1st Edition

The Making of Psychotherapists
An Anthropological Analysis

ISBN 9781855756564
Published February 16, 2009 by Routledge
318 Pages

USD $59.95

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Book Description

Here, for the first time, is a book that submits the psychoanalytic training institute to deep anthropological scrutiny. It expertly uncovers the hidden institutional devices used to transform trainees into professionals. By attending closely to what trainees feel, do, and think as they struggle towards professional status, it exposes the often subtle but deeply penetrating effects psychoanalytic training has upon all who pass through it; effects that profoundly shape not only therapists (professionally and personally), but also the community itself. The author's fascinating and original data is culled from his extensive fieldwork, his case-studies of clinical work, and his interviews with teachers, senior practitioners and trainees. This book is written to be accessible to all those who have an interest in the therapeutic profession from the professional (whether psychotherapist or anthropologist) to the trainee and general reader.

Table of Contents

ContentsChapter I: The Rise and Fall of the PsychodynamicChapter II: The Therapeutic EncounterChapter III: Irony in the Therapeutic EncounterChapter IV: The Seminar EncounterChapter V: Deflecting Doubt, Maintaining CertaintyChapter VI: Clinical SupervisionChapter VII: Illness Aetiologies and the Susceptibilities of TrainingChapter VIII: The Transformed Practitioner

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