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Smaller, M.D. (2011). In the Streets and Out in the World: Being a Psychoanalyst in 2010. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 6(1):124-126.

(2011). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 6(1):124-126

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In the Streets and Out in the World: Being a Psychoanalyst in 2010

Mark D. Smaller, Ph.D.

Normally when I hear someone talking about psychoanalysts, I think of Woody Allen and jokes about domineering Jewish mothers. I don't think of a pioneering program in a gritty industrial patch of Cicero, a Chicago suburb known as a historic hideout for Al Capone with its own brand of rough and tumble politics. … Morton Alternative High School has attracted lots of attention … and reports promising results helping those hard to reach … using psychology to help about 100 students cope with the emotional problems and social pressures common to life in neighborhoods where everyone struggles with crime, joblessness, violence and immigration problems [James Warren, Editor, Chicago News Cooperative, writing about the Analytic Service to Adolescents Program for The New York Times article, “More Than Academics at Morton Alternative,” which is available at:].

Sometimes I am as surprised as James Warren about where my work as a psychoanalyst has taken me.

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