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October 1967

Psychoanalytic Supervision.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(4):508-510. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730280124017

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Teaching residents in psychiatry and candidates in psychoanalytic institutes how to work with a patient has for several decades been primarily dependent on individual supervision. For those who enter clinical practice, certainly the most important goal is that the psychiatrist shall become skilled in the conduct of psychotherapy, and the phychoanalyst knowledgeable and adept in the conduct of psychoanalysis. Considering the importance of this phase of learning and teaching, it is surprising that this is the first book to deal specifically with the subject of psychoanalytic supervision. Quite a number of references are listed in the bibliography (96), including the valuable book The Teaching and Learning of Psychotherapy by Ekstein and Wallerstein, but this is the first of its kind. Traditionally it has been assumed that when an analyst has become

sufficiently expert, knowledgeable, and experienced, he will at the same time have become able to pass on that expertise

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