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COURSE SIX – Clinical Lacan: “Everyone is mad.”

COURSE SIX – Clinical Lacan: "Everyone is mad."

Online Course

Course Coordinator: Judith Hamilton, MD (Ret’d), FRCPC

Course Leaders: Carlos Rivas, RP; Alireza Taheri, PhD, RP; and Judith Hamilton, MD (Ret’d), FRCP Psych

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19, 2024. (6 sessions)

Fees: $420

Deadline for registration is November 7, 2024.
Preregistration is required.
** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

This series will explore contemporary topics in Lacanian studies, especially in relation to the quote, “Everyone is mad,” in which Lacan was conveying the impossibility of teaching psychoanalysis. The comment has broadened in our socio-political world and therefore in our patients who come for help. It includes such ideas as: All knowledge has the status of delusion; that is, nothing is real or compelling and what could be the purpose in life. The symbolic is decreased in efficiency these days; that is, social discourse tends to be ruled by the imaginary (feelings, concrete thinking, polarized views, violence). Categories that were once accepted as obvious have been challenged by people who insist they are not mad (gender issues). There are no longer comprehensive, single big Others forming the base values in large language or social groups in society. Extremes of individualism and the tendency towards depathologization have promoted “acceptance” of everyone, but because this is impossible, segregation into smaller and smaller groups. We hope this will provide fruitful insights for discussions with the participants.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Itemize some changes in their own social and clinical world as they have experiences them over the last 5-10 years.
  2. Propose several theories as to why and how this has happened.
  3. Discover methods that people are using to cope with the disruptions these changes are causing.
  4. Describe the psychoanalytic dynamics as we find them being stimulated and emphasized in patients’ and in our own minds.
Judith Hamilton, MD (Ret’d), FRCPC Psych

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

Carlos Rivas, PhD, 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. TIP Candidate.

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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