The NEW ANALYST SEMINAR
This seminar meets annually during the second weekend of June.
It used to be known as the Associate Members Seminar until it was recognised that in many societies this category of membership no longer existed. For a short while the seminar was titled the Recently Qualified Members Seminar but this has now evolved to a description for whom it is for---namely New Analysts in Europe.
Each analyst brings clinical analytic work to present to a group of colleagues from other societies as well as to a training analyst during a weekend. The process is less about supervision and more about listening to how colleagues from different trainings, analytic models and cultures, understand and discuss psychoanalysis. This can allow the possibility of a radical moment of realization – that one’s taught model is but one of many which suggests a much more labyrinthine process of outflow from the unconscious. This EPF tradition has enabled many cohorts of colleagues to meet together from all over Europe, and establish friendships some of which can last throughout their careers.
The Seminar takes place in various locations across the region and usually has a local analyst as organizer. It begins on a Thursday evening and ends on Sunday late morning.
The work consists of hearing the work of one analyst, in each session, beginning with a brief history and followed by detailed description of two sessions of analysis of a patient.
The group with a training analyst discuss the material together. Everyone attending presents their clinical work and the language of the conference is in English. Even if one feels that one’s knowledge of English is less than others, the atmosphere is such that there are plenty of ready translators with one’s colleagues.
There is some financial support available for colleagues who work in societies and cultures that require charging low fees . In recent years the seminar has met in Turin (2009), Warsaw(2010) and Mainz(2011).