criticize the law as being anti-therapeutic.

Bruce J. Winick
Bruce J. Winick was Director of the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Center, Silver-Rubinstein Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida

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