Pierre Janetís Contribution to Psychology, Psychoanalytic Theory and Social Work


Ė by Mary McCluskey, DSW, New York University


Thursday, May 31st, 2018 @3:30 pm - 4:20 pm    Room 914




In France, during the 19th century, psychology was an extension of philosophy; Pierre Janet changed that. Following the path of his Uncle Paul, a respected philosopher, he earned his Philosophy degree.  His dissertation, LíAutomatisme Psychologique was admired by psychologists and doctors and was the starting point of his new experimental psychology.  Janet is known for his work in dissociation; building blocks of psychoanalysis can also be derived from Janetís concepts, even predating some of Freudís work.


Learning Points:

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:

1) discuss Janetís original understanding of dissociation born out of his philosophy/ dissertation, which has led to an evidence-based treatment model;

2) discuss the phase-oriented model for treating dissociation;

3) analyze the historical precedents of psychology and psychoanalysis, including spiritual philosophy and magnetism, as well as some key Janetian concepts that contributed to the development of psychoanalysis.



Fitzgerald, M. (2017) Why did Freud refuse to see Pierre Janet? Origins of Psychoanalysis: Janet, Freud or Both? History of Psychiatry, 28(3), 358-364.

Howell, E. (2011) Understanding and treating dissociative disorder: A relational approach. New York, London: Routledge Taylor Group.

Bacopoulos-Viau, A., (2012). Automatism, Surrealism and the making of French psychopathology: the case of Pierre Janet.  History of Psychiatry, 23(3), 259-276.

Buhler, K., E., Heim, G. (2001).  General Introduction to the Psychotherapy of Pierre Janet. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 55(1), 74-91.

Cary, C., Mcmillen, C.J., (2012).  The data behind the dissemination: a systematic review of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for use with children and youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 748-757.

Carroy, J., Plas, R, (2000). How Pierre Janet used pathological psychology to save the philosophical self.  Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 36(3), 231-240.

Cloitre, M., Courtis, C.A., Charuvastra, A., Carapeeza, R., Stolbach, B.C., & Green, B.L. (2011). Treatment of Complex PTSD: Results of ISTSS expert clinician survey on best practices. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 615-627.

Ellenberger, H. (1970). The discovery of the unconscious: The history and evolution of dynamic psychiatry. NY, NY: Basic Books.

Janet, P. (1901). The mental state of hystericals: A study of mental stigmata and mental accidents.  NY, NY: Putnam.   

Janet, P, (1924) Principles of Psychotherapy. NY, NY: The McMillan Company.

Janet, P, (1925) Psychological Healing: A Historical and Clinical Study. NY, NY: The McMillan Company.

Van der Hart, O., & Friedman, B. (1989).  A readerís guide to Pierre Janet on dissociation: A neglected intellectual heritage.  Dissociation, 2( 1), p. 3-16.


Bio of the Presenter:

Mary C. McCluskey, DSW, LCSW (mm649@nyu.edu) graduated with a doctoral degree in social work from The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. She earned her Master's in social work from Columbia University. Dr. McCluskey is in private practice in New York City and teaches social at The New York University Silver School of Social Work.  She has also taught at The University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University and Simmons College. Dr. McCluskey recently published an article, ďThe Pregnant Therapist: A Qualitative Examination of the Client ExperienceĒ in The Clinical Social Work Journal. Dr. McCluskey is a senior candidate in training at The American Institute of Psychoanalysis where she has also taught in the psychodynamic program. She is interested in trauma treatment and prevention and the ways in which psycho-education and therapy can be utilized to prepare pregnant women for the realities of motherhood and to better facilitate healthier bonding and attachment. 


          http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/  Visit ORI's YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009, to view the mini-video series "The Object Relations View"

  Join Us on FACEBOOK

  Support Our Cause on FACEBOOK: Support Mental Health Education!

To pay for the courses, please use PayPal.Me/ORINYC for PayPal payments for credit card payments:

Or, please send the checks or money orders to the address below.

Please note - Mail correspondence to: ORI Administrator, 75-15 187 Street, Fresh Meadows, NY, 11366-1725
Tel: 646.522.0387 and 646-522-1056   Fax: 718.785.3270  Email: admin@ORINYC.org and adminorinyc@gmail.com
Inquiries about psychotherapy and psychoanalysis training: DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com and /or dr.innarozentsvit@orinyc.org

Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (Training Foundation) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization. EIN # 133697333. Your donations are tax-deductible, while they help tremendously to keep down the costs of our training and to continue to offer free educational activities and events. To contribute, please use PayPal.Me/ORINYC for PayPal payments for credit card payments:

Support ORI Academic Press by using this link for purchases on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3697333

Disclaimer: This site and its services, including the contents of this site are for informational purposes only. It does not
provide medical or any other health care advice, diagnosis or treatment.   

Copyright © 2000 Object Relations Institute, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Website created by MindMendMedia (last updated on 05/23/2018).