CPC Blog

CPC Blog

What is Psychoanalysis and Who Are Psychoanalysts?

Anna Janicki, M.D.

The Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education Inc. (ACPE, Inc.) defines psychoanalysis in the following way:

Psychoanalysis is a specific form of individual psychotherapy that aims to bring unconscious mental elements and processes into awareness in order to expand an individual’s self-understanding, enhance adaptation in multiple spheres of functioning, alleviate symptoms of mental disorder, and facilitate character change and emotional growth. Psychoanalytic work is characterized by depth and intensity, which are achieved in the context of frequent treatment sessions over a long term.

Psychoanalysts come from a variety of professions in the mental health field. Those who have attained the highest degree in their particular field are eligible to apply to one of the psychoanalytic institutes accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association and spend an additional 7-10 years to become certified in psychoanalysis. Admissions are also dependent on assessing suitability, by which is meant that an applicant would be a person of good character who is capable of sustaining, nurturing and being nurtured by prolonged exposure in emotionally challenging relationships. Those that apply for psychoanalytic training will enter a tripartite process: their own psychoanalysis, theoretical and clinical seminars, and building of the clinical practice, which will require three analyses with three separate supervisory experiences. It will be on the average 5000-9000 hours of learning if training in child psychoanalysis is added to the program. Just imagine, it takes 1000 hours in the air to get a pilot’s license.

Those who will go on to train future psychoanalysts, after an additional five years of work, about 3000 hours, will have to submit their work to the scrutiny of their peers in the process of the certification by the Board on Professional Standards of American Psychoanalytic Association. The cost is comparable to yearly college tuition.

The job of the training analyst is to help students, referred to as candidates, get to know the most intimate explicit and implicit workings of their mind. A candidate experiences what it means to be in psychoanalysis, and is able to put herself or himself in the client’s shoes. In the psychoanalytic situation, both parties are powerless. Understanding and compassion represent power here. They are the discourse of mutuality in psychoanalysis. In this process, the candidate learns about transference and countertransference. She is learning to build a therapeutic alliance, a resilient way to observe her client’s and her own inner life, even when the anxiety level in the psychoanalytic treatment becomes too much. In the face of out of control levels of anger, despair, panic or arousal she is learning how to remain calm and think. She is learning what reaction of her own will illuminate her client’s emotional states, leading to positive change. In psychoanalytic training the candidate is establishing how to work independently as a psychoanalyst, and to be helpful by revealing unconscious aspects of her client’s functioning. In seminars candidates learn various theories and techniques of psychoanalysis. All of it is done to foster, recognize, and communicate in writing what is called the psychoanalytic process.

Each candidate is learning in her/his work with me, as a training analyst or as a supervising analyst, that in psychoanalysis, both participants have to rely on each other’s strengths, while openly acknowledging the embarrassment of shortcomings. Often enough, psychoanalysis identifies difficult questions and makes them solvable. It sees order where others see disorder. It pushes the envelope of individuality, while exploring the value of partnership. Psychoanalysis, sometimes leads to insight, always frees up curiosity, makes hope a reality, and inevitably produces change.

The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center invites those who are interested in becoming a psychoanalyst or in learning more about other applications of psychoanalytic ideas, to contact the Center’s Psychoanalysts Training Program (PTP).  For information call the Chair of the Admissions Committee Vera Camden, Ph.D. at (216) 407-7931.

 

Posted in Psychoanalytic Treatment | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy One-Year Program

PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY PROGRAM

The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center has offered programs in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for over 25 years.  Students and clinicians learn to apply psychoanalytic ideas in a variety of clinical settings with a wide range of clients and patients.

Our new one-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program is designed for practitioners who are eager to learn the principles and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy to enhance their clinical skills and deepen their work. It is also designed for professionals from related fields who wish to further their understanding of human dynamics. The program offers a theoretical beginning with clinically relevant readings and case vignettes.  In addition, participants will study child development and its applicability to psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults.  The course will cover important aspects of psychotherapy from the first phone call through termination.  We will address assessment, case formulation, the therapeutic relationship, and technique.

All students enrolled in the course are strongly encouraged to be in supervision.  Many of our former students have affirmed the importance of supervision and its usefulness in enhancing the didactic experience.  We will help connect students with psychoanalytic supervisors.

The program will begin in September 2017 on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm. The cost is $1550; student fee is $1085 with student ID. Payment plans are available and CEUs provided.

