Gradudate Student Committee

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Have a favorite psychoanalytic article or book? Share your favorite readings with others! Send us the information for your favorite article, book, video etc. using the "contact us" button on the left and we will post the information to our page so that others may enjoy as well! 

Division 39 Scholars Program:

The Division 39 Scholars programs offers awards to graduate students and early career psychologists in hopes of familiarizing interested individuals with the various fields of psychoanalysis and their many applications. Scholars are provided with  a stipend to attend the Division 39 Annual Spring Meeting, as well as a mentor for an entire year. For more information, or to apply, please view the link here:

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Freud, A. (1937). The Ego and the mechanisms of defense. New York, NY: International Universities Press. ISBN 13: 978-1855750388

Freud, S. (1955). The Interpretation of Dreams: The complete and definitive text. J. Stachey (Ed. & Trans.). New York, NY: Avon Books. ISBN 13: 978-0-465-01977-9

McWilliams, N. (1999). Psychoanalytic case formulation. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. ISBN 13: 978- 1572304628


McWilliams, N. (2004). Psychoanalytic psychotherapy: A practitioner’s guide. New  York, NY: The Guildford Press. ISBN 13: 978-1593850098

McWilliams, N. (2011). Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding personality structure in the clinical    process (2nd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press. ISBN 13: 978-1-60918-494-0

Student Work

Here you will find short stories, poetry, photography, drawings, and anything else artistic! Get creative and submit your artwork. Many consider psychoanalysis a form of art, so deep down we all have that creative drive. Please remember to indicate in your submission whether you will or will not want your name and school indicated on the post.

Words Being Born (11/25/2014)

The below poem was written by William Caperton. William is a Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology at Marquette University and Psychology Intern at the University of Iowa University Counseling Service.

In August of this year, I began my predoctoral internship at the University of Iowa counseling center. I was drawn to this site, in part, due to the option of completing an emphasis in Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy. Throughout my graduate training, I have tried to supplement my studies by connecting with and attending offerings at local psychoanalytic institutes, but this is the first year I’ve been able to more deeply immerse myself in the application of psychodynamic work. I was excited to help my client’s un-tangle the knots that inevitably brought them into my office, to help them attend to their words, spoken and unspoken, and develop a more richly textured narrative for themselves. 

On a run after one particularly difficult day, in which nothing felt like it was clicking, in which I was questioning my own ability, acutely feeling the impossibility of doing the work I knew could be helpful in the necessarily brief setting allotted (typically 5-12 sessions), I began to think in particular of wordlessness. Of client’s for whom the very act of speech felt inadequate, impossible, untenable. This poem began to form. I think this presentation from the non-scientific, non-obsessed-with-being a competent provider of evidence based therapies part of myself is a kind of compassion, for my clients, but for myself as well. To avoid the potential of further dilution, here is the poem. 

Words Being Born

you say 
nothing you say 
can come close 

to the bone
the breath 
the tongue 

come close 
to the wound

the word
the wounded word

you speak 
a word
wound tight
through teeth 


voice breaks 
the nothing

you say 
a word
a sign 

you sing 
this breathing
thing breaking 

your will
your word
your wound


in the space 
our breaths 
our bodies

no thing

becoming breath
coming back

into the world 
being born 

through words

Psychoanalytically Oriented Dissertations in Progress

Working on your dissertation and looking for some additional resources or peer support? Want to provide some advice or guidance to someone currently working on their dissertation? Send us the title and a short description of your dissertation in progress along with your name, email address, and university name. We will post the information to our our dissertations in progress page so that others may reach out to you in search of support, to lend support, in search of collaboration, to share resources, or to provide words of encouragement. 

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