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21st November 2018


Rafael Alves Lima will speak about ‘Challenges for psychoanalysis in the face of the current political situation in Brazil’ describing the grave situation that led Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency of the country and the real threats that psychoanalysis in Brazil will inevitably have to deal with. This meeting on Saturday 19 January, 11.00am to 2.00pm is at the Guild of Psychotherapists, 47 Nelson Square, London, SE1 0QA, is organised by the College of Psychoanalysts – UK. Rafael Alves Lima is a psychoanalyst and member of the Laboratory of Social Theory, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (LATESFIP-USP), member of the Clinical Network of Jacques Lacan Laboratory (IP-USP), member of the Margens Clínicas collective which offers psychoanalytic assistance to victims of State violence, and former member of the Testimonial Clinics project, with the Ministry of Justice of the Federal Government (Brazil). He is visiting the UK for three months from the University of São Paulo, where he investigates the history of psychoanalysis during the Brazilian military dictatorship. (This is one of a number of initiatives we are taking to support our colleagues in Brazil.)

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14th December 2017


The College of Psychoanalysts is sponsoring a one-day international multidisciplinary seminar at the Freud Museum ‘What Might Clinical Psychoanalysis Learn from Queer Theories of Sexuality? 113 Years after Freud’s ‘Three Essays’ which will be held on Saturday 24 February 2018. Members of the College can register for the reduced rate of £50.

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14th December 2017

OPEN BOARD MEETING Saturday 17th March 2018

There will be an Open Board Meeting of the College of Psychoanalysts-UK on Saturday 17th March 2018 from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm in room 351 at Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX.
The agenda will include our response to the latest governmental proposals to regulate our practice and progress on our pure and applied psychoanalysis international project.
All fully-paid up members of the College are invited to attend and to bring ideas, discuss current initiatives and plan next steps for the College.
Please join us, and RSVP to

8th November 2017


The fourteenth AGM was held on Saturday 4th November and related papers have been emailed to all members. The College was delighted to welcome Berjanet Jazani as new Honorary Secretary, Denis Echard as new Honorary Treasurer, and Julia Carne as a returning member of the Board of Governors. The next AGM date has been set for 3rd November 2018.

Please see the Regulation of the Talking Therapies page for papers relating to the latest developments. This requires urgent consideration and responses from as many members, and members' organisations, as possible.

9th October 2017


Saturday 4th November 2017

All members are invited to the Fourteenth AGM of The College that will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 4th November 2017 in Room 152, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London W1.

7th July 2017

2017 CONFERENCE: Islamic Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic Islam

This international conference, organised by the College of Psychoanalysts-UK with the support of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix and CIDRAL University of Manchester, took place at the University of Manchester on the 26th and 27th June 2017. There were speakers and participants from Brazil, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, USA and UK. We will be publishing papers from the conference; more details soon.

21st May 2017

An Open Board Meeting of the College was held on Saturday 6th May 2017. Our discussion on the Academy of Psychoanalysis was led by Gwion Jones who gave a most interesting introduction to Freud’s conception of the difference between ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ psychoanalysis, and we together reflected on the advantageous and problematic aspects of that separation. We welcome further discussion on the BigTent forum. Gwion's paper can be found by clicking here.

8th February 2017

OPEN BOARD MEETING Saturday 6th May 2017

There will be an Open Board Meeting of the College of Psychoanalysts-UK on Saturday 6th May 2017 from 11am to 1pm in room 255 at Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX.

All fully-paid up members of the College are invited to attend and to bring ideas, discuss current initiatives and plan next steps for the College. The main item on the agenda will be a discussion, led by Gwion Jones, of the Academy of Psychoanalysis, the academic and educational wing of the College.

Please join us, and RSVP to so we know numbers for refreshments during the meeting.

16th November 2016


Thank you to all of you who attended the recent AGM, the Draft Minutes of which can be found below, along with the President's Report.

The meeting was followed by an open event on 'Ethics: Psychoanalytic Responses to Practice', with a paper given by Gwion Jones and a response by Werner Prall provoking a lively discussion. Both talks will soon be posted on BigTent, our online discussion forum, and so if you are a member of The College please do log in and join the conversation. Questions and ideas about the 'Islamic Psychoanalysis/Psychoanalytic Islam' 2017 conference that were raised during the AGM will also be posted on BigTent, and your participation in discussions will help to shape this important College event.

Click here for the Draft Minutes AGM 29 October 2016

Click here for the President's Report October 2016

3rd October 2016


The thirteenth AGM of The College will take place in Room 417, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London W1 on Saturday 29th October 2016, at 10am.  We look forward to welcoming as many members as possible.
Following the AGM, The College will hold an open discussion: Ethics: Psychoanalytic Responses to Practice.  This will also be in Room 417 at Birkbeck, from 11am until 12.45pm, and members and non-members are cordially invited.
Please RSVP to
Provoked by the attempts to shift focus from prescriptive codes to prescriptions for the good of all, Gwion Jones (CFAR) will open the discussion with a contribution to the debate, and Werner Prall (Guild of Psychotherapists and Middlesex University) will respond.   

25th July 2016


Islamic Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic Islam 

Date: 26-27th June 2017
Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL Manchester, United Kingdom

International conference organised by the College of Psychoanalysts–UK with the support of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix and CIDRAL University of Manchester. Promises to function as a site for dialogue. It will be an opportunity to speak across the many conflicting traditions of work that comprise psychoanalysis, and of different interpretations of Islam and what it is to be a Muslim today. Abstracts of between 200 and 250 words together with an indication of the conference theme to be addressed should be submitted to the organisers before 31 January 2017.

Click here for details of Abstracts and Papers, Registration, Accommodation etc.

Update 26th November 2015


Psychosis and the Address: New alphabets and the enigmatic Other

Annie G. Rogers

Date:Saturday, 11th June 2016
Time: 15:30

Venue: Room 414, Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX

Annie Rogers will be speaking at an event organised by the College of Psychoanalysts-UK with CFAR (Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research).

‘Psychosis and the Address: New alphabets and the enigmatic Other’ - In psychosis the individual considers what he’s subjected to, drawing him into a network of ideas and imposed words via an enigmatic Other. The strangest aspects of her speech, the most difficult aspects of her address, may be evidence that the psychotic is repairing what has gone awry in language, in order, in the universe or the cosmos with new alphabets. The trajectory of this paper moves from speech with an elusive address that is difficult to follow—to the stakes of listening to psychosis in its many forms—to the creation of new language and its limit at a true hole.

Annie Rogers is Professor of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is affiliated with the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco and with the College of Psychoanalysts in Ireland.  She is the author of A Shining Affliction (Penguin Viking, 1995) and The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma (Random House, 2006), as well as academic articles, memoir, short fiction and poetry. Annie Rogers new book Incandescent Alphabets will be published in May.

Update 26th November 2015


Saturday 29th October 2016

Birkbeck College (time and room to be announced)

Update 26th November 2015

(Saturday 31st October 2015)

Draft Minutes of AGM
Draft Minutes of EGM
President’s Report

Update 26th November 2015

We are sorry to announce the very sad news that Professor John Forrester, philosopher and historian of psychoanalysis and human sciences, died on 24th November 2015. Amongst many other things, he was an outstanding academic, a generous teacher and a Freud scholar who was known to many of our members. The College is very fortunate to have worked with John recently on the Freud Museum's films about psychoanalysis.

Obituary: Professor John Forrester (25 August 1949 - 24 November 2015)
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

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