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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 clinincal 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.

La Société psychanalytique d’Ottawa (SPO) est l’association professionnelle des psychanalystes d'Ottawa. Il s’agit d’une composante de la Société canadienne de psychanalyse, elle-même membre de l'Association internationale de psychanalyse. Elle offre un lieu d’échange académique sur des questions scientifiques, développe des groupes d’études, organise des conférences et des journées cliniques. Elle met également sur pied des cours sur la psychothérapie psychanalytique ainsi qu’une série annuelle de films commentés et analysés pour le grand public.

Upcoming and Past Events

Presentation Date Speaker Title
November 13, 2021 Dr. Bradley Murray When the presence of Digital Technology in Psychoanalytic Sessions Makes it Possible to Avoid Oneself: Current and Future Challenges in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing
December 11, 2021 Dr. Cecilia Taiana What does Poetry Offer Psychoanalysis?
September 25, 2021 Dr. Oren Gozlan Gender as an Emotional Situation

New Scientific Program - Consenting and Assenting To Psychoanalytic Work - Saturday, November 28, 2020 10:30AM

Dear Members and Friends,

Since Covid has reached us, we had to stop our scientific program. With some delay, we are now happy to invite you to the first Scientific session of 2020-21. It will be virtual, through Zoom. It will resume on Saturday November 28 at 10:30 AM and start with our first Guest Dr. Allannah Furlong. 

The abstract and learning objectives can be viewed here.

 Looking forward to see you again and to your active participation, I remain,

Cordially yours,
André Gagnon
Scientific Chair

For the contact codes for the Zoom invitation, please contact me at: Scientific Chair of the OPS.

42nd International Scientific Colloquium: Play and Playfulness – Psychoanalytic Perspectives

This conference is organised by the Anna Freud National Centre’s longstanding Child Psychotherapy Service. The Colloquium has been offering a unique opportunity to network with UK and international mental health professionals for over 40 years. We bring together professionals from all over the world to think about well-established as well as ground-breaking approaches to working with children and adolescents and to discuss clinical cases.

For more information, please visit:

To view the poster:


Talks On Psychoanalysis - Podcast (French/English content)

Talks On Psychoanalysis shares topics published in the IPA Society Journals and Congress debates worldwide, brought to you in the voices of the original authors. We hope that this window will allow you to experience the depth and breadth of Psychoanalytic thought across the world.
Produced by the International Psychoanalytical Association, created by Gaetano Pellegrini and edited by the Podcast Team of the IPA website Editorial Board.


"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.

Mourning and melancholia revisited: Freudian metapsychology correlates with research findings in neuropsychiatry (a paper in the Annals of General Psychiatry)


A video titled: 'Psychoanalysis: An Introduction'

This short, but well-done video made by the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation, manages in 7 minutes to give a nice summary about psychoanalysis...

An introduction to psychoanalysis

Become a Friend of the OPS

Would you like to become a friend of the OPS? Being a friend of the OPS means you would be invited to attend select scientific meetings and other activities of the OPS that are open to non-members. It also means you might be able to access and download papers related to these presentations when presenters have made them available.

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