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Israelstam, K. (2011). The Interactive Category Schema of Candidate Competence: An Australian Experience. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 92(5):1289-1313.

(2011). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 92(5):1289-1313

Educational and Professional Issues

The Interactive Category Schema of Candidate Competence: An Australian Experience

Kenneth Israelstam

(Final version accepted 16 December 2010)

The Education Committee of the Australian Psychoanalytic Society, inspired by David Tuckett's research, relating to the measurement of candidate competence, conducted a similar study that, they believe, added value to his earlier work. The indicators of analytic competence were more numerous and specific, and greater emphasis was placed on how these criteria could further be operationalized. Besides being used in the measuring of candidate competence, the author makes a case for how the criteria can be adapted for use in the selection of prospective trainees; the defining of teaching and supervisory objectives and processes; and as a basis for further research. The close resonance that the qualitative research method used has with analytic thought and practice is highlighted. It is proposed that this synchrony reduces the resistance that analysts often have in participating in such research. There were definite advantages that arose out of the Australian project aside from producing a society-specific schema of candidate capacities. The research process opened up a space for dialogue, debate and experimentation that increased group cohesion and society identity. Including the candidates in the survey facilitated the increase of transparency between candidates and members, contributing to the strengthening of the educational alliance.

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