What is it about?

We have a Psychoanalysis Minor, a collection of courses, the capstone of which engages undergraduate students with an actual psychoanalytic Institute where students meet and listen to analysts - their cases and their writing.

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Why is it important?

We want this issue to stand as a paradigm for other undergraduate colleges to institute psychoanalysis minors/studies programs and to engage their students with Psychoanalytic Institutes across the country. We believe such collaborations are essential to further the study of psychoanalysis in the USA, and that this can be done successfully by introducing undergraduate students to its study, both clinically and professionally. We hope programs like this will help to boost psychoanalytic study and practice across this country in the future.

Perspectives

When we started bringing our undergraduates to listen to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapists give their case studies and their personal stories at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, we found that they gained enormously from being in a professional space where psychoanalysis was practiced and that many of them were drawn to the field. We also found that their own conceptions and sense of self-coherence were transformed. In this period of anxiety, fragmentation, and searching for answers in this rapidly changing world, they came to discover their own strengths and interests. We believe that this is of inestimable value in our contemporary state of traumatized cultures.

Marcia Dobson
Colorado College

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This page is a summary of: Epilogue: Psychoanalysis and Undergraduate Education: A National Picture and Hopes for the Future, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, August 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/07351690.2019.1637669.
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