The work of Sigmund Freud has always been supported by the oft repeated need to establish psychology as a science of nature.
The School of Freudian Psychoanalysis has tried to identify and explain (in clear and conscious contrast with post-Freudian developments) the naturalist and rationalist fundamentals that represent the fundamental assumptions behind the theory and practice of psychoanalysis.
This has essentially involved two aspects:
• a methodological aspect, which highlighted the prescriptive elements inherent in the empirical character of psychoanalysis, namely the logical-experimental protocols that give analytic practice its rationality (justiciability and falsifiability);
• an epistemological aspect, regarding the establishment of objectivity inherent in psychoanalytic theory (metapsychology).
Training may only be discussed in the light of the scientific statute of psychoanalysis, because as soon as it is seen as a science, it requires scientists. This is the perspective from which our deliberations on the training of psychoanalysts developed. The psychoanalyst is neither a shaman nor a spiritual director, but merely a scientist.
Consequently, the first thing the psychoanalyst needs is a wealth of specific knowledge in this field of study. Since there is no university course - at least, in Italy – which comprises all the disciplines that a psychoanalyst requires in order to be up to the task, it has fallen to our School to make up for this deficiency. The School - adhering to the tradition inaugurated by Freud himself - accepts applicants from all cultural backgrounds and, during cycles of teaching and study, supplements their basic training with the missing elements. At the same time - for precautionary reasons that are amply justified in the theoretical corpus of psychoanalysis – it is required that applicants should submit to a personal analysis by a School analyst of their choosing. Lastly, during the start of the psychoanalytic practice, the applicant is required to discuss the clinical cases with at least one senior and experienced analyst.
With regard to training, the School of Freudian Psychoanalysis has always been and will remain a traditional association for training and research within the international psychoanalytic movement. In this sense, it is a secular psychoanalytic association, essentially neither medical nor psychological, although it has both doctors and psychologists within its ranks, and is not, by choice, one of the psychological or psychotherapy training associations.
The school of Freudian psychoanalysis is a non-profit organisation whose object is the training of secular psychoanalysts in the tradition initiated by Freud.
The association was founded in Piacenza in 1983 by a group of psychoanalysts and intellectuals united in the common interest of re-establishing the rigour that had distinguished Freud’s work in psychoanalytic theory and expertise; it is currently based in Milan in via S.Calocero, 9.