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Lifschutz, J.E. (1976). A Critique of Reporting and Assessment in the Training Analysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 24:43-59.

(1976). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 24:43-59

A Critique of Reporting and Assessment in the Training Analysis

Joseph E. Lifschutz, M.D.


This paper supports a nonreporting-training-analyst position, advocating a simple statement from the training analyst to the education committee at the end of the training analysis that it has been terminated satisfactorily by mutual consent or otherwise. The analytic candidate deserves (and needs) an analysis as free of complicating parameters as does anyone else. If the training analyst reserves the right to report to the education committee during an analysis, then powerful resistances with a reality basis must develop. If a routine procedure, however informal, were established in which the training analyst would not report about the candidate-patient until the end of the analysis, there would be no basis on this score for mistrust of the training analyst, no possibility for the misuse of his power, and analytic neutrality, confidentiality, and trust would be protected. A call is made for increasing greatly the responsibility and utilizing the evaluative judgments of the teachers, supervisors, and administrative advisors in institute administrative decisions about candidates.

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