Lacan did not say or write very much about the psychoanalysis of children. There is no doctrine of the psychoanalysis of children in his work. Instead, his 1956-1957 seminar on ‘the object relation’ and his ‘Note on the Child’ of 1969 have been adopted by Lacanian analysts working with children as providing essential coordinates for direction in their clinical work. This book is the result of inviting psychoanalysts of the Lacanian orientation working with children around the globe to theorise and conceptualise that work.
The Lacanian psychoanalyst works with the notion of the subject as a ‘speaking being’, but the child subject brings particular exigencies to the psychoanalytic work. Contributors attend to these exigencies in their essays by articulating the precise particularities of the direction of the treatment and psychoanalytic work with children. Contributions consider and explore the effects of new technologies, bio-medicine, and the discourses of global capitalism and neo-liberalism upon the constitution of new child subjectivities and their correlative psychopathologies; inventions and reinventions of the role and function of the ‘father’; the scope and value of differential diagnosis; the child as ‘symptom’ in and of ‘the system’; and ultimately, guidelines for a specifically Lacanian direction of the treatment with children.
About the Editors:
Dr Carol Owens is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in North Dublin. She has lectured on psychoanalysis at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, and Independent Colleges Dublin. A registered practitioner member of the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland, she is also the founder of the Dublin Lacan Study Group. Her work has been published in a number of journals and books.
Stephanie Farrelly Quinn is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Co. Louth. She is a course leader and tutor on Early Years Education and Social Care programmes within Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education, Dublin. She is a member of the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland and is a member of the Training Committee within the organisation.