The anti-psychiatric Socialist Patients' Collective (SPK) was founded in Heidelberg in 1970 and attributed individual suffering to society's capitalist structures. It began as a self-organized experiment in group therapy led by doctor Wolfgang Huber with psychiatric patients, featuring Hegel readings and individual agitation, before subsequently radicalizing, which ended in criminal proceedings against its members, some of whom went underground with the Red Army Faction.
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In 1970, Dr . Wolfgang Huber and a group of patients founded the anti-psychiatric "Socialist Patient's Collective" in Heidel-berg . Controversial therapy methods, political demands, and a massive interest in the movement from patients deeply dis-trustful of conventional "custodial psychiatry," led to run-ins with the University of Heidelberg and local authorities . The conflict quickly escalated and resulted in the radicalization of the SPK . Their experiment in group therapy ultimately ended in arrests, prison, and the revocation of Huber's license to practice medicine. See more