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April 2011
News from the Section on Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry

From L to R: Dr P.-A. Lang (head-doctor), Dr Florence Quartier, J. Gonzales (head-nurse), and Dr S. Lestrade (consultant physician), attending a multi-disciplinary seminar at La Chaux-de-Fonds, SwitzerlandThe Section is involved in a number of training programmes in Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany, Turkey, the USA, and Argentina. We are keen to increase knowledge on the evolution of psychoanalysis and we promote its integration into present day psychiatric practice. Much of our work is carried out in in-patient institutions where we collaborate with a multi-disciplinary staff with a view to:

  • improving the quality of clinical practice
  • stimulating the interest of all therapists in every patient without exception
  • emphasising the importance of psychiatry in the vast field of health care

Some of us work with elderly patients; others provide courses in basic psychiatry for prison warders or collaborate with teams of psychiatrists in prisons for inmates with mental disorders. Others actively participate in university or institutional training programmes for young psychiatrists and psychotherapists. In Geneva, the training programme leading to a qualification in specialisation in psychiatry and psychotherapy stresses the importance of maintaining links between psychiatry as it is now evolving, and contemporary psychoanalysis.

In 2010 members took part in several congresses, meetings and conferences and we have published various articles and other works.

In our opinion, psychoanalysis today is a clinical practice which enables us to maintain an overview of the various psychiatric pathologies, helps practitioners to combat burn-out and highlights the importance of the work done in psychiatry. We have links with various other Sections and these we wish to develop, particularly during the Buenos Aires Congress. So do not hesitate to contact us; we will be happy to hear from you.

Florence Quartier
Chair, WPA Section on Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry

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