Philadelphia Lacan Study Group

Saturday, September 23, 2017 (12 pm -2:00pm )

Seminar Online On Child Analysis

Dolto’s Dominique

“Dominique and I are the representatives of two worlds who have succeeded in communicating. We both had the gift of words; I was more fluent in the language of the many, he less. I was less distrustful of him than he was of me. Rightly or wrongly I thought that his habitus, described as psychotic, stood in his way of fulfilling his human creative destiny. By understanding him, I tried to help him in his struggle. The reader has read my testimony as a witness of this symbolic relationship, which captures one passing moment in the psychoanalytic research of our day, to which I wish to contribute.”

Françoise Dolto (1908-1988) pioneered psychoanalysis with children. A friend of Lacan’s, she is said to have been doing what he was talking about. Still today, Dolto’s work continues to push the boundaries of analysis inasmuch as she treats children as subjects from infancy to adolescence, clarifies the unique relationship between analyst and child-analysand free from societal and parental expectations, and demonstrates the dynamics of the unconscious.
During each meeting we will jointly read and discuss Dolto’s book. Participants are encourage to discuss clinical material, whether as scheduled case presentations or as illustrations of the reading material.

Location: Online
Dates: 4th Saturday of every month; 12-2:00 pm Eastern Time / September 2017 to June 2018
Free of charge
To join this online seminar contact: Cécile G. McKenna
Magdalena Romanowicz

Dolto, D. (1973). Dominique: Analysis of an Adolescent. (I. Kats, Transl.). Outerbridge & Lazard; distributed by E.P. Dutton. (Original work published 1971) Reprint: New York: Condor Books.