Application is due by June 1, 2017.  Questions: Contact the Program Chair, Colleen Coakley 216-287-7480 or by email colleen_coakley@yahoo.com.

 

Posted in Community projects | Leave a comment

Upcoming Conference – Mind and Milieu – To Feature Vera Camden and Jeffrey Longhoffer

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work

 

March 23-26,2017 Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

This conference will highlight the inextricable link between mind and milieu and the complex relationships between our inner and outer worlds. These perspectives are at the core of social work’s emphasis on “person in environment” and the importance of relationship. We invite you to Baltimore, the birthplace of American psychoanalysis and home to many prominent thinkers who embraced the significance of the worlds within and beyond the consulting room. Join us as we explore and expand our contemporary understanding of the mind/milieu dynamic.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – CME/CE/NBCC
17.5 maximum hours offered.
For a complete list of workshops, panels and presentations, see the Conference Program.

Plenary Speakers: Vera Camden, Dorothy Evans Holmes, Jeffrey Longhofer, Cathy Siebold, Boris Thomas

Plenary Panel: Barbara Berger, Rosemarie Gaeta, Judy Ann Kaplan, Crayton Rowe, Marsha Wineburgh

For Registration information visit aapcsw/events or call 718-728-7416 or email aapcsw@gmail.com

Cosponsored by The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and
the National Institute for Psychoanalytic Education and Research, Inc. (NIPER), educational arm of AAPCSW.

Call Marriott Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 and mention NIPER.
For online reservations: click this link to make your reservation.

Posted in Psychoanalytic Treatment, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

CPC Member in the News

The Lamplighter, the publication of the Bratenahl Community Foundation profiled CPC member and Bratenahl resident Ilga Svechs, Ph.D. The article was written by Kathy Jones and appears in the latest issue. (February 2017, pg. 9)

The article tells how Dr. Svechs came to America after World War II, as a child refugee, and relates her journey in 1949 with today’s refugees who are still fleeing war and seeking new lives in America. You can read the entire article by clicking on the link above. 

The profile includes the progression of Dr. Svechs’ education and career and tells of her return trips to Latvia and other European countries for research and consulting. A specialist in the effects of childhood trauma on the adult psyche, Dr. Svechs was called upon to assist the Latvian government in reforming policies that governed children’s access to incarcerated parents.

Because of her background it is perhaps not surprising that Dr. Svechs is currently teaching a course on Cultural Psychoanalysis to the Candidate class. The twelve-week class prepares candidates to deal with cultural differences such as race, ethnicity and nationality, language, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. The class also explores how culture can have an effect on interactions in the therapeutic relationship, as in interpretation, transference and countertransference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Press, Psychoanalytic Treatment | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Essay Contest Winner at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center

Photo of Nanette Auerhahn

Nanette Auerhahn, Ph.D.

Join us to hear Nanette Auerhahn, Ph.D. present the winning essay for the 2016 CPC Essay contest. Dr. Auerhahn”s essay, “’I Could Eat You Up’: Philomela, Trauma and Enactment,” explores the question of how trauma that is neither symbolized nor represented in some other fashion is made known to one’s self and others. Dr. Auerhahn proceeds to dissect the steps in our management of trauma and to demonstrate how the myth of Philomela offers a general symbolization of the process. She uses several apt clinical examples to bring this to life and ends with an intriguing suggestion that the Philomela myth may offer a way of seeing the connection of pre-oedipal and oedipal functioning.

Date:Friday evening, January 6, 2017

Time: 6:00 — 6:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 — 8:00 p.m. Talk

Location: The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center is located in the Heights Medical Building at Cedar-Fairmount. Parking is free and available behind the building.

 

RSVP: Space is limited. Please reserve by calling (216) 229-5959  or email:dmorsecpc@sbcglobal.net

Website: www.psychoanalysiscleveland.org

Registration: The lecture is free & open to the public.

Continuing education credits (1.5 credit hours) for Center members is $10.00 and non-members $15.00.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Participants will grasp in more detail the spectrum of mental maneuvers that we use to manage our reactions to trauma.
  2. Participants should become more attuned to enactments, bodily actions, and unsymbolized bits of information that can be seen in analytic work, and how these can be used to develop a better understanding of a patient’s management of traumatic experiences.
  3. The Philomela myth may be grasped as a useful organizing tale to encompass these functions.

 

 

 

Posted in Arts and culture, Psychoanalytic Treatment | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment