Year: 2003 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, v.31, no.3, (Sep 2003), p.459-475 SIEC No: 20040739

This paper examines the activation of transference reactions & transference enactments on the part of both a resident & a residency training director following a patient’s suicide death. The author argues that such transference responses offer invaluable opportunities for self-observation, psychological introspection, & personal growth, & the failure of many current psychiatric trainees to undergo persoanl intensive psychotherapy is identified as a major obstacle to turning such potentially destructive experiences into learning & growth opportunities. (27 refs)