The 2020 Student Essay Contest

$500.00 Prize for the Best Essay


Reckoning Psychoanalysis

and Social Justice

Early psychoanalysis was a radical social movement which stood in opposition to the cultural praxis of its time. Similarly, the current social justice movement challenges unconscious mores. How is psychoanalysis currently integrating with social justice in applied practice? How might psychoanalytic tradition and social justice be reckoned moving forward?

The prize-winning essay, and any essays given honourable mention, will be published on the Section V website

The winner will be announced in March 2020

and the prize awarded at the Spring 2020 Division 39 Meeting.

Submission Guidelines: Essays should be no more than 15 double-spaced pages. The contestant’s name and email should appear on a separate title page, but this identifying information should not be included in the body of the essay. Word or PDF formats are acceptable. Any submissions that do not have two documents (title page and essay) will be returned to the author to resubmit.

Deadline: February 4, 2020.

Eligibility: To participate in the contest, you must be a graduate student or early career professional in a mental health discipline. There are no other preconditions.

Submit electronic copies to: Subject line: Section V Student Essay Contest

2020 Section V Student Essay Award Committee: Maria Christoff, Joshua Essery, Ari Pizer, Andrea Recarte.

 The 2019 Schillinger Essay Contest Winners

The first prize in the 2019 Schillinger Memorial Essay Award Contest goes to Michael Alcee, Ph.D. for his essay on The Unconscious and All that Jazz:  Improvisation as the Essence of Psychoanalysis.  (read it here)

Dr. Alcee will receive his award during the Section V Authors' Conversation Hour at the Division 39 meetings in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel at 5.30 on Saturday April 4 in the Concierge Lounge on the 31st Floor.  Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend.

The runner up is Shirley Tung, LCSW for her essay entitled Exact Music, Jazz and the Unconscious:  Improvisation as the Essence of Psychoanalysis. (read it here)

Honorable Mentions to go:

Nathaniel R. Strenger, Psy.D. for his essay Improvisation in Jazz, Prayer Meetings, and Psychoanalysis:  The Openings and Closings of Clinical Work.  (read it here)

Henry Markman, MD for his essay The Unconscious and All That Jazz:  Improvisation as the Essence of Psychoanalysis. (read it here)

Many thanks to our Schillinger Award Essay Team:

James Wilk, Chair, Joshua Essery, Michael Jones,  David Lichtenstein, Michelle Stone.

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