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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Essay Contest Winner at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center

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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.

 

 

 

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Would I Benefit From Seeing a Therapist?

Liberty Woods Path

Much as we like to fantasize that life is easy and that we can create a perfect world around us, the reality is that living is fraught with ups and downs. Do these life stressors make you think that you have a mental health problem that could be helped by psychotherapy?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or obsessive thoughts you may feel that you should see a doctor or psychotherapist. Perhaps you are having repeated trouble in work situations or recurring difficulty in relationships. These problems are very amenable to being helped by a psychoanalyst.

The purpose of psychoanalytic treatment is to help people change and progress in their lives. The development of self-awareness or insight is a step in achieving that progress. Psychoanalytic treatment explores how unconscious factors affect current relationships and patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior.

The mental health professionals who make up our membership are counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists with additional training in psychoanalytic therapy. They offer psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy and often specialize in different patient groups and mental health problems.

The Find an Analyst or Therapist page on our website lists contact information and specialties for each member. In addition, our members offer a Consultation and Referral Service at 216-229-5959 x123. If you leave your number on this confidential voice mail, a CPC member will call you back and help you to determine the service that you or a family member needs. There is no charge for this service.

 

 

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