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COURSE SIX – Clinical Lacan: Addictions, Perversion, Psychosis

COURSE SIX - Clinical Lacan: Addictions, Perversion, Psychosis

Course Coordinator: Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCPC

Course Leaders: Carlos Rivas, RP; Alireza Taheri, PhD, RP; and Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCPC

Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: November 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2023. (6 sessions)

Fee: $360

Deadline for registration is November 2, 2023.
Preregistration is required.

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

These clinical conditions, their understanding and treatments – addictions, perversion and psychosis – have all received particular attention in Lacanian theory and the implied techniques arising from this. Contemporary Lacanian studies have further developed these areas, including the evolution in society’s attitudes to each over the last quarter century. On the other hand, the feature in the late Lacan of the importance of focusing on the individual, case-by-case, rather than on the diagnosis will be discussed and the implications for treatments elaborated.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. elaborate, with examples, the particular Lacanian contributions to an understanding of each of these clinical conditions.
  2. discuss the Lacanian orientation to the treatments of people with these conditions.
  3. discuss the relevance of taking patients one-by-one in their treatments rather than following a set program implied by their condition.
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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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