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A word from our president

Being President of the Ottawa Psychoanalytic Society (OPS) at the time of the launch of our new website is an honour. I would like to thank our webmaster, Dr Yasser Ad-Dab'bagh and our designer, Nasser Eldjama of Com3xprt, for the tremendous amount of hours they have invested. 
Founded in 1972, the OPS's tradition of maintaining, developing and evolving psychoanalytic ideas and clinical expertise is established in our community. Our Psychoanalysis and Film Program is presenting its 12th annual series.  We are invested in building connections with our psychodynamic community in Ottawa. We are optimistic that this new website will be a important platform for ideas, communication and networking.

Sharon Francis-Harrison, President

"Feelings of love and gratitude arise directly and spontaneously in the baby in response to the love and care of his mother." - Melanie Klein
"The capacity to become depressed, to mourn loss, is something that is not inborn nor is it an illness, it comes as an achievement of healthy emotional growth." — D. W. Winnicott
"The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind." — Sigmund Freud
"Psychotherapy takes place in the overlap of two areas of playing, that of the patient and that of the therapist. Psychotherapy has to do with two people playing together." — D. W. Winnicott
"The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery." — Erik H. Erikson
"We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees." — Anna Freud
"One does not become fully human painlessly." — Rollo May
"…and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self." — D. W. Winnicott
"If a new result is to have any value, it must unite elements long since known, but till then scattered and seemingly foreign to each other, and suddenly introduce order where the appearance of disorder reigned." — Wilfred Bion
"Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity." — Sigmund Freud

About the Ottawa Psychoanalytic Society

The Ottawa Psychoanalytic Society (OPS) is a Branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, which is a Component Society of the International Psychoanalytical Association. It provides a forum for their members' scientific exchange and learning through study groups, invited lecturers and clinical days. It also offers courses on psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy for mental health professionals and from time to time lecture series on more advanced subjects for colleagues. A consulting analyst is available for people interested in knowing indications, limitations and contraindications of psychoanalysis.

ESSENTIALS: A Two-Year Semina Course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Empirical evidence supports the efficacy of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Moreover, patients who receive psychoanalytic therapy maintain therapeutic gains and often continue to improve after treatment ends. This seminar based course brings together key concepts and underlying principles of mind, psychopathology and technique to help the mental health clinician deepen skills and expand the range of patients treatable within the scope of clinical practice. In the space of two years, the participant will become conversant in the modern applications of psychoanalytic theory and therapy within a collegial and interactive environment led by experts in the field. The course is clinically focused to be of optimal practical value to the mental health professional.
Why take this course?
Psychoanalytic principles and techniques underlie many modern therapy approaches, including CBT, which isolate one component of the intricate treatment matrix. Without the broader background, however, the therapist tends to appreciate the limb without understanding the tree. This can be a limiting factor. Hence, whether the intention is to work psychodynamically or to be a better therapist generally, this course will provide an enriching and broadening base to further clinical development for the working professional. Curriculum topics will include exploring and understanding the human mind and its development, the complex therapeutic relationship and the psychopathology of human experience.
Limits of the course
The course is not intended as a primer for psychoanalysis. It does not include supervision nor does it offer any certificate or statement of competence. Although participants are free to seek supervision independently, supervision is not a requirement of the course.
The Ottawa Psychoanalytic Society invites you 
During the two-year duration of the course, participants are welcome to attend Ottawa Psychoanalytic Society scientific events.
How to Register?
Interested clinicians should contact Dr. Susan Baxt (Course Director) for an application form. She can be reached by email or by telephone: 613-233-0042
Please ensure that your application is received by June 8, 2015.
Applicants will be interviewed to ensure clinical and academic suitability

Film Program 2014 / 2015

Price: $0.00

Sandor Ferenczi Study Group

SANDOR FERENCZI was a devoted follower of Sigmund Freud and, at one time, the heir apparent to the leadership of the International Psychoanalytic Society. However, for nearly a century, his writings have languished in libraries due to the politics of Freud’s inner circle. In recent years, his brilliant, innovative thinking has been rediscovered and is undergoing a renaissance: his prodigious contribution to modern psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic thinking is at last being recognized.

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Louise Carignan (1951–2013)

This is an excerpt of an essay published in the Canadian Journal of PsychoanalysisVol 21, No 2, pp 381-385 (2013), and republished here with permission.


"Bamboozled by Bad Science", by Jonathan Shedler, PhD

Great Article by Dr. Shedler: "Bamboozled by Bad Science", on how so called evidence-based psychotherapy is oversold...



Dr. Robert Northey

"What is psychoanalysis?", by Claudia M Gold at the 'Child in Mind' blog

"My Freudian Slip into Psychoanalysis", by Diane Weber Bederman on the Huffington Post

A very interesting blog entry about the author's experience with psychoanalysis, with reference to a fellow member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society. To read it, click here.

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Dr. Mary Eleanor Yack

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