chapter  Two
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The Berlin Model

ByAnnie Tardits

The Berlin Institute admitted lay people to practice analysis, subject to the restrictions ruled in 1929 and within the limits advocated by Jones; this was more than the Dutch and American Institutes were to allow. The order of necessity which dictated the large-scale training of analysts was therefore therapeutic; it was this order of necessity which gave to the Berlin training one of its specific characteristics: Max Eitingon conceded that it was an organization “on the Prussian model”. Initially, in Berlin, an “intensive” theoretical training would precede the training analysis which was “an essential part of his curriculum”, followed by supervised practice at the Polyclinic. One area in which regulation ruled supreme was the selection of candidates, which was the responsibility of the Teaching Commission. It was a central focus of the directives Berlin was rewriting in 1929, as it concerned personal aptitude, prior training, and motivation for practice.