The psychoanalytic theory base for therapeutic practice is highly developed but the literature is thin when it comes to identifying practitioners' implicit knowledge base and developing more expert skills. This clear and vividly written book addresses the needs of practitioners moving beyond beginner level to more skilled and attuned practice.
Introduction.- PART I: OBSTACLES TO DEVELOPMENT 1. The Developing Practitioner.- 2. What Gets Missed out in Analytic Accounts.- 3. The Babelization of Psychoanalytic Language.- 4. Why Theory Does Not Inform Practice.- PART II: PSYCHOANALYTIC PRACTICE AS A FORM OF CRAFT 5. The Craft Metaphor.- 6. Analytic "Rules" and Craft Practice.- 7. Countertransference and Containment Revisited.- PART III: DESCRIBING THE CRAFT: EXAMPLES FROM PRACTICE 8. A Session from an Intensive Therapy.- 9. Two Sessions from a Brief Therapy.- PART IV: Developing the Craft: Examples from Clinical Discussion, Supervision and Teaching.- 10. Thinking about Interventions: An Example from a Clinical Discussion Group.- 11. How Working Models Inform Practice: An Example from a Supervision Group.- 12. Developing One's Own Way of Working: An Example from Teaching.- Concluding Remarks.