In February 2001, Dr. Hegai L.A., a psychoanalyst from the Institute of Psychoanalysis (Moscow) came to Almaty for the first time. He had an audience of about 30 people. He briefly read «The History and theory of psychoanalysis», and then familiarized us with the «Techniques and practice of psychoanalysis.» He brought to us some syllabi, programs, and books. This seminar was a completely new phenomenon for us, and we can say that he surprised us. Some people started to study at that Institute of Psychoanalysis (IP, Moscow) as correspondence students for 2 years. By now many students from Kazakhstan have graduated from the IP: Abduali Mamedil, Konstantin Kolobov, Nina Ramm, Oksana Zhdanovich, Gaukhar Mussina, Horlan Tlegenova, Bakhytzhan Zhanybekov, Oksana Gulak, Gulzhan Amangeldinova, Svetlana Kudiyarova and Anna Kudiyarova. With the help of Hegay Lev, psychoanalysts from Moscow began to come to Almaty. It was some kind of theoretical studying. Many of our teachers later became members of IPA: Nina Assanova, Lola Komarova, Vladimir Tsapov.
Since 2002, we have been holding lectures, seminars, and training sessions on «Introduction to Psychoanalysis» in the Kazakh language. In 2003 & 2004 Anna Kudiyarova was invited to the Kazakh State University to deliver a lecture on Psychoanalysis for teachers and professors of pedagogy and psychology first in the Kazakh language. We are working at translating the basic concepts of Psychoanalysis into the Kazakh language, and we are also working on the creation of a dictionary. We have published the «ABC of Psychoanalysis» in Kazakh. We translate Patrick Casement’s (London) 4 books «Learning from the Patient», «Further Learning from the Patient», «Learning from our Mistakes», «Learning from the life». We also have plans to publish a manual on Psychoanalysis in the Kazakh language, and translate the basic works of Freud into the Kazakh language. There were about 600 — 700 people at our above courses on psychoanalysis in Almaty for the last 10 years. In Almaty, there are about 20-30 professionals who are actively engaged in psychoanalytically focused psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. We follow the IPA standards.