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COURSE FOUR – Clinical Lacan: Interpretations and Constructions

Course FOUR - Clinical Lacan: Interpretations and Constructions

Course Coordinator: Judith Hamilton

Seminar Leaders: Judith Hamilton, Carlos Rivas, Alireza Taheri

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19, 2019 (6 evenings)

Fees: $360 Parts A and B; $180 Part A or Part B

Registration Deadline: October 30, 2019
Preregistration is required.


In this course, the leaders will focus on the nature of various interventions in a Lacanian analysis, their aims and goals and the indications for their use. These relate to the proposed structures of the minds of various kinds of patients. We will begin with those presented in the early Lacan, in which the focus is on the neurotic, using some diagrams and clinical examples to clarify the concepts. Interpretations of unconscious material is standard for these patients although the emphasis is on having the patient discover their own interpretations. The latter part will focus on interventions more commonly associated with the later and late Lacan, useful for other kinds of patients such as those with ordinary psychosis (psychosis not triggered) and extraordinary psychosis (with delusions and hallucinations) as well as those with moderate to severe personality disorders and those with post-traumatic states. These interventions are in the form of constructions of the repressed history of the patients, especially the primary repressed. These are also developed by the patient in the presence of the analyst who holds the frame and may conceptualize and support the development of a sinthome. We will supply classic papers for reading during the course and will encourage discussion among the participants and leaders.

We will divide this course into two parts, parts A and B. Part A will begin at the beginning, in the early Lacan, and be useful for participants with little or no understanding of Lacan’s work. Part B will be presentations oriented towards the later Lacan, useful to those who are already familiar with Lacan. One can sign up for either part separately or both parts, or add Part B to Part A during the course.

Part A – November 14, 21, 28, 2019
Part B – December 5, 12, 19, 2019

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the meetings:

  1. Participants will be familiar with terms, concepts and their uses that Lacan introduces into the psychoanalytic field.
  2. Participants will have learned about techniques based on the Lacanian orientation for treating a wide variety of patients and clients.
  3. Participants will have learned about these techniques as they are used in various clinical settings and populations.
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Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP (Psych)

Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP (Psych), Psychiatrist/Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. She teaches in the ATPPP and in the Extension Program of the TPS. She is a co-founder of Lacan Toronto. Faculty TPS&I.

Carlos Rivas, RP

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

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. Candidate at TIP.

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2019/2020 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.

** Distance Participation – Priority will be given to those outside Metro Toronto area.

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