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Jacob, P., Jr. (1989). Learning Process in Psychoanalytic Supervision: Complexities and Challenges. A Case Illustration: By Paul A. Dewald, M.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1987. 489 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 58:456-460.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 58:456-460

Learning Process in Psychoanalytic Supervision: Complexities and Challenges. A Case Illustration: By Paul A. Dewald, M.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1987. 489 pp.

Review by:
Peyton Jacob, Jr.

In his latest book, Dewald does indeed describe a process in the apprentice model of learning psychoanalysis through supervision. The treatise can be considered a sequel to his 1972 publication, The Psychoanalytic Process. In this new volume, he gives us the primary data of eighteen recorded supervisory hours, spread out over a five-year analysis of a woman candidate's first case, that of a young woman also early in her professional career. Of the one hundred twenty-four supervisory hours, these sample eighteen are well chosen so as to given an overall feeling of the general flow of the material, and all but one are paired sequentially to show a continuity of more immediate reactions of the analyst's and supervisors interventions. After each transcription of a supervisory hour, Dewald discusses his views of the patient-analyst interaction and the rationale of his own interventions. He has his eye, of course, on the developing process in the supervision as well as in the analysis. It is fortunate that the student is articulate, self-observing, eager to learn, and not particularly defensive about exposing her inexperience. The patient is amenable to psychoanalysis. The latter's presenting symptoms were obesity and difficulty in maintaining a relationship with a man. The predominant conflicts were phallic and oedipal, with frequent regression shifts to pregenital configurations.

After Dewald's introductory review of the scant literature, his 1981 article, "Aspects of the Supervisory Process," is reprinted.

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