Clinical Days of the EFQ

The Clinical Days in Toronto

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Keynote Address

Willy Apollon: "The Subject of the Quest"

Lucie Cantin: "The Cultural Construction of Sexuality"

Danielle Bergeron: "The Symptom" 

Thursday, November 30, 7pm - 9pm

Jackman Humanities Building

170 St George St, Main Floor, Toronto, ON. M5R 2M8 

***This Keynote Address is free and open to the public***

Sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies


Clinical Days 

Two full days of case presentations and teaching by the training analysts of the EFQ 

(see below for up-to-date list of presenters and full schedule)

Friday, December 1 and

Saturday, December 2, 9am - 5pm

Women's Art Association of Canada

21 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON. M5R 1B2 

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The Cultural Construction of Sexuality and the Symptom

 Questioning sexuality is as old as the advent of speaking beings and we can even say, with Freud, that this questioning is a product of culture (or, with Lacan, a product of language itself). Yet, if questioning sexuality is a product of culture, we must account for the fact that cultures change. It has been more than 75 years since Freud wrote Civilization and Its Discontents and times have certainly changed. As we move further into the 21st century, we find ourselves further enmeshed in a globalization whose effects extend far beyond the economic in reaching the education of women, destroying the environment, and confronting us all with the clash of a multitude of civilizational norms. Our time is characterized by shifting sexual norms and renewed modes of repressing women and the feminine. With these shifts in the cultural construction of sexuality, does our clinical work reveal new forms of resistance in the symptom? What new insights can a psychoanalysis of our time offer? 

  These Clinical Days of the École freudienne du Québec (EFQ) propose to explore these and other questions raised within this frame.

About the EFQ

The  École freudienne du Québec (EFQ) is a psychoanalytic school founded on a Lacanian model (the only one in Canada and one of the few in North America). It is a division of Groupe interdisciplinaire freudien de recherche et intervention cliniques et culturelles (GIFRIC). Its founding members – the psychoanalysts Willy Apollon, Danielle Bergeron and Lucie Cantin – have wide clinical practices but are most well known for their revolutionary treatment of psychoses at the “388” in Québec. The focus of their teaching is continually renewed and revitalized by their decades of clinical work and it is this work that has brought them, and our focus for this weekend, to the cultural construction of sexuality and the symptom.

Keynote Presenters

"The Subject of the Quest"

Willy Apollon, Ph.D. 

Senior psychoanalyst at Gifric and philosopher (Paris, Sorbonne), supervising analyst and consultant analyst at The 388. Past president and founder of GIFRIC. Director of the Psychoanalytic Center for the Family. Responsible of a control seminar for the training of the analysts and of a seminar on mondialisation and psychoanalysis, in Montreal and Quebec City. He is author of La Différence sexuelle au risque de la parenté, Psychoses: l’offre de l’analyste, L’Universel, perspectives psychanalytiques, published by Gifric. He has published many articles in Québec and in international journals on the topics of psychosis, the formation of analysts, the psychoanalytic clinic, perversion, æsthetics, family, and the analysis of cultural, social and political practices.  

"The Cultural Construction of Sexuality"

Lucie Cantin, M.Ps. 

Senior psychoanalyst at Gifric and psychologist. Psychoanalyst at the 388. Supervising analyst and Co-responsible of teaching at GIFRIC. Responsible of a control seminar for the training of the analysts. Responsible for publication at Gifric, Editor of Savoir, journal of psychoanalysis and cultural analysis. Supervisor for the internship on the Doctorate Program in Psychology at University of Québec (UQTR) and at Laval University. Supervisor in Master program in Psychology at University of Gand (Belgium) and at Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has several publications on the psychoanalytic treatment of psychosis, the clinic of neurosis, on mysticism, femininity, masculinity, perversion and psychic structures.  

"The Symptom"

Danielle Bergeron, M.D. 

Senior Psychoanalyst at Gifric and psychiatrist. She is medical chief for The 388. At Gifric, she is supervising analyst and responsible for training; she also conducts a control seminar of the analytic act with clinician analysts and teaches a seminar in short term analytic treatment. Associate professor of psychiatry at Laval University, she teaches psychoanalytic concepts and is supervisor of a Fellowship program for psychiatrists et the 388. She is now Distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has published many articles on: psychoanalytic treatment of psychosis and neuroses, ethical questions and their impacts on humanity, the analyst facing æsthetics, art and the Thing, femininity, science and psychoanalysis.   

