2016 Malis Lecture: 'The Healing Process: What is Therapeutic in Psychotherapy?'

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

Published on February 3, 2016

Newell FischerJoin the Humanities Department for the 2016 Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lecture entitled, “The Healing Process: What is therapeutic in Psychotherapy?” on Tuesday, April 5, from 4 to 5 p.m., in the McNeil Science and Technology Center at University of the Sciences.

Guest lecturer Dr. Newell Fischer is a psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. 

Dr. Fischer’s lecture outlines the history of a teenage girl starving herself to death in “a sea of plenty.” From his notes, he describes a tumultuous, four-year long course in dynamic psychotherapy. He met with her intensively, conducting four sessions per week. Throughout the process, the young woman grew and was eventually “cured,” but Dr. Fischer raises the central question—what factors in this treatment were indeed therapeutic? This compelling presentation focuses on his therapeutic relationship to her, and the specific aspects that promoted successful results.

The Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities was endowed by Bernard Malis, who graduated from PCPS in 1944 with a BS in pharmacy and in 1947 with an MS in pharmacy. He was a consultant in pharmacology and public health, and was chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Explorers Club. In 1989, Malis was elected a fellow of Royal Society of Arts.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this lecture, please contact 215-596-8895 or email (c.granic@usciences.edu)

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