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Fabien, M.C. (2008). Perspective on Becoming Analysts. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 16(2):291-294.

(2008). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 16(2):291-294

Perspective on Becoming Analysts

Marie C. Fabien


My fellow candidates and I wish to extend our gratitude for your generous presence here tonight and for the opportunity that the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (QE) offers us to take a first step into a “second phase” in becoming analysts: the beginning of a conversation with our peers. In effect, as we are ending a four-year initiation into a language as well as a practice, and we hear your invitation as a chance to pursue our path of becoming analysts through analytic conversations, verbally as we are about to do tonight, through supervision or optional seminar dialogues, or eventually, for some of us, through writings. Indeed, it is not the end but a transformation of the never-ending path of becoming analysts.

Before introducing tonight's theme, allow me to present the fourth-year class of candidates:

Bonnie Harnden, art therapist and newly appointed professor at Concordia University

Connie Isenberg, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, music therapist, and professor at Université du Québec à Montréal

Cheryl Jacobson, social worker and lecturer at the Argyle Institute

Claude Malo, psychologist

Miguel Terradas, psychologist, newly appointed professor at Université de Sherbrooke

Marie C. Fabien, criminologist and psychologist

When we received the society's invitation to address their members at a scientific meeting, my colleagues will agree with me that we all felt an emotional reaction, a jolt into reality: we were becoming analysts. Questions rushed to our minds: were we analysts already, or did we feel closer to being one than when we started? If things were different, if there was somewhere inside us such a space that we recognized as analytic, when did this occur, and were there turning points that allowed the feel of a new identity?

With the help of our memories and all the unconscious weight that they bear, with our creative conscious and unconscious psyches, we will each weave a personal matrix of thoughts, memories, concepts, and feelings that hopefully will convey our private journeys into this new professional identity. This will serve as a new introduction of ourselves into the society, closer to who we are today, after integrating analytic partial objects into our total selves.

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