Willy APOLLON, Danielle BERGERON and Lucie CANTIN are members of Gifric (Interdisciplinary Freudian Group for Research and clinical intervention) , co-founders of the Psychoanalytic Treatment Center for Young Psychotic Adults, The 388. They are co-authors of Traiter la psychose (1990), of La Cure analytique du psychotique: enjeux et stratégies (2008), and of Un avenir pour le psychotique - Le dispositif du traitement psychanalytique (2013), published by GIFRIC, and of After Lacan: Clinical Practice and the Subject of the Unconscious (2002), at Suny Press. The three of them are teaching analysts for the Training and Clinical Seminar in Quebec city.

Schedule of Events

Thursday November 30th

Jackman Humanities Institute: University of Toronto

170 St. George Street #10, Toronto   

7:00 - 7:15pm  Introductions by Kristine Klement 

7:15 - 8:15pm Presentations by EFQ Analysts

8:15 - 9:00pm  Q & A

Friday December 1st

Women’s Art Association of Canada 

23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto    

9:00 - 9:30am  Registration  

9:30 - 9:45am  Welcome by William Brown

9:45 - 11:00am  Case 1: Aileen Schloerb

11:00 - 11:15am Break

11:15 - 12:30pm Case 2: Laura Gurevich

12:30 - 2:00pm Lunch

2:00 - 3:15pm Case 3: Mihaela Bernard 

3:15 - 3:30pm Break

3:30 - 5:00pm Teaching by the ÉFQ Analysts

Saturday December 2nd

Women’s Art Association of Canada

23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto 

9:00 - 9:30am Registration

9:30 - 9:45am Introductions by William Brown

9:45 - 11:00am  Case 4: Bettina Soestwohner

11:00 - 11:15am  Break

11:15 - 12:30pm Case 5: Hanna Ratjen

12:30 - 2:00pm  Lunch with Photo essay by Mustafaa Ali

2:00 - 3:15pm Case 6: Charles Turk 

3:15 - 3:30pm Break

3:30 - 5:00pm Teaching by the ÉFQ Analysts

Bios for Clinical Case Presenters

Mihaela Bernard

Chicago, Illinois

Mihaela Bernard is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago, an adjunct faculty at DePaul University and a member of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Circle. She completed her training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis as a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and was awarded the George J. Mohr Award for her paper "A Case of Childhood Psychosis: The Emergence of the Subject." Mihaela specializes in working with parents and children, who struggle with behavioral and emotional issues as well as in psychoanalytic psychotherapy of adults, who have experienced trauma or who struggle in their relationships. She writes a Parenting Blog, the Practical Psychoanalysis Blog for and publishes an electronic magazine titled Mental Health Digest, discussing common mental health issues, affecting people and their families.

Laura Gurevich, Psychologist, Ph.D.

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Laura Gurevich has been the Responsible for the Boston Psychoanalytic Circle (BPC) since 2007. Laura has been active with the BPC and the EfQ since 2004 and she has a private practice in Cambridge Massachusetts.  

Hanna Ratjen, MD, RP, CAPT

Toronto, Ontario

Hanna Ratjen works in private practice in Toronto. She received medical training in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). She then continued after a research fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard Medical School, Boston) to specialize in paediatrics and is a board certified Paediatrician and Psychoanalyst in Germany. She also absolved a training as an analytic child and youth psychotherapist and psychoanalytic training at the Institut für Psychoanalyse und Psychotherapie im Rheinland (e.V., Cologne). She has also been a Clinical Fellow at the Infant Psychiatry Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.    

Hanna Ratjen is the VP for the North American region for the International Psychoanalytic Studies Organization, and has previously been a member of the web editorial board of the International Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of the editorial board for the German edition of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Currently, a Registered Psychotherapist and member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy, she is also a member of the German Paediatric Society, a German Psychoanalytic Society (DGPT), and is a Candidate at the Toronto Institute of psychoanalysis.  

Aileen Schloerb, Ph.D, LCSW

Chicago, Illinois

Aileen Schloerb is a member of the Chicago Circle of the EFQ and serves as a clinical consultant and therapist for individuals and families at the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and with The City Project which partners with public schools to bring psychoanalytic resources to parts of Chicago that are severely impacted by gun violence and other structural sources of trauma.

Bettina Soestwohner, Ph.D.

Los Angeles, California

Bettina Soestwohner is a Research Psychoanalyst with a private practice in Los Angeles. She holds a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine and has taught courses in the fields of literature and languages, film, psychology and psychoanalysis. She is a Senior Faculty member of New Center of Psychoanalysis; a member of the Freudian School of Quebec (EFQ); Co-Responsible for the activities of the California Circle of the EFQ.  

Charles Turk, MD

Chicago, Illinois

Charles Turk is a psychiatrist / psychoanalyst and the responsible for the Chicago Circle of EfQ. He is a faculty and board member of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and helped found and volunteers at the Kedzie Center – a new community mental health clinic in Chicago. Last year he was named a psychoanalyst of Gifric and of EfQ, whose training seminars he has attended for twenty years.

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