The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia and Psychosis Syllabus

So I wanted to upload a syllabus I’ve created for an independent study course for next semester. This might be a long shot, but I wanted to get feedback from anyone who is knowledgeable about the psychoanalytic treatment of schizophrenia. I’d be grateful for any help.

1/17 – Introduction to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Schizophrenia
ISPS (2009) – Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Schizophrenic Psychoses (Part I)
Malmberg, Fenton, Rathbone (2010) – Individual psychodynamic psychotherapy and
psychoanalysis for schizophrenia and severe mental illness (review)

1/24 – Introduction to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Schizophrenia
ISPS (2009) – Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Schizophrenic Psychoses (Finish)
Dickerson & Lehman (2011) – Evidence-Based psychotherapy for schizophrenia

1/31 – Lodge Approach (Part I)
Fromm-Reichmann (1959) – Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (selections)
Silver (2003) – The psychotherapy of schizophrenia: Its place in the modern world
Sullivan (1931) – Modified psychoanalytic treatment of schizophrenia
Searles (1955) – Dependency process in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia
Searles (1958) – The schizophrenic’s vulnerability to the therapist’s unconscious process

2/7 – Lodge Approach (Part II)
Ping-Nie Pao (1979) – Schizophrenic Disorders (Part I)

2/14 – Lodge Approach (Part III)
Ping-Nie Pao (1979) – Schizophrenic Disorders (Finish)

2/21 – Other Dynamic Approaches
Arieti (1980) – Psychotherapy of schizophrenia: New or revised procedures
Munich (1987) – Conceptual trends and issues in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia
Karon (1995) – Psychoanalytic therapy of schizophrenia in Dynamic Therapies for
Psychiatric Disorders: Axis I
Silver – Silvano Arieti: Remembering his message

2/28 – Ego Psychology/Modern Structural Theory
Hartmann (1953) – Contribution to the metapsychology of schizophrenia
Arlow and Brenner (1969) – The Psychopathology of the psychoses: A proposed revision
Marcus (2003) – Psychosis and Near Psychosis (selections)

3/5 – Kleinan Approaches (Part I)
Segal (1950) – Some aspects of the analysis of a schizophrenic
Segal (1955) – Notes on symbol formation
Sayers (2001) – Bion, Rosenfeld, & Segal in Kleinains: Psychoanalysis Inside Out

3/19 – Kleinian Approaches (Part II)
Rosenfeld (1965) – Psychotic States or de Masi (2001) – Herbert Rosenfeld at Work: The
Italian Seminars

3/26 – Lacanian Approaches (Part I)
De Waelhens (2001) – Phenomenology and Lacan on Schizophrenia (Part I)

4/3 – Lacanian Approaches (Part II)
De Waelhens (2001) – Phenomenology and Lacan on Schizophrenia (Finish)

4/10 – Lacanian Approaches (Part III)
Georgaca (2001) – ‘Poor girl’: A case of active psychosis
Villemoes (2002) – Ego-structuring psychotherapy
Ver Eecke (2002) – A Lacanian explanation of Karon’s and Villemoes’s successful
psychodynamic approaches to schizophrenia
Ver Eecke (2006) – A post-Lacanian view of schizophrenia in Evolving Psychosis
Fink (2007) – Treating Psychosis in Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique
Vanheule (2011) – A Lacanian perspective on psychotic hallucinations
Kirshner (2011) – Applying the work of Winnicott and Lacan in Between Winnicott and Lacan: A Clinical Engagement

4/17 – Lacanian Approaches (Part IV)
Vanheule (2011) – Subject of Psychosis

4/24 – Final Paper – Review/Critique of Major Theory or Possible Book Review of
Vanheule (2011) – Subject of Psychosis

11 thoughts on “The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia and Psychosis Syllabus

  1. Would love to do this course! Haven’t got this far in my research yet, however re: De Waelhens and Ver Eecke some interesting further reading may be De Waelhens and Ver Eecke’s ‘Phenomenology and Lacan on Schizophrenia (2001) after the Decade of the Brain. (although I’m assuming you have come across it given your knowledge of these two)

    As the subject is psychoanalysis and I’m a schizophrenic analsyand (of a Lacanian) I would say despite this, Guattari makes more sense of my experience from my perspective, although that is a subjective opinion it is one from the other chair. I don’t know if schizoanalysis counts as psychoanalysis (I’m sure Guattari would say no).

    Outside of psychoanalysis though I would recommend Pat Thomas’ Dialectics of Schizophrenia, Lisa Blackman’s ‘Hearing Voices, and Marius Romme & Sondra Escher’s ‘Accepting Voices’ and ‘Living with Voices’

  2. Been thinking about this, you use the term schizophrenia rather than psychosis – any reason and is there any discussion in the syllabus on its construction.

