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Kerner, O.J. (1997). Go the Distance: Thoughts on Termination. Psychoanal. Psychol., 14(2):143-144.

(1997). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 14(2):143-144

Go the Distance: Thoughts on Termination

Oliver J. B. Kerner, Ph.D.

As chair and organizer of this Symposium, I am pleased to welcome you to Section I's program, a part of Division 39's Annual Spring Meeting.

In seeking a suitable topic for this event, I came across a monograph devoted to the end phase of psychoanalysis. It appeared to me that this topic would be most helpful to all therapists who struggle with the difficulties inherent in the termination of psychoanalysis. Aside from two courses at two different institutes, there was little guidance to be found.

However, I did find several articles written by Jack Novick, and together we began to plan this presentation. As you can see, we have three very distinguished participants—Jack Novick, Martin Bergmann, and Donald Kaplan. Acting as scribe is Jeff Golland.

I would like to point out to the audience that we will have the flexibility to remain in this room for an extended discussion following the presentation.

It is important to note that we are here today only due to the organizational genius of Reuben Fine, our founding father, who passed away some time ago. A beautiful obituary written by Bob Lane appeared in the New York Times describing Reuben's accomplishments.

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