Who We Are
The TICP is a psychoanalytic training institute affiliated with the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education and the Association for Autonomous Psychoanalytic Institutes, and with strong collaborative relationships with other contemporary psychoanalytic institutes in Canada, the US and Europe.
We offer post-graduate training in psychoanalysis to qualified professionals (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, GP psychotherapists & social workers), as well as a range of educational events for the broader psychoanalytic and mental health community.
The TICP is committed to promoting excellence in psychoanalytic scholarship and many of our Faculty and Graduates maintain significant programs of conceptual and empirical research. Many of our Faculty also sit on editorial boards of psychoanalytic journals and present their work regularly to national and international conferences.
In the early 1980′s, a group of clinicians and academicians passionately interested in psychoanalysis assembled in Toronto to discuss what might be done to contribute to the development of psychoanalysis in Ontario. That forum led to the creation of a Psychoanalytic Section within the Ontario Psychological Association in 1985. Long term study groups were established (Freud, Object relations theory, Lacan). Eminent psychoanalytic contributors were brought to Toronto to conduct full-day workshops open to anyone in the field. These events attracted large, multidisciplinary audiences from all over the province. These activities did much to stimulate psychoanalytic thinking and interest in our city and beyond.
As this association grew, the founding members decided it would be beneficial to formalize an affiliation with a body to which many already belonged, namely the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association (Division 39). The Division was widely regarded as one of the largest, important psychoanalytic organizations in the world. In 1991, The Ontario Society for Contemporary Psychoanalysis became the first Canadian Chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis
A Workshop Series, co-sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Section and The Ontario Society for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, exposed our community to such prominent figures as Professors Sidney Blatt and Irene Fast, Drs. Stephen Mitchell and James Fosshage, who whole-heartedly encouraged us to develop an institute to expand opportunities for analytic training. Labour to form the Institute began in 1989.
The first class of candidates was admitted in September 1992. At the same time, the Institute joined the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education. A new group of students has been admitted, as planned, every two years. Candidates have backgrounds in psychiatry, psychology, social work, and a variety of other academic disciplines. They commute from within Toronto and other cities in Ontario (e.g., London, Kingston, Ottawa) and the United States (e.g., Buffalo, Rochester). A few candidates have relocated from much further away in order to participate.
Our multidisciplinary association has developed rapidly. In 1996, the Toronto Society for Contemporary Psychoanalysis was established. Its mandate was to sponsor monthly scientific meetings and study groups to encourage scholarship, scientific productivity, continuing education, and professional affiliation. Society meetings are open to faculty, graduates, candidates, members of the Advisory Board, and individuals who apply for and a In 1999, the TICP became a Founding Member of the Association of Autonomous Psychoanalytic Institutes. AAPI has grown rapidly and now has member institutes throughout the United States (e.g., New York, Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C.) and in Europe (e.g., Rome, Vienna).
We collaborate with institutes outside Canada that share our interest in comparative analysis, such as The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) in Boston, with whom we have a close working relationship. And which exemplifies a group with an approach similar to ours. The psychoanalytic societies of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute, and Adelphi University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, having learned of our innovative activities, proposed joining us to co-sponsor an international conference in the Toronto area. Our second Joint International Conference was held in July 2002 at Trinity College, Dublin, co-sponsored with the Irish Psychoanalytic Forum. For the specific content of these conferences, please reference our website’s Joint International Conferences page.
In 2005 we began publishing The Bulletin of the Toronto Society for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, which can be accessed for on-line reading or can be downloaded from our website.
Our Founding Mentor, Dr. Stephen Mitchell, died unexpectedly in December 2000. His passing was a great shock and loss. To honour his memory, we established an Annual Stephen Mitchell Memorial Lecture.
In June 2004 our increasing international contacts culminated in our co-sponsoring an exciting symposium in Sicily with the Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del SÃ© e Psicoanalisi Relazione (Rome and Milan), the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, the Contemporary Institute for Psychoanalysis [Los Angeles], and the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity [NewYork].
Looking back, we are pleased with how much has been accomplished in a relatively short chronological span.
The Toronto Institute and Society for Contemporary Psychoanalysis is now securely established as a major contributor to the discipline in Canada and, increasingly, on the international level, as a growing number of our faculty and graduates present their work at international conferences, publish innovative ideas in journals and books, and assume positions of responsibility in international organizations. The future of the Institute and Society promises to be at least as exciting as have been the years leading up to this moment.