I published this article in July of 2015, but since my wife France is launching the Legacy program, I would like to remind us all about her incredible contribution to Primal Therapy.
There is someone who is doing heroic work in the shadows who does not get paid but who works many hours a day. She supervises all clinical work, and teaches the basics of the therapy, runs the administrative side of the Center and deals with all outside inquiries. In short, the pivot around which the clinic revolves. Her crowning achievement is the Primal Legacy Program. This is the result of 6 years of constant effort to construct a program for professionals and laymen so that the therapy can be understood by all clinically and scientifically. It is the first attempt by any therapy to publish its hypothesis and practice as a result of Dr. France Janov's teaching and supervision. (Available now).
She is the engine, the motor for the advancement in the practice of Primal Therapy. She is there to help therapists work with patients. Who could do any more? She is our resident savant……Dr. France Janov.
It is hard to realize, even for me, how much work goes into directing even a small clinic, a clinic that has patients from 38 countries, and requires communications among people from many countries of the world. And oh yes, she is my wife of 42 years.
What does it mean to run a psychiatric clinic? It means knowing the latest science so as to help therapists know how our therapy fits in with science. It means knowing the various afflictions people suffer and why. It involves knowing about people from different countries and how they differ as a population; for ex., what is the most repressed country and what is the least? It is a wide-ranging job that requires clinical skills, financial ability, relevant science and how to help our therapists relate to foreign patients some who only have minimal skills in English. Needless to say, it is a job well done, too often done in the shadows by someone who manages to keep it all going well. Our thanks to France.