Dear Candidates,


Welcome to the Candidates’ page on APsaA’s meeting website! 

Here you will find helpful information to make the most of your time at the meeting.


I’d like to highlight some of the candidate programs that may be of interest to all candidates. 


Attending candidate programs is a great way to meet candidates from all around the country in small discussion group settings, and may present the beginning of a rewarding connection to APsaA’s candidates’ community. My involvement with APsaA’s Candidates’ Council began just the same way, when as a first-time attendee I attended the Paper Prize presentation. After which, I joined the panel of judges for the Paper Prize. In the following years, this led to more involvement and a rewarding experience within the Candidates’ Council. 


Our first candidate program will be… 


The Candidates’ Council Breakfast on Thursday, February 2nd, at 7:45 a.m., during which candidates and candidate delegates from each institute get together prior to the meeting of the Candidates’ Council. The Council’s purpose, through its delegates, officers, committees, and other candidate participants, is to improve the psychoanalytic training experience. 


Attend the breakfast only or stay for the entire Candidates’ Council Meeting from 8:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.and participate in discussing issues that are relevant to candidates. This is an informal opportunity to meet the Candidates’ Council’s leadership as well as other candidates, and it’s an opportunity to begin developing a professional network throughout the country. 


Following the Candidates’ Council Meeting… 


From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we will have our Master Teacher Award Ceremony and a talk by the 2023 Master Teacher Award recipient, Dr. Salman Akhtar, entitled; “From Identification Through Disidentification to Authenticity and Orginality”


A few of the other candidate programs throughout the meeting are… 

• Our Discussion Group (#26) entitled: “The Candidate at Work: Are We There Yet?  On The Capacity to Wait (on Wednesday) 

• Candidates’ Forum: “New Perspectives – Quantum Models and the Unconscious” (on Thursday)

• The 2023 Lee Jaffe Candidates’ Council Paper Prize Presentation, featuring, “Maternal Eros: Through a Phenomenological, Psychoanalytic and Cultural Lens” by Louella Dias, Ph.D. (on Friday) 

I’d also like to highlight our, “Coffee With A Distinguished Analyst” featuring Dr. Nancy McWilliams and her talk entitled, “Reflections on the Legacy of Theodor Reik.” (on Saturday).


Finally, I extend a special invitation to join us at the Joint APsaA Candidates’ Council/IPSO ‘Summer Party’ on Thursday evening at 7:00pm-9:00pm along the Boston Harbor aboard a classic yacht. This is a great opportunity to socialize  with candidates and meeting participants.  Information about signing up and paying for this event is linked below.


I hope you will enjoy your time at the meeting, meet fellow candidates and analysts from around the country ‘in-person’, and attend stimulating psychoanalytic sessions. 


Feel free to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance.


I look forward to seeing you in New York!



Sumru Tufekcioglu, PhD

President, Candidates’ Council

Candidates Travel Scholarship

Joint Candidates’ Council/IPSO Summer Party