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Stone, H. (1964). Reflections of an Ex-Trainee on his Training. J. Anal. Psychol., 9(1):75-79.

(1964). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 9(1):75-79

Reflections of an Ex-Trainee on his Training Related Papers

Harold Stone

In December 1961 I completed my training and was certified as a Jungian analyst. Since that time many people have asked me how it feels to be an analyst. I generally make some appropriate comment—such as that it feels great, or fine, or it's a good feeling; or, if I'm in a particularly poetic mood, I might say something like ‘It was a long road’. But to myself, and possibly a few intimates, I confess that being an analyst is all right, but really it is of secondary importance. What really feels good to me, and what I still enjoy experiencing, is the feeling of not being a trainee any longer.

Now I ask myself next—Do other men who have completed training feel this way? I rather suspect the answer is yes, for not being a trainee brings with it a kind of freedom, and a possibility of development, that seem to me particularly difficult to come to when one's efforts are being judged and evaluated, for the express purpose of determining whether one is or is not suitable for becoming an analyst.

I would like to discuss briefly the training programme as it exists in the Los Angeles Society. This will, I hope, clarify later discussion.

A candidate may apply for training after a minimum of 150 hours of personal analysis with a recognized Jungian analyst, and with the consent of that analyst. The candidate may be accepted in the preliminary stage, in which case he is considered a potential candidate for training and may attend seminars, or else he may be advanced to stage one. Before entering stage one, the candidate is interviewed by the Joint Advisory Board of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Societies.

If accepted in stage one, the candidate begins his training analysis with a training analyst. This title means that the analyst has had at least five years' experience as an analyst and has been certified as “training analyst” by the certifying board of the Society. A minimum of 150 hours of training analysis is demanded, aside from other seminar requirements.

Advancement to stage two, or control analysis, requires the written recommendation of the training analyst and of the training committee.

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