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COURSE EIGHT – The General Theory of Seduction of Jean Laplanche: An Introductory Course on Theory and Clinical Relevance

The General Theory of Seduction of Jean Laplanche: An Introductory Course on Theory and Clinical Relevance

Course Coordinator: Stephen Fowler

Course Leaders: Stephen Fowler, Hélène Tessier, Cecilia Taiana

Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: April 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12, 2022. (5 sessions)

Fee: $300

Deadline for registration is March 31, 2022
Preregistration is required.

** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

Over many years of studying Freud and translating his works into French, Jean Laplanche, French psychoanalyst, and philosopher, concluded that Freud’s original theory of seduction deserves serious attention as the means by which the human mind with its sexual unconscious comes into being. This course will delve into this theory, along with its implications for understanding psychopathology and for understanding the essential nature and power of transference in psychoanalytic treatment.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Acquire familiarity with The General Theory of Seduction (GTS) as a means of understanding the formation of the unconscious in the human infant.
  2. Become equipped with knowledge of the character of the ‘Freudian Unconscious’, as elaborated by Laplanche, so as to anticipate clinically working with this as the object of psychoanalysis.
  3. Learn of the implications for transference of working with the GTS.
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Stephen G. Fowler MD, FIPA

Psychoanalyst in private practice.

Hélène Tessier

Psychoanalyst and full professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences and Philosophy of Saint-Paul University (Ottawa). She is the vice-president of the Scientific Council of Fondation Jean Laplanche / Nouveaux fondements pour la psychoanalyse and the author of many papers in French and English on Laplanche and on epistemological issues in psychoanalysis.

Cecilia Taiana, Phd (Psychology)

Psychoanalyst in practice in Ottawa. She has authored papers on a number of topics, including Trauma, and is a former winner of both the Miguel Prados and the Douglas Levin Prizes awarded for papers written, by the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2021/2022 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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