Françoise Dolto (1908-1988) pioneered psychoanalysis with children. A friend of Lacan’s, she is said to have actually been doing what he was talking about. Dolto concludes the publication of “Dominique: analysis of an adolescent” (1973) with this paragraph: “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.”

Still today, Dolto’s work continues to push the boundaries of analysis inasmuch as she treats children as persons 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 study Dolto’s book. Participants are encourage to discuss clinical material, whether as scheduled case presentations or as illustrations of the reading material.

Faculty: Cécile G. McKenna, Magdalena Romanowicz
Day and Time: Online, fourth Saturday every month; 12-2:00 pm EST
September 2017 to June 2018
Fee: Free of charge.

For more information: Magdalena Romanowicz or Cécile G. McKenna

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