What PRC Board Members Have to Say

The Psychoanalytic Research Consortium (PRC) is a not-for-profit organization of researchers promoting basic psychoanalytic research, primarily through the use of our library of audiotape recorded sessions of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy. We are primarily interested in exploring the relationships between the processes of psychoanalytic work and the benefit to the patient, particularly long-term benefit. We support a group of research-minded psychoanalysts who have developed ANALYTIC PROCESS SCALES for investigating recorded sessions.

By supporting the PRC's work, you may take satisfaction in knowing that you are helping research that will benefit psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy both in the US and internationally.

WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENT

REASONS FOR THE PSYCHOANALYTIC RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (PRC)

A well administered facility permitting access to recorded psychoanalyses by qualified investigatorsencourages scientific work in psychoanalysis, since problems of data collection and dissemination are such central hurdles to psychoanalytic investigators.

A central facility has the advantage of facilitating the comparison of results when different research procedures are applied to the same clinical data.

The Consortium makes possible the preservation of psychoanalytic data for research purposes after the death of the analyst, rather than losing these data because confidentiality can not sufficiently be protected.

The development of adequate procedures for safeguarding and disseminating data, and the provision of a central facility of individuals skilled in various aspects of this work, should stimulate many aspects of psychoanalytic research. We help investigators with recommendations about patient consent, measures to maximize confidentiality, and technical procedures.

The library of PRC research materials will continue to enlarge each time the PRC provides materials to an investigator. Thus grants to investigators by NIMH and private foundations to obtain materials for research from the PRC will benefit the field of psychoanalytic and psychotherapy research generally, since these materials will accumulate centrally. The end result will be the enhancement of the infrastructure of research in our field.

Direct support for and coordination of research on the efficacy of psychoanalytically informed treatmentsby an organization uniquely dedicated to this end fulfills an important function not duplicated anywhere else.

Educational use of such recorded materials in teaching psychoanalysis to candidates can be expected to have great value in promoting the scientific development of psychoanalysis. As more institutes teach issues in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy by a joint study of raw data, more research efforts may be stimulated. In turn this may encourage the collection of additional analyses by a wider group of analysts than heretofore.

ADMINISTRATION OF THE CONSORTIUM:

The PRC is administered by the President. The President is responsible for most aspects of program development, professional relations, the preparation of grant applications and fund-raising. Next comes responsibility for the general procedures protecting confidentiality, and the legal aspects of the Consortium. He also coordinates contacts with interested investigators and educators, maintains a familiarity with the characteristics of the actual cases, and maintains a database of hours available, along with a description of the contents of these hours, so that he can choose materials appropriate to the need of each potential applicant. The President maintains sets of sample hours to show to applicants so that they may determine the appropriateness to them of particular materials. Familiarity with word processing programming provides the basis for his developing computer procedures (WordPerfect macros) for preparing transcripts safeguarded for confidentiality. As the President is also currently Treasurer, he handles the finances as well. As experience accumulates with matching available materials to the needs of investigators and educators, it has become apparent that the process requires an individual familiar with the various cases from a clinical psychoanalytic point of view. So far, ten teams of investigators and two teachers of psychoanalytic courses to candidates have been served by the PRC.