Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst's Life Experience

When the Personal Becomes Professional

About the Course:

This work explores how leaders in the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy address the phenomena of the psychoanalyst’s personal life and psychology. In this edited book, each author describes pivotal childhood and adult life events and crises that have contributed to personality formation, personal and professional functioning, choices of theoretical positions, and clinical technique.



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Steven Kuchuck, LCSW

About the Author:

Steven Kuchuck, LCSW is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Associate Editor of Routledge’s Relational Perspectives Book Series, Board Member, supervisor, faculty and Co-Director of Curriculum for the training program in adult psychoanalysis at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), and faculty/supervisor at the NIP National Training Program, the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, and other institutes. He is on the Board of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy where he formerly co-chaired/co-moderated the online colloquium series and currently co-chairs the Local (international) Chapters Committee, and is on the steering committee for the 2017 APA Division 39 annual conference, and co-chair of the Division 39 International Outreach Task Force. His writing focuses primarily on the analyst’s subjectivity and appears in numerous psychoanalytic journals, books, and the New York Times Couch Series. Most recently, he is a contributor to and editor of Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional (Routledge, 2014), The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (co-edited with Adrienne Harris, Routledge, 2015), and an upcoming volume of analysts writing about the professional impact of their own analysis (Routledge, in press). He is in private practice in New York City, where he also leads study, supervision, and writing groups. More information is available at

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the intersection of a psychoanalyst’s personal life and psychology as it relates to childhood and adult life events. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain how personal life events and experiences impact and shape a psychotherapist’s practice.

  2. Explore how their own history impacted their choice of profession, theoretical model, type of patients, etc..

  3. Demonstrate the importance of individuals, training institutions, and theoreticians in the field engaging in the exploration of the seminal impact of life events on psychoanalytic practice.

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Course Number: 102150
Credit Hours: 10cr
Exam Fee: $69.70
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