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Membership Categories

Affiliate Membership

There are two categories of Affiliate Membership: Clinical Affiliate and Non-Clinical Affiliate.

A. Clinical Affiliate

The minimum necessary requirement is a psychoanalytic training in another tradition than Lacanian Psychoanalysis. This is a necessary but by no means a sufficient requirement to be accepted on the Clinical Affiliate track.


The process leading to Clinical Affiliate Membership involves 3 stages:

1) An application to be placed on the track leading to Clinical Affiliate Membership.

There will be an interview at which the candidate's previous psychoanalytic training, their clinical experience, their interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis and their relation to CFAR will be addressed as well as any other relevant questions.

2) If the candidate has been accepted on the Clinical Affiliate Track, s/he will follow CFAR's seminar programme, including clinical seminars, for a minimum period of one year.

3) The candidate may then apply for Clinical Affiliate Membership.

There will be an interview to assess if Clinical Affiliate Membership is a suitable position for the candidate to obtain within CFAR.

B. Non-Clinical Affiliate

The minimum necessary requirement is training/education/experience in fields related to psychoanalysis. This is a necessary but by no means a sufficient requirement to be accepted on the Non-Clinical Affiliate Track.

The process leading to Non-Clinical Affiliate Membership involves 3 stages:

1) Application to be placed on the track leading to Non-Clinical Affiliate membership.

There will be an interview at which the candidate's training/education/experience, their interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis and their relation to CFAR will be addressed as well as any other relevant questions.

2) If the candidate has been accepted on the Non-Clinical Affiliate Track, s/he will follow CFAR's Psychoanalytic Study Programme for a minimum period of one year.

3) The candidate may then apply for Non-Clinical Affiliate Membership.

There will be an interview to assess if Non-Clinical Affiliate Membership is a suitable position for the candidate to obtain within CFAR.

Registration on either Affiliate Track does not guarantee Affiliate Membership of CFAR, which is always subject to assessment at the time of application.

Associate Membership

There are three ways to obtain Associate Membership, depending on the candidate's background and formation:

A: Clinical Affiliate Member
B: Lacanian psychoanalysts who have trained elsewhere
C: Trainees of CFAR who have completed four years of the training programme

A : For Clinical Affiliates

Being a Clinical Affiliate is a necessary but by no means a sufficient requirement to be accepted on the track leading to Associate Membership.

The process leading to Associate Membership involves 3 stages:

1) Application to be placed on the track leading to Associate Membership. There will be an interview at which the candidate's engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis and their relation to CFAR will be addressed as well as any other relevant questions.

2) If the candidate has been accepted on the Associate Track, s/he will follow CFAR's seminar programme for a minimum period of one year, be in Lacanian supervision for a minimum of one year and have written a clinical paper and submitted it to CFAR's Training Committee.

3) The candidate applies for Associate Membership.

There will be an interview to assess if Associate Membership is a suitable position for the candidate to obtain within CFAR.

The assessment will take into account the paper the candidate has submitted, their clinical work, their engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis and with CFAR and any other relevant issues.

If the candidate has been accepted as an Associate Member, s/he can apply after a minimum period of one year for Full Membership.

B: For Lacanian psychoanalysts who have not trained with CFAR

The candidate may apply to become an Associate Member.

There will be an interview at which the candidate's clinical background, their engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis and their relation to CFAR will be assessed as well as any other relevant questions.

If the candidate has been accepted as Associate Member, s/he can proceed on the following track which may lead towards Full Membership. They must be actively involved with CFAR, i.e. participating in seminars and lectures as well as undertaking some teaching, for a minimum period of two years.

After this period the candidate can apply for Full Membership. There will be an interview to assess if Full Membership is a suitable position for the candidate to obtain within CFAR. The assessment will take into account the candidate's clinical experience, their engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis and with CFAR and any other relevant issues.

C: For trainees of CFAR who have followed the clinical programme for a minimum of four years and have two written papers

There will be an interview to assess if Associate Membership is a suitable position for the candidate to obtain within CFAR. The assessment will take into account the papers the candidate has submitted, their clinical work, their engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis and with CFAR and any other relevant issues.

Registration on the Associate Track does not guarantee Associate Membership of CFAR, which is always subject to assessment at the time of application.

Full Membership

There are four ways to obtain Full Membership, depending on the candidates background:

A: Associate Member (Clinical Affiliate)
B: Associate Member (Non-CFAR training)
C: Associate Member (CFAR training)
D: CFAR Training

A: Associate Member (Clinical Affiliate)

Clinical Affiliate Members who have become Associate Members and held this position for at least one year, during which time they have actively participated in CFAR, can apply for Full Membership.

There will be an interview to assess if Full Membership is a suitable position for the candidate to obtain within CFAR.

The interview will take into account the candidates clinical experience, their engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis and with CFAR,and any other relevant issues.

B: Associate Member (Non-CFAR Training)

Associate Members who have not trained with CFAR but have another Lacanian Training can apply for Full Membership after a minimum of two years during which they must have been actively involved with CFAR, i.e. participated in seminars and lectures as well as undertaken some teaching and involvement with the organisation.

There will be an interview to assess if Full Membership is a suitable position for the candidate to obtain within CFAR.

The interview will take into account the candidates clinical experience, their engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis and with CFAR and any other relevant issues.

C: Associate Member (CFAR Training)

Associate Members who have trained with CFAR for a minimum of four years and written two papers can apply for Full Membership.

D: CFAR Training

Trainees who have undertaken the CFAR Clinical Training programme for a minimum of four years and satisfied its requirements can apply for Full Membership. These requirements do not guarantee that an application will be successful.

Application Procedure (November 2014)

1. The candidate arranges a meeting with the Training Committee, after discussion with their tutor. The Training Committee gets tutor and supervisor reports, and if necessary discusses these with them. Candidate discusses with the Training Committee their training trajectory; analysis trajectory; what kind of commitment to psychoanalysis; clinical work/experience. They may have started work on their papers but this would not be a requirement at this stage.

 2. The Training Committee accepts that the candidature go forward or explains why not. If yes, the candidate proceeds to prepare their papers. The time period here might be a long one between the meeting and the submission of papers. It might involve other aspects of work, such as clinical presentations etc.

3. The Training Committee considers the papers. The application is accepted or not, or clinical presentations or other suggestions are pursued. If the Training Committee doesn't accept the candidature, the reason(s) why are made clear. These suggestions aren't simply 'Do this and you'll get a qualification' but aim to encourage reflection and work in the candidate.

4. The trainee can approach the Training Committee at any time for an open discussion of their proposed candidature.

 It is made clear that tutorial and supervisor reports do not guarantee anything. The candidature papers are not just papers but papers with a view to becoming a member of CFAR i.e. a member of a psychoanalytic organisation. Therefore, the candidate should take on board that their papers will be judged insofar as they will indicate something about their position towards psychoanalysis as an analyst. Neither tutor nor supervisor is a "candidature coach" i.e. the moment a candidate chooses to present their candidature is entirely their decision whatever support or encouragement they may have received. It is not a question of knowing just what to do to become a member, what hoops one has to get through, but about a demonstration of a psychical formation as such. This means that although the papers are important, they are by no means the central part of the candidature.

Registration on the CFAR training does not guarantee membership of CFAR, which is always subject to assessment at the time of application.