Human Relatedness, Psychosis and Trauma: The Legacy of Otto Will

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Length: 1 hour 17 minutes

James E. Gorney, PhD; Beverly C. Gibbons, PhD; M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP

Otto Will was one of the most creative and influential psychotherapists of the twentieth century.  Drawing inspiration from his two analysts, Sullivan and Fromm-Reichman, from his work with patients at Chestnut Lodge and Austen Riggs, and from the vicissitudes of his own experience of attachment, separateness and disruption, Dr. Will developed a method of working with profoundly troubled people.  His contribution emphasized the healing power of human attachment and relatedness thirty years before these perspectives became a staple of clinical theory and practice.  This panel explores his theoretical and clinical legacy utilizing his scholarly papers and first-hand experiences of his psychotherapeutic genius.  In this context, particular attention is focused upon the impact of Dr. Will’s approach to treatment within the culture of Austen Riggs.

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