On (not) listening for theory: the trainee’s use of theory as defence against the stress of beginning psychodynamic practice.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622450
Title:
On (not) listening for theory: the trainee’s use of theory as defence against the stress of beginning psychodynamic practice.
Authors:
Fang, Nini ( 0000-0001-8730-8582 )
Abstract:
This paper offers reflections on the trainee’s relationship with, and use of, theory in the early stages of psychodynamic practice. It addresses the issues of ‘listening for theory’ in the face of the unsettling, yet inevitable, stress and insecurity of beginning psychodynamic practice and the daunting awareness of the work being assessed by the training institution. While theory makes psychodynamic work possible and applying theory is explicitly welcomed in psychodynamic training, the paper argues that the unexamined use of theory is problematic as it, albeit unconsciously, is used by the trainee as a defensive retreat into a private mental sanctuary from the intimate, relational space of the consulting room and from the felt incompetence and inexperience aroused in the immediate encounter with the client. Exemplified through accounts of working with a particular client during my training, the paper examines the trainee’s evolving relationship with theory, in the light of what impedes and promotes therapeutic progress, as a significant marker of the trainee’s development to work psychodynamically.
Affiliation:
University of Edinburgh
Citation:
Fang, N. (2017) 'On (not) listening for theory: the trainee’s use of theory as defence against the stress of beginning psychodynamic practice', Psychodynamic Practice, 23 (3):269 .
Journal:
Psychodynamic Practice
Issue Date:
20-Jun-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622450
DOI:
10.1080/14753634.2017.1340186
Additional Links:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14753634.2017.1340186
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
14753634
EISSN:
14753626
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
School of Allied Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorFang, Ninien
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-27T08:41:46Z-
dc.date.available2018-03-27T08:41:46Z-
dc.date.issued2017-06-20-
dc.identifier.citationFang, N. (2017) 'On (not) listening for theory: the trainee’s use of theory as defence against the stress of beginning psychodynamic practice', Psychodynamic Practice, 23 (3):269 .en
dc.identifier.issn14753634-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14753634.2017.1340186-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/622450-
dc.description.abstractThis paper offers reflections on the trainee’s relationship with, and use of, theory in the early stages of psychodynamic practice. It addresses the issues of ‘listening for theory’ in the face of the unsettling, yet inevitable, stress and insecurity of beginning psychodynamic practice and the daunting awareness of the work being assessed by the training institution. While theory makes psychodynamic work possible and applying theory is explicitly welcomed in psychodynamic training, the paper argues that the unexamined use of theory is problematic as it, albeit unconsciously, is used by the trainee as a defensive retreat into a private mental sanctuary from the intimate, relational space of the consulting room and from the felt incompetence and inexperience aroused in the immediate encounter with the client. Exemplified through accounts of working with a particular client during my training, the paper examines the trainee’s evolving relationship with theory, in the light of what impedes and promotes therapeutic progress, as a significant marker of the trainee’s development to work psychodynamically.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14753634.2017.1340186en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Psychodynamic Practiceen
dc.subjectPsychodynamic theoryen
dc.subjectPsychodynamic trainingen
dc.subjectProfessional developmenten
dc.titleOn (not) listening for theory: the trainee’s use of theory as defence against the stress of beginning psychodynamic practice.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn14753626-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Edinburghen
dc.identifier.journalPsychodynamic Practiceen
dc.contributor.institutionCPASS, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK-
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