The Recruitment Report: “Growing” CPPNJ
Contributed by: Marion Haughton and Debi Roelke
In the spring of 2010, the Recruitment Committee conducted a survey of the CPPNJ community to identify the variety of ways that members came to training. We received 18 replies, evenly split between candidates, faculty, and associates. We would like to thank the individuals who took the time to respond about their experiences.
Personal connections were far and away the most common factor in bringing people into the institutes. Most of the respondents cited the influence of an analyst or therapist, a supervisor or an instructor who introduced them to either CCAPS or IPPNJ and the idea of advanced training. Colleagues in practice or at agencies were another source of inspiration, with one respondent specifically naming the enthusiasm of the Institute member as a motivating factor. Several respondents mentioned activities sponsored by the institutes such as the annual conferences and the Candidate/Faculty Brunch and the Open House. The ads placed by CCAPS and IPPNJ in the professional newsletters of NASW and NJPA were also cited, validating our PR efforts.
The survey also asked what factors might be deterrents to pursuing training. The most common factor mentioned was finances. Other respondents noted the need for a long-term commitment, the demands of the course work and the self-exploration involved, as well as stereotyped ideas about psychoanalysis and questions/doubts about its relevance. Respondents were commenting on the deterrents they had observed as well as their personal experiences. Finally, we requested suggestions for how to attract new professionals to consider advanced training at CPPNJ. Several respondents mentioned the idea of presentations to the professional community by senior analysts, for example, on dealing with difficult cases or how to market a private practice.
As the Recruitment Committee moves forward this year, we will be speaking with the relatively large group of new candidates who joined the Institute this year to find out what attracted them to our program. We will explore ways in which newcomers to our Institute may be valuable partners in attracting even more new participants. Emphasizing such creative options as the new one-year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy may be especially fruitful in light of concerns about making such extensive training commitments. Meanwhile, the Recruitment Committee is looking for new members, in particular people who might represent the areas of psychiatric nursing and pastoral counseling. Current members are: Gayle Coakley, Ed.S., LMFT, Janet Hoffer, LCSW, Marion Houghton, Ed.S., LMFT (chair), Maureen Kritzer-Lange, LCSW, Bob Levine, Ph.D., Judi Oshinski, Ph.D. and Debi Roelke, Ph.D.
All in all, the process of conducting the spring recruitment survey underscored what we intuitively know to be true: it is the personal connections and the enthusiasm we convey for our field on a day to day basis that is the best recruitment tool of all.