Dear Student:


Students have expressed an interest in recommendations for readings aimed at preparing them for practicum at the California Lutheran University Community Counseling Center, with a particular request for psychoanalytically-oriented readings.

The following is a partial list of recommended readings that is not, by all means, comprehensive.  Per students’ request, the list is limited to psychoanalytic writings.


Note that the Counseling Center is implementing a new practice by which there will be a required reading for each semester of practicum:

  1. Summer 2009, the required reading will be Nancy McWilliam’s Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide;
  2. Fall 2009, the required practicum reading will be Charles Brenner’s The Mind in Conflict.

Needless to say, you need not wait to begin reading any (or all) of the recommended readings on the list.  Supervisors at the Center will be happy to discuss thoughts, questions, and/or comments that you may have in relation to these readings, and recommend other readings depending on your interests.

Happy reading,

Christopher Christian, Ph.D.


Recommended Readings for Practicum Counseling Psychology Students:





Brenner, Charles

Mind In Conflict

International Universities Press (1982). Note: Required reading for Practicum, Fall 2009

Busch, Fred

Rethinking Clinical Technique

Jason Aronson Publishers (1998)

Casement, Patrick

Learning From The Patient

The Guilford Press (1992)

Freud, Anna

The Ego and The Mechanisms of Defense (Revised Edition-Paperback)

International Universities Press (1966)

Freud, Sigmund

An Outline of Psychoanalysis

W.W. Norton & Company (1989)

Gray, Paul

The Ego and Analysis of Defense (Second Edition)

Jason Aronson Publishers (2005)

McWilliams, Nancy

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner’s Guide

The Guilford Press (2004). Note: Required reading for Practicum, Summer 2009

Pine,  Fred

Drive, Ego, Object, And Self: A Synthesis For Clinical Work

Basic Books (1990)