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Cabernite, L. (1982). The Selection and Functions of the Training Analyst in Analytic Training Institutes in Latin America. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 9:398-417.

(1982). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 9:398-417

The Selection and Functions of the Training Analyst in Analytic Training Institutes in Latin America

Leão Cabernite


The author has presented a statistical appraisal of the growth rates of Societies in Latin America, as well as of the number of training analysts and a number of relevant variables. This permits an evaluation of the current state of the psychoanalytic movement from the standpoint of the activity of the training analyst. The study reported here is based in part on data obtained from two questionnaires, one from 1975, prepared by the author as Training Co-ordinator of the Committee of the Psychoanalytic Organizations of Latin America (COPAL), and another, distributed in 1980 by the Organizing Committee of the Helsinki Pre-Congress on Training. Use has also been made of the I.P.A. roster, 1970.

This paper deals with the different ways of selecting training analysts in the Latin American Societies. Problems linked with different processes of selection of training analysts are considered in relation to the local Society and the psychoanalytic movement in general.

The functions of the training analyst, another source of friction in the Institutes, are examined, in order to establish their connexion with various misunderstandings and with the pathology of the psychoanalytic training process. This paper attempts to analyse the points of tension which have developed in the Societies which intentionally restrict the selection of training analysts, or which do not select them for a number of years (or if they do, do so minimally).

The danger of excessive politicization of the selection of the training analyst is examined. This

results in the perpetuation of a group of training analysts in power. The relationship of this to splits and threatened splits in the Societies is considered, together with the solutions found by some Societies to avert their own destruction. This paper studies some proposals for reforming the selection process, as well as for distributing the various functions of training analysts, in order to diminish their power and to avoid the contaminations that reinforce the pathology of the psychoanalytic training process.

The author shows(on the basis of data organized and evaluated in the 7 Tables)that the closed nature of psychoanalytic Societies is a reflection of the closed nature of its Training Committee, and that it is probably because of this there is an increasing appearance of new 'psychoanalytic societies' outside the I.P.A.

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