Jacqui Lee Schiff gained much acclaim in the early days of her "therapy" called Reparenting. She had studied under Eric Berne informally and had taken...moreJacqui Lee Schiff gained much acclaim in the early days of her "therapy" called Reparenting. She had studied under Eric Berne informally and had taken his idea that schizophrenic patients might be using catatonia as a way of going back to a place/time when they felt safe developmentally. Schiff and her husband at the time Moe Schiff began treatment of late adolescent/young adults in Virginia. They began a "home" environment where they treated these young people with regression analysis in a very extravagant fashion: giving adults warm milk in baby bottles, diapering them, and--most important to understanding the eventual development of this form of "therapy"--physical punishment by paddling them.
After Jacqui and Moe divorced over their differences focused on physical punishment, Jacqui moved to California, taking with her those "children," as the patients were called, who believed in her version of the treatment rather than Moe's. In California, a number of other problems arose which led to criminal accusations against Jacqui after a "patient" was scalded to death while under the care of what Jacqui Schiff called a "responsible adult." In this case as in general this was a "patient" who had also begun to study to become a therapist under Schiff's regime.
Schiff and her "son" had won the Eric Berne Award from International Transactional Analysis Association for their work on a concept called "Discounting" which pointed out how patients could fail to realize the seriousness of their problems and how therapists could identify these "discounts" and counter them. After Schiff's legal problems in California, she was removed from ITAA on ethics charges. After that, she moved to Bangalore, India, where she was eventually also removed for problems in treatment and in relating to other therapists. A similar pattern occurred in Birmingham, England, and after that she moved back to California where she lived until her death in a home due to complications of Multiple Sclerosis.
The book, All My Children, is co-written by Schiff and a person who admired her work at the time. I know the identify personally of many of the "children" described in the book. Many if not most of them have repudiated her work and written and presented their reasons in national and international conferences for therapists and psychotherapists. This work is generally repudiated. See "A Most Dangerous Method" in the Chicago Reader for documentation.
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