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COURSE ELEVEN – Reading Lacan: Philosophical Aspects of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Part III

COURSE ELEVEN - Reading Lacan: Philosophical Aspects of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Part III

Course Coordinator: Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP

Course Leaders: Carlos Rivas, RP and Alireza Taheri, PhD, RP

Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 2024. (6 sessions)

Fee: $360

Deadline for registration is May 2, 2024.
Preregistration is required.

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

In current Lacanian studies, Seminar XXIV is being studied in detail in an attempt to understand and include in practice the implications of Lacan’s last teaching. Even its title, “L’insu que sait de l’une bévue, s’aile à mourre”, is so laden with relevant associations in French that it has not been translated into English and requires the whole first chapter to discuss it. In this seminar Lacan seems to undo many of what he had previously presented as useful frameworks and markers and processes in psychoanalysis, taking one into new directions of thinking about the mind and its processes, limits and potentialities. It can be read as an evolution of his theory, yet another step, or, as some have suggested, as Lacan using Lacan to analyze his own theorizing.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. outline and discuss some of the major topics in Seminar XXIV.
  2. discuss the changes in the philosophical thinking that illuminates or is illuminated by this seminar.
  3. discuss the implications for approaches to patients and their analyses and treatments.
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Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCPC

Psychoanalyst. She teaches in the Extension Program of the TPS. She is a co-founder of Lacan Toronto. Member TPS&I.

Carlos Rivas, RP

Studied psychology, philosophy, and social sciences in Venezuela. He trained in Gestalt Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Focusing, and EMDR, and in 2005 was the recipient of the Venezuelan National Award for Research in Psychotherapy. He has a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Member of Lacan Toronto; Guest of the TPS.

Alireza Taheri, PhD, RP

Wrote his dissertation for the University of Cambridge on Nietzsche, Freud, and Lacan. He also holds an MA in philosophy from Essex and an MSc in psychoanalytic thought from University College London. He has done psychoanalytic work in London (UK). He works in private practice in Toronto. Graduate of TIP.

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 2023/2024 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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