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Leading and Teaching without Fear: An Introduction toTransformational Social Therapy

June 19, 2012 1-5PM


Wachman Hall, Room G0004, 1801 N. BROAD STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19122


Professionals are often beset by various challenges of managing or leading  groups who differ from them based on race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability and religion. Contemporary organizational and corporate environments tend to be inclusive and value diversity in  the discussion of controversial societal topics but many professionals are uncomfortable managing the resulting conflicts. Leading and Teaching without Fear is a 4 hour workshop designed to introduce an innovative approach to teaching, facilitating, managing and team building.

This workshop will demonstrate how Transformational Social Therapy (TST) provides a framework for overcoming the intractable social issues preventing cooperation and promoting mistrust among and within groups. This workshop will assist participants in discovering their individual obstacles to effective leadership, especially among diverse groups. Participants will learn how TST provides a context for participants to express their emotions, feel sufficiently safe to come into non-violent conflict, share information, and engage in transformative action on problems that affect them and their organizations. The main goal of this workshop is to foster practices that support intergroup collaboration, understanding and interactions for effective leadership.

Charles Rojzman: "The authentic self must be revealed by participants revealing their true identities, emotions, frailties, flaws, and prejudices. By removing their masks, reflecting their true humanity, then participants will be able to discuss issues related to racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and etc".


Registration Cost: $50

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Temple University-Charles Rojzman Institute Partnership

Temple University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity,Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) has partnered with the Charles Rojzman Institute (CRI) to offer diversity education training based on Transformational Social Therapy (TST). Through IDEAL’s Center on Social Justice and Multicultural Education, Temple University has positioned itself as one of the premier educational institutions dedicated to the development of professionals through the advancement of multicultural, intercultural and intergroup relations. For the past 20 years CRI has been an international leader in mediating intergroup conflicts throughout the world using TST as a method facilitating intercultural engagement.

While the workshop is primarily geared towards professionals interested in improving their skills in developing, implementing and facilitating diverse groups, it will also support those working in the areas of cross-cultural communication; intercultural relations; teaching courses on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, and multicultural education; developing connections across organizations; and providing support for community development and experiential/community-based learning.

What is Transformational Social Therapy?

Charles Rojzman, a renowned French social psychologist, author, and international consultant, invented Transformational Social Therapy twenty years ago as a method for transforming institutions by helping people address the hatred and violence that separate them and prevent them from working together.CRI has done extensive work in resolving intergroup violence and conflicts in France, Rwanda, Chechnya, and Israel. The main goal of TST, which begins with group dialogues and leads to transformative action, is to foster the practice and theory of healthy multicultural democracies by building relationships between individuals and groups.

TST is oriented to community problem-solving, particularly where groups are divided and problems appear intractable. TST is able to bring together people who have no desire to dialogue and do not think dialogue is possible—because they dehumanize and demonize one another. The TST group building process allows participants to express their emotions, feel sufficiently safe to come into non-violent conflict, share information, and engage in transformative action on problems that affect them. TST is often therapeutic on a personal level but its main goal is to foster practices that support intergroup collaboration, understanding and interactions.

The transformation of violence into conflict is a key aspect of TST. Violence, defined as the denial of the humanity of the other, is a pathological accommodation to fears that arise from a confluence of societal, institutional, and personal factors. This kind of violence prevents people from living, working, and problem-solving together and provides support for fear-based authoritarian and extremist perspectives. The group process enables participants to move from blaming others to taking collective responsibility for the problems they face.  The ability to come into conflict, without the usual “masks”, enables participants to take collective responsibility for the problems they face and put on the table what they know about particular issues or problems. They can thus creating a more complete picture of the issues they face (termed “collective intelligence”) that empowers them to become actors and problem solvers in organizations, communities, and society. The TST facilitator then helps create bridges between different segments of the community and institutional change agents who can act on the group’s proposed solutions to problems.  For additional information about CRI, please click here.

Only this in-depth work allows people to talk about the “real problems” and come out of powerlessness and victimization, in order to finally create solutions out of their “collective intelligence”. ~Charles Rojzman

Where and when is TST practiced?

In all the places where there is violence in all its various forms (from the least to the more subtle violence) which prevents people from working and living together. For example in schools, after a civil war, collective traumatisms, community security issues, with professionals in relation with a public conflicts, and institutions where the causes of dysfunctions are related to groups and individuals. The common point of the individuals setting up a group utilizing transformational social therapy is a desire to explore intergroup conflicts with the motivation to help people to change.

We can’t change people, but people will change if they are motivated to do so. TST is not about changing people or relations, but to raise awareness of the lack of trust, fears and prejudices, so that people will become willing to change themselves in ways they themselves determine. ~Charles Rojzman


Rojzman is the founder and director of the Charles Rojzman Institute that provides professional development for facilitators of social therapy groups with trainees in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Russia. A Master’s degree in TST is offered at the University of Paris X and is in development at the University of Bolzano, Italy.

Rojzman is a prolific writer, author and co-author of nine books, plus chapters in several edited books, and some 40 articles.  Several of his books have been reissued as paperbacks and translated into other languages. His books are listed below:

  • La peur, la haine et la démocratie (Fear, Hatred, and Democracy), 1992/1998 (trans. into Spanish, German, and Russian).
  • Savoir vivre ensemble: Agir autrement contre le racism et la violence (How to Live Together: New Ways to Confront Racism and Violence), with Sophie Pillod, 1998 (trans. into English).
  • Sigmund Freud: L’humanisme de l’avenir (Freud the Humanist), 1998 (trans. into English).
  • Comment ne pas devenir électeur du Front National (How Not to Become a National Front Voter), with Véronique Le Goaziou, 1998.
  • Les Banlieues (Poor Suburbs), with Véronique Le Goaziou, 2001. 
  • C’est pas moi, C’est lui: Ne pas être victime des autres (It’s Not Me, It’s Him; How to Stop Being a Victim), co-authored with Théa Rojzman, 2006. 
  • La réconciliation (Reconciliation), co-authored with Théa Rojzman, 2007 (graphic novel).
  • Sortir de la violence par le conflit: Une thérapie sociale pour apprendre a vivre ensemble (Getting Out of Violence through Conflict: A Social Therapy for Learning How to Live Together), 2008. Selected by the French magazine, Psychologie, as one of 60 perennial books for an ideal library. 
  • Bien vivre avec les autres (Living in Harmony with Others), 2009. Commissioned by leading French publisher, Editions Larousse.

Two video documentaries feature Rojzman’s work: a 23-minute video titled “Charles Rojzman, thérapeute social” and a 72-minute video, “A l’écoute de la police” (Listening to the police).  Listening to the Police takes viewers inside a workshop with French national police trainers.  Both documentaries have been shown on French national TV and the second was translated into German.  Rojzman’s work has also been the topic of some 50 media appearance and numerous articles and interviews in major French and German magazines and newspapers, including the major French newspaper, Le Monde.  A frequent guest on TV debates and talk shows, he is also an op-ed contributor to the major French newspaper, Le Figaro.  In 2007 he was hosted by a renowned Belgian program, “Noms de dieux," by Edmond Blattchen (a European equivalent of Bill Moyers’ Journal). 


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Tchet Dorman, Director, Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education, Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership. E-mail: Phone: 215-204-5509.