On Sunday, February 7, 2021, the American Psychoanalytic Association presented its 2021 Award for Excellence in Journalism to writer Andrew Solomon for his article, “Grieving for the Therapist Who Taught Me How to Grieve” in the March 2020 issue of The New Yorker.
“We chose Mr. Solomon’s article, in part, for illustrating how a deep, enduring therapeutic relationship can have immense healing benefits,” said Jack Drescher, M.D., co-chair of the Association’s Committee on Public Information. “His writing poignantly demonstrates the experience of being heard and understood as a unique human being with a complex mind.”
“I am immensely honored to receive this award,” said Solomon. “And grateful to the mental healthcare professionals who keep the practice of psychoanalysis alive in a professional field that too readily cheats human beings of their difficult authenticity.”
The American Psychoanalytic Association, a professional organization with approximately 3,200 members, is composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, educators, researchers and students who have an interest in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy. APSA’s Award for Excellence in Journalism recognizes professional reporting that offers a deeper understanding of the human experience, or of the mind, or of an important societal issue. It is given out annually and is accompanied by a $1,000 prize. To be eligible, work must have been written in English and intended for the layperson. Entries for the 2021 award must have been published between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Eligibility and submission requirements can be found at apsa.org.