Course Three – Clinical Lacan

Course Three - Clinical Lacan

Course Coordinator: Judith Hamilton

Course Leaders: Judith Hamilton, Carlos Rivas, Alireza Taheri

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15, 2016

Fees: $270

Preregistration is required.


In this course, the leaders will present clinical theory and technique using Lacanian principles, especially those arising from the “later Lacan” which are being used to address the particularities of contemporary patients. They will present topics including contemporary subjectivity and the choices of jouissance; an approach to assessing and treating patients with dissociative phenomena; the clinical theory, diagnosis and treatment of “ordinary” psychotics, including the patient’s use of the analyst as a sinthome; desire, trauma and re-enactment as discussed by Lacan in his homage to Marguerite Duras’s “The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein”; drive, demand and the refusal to eat in the elderly; addiction tendencies focusing on consumerism, shopping, collecting. They will pose questions, present clinical examples and look for clinical example from the participants for discussion.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course:

  1. Participants will be familiar with additional terms, concepts and their uses that the “later Lacan” introduces into the psychoanalytic field.
  2. Participants will have learned about techniques for assessment and approaches in treating patients and clients with difficult-to-treat problems.
  3. Participants will have learned about and discussed their practice of these techniques with patients and clients in various clinical settings.

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Judith Hamilton

Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP(C), 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.

Carlos Rivas

Carlos Rivas studied psychology, philosophy and social sciences in Venezuela. He trained in Gestalt Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Family Constellations, 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. Guest of the TPS.

Alireza Taheri

Alireza Taheri, PhD, wrote his dissertation for the University of Cambridge on Nietzsche, Freud and Lacan. He 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) and is a candidate of the TIP.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available. 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 2016/2017 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

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