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Free Association, Surprise, Trauma and Transference (Lecture)

  • March 15, 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220
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Featuring Dominique Scarfone, MD

This event is free of charge but we gladly welcome donations at the event or on our website.

I will contend that free-association, far from being outdated, is a most central feature of the method of psychoanalysis as it operates an essential reopening of the process of translation/repression. I will show that free-association sinks its roots in a model of the mind highly congruent with modern neuroscience. Through the notion of surprise, logical and practical connections can be established between free-association, seduction, trauma and transference. A well-conceived concept of free-association is therefore an indispensable tool for the practice of psychoanalysis.


  1. to get a clear notion of what is meant by “free association” in psychoanalysis;
  2. to establish a clear link between the method of free association and the modern conception of the mind;
  3. to formulate a relationship between trauma, transference and free association


Dominique Scarfone, M.D. is a training and supervising psychoanalyst in the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He was, until recently, a full professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal, where he is now honorary professor. He's a former associate editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and has published extensively in numerous national and international journals. He gives lectures and seminars in many countries. He has published a number of books, some of which were translated into various languages. His most recent books in English are Jean Laplanche: An Introduction, and The Unpast: The Actual Unconscious, both published in 2015 in New York, by UIT -The Unconscious in Translation. He will be one of the keynote speakers in the forthcoming Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association, London (UK), 2019.

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