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COURSE SIX – Reading Lacan: Topics in the Late Lacan

COURSE SIX - Reading Lacan: Topics in the Late Lacan

Course Coordinator: Judith Hamilton

Course Leaders: Judith Hamilton, Carlos Rivas, Alireza Taheri

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 2019 (5 evenings)

Fees: $300

Preregistration is required.


In this course, the leaders will present and discuss a range of concepts from the later and late Lacan, supplying clinical and cultural examples throughout. The concepts they will cover include: changes in the symbolic, imaginary and real; topology to describe the mind; the subject as parlêtre and its structure as the Borromean knot; jouissance, drive and the body; the Other jouissance; lalangue and the real of the unconscious; naming as the remaining function of the Name-of-the-Father; symptoms and sinthome as the fourth ring and solution to functioning; the enigmatic affects of the unconscious; the analyst as analysand; equivocation as technique; and psychoanalysis as poetry. The participants will be sent selections from Lacan’s Seminars XX – XXIV to read along with related papers. A very helpful book that presents Lacan’s trajectory, his basic thoughts and contributions, and a summary of each of his writings is by Marcelle Marini, “Jacques Lacan: the French Context”, 1992, by Rutgers University Press (with kindle form on Amazon).

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course:

  1. Participants will be familiar with terms, concepts and their uses that Lacan introduced into the later and late years of his teaching.
  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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