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Becoming Analysts, Development of PSA Identity

March 1, 2024 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Wyman Classroom

Fourth Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2023-24, 2nd Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Matthew Brooks, MSW LICSW

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March 1, 2024 — Professionalism, conformity, and competence in our psychoanalytic identities

[22 pages]

Lemma, A. (2023). Who do you think you are? Some reflections on analytic identity. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 104(5), 843-848.

Lemma, long known as clear didactic writer about basic elements of therapy and analysis, has become a leading exponent of the idea of psychoanalytic competencies. In her view, as a matter of not just professionalism but ethical practice, we must be able to enumerate the skills and techniques that we practice and teach; these domains help define our psychoanalytic selves. What are the advantages and risks of this point of view?

Hart, A. (2017). From multicultural competence to radical openness: A psychoanalytic engagement of otherness. In The American Psychoanalyst, 51(1), pp.12-27.

For contrast, though not necessarily in opposition, I am pairing the Lemma article with this brief essay by Anton Hart about his evolving ideas of radical openness. Does his critique of the idea of ‘multicultural competence’ challenge the position expressed by Lemma? Where you do you find yourself in the dialogue between these two?


March 1, 2024
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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