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COURSE ONE – Lacan from the Beginnings

COURSE ONE – Lacan from the Beginnings

Online Course

Course Coordinator and Leader: Judith Hamilton, MD, (Ret.) FRCP(Psych)

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 2024. (5 sessions)

Fees: $350

Deadline for registration is September 12, 2024.
Preregistration is required.
** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

This course is offered for those who know little about the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, who would like an introduction that begins with the earliest concepts he developed – the signifier, the three registers, the unconscious structured like a language, desire, the big Other – and which provides examples of their relevance to the clinical practice of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The evolution of his theory over 27 years and the related clinical approaches will be presented in the context of other psychoanalytic theories and cultural developments of the 20th century, including contemporary Lacanian theory and practices. It is hoped that this course will provide enough depth to prepare those who wish to go on studying Lacanian theory and practice, and enough breadth for those who want to be able to include the benefits of early, middle, and late Lacanian concepts in their clinical work. Readings will be suggested, and discussion will be welcomed.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. List, define and elaborate on the main concepts of Lacanian theory and practice.
  2. Relate the main concepts to clinical practice, both overall goals of treatment and in specific instances of practice.
  3. Explore further and discuss the significance of Lacan’s contribution to the fields of psychoanalysis and cultural aspects of the contemporary world.
Judith Hamilton, MD, (Ret.) FRCP(Psych)

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

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 2024/2025 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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