Psychoanalytic Practice and State Regulation

Paper: 978 1 85575 533 8 / $42.95
Published: August 2008  

Publisher: Karnac Books
256 pp., 5 7/8" x 9 1/8"
This book arises out of an important international conference held in March 2006 to discuss how regulation by the state has affected psychoanalysis as a clinical discipline in many different parts of the world. There were participants and papers from Europe and beyond: from Africa; from both North and South America; from Asia; and, of course, from the UK, where an important debate is now being conducted about current government proposals to regulate practitioners of all the mainstream modalities of psychological therapies, including psychoanalysis. This conference was the first international event held by The College of Psychoanalysts, UK, and hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science. The papers given at that conference, with reflections from across the world, comprise the contents of this book.

Table of Contents:
About the Editors and Contributors; Foreword—Jacques China; Introduction—Ian Parker and Simona Revelli; PART I CONTEXTS: 1) Psychoanalysis and State Regulation—Bernard Burgoyne; 2) Responsibility and Accountability in Psychoanalysis—Roger Litten; 3) Morals and Psychoanalytic Education—Haya Oakley; 4) Why Is Psychoanalysis Not In Trouble?—John Miller; 5) Psychoanalysis and Its Self-Mutilation—Chris Oakley; PART II RESPONSES: 6) How Does “the State” Regulate?—Leslie Chapman; 7) Psychoanalytic Training in a Culture of Competencies—Vivien Burgoyne; 8) Of Teaching and the University Discourse—Lorenzo Chiesa; 9) Regulation or Ethics as the Basis of Psychoanalytic Training—Del Loewenthal; PART III INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS AND RESPONSES: 10) The Analysts’s Desire Between Singularity of the Act and “a Few Others”—Robert Lévy; 11) The Double Denial and the Double Bind of Psychologization: The Accoyer Amendment Revisited—Jan De Vos; 12) The Situation of Psychoanalysis in France—René Major; 13) Regulation. Ethics, and Freedom—Jalil Bennani; 14) Psychoanalysis and Regulation in Japan—Kazushige Singu; 15) The Italian Lesson—Gillian Clayton; 16) Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Psychoanalysis in Italy—Anna Barracco; 17) 1989-2005: That is, Psychoanalysis Against Itself—Mauro Santacatterina; PART IV LESSONS AND DIRECTIONS: 18) Global Psychoanalyst?—Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker; 19) Unconsciously Generating Inevitability? Workable Accountability Alternative to the Statutory Regulation of the Psychology Therapies—Richard House and Denis Postle; 20) Psychoanalysis and Regulation—Darian Leader; Index.

Reviews & Endorsements:
“Readers in Humanities tend to ignore the fact that psychoanalysis is not primarily an instrument of Cultural Studies, but a clinical practice, a social link which deals with the hard real of symptoms. The shift from purely theoretical topics to the hard ‘Leninist’ questions about psychoanalysis as social practice, its state regulation, its compliance with or subversion of hegemonic power relations, is especially pertinent today, when we are witnessing a renewed world-wide attempt to subsume psychoanalysis under the grid of medical establishment. Psychoanalytic Practice and State Regulation does this ‘Leninist’ job with brio—it is a book for everyone who deals in any way with psychoanalysis!”

- Slavoj Žižek
“To preserve and protect the practice of psychoanalysis, analysts and therapists must become aware of the threats to psychoanalysis posed by the rush by differing state legislatures to regulate psychoanalysis. This incredibly valuable book provides clinicians not only with an accurate portrait of what is taking place in many differing countries, it also offers a psychoanalytical understanding of why analysts have been so passive when under such threat, and it proposes solutions to the dilemma the profession faces. It is a work of leadership, something sorely missed amongst this important profession. It should be read and discussed by all psychoanalysts and therapists if they truly wish the profession to survive.”
- Christopher Bollas
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