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Kaplan, C.M. (2011). The Psychoanalyst's Apprentice. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 6(4):578-580.

(2011). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 6(4):578-580

The Psychoanalyst's Apprentice

Carola M. Kaplan, Psy.D.

The Psychoanalyst's Apprentice

When I embarked on my first assignment teaching English in college, I was handed 16 texts and a roll book, and told to return the roll book with grades at the end of the semester. That was the whole of my teaching instruction. I left, staggering under the load, both physically and emotionally. After years of trial and error, I became a competent teacher—or so my student evaluations told me. Never did I have any advice, instruction, or supervision from my senior colleagues.

Five years ago, when I entered the fledgling nonclinical psychoanalytic program at ICP, Los Angeles, prompted by an interest in incorporating psychoanalytic ideas into my literary criticism, I had no intention of becoming a clinician. Shortly thereafter, I learned, to my chagrin, that I would have to take the same courses as clinical candidates, including a first-year Case Conference course. I had no interest, I thought, in hearing the particulars of clinical work; nor did I feel that, as an academic with no clinical experience, I had anything to contribute.

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