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Lacanian Clinical Workshop: From the First Session to the Last


This workshop relies on an oral transmission and dynamic discussions based on the clinical material brought by participants to the group. In a Lacanian School we must not miss the impossible, the unsayable and thus must face the ultimate emptiness of signification. Working with the unconscious, we rely on some kind of knowing of “unknowingness.” What does it sound like when an analysand speaks? How do we experience the precarious position of the analyst? The format of this workshop is based on open presentations of clinical material, open questions, theoretical texts we read and discuss together, and the exploration of weaving theory and clinic.


The following themes will be discussed and explored during the workshop: The first session, the position of the analyst, diagnosis, ethics in the room, RSI in the room, symptom and Sinthome, jouissance in the room, returning to one of Freud’s case studies, control analysis and the transmission of psychoanalysis, the last session and/or the end of analysis.


Suggested readings:

Fink, B. (1997). A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis. Theory and Technique. London, England: Harvard University Press.

Fink, B. (2007). Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners. New York & London: W. W. Norton.

Fink, S. (2017). A Clinical Introduction to Freud: Technique for Everyday Practice. New York & London: W. W. Norton.

Verhaeghe, P. (2008). On Being Normal and Other Disorders: A Manual for Clinical Psychodiagnostics. London, UK: Karnak. First published in 2004 by Other Press.

Verhaeghe, P. & Declercq, F. (2022). “Lacan’s analytical goal: ‘Le Sinthome’ or the feminine way.” In L. Thurston (ed.), Essays on the final Lacan. Reinventing the symptom. New York, NY: The Other Press, pp 59-83.


Faculty: Dr. Cécile Gouffrant

Dates and Times: Third Saturday of each month, September 2023 to June 2024. 2023 dates - 9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16. 2024 dates - 1/20, 2/17, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15. 10am-12pm PT / 1pm-3pm ET.

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: $350.00 or LSP Tuition


Notes: Open to the Members of the School. Others interested in joining should contact the facilitator since they may be accepted on a case by case basis. This workshop relies on clinical material presented. Anyone attending agrees to not record the meetings, and never to disclose case material presented or in discussion.

Dr Cécile Gouffrant is a psychoanalyst and psychoanalytic supervisor with a private practice in Philadelphia Center City. Cécile first trained in cognitive psychology in Bordeaux, France, and conducted research on memory and dementia. After many years in the pharma, biotechnology and business world, she went back to psychology and earned her PsyD at the California Institute of Integral Study in San Francisco. Her analytical formation took place with the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis where she currently is the Vice President of the board. As faculty of the School, Cécile facilitates clinical and theoretical seminars on Lacan and Freud.

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