|Associate Newsletter: Mid May 1953|
Hubbard outlines his curriculum for a doctorate in Scientology. Says he just completed a review of Freudian psychoanalysis. Claims his doctorate program will include a review of Freud. Compares results from psychoanalysis and Scientology. Outlines what his graduates will be able to claim.
You're going to see a change of curriculum very shortly with some additional material, but this has nothing to do with the tapes you have on hand. It is mainly in the field of what an auditor does to become a Doctor of Scientology. The training in the doctorate level schools is going to be rather different—not in terms of how it's administered, but in subject matter—from the HCA schools. It will fall upon the shoulders of the HCA school to teach all there is to know on the subject of Scientology. It will fall upon the shoulders of the doctorate schools to cram into people the additional knowledge and presence to make expert psychotherapists. Thus you can teach in the HCA schools a great many people who will not become auditors even though they are certified. Auditors who have been around for a long time will get a crack at this new material.
We are about to do a terrible thing to the general morale of psychotherapists in America. I have just gotten through a complete review of Freudian psychoanalysis, and I find out, Lord knows how he did it, that Sigmund Freud was hitting some very hot buttons. He was not hitting the button and he was not hitting buttons which had any therapy value with any technique he could possibly have invented. I don't know how psychoanalysis has survived as long as it has, but the techniques with which he was fooling around and the computations on which he was working were so wide apart that it is a wonder that he didn't produce complete raving insanity on the part of about 80% of his people. Any and every diagnostic conclusion drawn by Sigmund Freud can be found to have validity and can be processed in the preclear. This is not the fastest way to clear preclears, but it certainly is the fastest way to get into the sordid depths of the reactive mind and stir it around. Running reaching and suppression with all the Freudian diagnostic labels converted into Scientology finds us capable of resolving any problem in psychoanalysis. We can do a two years' psychoanalysis and do it properly and correctly in any small number of hours. Now, if you're very bright, you can figure out from that what we are about to do. This is extra-curricular and in addition, but it certainly does suddenly monopolize psychotherapy. Freud's books certainly are doing well out there on the bookstores.
The additional training, aside from a brush-up for the individual in the doctorate school, will include, according to my present plans here, a fast review of Freudian psychoanalysis to the end of obtaining a fast and certain command of diagnosis and definition as outlined by Sigmund Freud. Next a command of philosophy as represented in the books of Will Durant which give a fast and accurate review. Next, a fast glance-through of general semantics, although it looks at this time as though I will have to write a short enough book as none of the books now existing are sufficiently comprehensive to be susceptible to easy teaching. Further, we have made certain changes in the subject. Next, a history of psychotherapy. Next, an outline of psychology, experimental psychology and psychiatry as practiced. Next, a short look at a study of giant brains of the electronic type.
Naturally a person could not possibly assimilate that in a short time. Therefore what we are going to do is give him once-over-lightly, make sure he's absolutely on the beam with this additional subject matter, give him some extended training in Scientology itself, and then, with his work assigned, direct him after he leaves the doctorate school in a long course of study which may continue at least a year. At the end of that time he must have produced various results, have case histories to submit, have applied Scientology in some specific illness or field, and be able to pass examinations on the subjects I've just listed. In this way, we will get a trained expert in the field of the humanities. And we will, furthermore, be able to point to our doctors as people who, although very intensively trained for a short period, did long and arduous work in the actual field under our supervision. And we'll be able to claim that with their professional formal training and their field work, we are the best trained people in the world on the subject of the humanities. In other words, from the poorest trained, we intend very thoroughly to graduate into the best trained. An HCA, for instance, could undertake a study of the work as outlined after he leaves an associate school, take his doctorate training at any time in the future from then on. It would be necessary for him to go to a doctorate school, but it doesn't matter whether he goes to it in the first part of his year or in the last part. The point is that there is just so much information he will have to soak up, and just so many hours he will have to put in in a classroom. Therefore it is up to the Associate to turn out a good, solid, accurate auditor who, by rote if necessary, can resolve any and all kinds of cases, and who is capable of understanding and applying the goals of Scientology. This is the HCA by definition.
Although I hadn't particularly counted upon it, all the above work I have outlined in the doctorate school depends to a large degree upon my burning the midnight oil and boiling it down into acceptable material, so that people can be trained on it. Actually, the amount of actual data involved in the above subject is slight. It is our purpose to teach what data was or is on that subject, not to teach what somebody's concept of that subject was, but to teach what was basically considered to be that subject. No brief, accurate textbook exists on any of those subjects, and this writing is quite in addition to the writing I mentioned earlier, which is getting Scientology straightened around; so you can see I will be quite busy. Turning out a synthesis of a subject when you have Scientology to orient that subject is, however, quite simple; although the experts in those subjects would faint when you said that. You could state Freudian psychoanalysis from beginning to end in 5,000 words.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Associate Newsletter No. 3 Mid May 1953 pdf
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