The aim of the seminar is to establish a forum for discussions about setting up a private practice. While inspiring a further desire to return to the texts of Freud and Lacan and the passing to the analytic position, the seminar will take into account the state of the field, particularly in surviving your day job and finding your way in bureaucratic Mental Health ‘agencies’ and working in Managed Care. In that vein, topics will range from the practical (e.g. referrals, fees and making a living, offices, third parties and insurance, caseloads, and even attitudes toward psychoanalysis) toward the theoretical in the study and transmission of psychoanalysis (making useful contributions to the crucial problems in schools and institutions and applications given the desire of the analyst).

Freud famously called the analytic profession an impossible one; Lacan’s elaboration used symbolic structures inherent in language to transmit a way of thinking about such impossibilities, and with that to give us a sense of a praxis seeking truth. So, what is to reinvent psychoanalysis as a Lacanian, whether working in clinics or hanging out the proverbial shingle?

The group will be held as a yearlong, consultative effort where participants are encouraged to share their experiences. Taking a page from Alan Rowan, who pointed out that “…what is involved here is not a set of rules or procedures but rather a method which promises an open-ended and reflexive examination of actual clinical practice that in turn is a prompt to theory building.” It is hoped that each members’ work at the vital point find a way into the group, where we might practice negotiating the vicissitudes of passing to the position of the analyst, giving up control of “outcomes,” and attenuating our efforts through our own experiments, nominations and identifications, our self-directed study of texts, our cases in clinics and practice, and in our discussions of the state of the field, to include our relationships to others, institutions, and in Mental Health more broadly.

Given the singularity of the subject, we will find mutual support in the reading of texts and in the sharing of clinical experiences, along with helpful resources. Spontaneity in lieu of polish is welcome, and yet let us endeavor to a rigorous study of that which allows for the emergence of speech, that which insists (not to fixate, but to practice openness), and indeed the recognition of emergent savor.

Location Online meetings with ZOOM
Dates/Time 2nd Saturday of the month; 10 am-12 pm Pacific Time
September 2019 to May 2020
Fee $300 for the year, or School Tuition
Participants Open to clinicians; Limit 10 participants
Faculty Peter A. Brown (contact at
Paul Kalkin
Cécile G. McKenna

Recommended initial readings
Fink, B. (2010). Analysand and Analyst in the Global Economy, or Why Anyone in Their Right Mind Would Pay for An Analysis. In New Formations #72: Psychoanalysis, Money and the Global Financial Crisis. Ed. By Gilbert & Wheeler. Chadwell Heath, UK: Lawrence and Wishart.
Rowan, A. (Feb. 18, 2012). The Psychoanalytic Act as Act and Orientation. In LC Express Vol. 2 (4). Available online:

Since we will be discussing clinical cases, our meetings will never be recorded. We will also ask participants to sign a confidentiality agreement to never discuss the cases outside our seminar.

This course is approved by the Medical Board of California to train Research Psychoanalysts and by the California Psychological Association to provide Continuing Education Units for Licensed Psychologists. This course is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Units for Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychiatric Social Workers. LSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.