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COURSE FOUR – Clinical Lacan: The Apple of My “I”

COURSE FOUR - Clinical Lacan: The Apple of My

Course Coordinator: Judith Hamilton

Course Leaders: Judith Hamilton, Carlos Rivas, Alireza Taheri

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: November 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6 and 13, 2018 (6 evenings)

Fees: Part A $180, Part B $180, Part A & B $360

Preregistration is required.


In this course, the leaders will present the underlying theory and related techniques of the Lacanian orientation as they use them with patients and clients in their various clinical settings. The topics will focus on the body, the ego and the sinthome as they occur in the early, late and contemporary Lacan. Changes in these concepts and their uses reflect changes in society and are no longer well described by the structure and dynamics of the Oedipus complex and neurosis. Hence the recent approaches that support work with people with “ordinary” psychotic and other modern variants of character structure including inhibitions, anxiety and addictions. There will be many examples presented and time for ample discussion.

We will divide this course into two parts – parts A and B. Part A will begin at the beginning, in the period of 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 8, 15, 22 – the three registers, the mirror stage and its relation to the imaginary and to the ego; desire and the symbolic body; symptoms in the context of modernism and positivism – in Lacan’s “return to Freud” and neurosis.

Part B – November 29, December 6, 13 – the Names-of-the-Father as symptom and the sinthome; the real body, jouissance and drive; symptoms in the context of postmodernity and late capitalism – beyond Oedipus and psychosis.

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

Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP, 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 2018/2019 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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