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Samuels, A. (1977). Report on the Second Meeting of The International Association of Jungian Trainees and Recently Qualified Analysts: Berlin August 29—September 6, 1976. J. Anal. Psychol., 22(3):268-269.

(1977). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 22(3):268-269

Report on the Second Meeting of The International Association of Jungian Trainees and Recently Qualified Analysts: Berlin August 29—September 6, 1976

Andrew Samuels

The Second Meeting of the association saw great changes in the style and structure of the group. Two closely linked organisational models have been proposed—a club and a workshop. The latter is seen as providing an opportunity specifically for people to develop their personal expressiveness in and out of their analytic practice. Essentially this is based on the use of techniques culled from the newer transatlantic therapies.

The club, on the other hand, would deal with professional matters, but in a social way, in an attempt to recapture some of the closeness and mutual support which has partly been dissipated by the growth of Jung's psychology in recent years.

Clearly there is no reason why a body operating along these lines should be restricted to trainees and it seems likely that the present appellation will be dropped. No recruitment drive is envisaged, but trust is placed in the grapevine to draw interested newcomers into the group. The only structure would be the system of national representatives and a commitment to an annual meeting.

The 35 participants from Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland were compelled to face the fact that the association has not attracted much support beyond the original activists. A consensus emerged that this was due partly to the fact that membership could not be seen by the individual as contributing to his career advancement in the same way that, for example, the writing of articles might. On the other hand, a major aim of the association is the enhancement of analytic skill, and the changes outlined above make it easier to communicate this aim to non-members, thus making it more likely that some will join.

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