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101 On Becoming a Psychoanalyst: IPA Ethics and Analytic Attitude – 1 seminar

Seminar Leaders: J. Fernando, and S. Moore

Course Description

In this introduction seminar, “On Becoming and Being a Psychoanalyst”, we will explore and clarify IPA Ethics Principles, Professional Self Image, and the Emotional Stress of doing psychoanalytic work. This discussion group gives the candidates an opportunity to reflect actively on their paths to psychoanalysis, and their futures as psychoanalysts.

Course Objectives

Candidates will be able to:

  1. Recognize ethical issues encountered in practice (3.2), and resolve ethical dilemmas in a manner consistent with legislation and professional standards (3.2), and required by the Ethical Principles of the International Psychoanalytic Association, which the TIP Candidates are obliged to observe and uphold.
  2. Track how the analyst’s values and attitudes, both in and out of awareness (conscious and unconscious), may impact a diverse range of patients, so as to protect the patient from the imposition of the therapist’s personal issues (4.3).
  3. Recognize that the cognitive emotional and behavioural patterns of the analyst may influence the therapeutic relationship and to use self-disclosure appropriately (4.3), to recognize how prior professional and life experiences may enhance or compromise therapeutic effectiveness, and to employ effective and congruent verbal and non-verbal communication (4.3).
  4. Understand a framework for IPA psychoanalytic competencies i) a good balance between participation and observation, ii) clear and appropriate formulations, and iii) an interventional strategy which is consistent with formulations and which tracks change to review the psychoanalytic process.

Required Readings

IPA Ethics Code. (2013). Retrieved from

Tuckett, D. (2005). Does anything go? Towards a framework for the more transparent assessment of psychoanalytic competence. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 86(1), 31-49.

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