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2018 AIT Awards for Student Writing

2018 Awards for Student Writing

Analyst-In -Training Committee | Amanda Lenox, Alexander Kohen and Nilton Maltz

The Analyst-in-Training (AIT) Committee invited all candidates to submit previously published or unpublished papers that promote psychoanalysis or have a psychoanalytic theme. The submission process was open February 15th to April 15th, 2018. The AIT Committee selected 5 papers to promote on June 1st based on content and merit. Winners were announced publicly at the annual NAAP conference just after the Gradiva Awards.  We proudly highlight these papers and have them available for reading here. 

Our mission is to cultivate, support, and inspire candidates to speak as leaders at forums on psychoanalytic ideas and findings. We want to provide candidates with professional opportunities and to endorse their visions across the various schools of thought. We are eager to host our second call for submissions in November 2019 and will be posting our submission dates soon. 

Click here to see 2019 AIT Student Writing Award guidelines and submission details.

Dr. Pamela Buckle

The Anthropocene As Imagined Through Jungian Psychology

C.G. Jung Institute

Dr. Pamela Buckle is an Analyst-in-Training at the C.G. Jung Institute in New York.  She is also a systems researcher and management educator at Adelphi University.

She works with analytical psychology, organizational behavior, and complexity theories to understand the psychological structures people require to bring consciousness to unconscious self-organizing dynamics, so as to confront the realities of the anthropocene era. 

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Justine Duhr

The Making of Meaning in the License Qualifying Candidate: Some Experiential Reflections on Training

Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis


Justine Duhr, MFA, is a candidate in the licensure qualifying program at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the Texas Observer, Publishing Perspectives, The Review Review, Whiskey Island, Fringe Magazine, and beyond. She owns and operates WriteByNight, a writers’ service dedicated to helping people achieve their creative potential and literary goals.

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Bonnie Irwin

Reaching for the Primitive

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

Bonnie W. Irwin, MA, earned a Masters in Arts and Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College.  She later studied psychoanalysis at the Vermont Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.  Mrs. Irwin received her Masters in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in 2013.  Currently, she is an advanced candidate in the Doctor of Psychoanalysis program at BGSP.  Mrs. Irwin was an NAAP Gradiva® Award Nominee in 2015.  A former teacher, Mrs. Irwin previously published articles on the benefits of using psychoanalytic training in a classroom setting.  She maintains a private practice in Vermont.

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Nan Goldstein

Can’t Help Falling in Love

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

Before entering psychoanalytic training Nan had a longstanding career in international qualitative market research. Her clients included some of the world’s largest companies.  Nan conducted research on a wide range of topics.  As a researcher, Nan employed a broad range of techniques to gain a holistic understanding of people, their attitudes, needs, desires, frustrations, perceptions, motivations and behaviors, gaining insights into how people experience and understand places, processes, services, and concepts.  Her insatiable curiosity about people and resulting passion for her work was a constant throughout her career. 
At 46 Nan developed a neurological condition that affected her voice. The stress of her job exacerbated her condition and Nan ultimately chose to leave this profession behind.
As a longtime student of yoga, Nan turned to her yoga practice to help cope, ultimately deciding to pursue certification in teaching yoga. She continues to teach chair yoga and yoga nidra (a guided relaxation technique) to seniors in Washington Heights.
Nan also turned to psychotherapy to help her process this major life change.  She found herself fascinated by the journals she read in her therapist’s waiting room. So much so, she decided to enter the field herself.  Nan recently completed training at ICP in NYC and is currently preparing for the NYS licensing exam

Detelina Stoykova

Oedipus – Myth, Reality and the Distribution of Guilt.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis — New Jersey

Detelina Stoykova is an educator, writer, teacher and an independent mental health practitioner.  Her first profession and MA degree is in Philology -Language & Literature with Methods of Teaching from “St. Cyril & St. Methodius” University in Bulgaria. Detelina has a number of scholarly articles published in professional journals in her native country. She also wrote articles as a journalist for a Newspaper and a reporter for the National Bulgarian Television. After immigrating to the U.S. she continued her studies and graduated from Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis – NJ, in 2016 with MA in Psychoanalysis. Besides journalistic writing and research she also writes poetry and literary essays. Mrs. Stoykova taught literature in high school and was a Mentor in Atlantic Cape Community College of New Jersey. She is a member of The Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology: Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. Currently Mrs. Stoykova is a Language arts teacher in a vocational school, which she helped establish, and in private practice as an independent mental health practitioner in New Jersey. 

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Warren Holt – 2018 Gradiva Student Paper Winner

The Ubiquitous Screen, the Swelling of the Imaginary and 21st Century Suffering

NPAP— New York

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