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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." How does it sound like when an analysand speaks? How do we experience the difficult position of the analyst? 


The format of this workshop is based on presentations of clinical material, open questions, respectful conversations, reading of theoretical texts as suggested by participants, and the exploration of weaving theory and clinic. Sometimes, a guest Lacanian analyst joins the group to add their own voice and style. 


The following themes may be discussed and explored during this 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 a Freud’s case, control analysis and transmission of psychoanalysis, the last session or the end of analysis. 


Open to Members of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis. Clinicians 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 to never disclose either material presented or discussions.


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

Faculty: Dr. Cécile Gouffrant, Analyst of the School

Dates/Times: The 3rd Saturday of each month, September 2024 to June 2025. 2024 - 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/21, 2025 - 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21. 10 am-12 pm Pacific Time, 1 pm-3 pm Eastern Location: Zoom

Contact: Dr. Cecile Gouffrant, 

Fee: $350 or Tuition

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 President of the board. As faculty of the School, Cécile facilitates clinical and theoretical seminars on Lacan and Freud.

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