The past is prologue in this new collection of Robert Wallerstein's papers, which addresses the central issues in contemporary psychoanalysis - education, research, science, and psychoanalysis as a profession. With the skill of long experience, the author challenges his readers with pertinent issues that are very much alive in psychoanalysis today. "Perspectives on Psychoanalytic Training around the World," reports on a worldwide survey of training methods. Change is an integral part of training, and the past can always be informative. The next chapter discusses a 13-year program in California for a new advanced mental health degree, a Doctorate in Medical Psychology, which sought to bring together the educational necessities of medicine and psychology. The chapter discusses many of the important findings from this program which acted as a bridge between mental health professions. Chapter 3 presents one view of psychotherapy research, chapter 4 discusses the assessment of structural change in psychoanalytic therapy and research, and chapter 5 discusses outcomes of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at termination and at follow-up. Chapters 6 and 7 look at psychoanalysis as a science, a subject of intense discussion today. Chapter 8 presents psychoanalysis in its relationship to academic psychiatry, once very close, now quite distant. Chapter 9 is coauthored with Edward M Weinshel and discusses the future of psychoanalysis, while chapter 10 posits the future of psychotherapy. The book concludes with a discussion of lay analysis, explaining that Freud's paper, The Question of Lay Analysis, used the term lay to mean untrained psychoanalytically, not nonmedical as it has come to be commonly used. The history of why psychoanalysis was for so many years a strictly medical discipline in the United States, provides the kind of broad social and political background that is essential for a real understanding of the field.
Table of Contents:
PART I. Psychoanalytic Education and Research 1. Perspectives on Psychoanalytic Training Around the World (1978) 2. The Mental Health Professions: Conceptualization and reconceptualization of a New Discipline (1978) 3. Psychotherapy Research: One Paradigm (1977) 4. Assessment of Structural Change in Psychoanalytic Therapy and Research (1988) 5. Outcomes of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at Termination and at Follow-Up (1996) PART II. Psychoanalysis as a Science and as a Profession 6. Psychanalysis as a Science: Its Present Status and Its Future Tasks (1976) 7. Psychoanalysis as a Science: A Response to the New Challenges (1986) 8. Psychoanalysis and Academic Psychiatry -- Bridges (1980) 9. The Future of Psychoanalysis (with Edward M. Weinshel) (1989) 10. The Future of Psychotherapy (1991) 11. The Identity of Psychoanalysis: The Question of Lay Analysis (1996)