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Martin, G.C. Mayerson, P. Olsen, H.E. Wiberg, J.L. (1978). Candidates' Evaluation of Psychoanalytic Supervision. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 26:407-424.

(1978). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 26:407-424

Candidates' Evaluation of Psychoanalytic Supervision

Gary C. Martin, M.D., Peter Mayerson, M.D., Homer E. Olsen, M.D. and J. Lawrence Wiberg, M.D.


The origins, methods, results, and discussions of a project undertaken by the advanced candidates at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis have been described. This project was designed to examine the supervisory process and to compile a consensual critique of individual supervisors from the candidate's point of view. We have included vignettes of supervisory experiences. It became our purpose to: (1) Develop a set of criteria by which the strengths and weaknesses of supervisors can be evaluated, (2) Involve the candidate in assessing his own learning needs, (3) Promote the objective assignment of supervisors, an assignment determined by the patient's problems, the candidate's learning needs, and the supervisor's varying capacities and abilities to effectively understand these problems and deal with these needs, (4) Expand the supervisory process to include what we felt were often unconscious or hitherto unacceptable issues, such as the function and use of countertransference,

and the detection and open discussion of transference dilemmas between analyst and both patient and supervisor, (5) Stimulate dialogue at all levels of psychoanalytic education on the patient-analyst-supervisor relational system.

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