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Schneider, J. Wilkerson, D. Solomon, B. Perlman, C. Tsioles, D.D. Shelby, D. Witten, M. Sadow, L. (2014). Psychoanalytic Training Experience and Postgraduate Professional Development: A Survey of Six Decades of Graduate Analysts. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95(6):1211-1233.

(2014). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 95(6):1211-1233


Psychoanalytic Training Experience and Postgraduate Professional Development: A Survey of Six Decades of Graduate Analysts

Jorge Schneider, Douglas Wilkerson, Brenda Solomon, Caryl Perlman, Denise Duval Tsioles, Dennis Shelby, Molly Witten and Leo Sadow

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(Accepted for publication 1 May 2014)

This exploratory study explored the training and post-training experience of graduates of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. All living graduates of the past six decades were invited to complete a survey that addressed their training analysis, classroom work, supervision and other training experiences as well as their degree of post-graduation involvement in teaching, supervising, study groups and other professional endeavors. They were also asked to rate their sense of themselves as psychoanalysts and their satisfaction with their analytic career. Further, they were encouraged to provide spontaneous narrative data. Our findings contribute to the current understanding of the careers of psychoanalysts - including that there is a difference in generational cohorts regarding professional satisfaction, identification as an analyst, and experience of training. We also found that there are no real differences between analysts who do and do not have analytic patients on some important variables: supporting analysis as a treatment method, identifying oneself professionally with psychoanalysis, and disillusionment with psychoanalysis - which is consistent with other studies. Also discovered were differences between male and female analysts' perception of certain aspects of their training.

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