In the text on the Basic Course both the theory and practice of psychoanalysis is treated as an integral unity. Yet, not every and each member of the SPF has to practice psychoanalysis – there are members of the SPF who are not and do not want to be in the future a psychoanalyst. It is why a specific section in the website (the clinical section) is to be differentiated.
Who is a person practicing psychoanalysis? S/he does not have to be a psychologist, a physician or some else who graduated another faculty traditionally associated with psychotherapy. S/he does not have to be also a therapist or even a specialist for – broadly speaking – working with a human. The only condition for practicing psychoanalysis is to participate in psychoanalysis as an analyzant or to finish ones own psychoanalysis, which is a long, and in fact never ending process.
It is commonly and yet stereotypically assumed that psychoanalysis aims at curing. It is a fault assumption/belief which is clear when one understand what a psychoanalyst wants from an analyzant. And s/he want something very easy, yet very difficult. In the psychoanalyst consulting room an analyzant is being asked to talk. Buy not to talk about something but to talk something, to talk about anything. It means that psychoanalysis is oriented on talking and nothing else. On talking and its results. Hence, psychoanalysis is not a conversation. If there is talking, there also have to be listening. Everything that happens during psychoanalysis takes place between the one who speaks and the one who talks.
This results in the following conclusion: one cannot talk how to learn to be a psychoanalyst. A psychoanalyst is in the never ending process of formation. This defines forms of learning and improving.
In the SPF psychoanalysts continuously talks about their psychoanalytical practice, about themselves as both “analyzants” and analysts. It takes place during clinical groups. During closed clinical groups all who are members who are analysts are obliged to present their work with analyzants to discussion, critics and control. Also persons from outside who are or are not analysts may participate in the closed clinical groups, if there are invited by The Director of the Clinical Section. Open meetings are dedicated to all members of the Sintome Association but also for outside audience. During these meetings members of the SPF (who are analysts) present conceptualization of part of their work with analyzants in order to popularize psychoanalysis as practice.
Moreover, every member who practices (is an analyst) is obliged to supervise his/her work with two psychoanalysts and run seminars devoted to psychoanalysis.
We invite everybody to see how we do it (psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, but also persons who do not practice). Please contact Elżbieta Sztejnert (firstname.lastname@example.org). Clinical groups take place every month.
Sinthome, Warsaw 2015