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Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39)
American Psychological Association

Division 39/APsaA Collaboration

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Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), in conjunction with the American Psychoanalytic Association, has made available a powerpoint presentation
created with the intention of disabusing audiences of misconceptions held
about psychoanalytic theories and treatments by exposing them to a few of the many relevant empirical studies. Dozens of studies have shown the efficacy and effectiveness of psychoanalytic treatments, and many more
have substantiated various psychoanalytic tenets, yet most psychologists are not aware of this vast body of research.

Over the last few decades, psychoanalytic theory and practice have been
severely criticized in both academic and popular circles. Some of the
criticism is based on legitimate concerns about the insularity of
psychoanalytic institutes, some misguided theorizing, and a handful of
cases involving the misapplication of treatment. Some reflects stereotypes that have little to do with psychoanalytic therapy as it is actually practiced. As reported in the March 2006 Newsweek cover story,
psychoanalytic theory and practice are an intrinsic and important part of
our culture and communities. Therefore, it would seem important for
psychologists to be informed of the relevant research.

"The Enduring Significance of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice" is a
powerpoint presentation created by Greg Lowder, in collaboration with
Nancy McWilliams, James Hansell, and the Board of Directors of Division 39. It covers some of the following research areas: word priming experiments demonstrating the operation of unconscious processes in motivation; research showing the association of conflicts about personal goals with increased somatic complaints; clinical trials showing similar outcomes for psychoanalytic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy; evidence for the cost-effectiveness and efficacy of brief psychodynamic psychotherapies; and evidence of continued gains after termination of psychoanalysis.

This presentation may be used as a teaching tool for audiences such as
insurers, undergraduates, non-psychoanalytic clinicians, academic book
publishers, administrators, and individuals in the humanities. Please feel free to download and adapt this educational resource for any setting.

Fellowship Program

The American Psychoanalytic Association founded its Fellowship Program in 1991. The mission of the Fellowship Program is to encourage interest and involvement in psychoanalysis among the future leaders, researchers and educators of mental health and academia. Early-career psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and academics are eligible for to apply for the Fellowship.

The Fellowship offers the opportunity to attend the biannual meetings of APsaA, to meet analysts and Fellows from across the country, to have a Mentor, and to present their clinical work or research at the meetings. Please see [ ]Benefits section for details on the Fellowship Award.

All qualified applicants receive a psychoanalyst Mentor with whom they meet to discuss their interest in psychoanalytic ideas and how they may apply to their work, a free subscription to [ ]The American Psychoanalyst (TAP), the magazine of the Association, and complimentary registration at the biannual meetings of the Association.

News posted: Aug 28, 2007

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