The use of a simple writing task to enhance psychoanalytic education

  • The authors describe a simple recurrent writing task called the >Two Page Paper Exercise,< designed to enhance candidates’ learning of analytic theory and technique. They set this task in the context of other analytic institutes’ writing programs and show that this exercise is unique. Their educational philosophy is that, as candidates confront multiple perspectives in contemporary psychoanalysis, this writing task develops their ability to conceptualize, reflect on their learning, integrate affect and cognition, and express their ideas to others in written form and in discussion with peers. The candidate group develops cohesion that reduces writing anxiety. As individuals they develop a writing habit that supports the eventual duty to develop the field of psychoanalysis through publishing. The authors present raw data from candidates’ writing for readers to make their own assessment of the usefulness of the task as a measure of candidates’ integration of learning, development of analytic sensibility and synthetic capacity, and communication of experience and ideas to others.

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Author:Jill Savege Scharff, Caroline M. Sehon
Parent Title (English):International Forum of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 29 (No. 4, 2020), pp. 215-223.
Document Type:Articles
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2020
Release Date:2022/05/04
Format:PDF-scan upon request / PDF-Scan auf Anfrage
IdNo:Scharff_J_S_Sehon_C_M_2020
Erich Fromm's Library and Erich Fromm Archive:Articles / Artikel
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