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COURSE THREE – Clinical Lacan: The Lacanian Real

Clinical Lacan: The Lacanian Real

Course Coordinator: Judith Hamilton

Course Leaders: Carlos Rivas, Alireza Taheri, Judith Hamilton

Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15, 2022. (6 sessions)

Fee: $360

Deadline for registration is November 3, 2022.
Preregistration is required.

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

This course will introduce and set in context the concept of the Real as Lacan used it throughout his work. It will be described in its relations to the other two registers, the Imaginary and the Symbolic in the early Lacan and then as this evolved over the course of his teaching. This takes the Real from being the register at the limit points of linguistic formalisation (Colette Soler), to being outside the Symbolic, to finally being one of the rings of the Borromean knot which projects the structure and functioning of the speaking being, the parlêtre, who presents as a patient. The course will present the Real in its various evolved manifestations as an aspect of the symptom, the subject (toplogy), the unconscious and the object a. It will describe contemporary approaches to treatment as involving an “invention of the Real” to bring about lasting change. Clinical examples will be interspersed and there will be time for discussion.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the nature and function of the Real, and its clinical relevance, as it appeared early in Lacan’s work.
  2. Describe in outline the changes of the concept and what provoked these changes.
  3. Describe the Real as it is understood and used in contemporary clinical work.
  4. Describe the meaning of the phrase an “invention of the Real” as a concept related to treatment.
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Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP, (Psych)

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

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 2022/2023 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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