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Volume 15, issue 3

Essay

Therapeutic contact with a person suffering from schizophrenia

Irena Namysłowska1
1. Klinika Psychiatrii Dzieci i Młodzieży Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2006; 15 (3): 137-141
Keywords: therapeutic contact, schizophrenia

Abstract

The author presents her reflections on contact with those suffering from schizophrenia. Characteristics of this contact as outlined by Kępiński and other authors are referred to in a broader context of the philosophy of dialogue. The principles of the so-called pre-treatment are discussed. An analysis is presented of transference and counter-transference that develop in the course of contacts with a person with schizophrenia, including their importance for the personal growth of those working with the patients.

Address for correspondence:
Prof. Irena Namysłowska, Klinika Psychiatrii Dzieci i Młodzieży Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii, ul. Sobieskiego 9, 02-957 Warszawa, e-mail: namyslow@ipin.edu.pl