The Western Australian Psychoanalytic Association (WAPA) is an incorporated not for profit organisation that began in 2017 to develop and promote psychoanalysis.
WAPA offers a training ground for the formation of psychoanalysts in conformity with the orientation given by Jacques Lacan in the field first opened up by Freud. Psychoanalytic formation comprises of three foundations: personal psychoanalysis, controlled clinical supervision and theoretical studies. Primarily, WAPA supports and encourages clinical practice.
Secondly, WAPA offers a psychoanalytic centre for learning, research and professional development, fulfilling the aim of transmitting the knowledge base of psychoanalysis. It sustains and fosters psychoanalytic knowledge and practice by arranging study days, seminars, cartels, courses, conferences, and public lectures by local, interstate and overseas speakers.
In particular, W.A.P.A. follows the Freudian ethos of developing new theoretical and clinical work as shown by the later Lacan. Hence it is committed to make psychoanalysis relevant to the twenty first century as an application to clinical work but also to broader social and cultural issues.
This commitment involves being open to and inclusive of all psychoanalytic traditions. In the twenty first century psychoanalysis is oriented towards a new kind of collaboration of associated networks.
Furthermore, WAPA is critically informed by philosophy, the arts, social sciences, cultural studies, theology and the humanities in general. Although clinical treatment goes beyond social discourse, psychoanalysis is a social bond between speaking beings using concepts which we always already communicate with. WAPA provides a path-way through concepts and the language which historically shapes them.
Western Australian Psychoanalytic Association
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