Theoretical Evolutions in Person-Centered/Experiential Therapy: Applications to Schizophrenic and Retarded Psychoses

Synopsis

Clinical practice with severely retarded and psychotic clients requires a change in theory and technique. Based on original research and practice, Prouty describes the changes needed to reach "low-functioning" clients not generally accessible to psychotherapy. Evolving from Carl Rogers' assertion that "Psychological Contact" is the first condition of a therapeutic relationship, Pre-Therapy is a technique that can be applied to regressed psychotics and dual-diagnosed mentally-retarded patients, as well as to other poorly integrated populations. Drawing from his own practice with extreme clients, he shows how Pre-Therapy can be used to facilitate these "pre-conditions" of therapy. He further shows that treatment of hallucinations reveals them to be expressions of deep trauma and profound rendings of the self-structure.

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