    In which case may i refer you also to Patrick Bracken and Phil Thomas’ Postpsychiatry

    (which reminds me ‘Dialectics of Schizophrenia’ is by Phil Thomas because he works with Pat Bracken a lot AND there is a free jazz inprovisor called Pat Thomas i get the name muddled with regularity)

  3. I keep trying to forget about you honey but you come back on the bus, in the bath and in bed.

    One important one to reconnect with psychoanalysis is Ian Parker, he is a clinical psychologist at Manchester Met but a member of CFAR the Lacanian institute in the UK.

    The two books of note are Deconstructing Psychotherapy and Deconstructing Psychopathology.

    I hope these are of use, they are not strictly psychoanalysis, I’m afraid my research centres around recovery and survivor movements and most of my fellow psychonauts seem to be more interested in psychology, history and sociology with regard to their research. Not to say there is no interest in psychoanalysis.

    however the importance of narrative within the group as therapy is becoming more prevalent but the emphasis is on self and peer analysis (hence my interest in Guattari) in fact it is for this reason I have taken a reverse course to psychoanalysis, and am therefore not qualified to provide a direct commentary on your syllabus.

    Interestingly the Hearing Voices Network, the network trying to normalise the experience of voice hearing and separate it from the diagnosis of schizophrenia state on their website that they believe voice hearing to be akin to dreaming, and there seems also to be a reuptake of feud’s Interpretation of Dreams for this reason.

  4. Jeremy,

    I’ve heard from a fellow CFAR regular that the new book by Thomas Dalzell from Karnac called “Freud’s Schreber between Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis: On Subjective Disposition to Psychosis” is a fantastic book. It’s Lacanian but incorporates views from 19th century psychiatry, namely Bleuler, as well.

    Other Lacanian books I personally recommend happen to be on psychosis in children, but they have much theoretical discussion too so check them out too: Silvia Tendlarz’s “Childhood Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective” and Rosine Lefort’s “Birth of the Other”. Lefort book happens to be my favourite Lacanian book and clinical study.

    Also, if you want my recordings of CFAR seminars, send me an email at

  5. Schizo, I use schizophrenia and psychosis because mental health professionals in America have often done a poor job of differentiating psychosis from schizophrenia. There are obviously many other individuals with various diagnoses (bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, etc) who can exhibit psychotic symptoms. Many patients in the past were diagnosed as schizophrenia whenever they presented with psychotic symptoms, but now the rates of schizophrenia have dropped in the US as the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia have become more precise and clearer. I’ve read Ian Parker’s book Deconstructing Psychopathology before graduate school, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t find it particularly persuasive. It read a bit too much like the anti-psychiatry movement in the 1960s, which despite some of its good ideas, always struck me as naive and idealistic. I’m more interested in major differences between psychoanalytic schools (ego psychology, Lacanians, Kohutians, Kleinians, etc.) and how they approached formulating and treating psychosis and schizophrenia. The newer writing I will be reading focus specifically on schizophrenia. Thanks for the recommendations and your feedback.

    Simon, Thanks for the ideas. I’ve been meaning to check out the Dalzell book, as I’ve heard promising things. The other two books look interesting, although I’m not going to focus on childhood psychosis because I do not work with children and have no plans to do so in the future.

  6. Jeremy,

    I forgot to add that Darian’s new book, “What is Madness?” deals mostly with psychosis. It came out last month and he gave talks on it at the London Review Bookshop and the Royal Society of Arts. The recording from the latter is available on video (edited, here: and audio (full, here:

    Also, I realised I have these Lacanian books on psychosis on my Amazon wish list:

    *Jan Olav Johannessen, et al. (editors) “Evolving Psychosis” (Routledge, 2006)
    *Jozef Corveleyn and Paul Moyaert (editors) “Psychosis: Phenomenological and Psychoanalytical Approaches” (Leuven, 2003)

  7. I’m not sure Johannsen’s work is strictly Lacanian. I know Ver Eecke’s article: A post-Lacanian view of schizophrenia discusses the Lacanian contributions to theory of schizophrenia. However, I don’t think any of the other chapters are Lacanian in nature. However, most of the works by International Society for the Psychological Treatments of Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses (ISPS) are excellent. ISPS is a nice synthesis of cognitive and psychoanalytic treatments with the hopes of coming up with an integrated psychological theory and treatment of schizophrenia. It’s refreshing to see others are coming around to see that medication while necessary is not sufficient for the treatment of schizophrenia.

  8. “I use schizophrenia and psychosis because mental health professionals in America have often done a poor job of differentiating psychosis from schizophrenia.”

    This is one of my greatest annoyances with mental diagnosticians in the US…so good on you. By the way, isn’t that one of the main issues a lot of psychiatrists have with the DSM V? That the criteria for schizophrenia is being significantly lowered?

    Also, forgive me if I’m off topic but my ears perk up whenever psychosis is mentioned…I don’t know if you’re at all interested, but I just met with a guy at Uni of Edinburgh who is doing some really fascinating research into music in the treatment of psychosis (in disorders like bipolar and schizophrenia). It’s a massive long shot to treat those who struggle with maintaining a grip on reality with something like music, but as my own research kind of jumps from Jung to neuroscience to music in areas like psychotic breaks, I thought it was quite cool.

    Syllabus looks good! I’d love to take the class.

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