> The School of Psychoanalysis
Since their creation in 1998, following the split that came about in the AMP (World Association of Psychoanalysis), the Forums of the Lacanian Field have envisaged the creation of a School of Psychoanalysis that would return to the aims inscribed in the foundational acts of the School of Jacques Lacan. The School of psychoanalysis of the Forums of the Lacanian Field (EPFCL) was created at the time of the International Meeting of December 2001, after two years of a long debate regarding its organization. International in scope, it provides a guarantee, equally international, via the titles Analyst Member of the School (AME) for practitioners; and Analyst of the School for those who have successfully traversed the pass.
In a School of psychoanalysis, not of psychoanalysts, the first objective is less to assemble professionals than to make it possible for analysts to have a unique social link, based on the study and treatment of problems raised by analytic practice itself, notably the analysis of the analyst, the formation of practitioners, and the transmission of analytic discourse.
The major mechanisms in the service of this goal are the Cartel and the procedure of the pass. (see these headings.)
The necessity for a School-as distinct from the multiple groups and associations-rests on the aporia of the analytic act itself. Neither a specialist's technique nor an artisan's know-how, not without connection to knowledge, but excluding a reporting, it is approached only by the conditions that make it possible-the production in the analyst of a specific desire-"the desire of the analyst"-which is not attested to except indirectly, through its effects in the analyses themselves.
In the School, it is therefore the analyst who is in the driver's seat. Neither scientist, nor artist, he maintains himself in his desire only by the questioning that a school is formed to support, so that he can speak about what he makes of his experience and how he manages to resist in the the daily routine of his practice.
The School’s orientation is defined by Jacques Lacan’s founding texts: