aetano Benedetti has been working psychoanalytically with schizophrenic patients for over 50 years at the Burghölzli, the psychiatric hospital of the University of Zürich. Brian Koehler will review Benedetti’s contributions to the psychoanalytic therapy of persons experiencing distressing psychotic states. Subjects to be discussed include the therapeutic symbiosis; the transitional subject; progressive psychopathology; therapeutic counteridentification; the possible origins of what we call “schizophrenia;” and transforming therapeutic images. In addition, Benedetti’s work will be discussed in light of contemporary research into the genetics, epigenetics, and neurobiology of psychotic disorders and chronic stress.
Brian Koehler, PhD, is an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Social Work and in the graduate psychology programs at New York University and CUNY, and in the clinical psychology and neuroscience programs at Teachers College of Columbia University. He has taught and supervised at many psychoanalytic institutes, including the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, PPSC, and ICP. He is past president of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS-US) and serves on its executive board. He has published many articles and book chapters on psychodynamic approaches to the psychoses. He is in full-time private practice in Manhattan.