Professor Garry ProutyGarry Prouty Obituary
Dr. Garry Prouty
members of ISPS, dear members of the World Association for
Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling, dear
members of the Pre-Therapy International Network, dear colleagues and
friends, I wished we had better news to tell you.
I'm sad to inform you that on May 17th 2009, dr. Garry Prouty passed away.
coordinator of the Pre-Therapy International Network, I express my
personal and our professional utmost respect for the friend, mentor and
colleague Garry was, and thank him and Jill, his wife, for the endless
inspiration and the work done.
I am convinced that his spreading his
work in numerous countries to numerous people, be it by writings, be it
through his presence and presentations, helped and is still helping
every day, to indeed bring better care to the people he cared for so
much. The creation of the Pre-Therapy International Network by Jill, his
wife, in Amsterdam in 1995, and the annual gatherings in Gent, Belgium
for over more than 10 years now, with professionals coming from all over
Europe, all deeply touched and influenced by Garry and his work,
testify of this.
Inspired by one of Garry’s great examples,
namely dr. Martin Luther King, the last question of an interview we once
did, was 'Garry, do you have a dream?'. Since Garry's response was so
congruent and came from so deep, I vividly remember that this was an
emotional moment for Garry as well for the people listening. Garry told
us that he would like to see society take up the care for the people who
suffer from mental illness. He wanted society to provide the people the
care one needs, since much of the suffering, as he said, is avoidable
and unnecessary, is tragic. This thought showed to be Garry's drive to
dedicate his life and soul to his work. I have always remembered his
saying - and must say that I, and many people with me, am still
impressed by the way he lived up to his dream.
He developed the
work of Dr. Carl Rogers and Dr. Eugene Gendlin – his mentor and friend –
into “Pre-Therapy”, applying it to people suffering from contact
He was Professor of Psychology and Mental Health (Ret.)
and Director of the Pre-Therapy International Network. He was Scientific
Associate of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic
Psychiatry. He was a Fellow of the Chicago Counseling, Psychotherapy and
Research Center and member of the Chicago Psychological Association. He
has served as an editorial consultant to the journal Psychotherapy,
Theory, Research and Practice as well as to the International Journal of
Mental Imagery. He was consultant to the American, English, Austrian
and Italian client-centered journals and served on the editorial board
of the World Journal of Person-Centered & Experiential
Psychotherapies. He has been member and elected president of the Chicago
chapter of the International Society for the Psychological treatments
of the Schizophrenias and other Psychoses, an organization he also felt
well respected in.
Dr. Prouty has lectured in European clinics,
hospitals and training organizations over the past twenty years. He
published numerous articles in several languages and wrote Prouty, G.
(1994). Theoretical evolutions in person-centered/experiential therapy.
Applications to schizophrenic and retarded psychoses. New York: Praeger;
translated into Japanese and Portuguese. He recently edited Prouty, G.
(Ed.) (2008). Emerging developments in Pre-Therapy: a Pre-Therapy
reader. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS-books and wrote – together with two close
colleagues - Prouty, G., Van Werde, D. & Pörtner, M. (2002).
Pre-Therapy: reaching contact-impaired clients. Ross-On-Wye: PCCS Books;
originally written in German and translated into Dutch and Tsjech.
An updated list of references on Pre-Therapy is available at http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dck3gzxk_5cwq8j6
has delivered the Frieda Fromm-Reichman Memorial Lecture at the
Washington School of Psychiatry in 2002. In 2004 he was awarded a
“Lifetime Achievement Award for Pre-Therapy” by the Chicago
By : Dion Van Werde, coördinator of the Pre-Therapy International Network
Dr. Garry Prouty was trained in Person-Centered /
Experiential Psychotherapy by Eugene Gendlin of the University of Chicago. He developed
his own therapeutic approach at clinics and hospitals dealing with psychotic
and retarded clients. He is the founder of the Pre Therapy International Network, a European organization for working with psychotic persons.
Currently, Dr. Prouty is a Fellow
of the Chicago Counselling, Psychotherapy and Research Center. Also, he is an
Honorary member of the Chicago Psychological Association. He has recently
delivered the Frieda Fromm-Reichman Memorial Lecture at the Washington School
He has served as an editorial consultant to Psychotherapy,
Theory, Research and Practice as well as the International Journal of Mental
Imagery. Currently he is a consultant to the American, English, Austrian and
Italian client-centered journals.
Dr Prouty has lectured in European clinics, hospitals and
training organizations over the past twenty years. His work is known in the
following Countries: Scotland, England,
The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Greece, Romania,
Japan, China, Australia, Portugal, Dennmark, USA and Moscow.
He is author and co author of numerous books and articles on Pre Therapy:
'Theoretical Evolutions in
Person-Centered / Experiential Therapy:
Elected: Scientific Associate of the American Academy of
Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry
Applications to Schizophrenic and
Retarded Psychoses' as well as co-author of the German text 'Prae-Therapie'. Both
books are in multiple translations - Portuguese, Dutch, German, Japanese, Czech
Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Brazil. His most recent publication is a
50-year research survey of humanistic psychotherapy with schizophrenics.
Award: Chicago Psychological Association Life
Time Career Achievement Award to Garry Prouty, Ph.D.
Dr. Garry Prouty,
who was mentored in the 1960's by Dr. Eugene Gendlin, Professor Emeritus of the
University of Chicago, will receive the Life Time Career Achievement Award
for his original and continuing work in Pre-Therapy, which teaches therapists
how to "reach the unreachable"
work................It is a central breakthrough"