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Schachter, J. (2009). Discussion of Craige's “Terminating Without Fatality”. Psychoanal. Inq., 29(2):188-194.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 29(2):188-194

Discussion of Craige's “Terminating Without Fatality”

Joseph Schachter, M.D. and Ph.D.

Craige's concept of termination and the related concept of post-termination contact are based on Freud's early, one-person model of analytic therapy as a medical treatment for the cure of a disease. Post-termination contact was considered appropriate only if the patient needed additional therapy. Subsequent development to a two-person model of treatment, which recognizes the critical importance of the patient–analyst relationship, requires modification both of concepts of termination and of post-termination contact. I propose that whether there should be such contact, and what it's nature should be, should be mutually decided by patient and analyst in the termination phase, based on their risk/benefit evaluation of such meetings. The intimate, loving patient–analyst relationship, which has enhanced the patient's development, should be able to continue in some form after the end of treatment unless substantial, unresolved problems of either patient or analyst proscribe such meetings.

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