Presenter: Judith Hamilton MD, FRCP (Psych)
Wednesday, February 10, 2021: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
TPS Scientific Meeting: Open to All.
This presentation will demonstrate the uses of various Lacanian concepts as they arise in the clinic of psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic patients. Lacan’s writing is divided into two phases, the early Lacan and the late Lacan, which are now followed by further developments in what I am calling contemporary Lacan. The early Lacan was a continuous discussion on Freud’s papers with amplification of Freud’s ideas, additional insights into the theory and different ways of conceptualizing the aims of psychoanalysis and techniques for achieving them, within the framework of transference and interpretation. These may yet be more useful for work with neurotic patients. The late Lacan addresses Lacan’s realization that bringing about the end of an analysis requires further development in theory, now his own adventures and inventions in a theory of the mind. This went along with the appearance of other-than-neurotic patients coming for treatment, and a necessary revision of the aims of psychoanalysis, and the techniques required to achieve them. The widening scope of diagnoses, formulations, patients and situations in which Lacanian concepts can be usefully employed has been the focus of contemporary Lacanians.
At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:
- Be familiar with the main concepts introduced to psychoanalysis by Jacques Lacan and his followers.
- Appreciate some contributions that a Lacanian viewpoint makes to classical and contemporary psychoanalytic techniques.
- Appreciate the application of Lacanian-based techniques to a wide range of patients in contemporary society.
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.
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