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The Pathology of Democracy : A Letter to Bernard Accoyer and to Enlightened Opinion - JLS Supplement (Ex-tensions)
Jacques-Alain Miller, with contributions from Bernard Burgoyne and Russell Grigg
Routledge (London: Karnac Books) / Softcover / 2005-01-01 / 1855753375
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This is the first of the Journal of Lacanian Studies (JLS) Ex-Tensions series of short books that aim to address "extant tensions" affecting the broad field of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

On Wednesday 8 October 2003, the French National Assembly passed a bill intended to regulate, for the first time, the practice of psychotherapy in France. Moved by Bernard Accoyer, the purpose of the legislation was to restrict the practice of psychotherapy to psychiatrists and clinical psychologists; it would effectively no longer be legal for any other practitioners, including psychoanalysts, to practice in the sphere of mental health. This volume contains Jacques-Alain Miller’s letter to Bernard Accoyer, opposing the bill. Contributions from Bernard Burgoyne and Russell Grigg are also included, examining the implications of such a bill for France and for elsewhere.

Since it was founded in 1920, the Tavistock Clinic has developed a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches to community mental-health which have always been strongly influenced by psychoanalysis. In the last thirty years it has also developed systemic family therapy as a new theoretical model and clinical approach to family problems. The Clinic has become the largest training institution in Britain for work of this kind, providing post-graduate and qualifying courses in social work, psychology, psychiatry, child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy and, latterly, in nursing. It trains about 1200 student each year in over 45 courses.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction /Margaret Rustin -- Theoretical Overview /Alex Dubinsky -- The Technique of Child Psychotherapy /Susan Reid -- Part I. Psychosis and Sexual Abuse -- 1. Finding a Safe Place: A Four-Year-Old Child's Recovery from Sexual Abuse /Deborah Sussman -- 2. The Difficulty of Establishing a Space for Thinking: The Therapy of a Seven-Year-Old Girl /Lynda Miller -- 3. Survival of the Self: A Sixteen-Year-Old Girl's Search for a Good Object /Chriso Andreou -- Discussion /Alex and Hbl2ne Dubinsky -- Part II. Psychosis and Developmental Delay -- 4. The Beginnings of Mind: Psychotherapy of a Sexually Abused Six-Year-Old Girl /Ann Wells -- 5. Symbolisation and the Sense of Identity /Daphne Briggs -- 6. 'Here 1 am!': Self and Object in a Developmentally Delayed Boy with Autistic Features /Sara Rance -- 7. A Little Boy Who Did Not Want to Learn Anything /Alex Dubinsky -- Discussion /Maria Rhode -- Part 111. The Complexity of Psychotic States -- 8. Psychosis and Autism: Schizophrenic, Perverse and Manic- Depressive States During Psychotherapy /Genevihe Haag -- 9. Jeremy and the Bitten Roof /Hbldne Dubinsky -- 10. 'The Ghost is Coming': The Fear of Annihilation in a Nine-Year-Old Boy /S.M.S henuin-White -- 11. Going to Pieces: Autistic and Schizoid Solutions /Maria Rhode -- 12. Rigidity and Stability in a Psychotic Patient: Some Thoughts about Obstacles to Facing Reality in Psychotherapy /Margaret Rustin -- Discussion /Margaret Rustin -- Postscript /Margaret Rustin -- Glossary /Maria Rhode -- References -- Index.

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