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Psychoanalysis and Education
Although today little interest is taken by eductionalists in the unconscious dynamics of the teaching setting and process. However, a psychodynamic developmental psychology must have a good deal to contribute to the thinking about education. Not least there is a case for applying psychodynamic thinking to the training of psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychoanalysts.
2009 Do unconscious processes affect educational institutions?
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 14: 509-522.
In a slightly different direction, this began as an invited paper forf a conference on psychoanalysis and education. Educational institutions have complex anxieties – those from the young learners, and those from mature staff. However little has been written about such organisations, compared with those in health and welfare. This paper questions what unconscious social defences may arise form unacknowledged anxieties which may emerge as forms of practice that support defences.
2001 Susan Isaacs.
In Dorothy Parker 50 Modern Thinkers in Education. London: Routledge
This was am invited contribution to a volume that was an historical survey of psychological and philosophical thinking about education. Susan Isaacs came to psychoanalysis via education and this paper summarises her contribution to bringing these two fields together.
As I was involved in a small way in the training of psychoanalytic psychotherapists from shortly after my own psychoanalytic training, I found it interesting to think about training in psychodynamic as well as pragmatic terms.
1985 Questions of training.
Free Associations 2: 7-18
My interest in groups and organisation, made it possible to reflect in psychodynamic ways on the state of the psychotherapy profession itself, and unconscious dynamics of their trainings
1986 Eclecticism: the impossible project.
Free Associations 5: 23-27
This paper follows up on the last, and the problem of teaching the plethora of competing ideas, and schools of ideas, in the psychoanalytic world, with a concern that eclecticism may not be a useful introduction ot pluralism, but merely a cover-up for confusion.