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Junkers, G. Tuckett, D. Zachrisson, A. (2008). To Be or Not to Be a Psychoanalyst—How Do We Know a Candidate is Ready to Qualify? Difficulties and Controversies in Evaluating Psychoanalytic Competence. Psychoanal. Inq., 28(3):288-308.
   

(2008). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 28(3):288-308

To Be or Not to Be a Psychoanalyst—How Do We Know a Candidate is Ready to Qualify? Difficulties and Controversies in Evaluating Psychoanalytic Competence

Gabriele Junkers, Ph.D., David Tuckett and Anders Zachrisson, Ph.D.

What constitutes competent psychoanalytic work, what criteria are used to evaluate psychoanalytic competence and how can we exchange about these matters among colleagues of different psychoanalytic orientations? These are the core questions investigated in an ongoing project of the European Psychoanalytical Federation (EPF) Working Party on Education (WPE). This article reports on several group discussions at EPF conferences over 4 successive years. Findings reveal a great interest in discussing the question of evaluation on one hand, but bringing up uneasiness and anxiety on the other, followed by a tendency to bypass saying “no” to not enough competent clinical work.

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