is a Psychoanalytic Training?
many other professions, psychoanalysis is not based on the transmission
of a body of knowledge that, once learnt, would make one a 'psychoanalyst'.
Rather, it involves the long and painful process of putting knowledge
in question: the knowledge that one has constructed about one's
own life, one's family and, indeed, the idea that knowledge is
able to answer all the questions that matter to us. This putting
in question is the psychoanalytic process itself, and for this
reason, the central part of psychoanalytic training is one's own
Seminars and study groups have an important role in helping us to formulate
the theory of mental processes and to conceptualise a clinical
situation, but they do not produce psychoanalysts, however useful
the resulting ideas may be when applied to other fields. In the
context of a training, these activities become significant when
the trainee is engaged in the process of a psychoanalysis. The
ability to practise psychoanalysis depends largely on how far
someone has got in their own analysis, and then, in turn, on the
decision to continue the work of analysis in relation to others.
paradox here is that if someone decides to train as an analyst,
since this decision is linked to unconscious processes, it may
well turn out that the analysis of these processes results in
a questioning of the initial aim to be an analyst. In this sense,
anyone embarking on a training does so at their own risk. Since
one can never predict how far an analysis will go, there is no
guarantee that a trainee will become an analyst, and since their
initial aims will be put in question, there is no guarantee that
they will even want to become one. These considerations suggest that an analytic formation is rather different
from trainings in other fields, and the problems involved are
the subject of frequent debate and seminars within CFAR, as well
as in the Lacanian movement in general.
The Centre offers an Introductory Programme for people who are
considering training as a psychoanalyst through the Centre's Full
Training Programme, or more generally, for anyone wishing to obtain
some initial knowledge of the issues involved in psychoanalytic
work from a Lacanian perspective. It is open to all clinicians,
non-clinicians and those hoping to become clinicians. The Introductory
Programme consists of seminars on Lacanian psychoanalysis coupled
with study-groups working on one of Lacan's seminars or texts,
plus individual tutorial sessions over a period of three terms.
The seminars do not assume prior knowledge of Freud or Lacan's
work. Although the main seminar programme is open to all those
interested in Lacan, the study group is open only to those on
the course. Anyone intending to train as an analyst with the Centre
is recommended to register initially on this programme, unless
they have extensive knowledge of Freud and Lacan.
The Psychoanalytic Studies programme offers the opportunity to
attend and participate in all relevant CFAR lectures, seminars
and activities that form part of the training programme, with
the exception of the specific category of ‘clinical seminars’.
Tutorials and a study group are also included. There is an interview
process for this course.
programme is designed for:
• those who are interested in commencing an analytical training
but who are not yet in a position to start the full four year
training because they do not fulfil the UKCP’s stipulation of
having been in analysis for one year prior to commencing the training.
those who do not wish to embark on analytical training but wish
to develop their study of Lacanian psychoanalysis.
of Candidates for Full Training Programme
Each candidature is assessed individually after having filled
in an application form if they wish to apply for CFAR's psychoanalytic
The Centre offers a training programme in Lacanian psychoanalysis.
The training lasts for a minimum of four years; the trainee may
eventually become a practicing clinician or in some cases may
choose to work from a psychoanalytic perspective in another field
(eg, research, the arts).
Trainees embarking on the training programme need to:
be in analysis for a period of twelve months prior to the start
of the Full Training Programme and
have completed the Introductory Programme or an equivalent to
it. The Training Programme is made up of the following components:-
Attendance by trainees at the clinical seminar of the Centre for
the full period of their registration. This seminar explores case
material brought to the seminar by trainees, the analysis of existing
case material in the analytic literature, and case material brought
to the seminar by the seminar tutor.
Participation in CFAR's public seminar programme.
Preparation of a minimum of four papers of around 5,500 words.
At least two of these papers must be based on clinical material.
A personal analysis undertaken throughout the period of registration.
Analysts should be recognised Lacanian Psychoanalysts, though
established analyses, started prior to application for the training,
may be accepted by the Training Committee for the purposes of
Tutorials with a tutor whose function is to discuss problems and
questions with the trainee. He or she will do this by personal
discussions with the trainee. The tutor will be available to advise
on whether it is appropriate to commence clinical work, and advise
on supervision and on the presentation of clinical material to
the clinical seminar. When the trainee wishes to apply for membership
of CFAR, the final papers can be presented to the Training Committee
only with the agreement of the tutor.
Supervised analysis of two analysands for a period of at least
eighteen months each, in weekly supervision, as a condition of
qualification from the Training Programme. Trainees should have
had a minimum of two supervisors during the course of their training.
information and application forms can be obtained online (by
clicking here) or
by writing to: The Administrator, Suite 56, 571 Finchley Road,
London NW3 7BN. Please note that this address is for written correspondence