Welcome from Valerie Golden, Candidates’ Council President

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.


My advice to you is to attend as many candidate programs as possible – you’ll start to meet candidates from all over the country in small discussion group settings. It’s a great way to get your “feet wet” at a meeting.


Make sure to attend the Candidates’ Council Breakfast, during which candidates and candidate delegates from each Institute get together prior to the meeting of the Candidates’ Council, which is the national group of candidate members representing candidates at all APsaA institutes. 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 meeting 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.


I’d like to extend a special invitation to join us at the Joint Candidates’ Council/IPSO Winter party featuring live music by “The Shrinks”.  This is a great opportunity to socialize with candidates and meeting participants.   Information about signing up and paying for this event is on the Candidates’ page.


Most importantly, enjoy your time at the meeting. You’ll be meeting analysts from other parts of the country as well as attending informative and compelling psychoanalytic sessions.


I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.  If we haven’t met, please introduce yourself.  Also, if I can be of any assistance, please reach out to me. 


Valerie Golden

President, Candidates’ Council