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What are Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the ISTJ?

Therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) is an interdisciplinary field of philosophy and practice that examines the therapeutic and anti-therapeutic properties of laws and public policies, legal and dispute resolution systems, and legal institutions. TJ values psychologically healthy outcomes in legal disputes and transactions, without claiming exclusivity in terms of policy objectives.

The International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence (ISTJ) is a non-profit, learned 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.

“TJ is a revolutionary and global law reform philosophy, developed by two visionary mental health and disability law professors, David B. Wexler and the late Bruce J. Winick, who had a shared belief and vision that courts could act as therapeutic agents …” Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren

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