The vitality of The Site's project hinges on a resistance to any formal systematisation or institutionalisation. It is in this spirit that we are committed to a practice that is finely attuned to the uniqueness of the psychoanalytic relationship. The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis offers a training that is unusual in the attention it pays to the historical, philosophical and political contexts of the development of psychoanalysis.
We introduce trainees not only to the different traditions of psychoanalytic thought, but to the social and philosophical practices that generated and produced those traditions. We attend to and debate issues of race, gender, sexuality and social class as they bear on and inform our lives and on our clinical practice. Our teaching is broad, comparative and critical.
Trainees are encouraged to develop their own individual positions as psychoanalysts; with an ability to self-question and self-reflect in the clinical encounter being fundamental. We place particular emphasis in clinical work on the centrality of careful and deep listening, the importance of language in the therapeutic encounter and a mindfulness about the social context of mental distress. The training consists of the following elements: personal therapy, theoretical and clinical seminars, written papers, supervised work with patients and, when they feel ready to graduate, the presentation of their case for membership: the “Pass”.