What does it take to train as a Lacanian psychoanalyst? Lacan’s famous return to the truth of Freud is a major critique of what has gone terribly wrong with Psychoanalysis. Freud’s students have deviated from the radical core of Freud’s work and regressed to what Lacan had characterized many a time as a return to General Psychology. Lacan’s return to Freud is nothing short of a proposal for an analytic training true to the spirit of the Unconscious, and =ethics indicated by desire and later by the drive.

At the heart of this training, from one’s personal analysis, control analysis, attending seminars, organizing and participating in cartels, teaching, la passe, and being involved in the activities of the School, is the question of whether or not one gets to finally assume the analytic position, the discourse of the analyst, and continuing to be involved in the many aspects of the transmission of the truth of Lacan and Freud.

It has been said, and Lacan said so himself, that most of his seminars, and his writing, are about training analysis.

This project involves not just the usual reading and familiarizing with Lacanian concepts—for example, the Imaginary, Symbolic and Real—but reading these categories with an eye to analyzing how they guide and inform the training, technique, and practice of analysis. We will, therefore, go through the reading of Lacan’s writing and seminars, from the early to the late Lacan.

This year-round seminar is designed to help candidates and precandidates as they traverse their singular journey in becoming a Lacanian-Freudian psychoanalyst.

Readings will be announced a month before the start of the seminar.

Faculty: Marcelo Estrada and Ali Chavoshian
Date & time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST, two Thursdays each month (to be determined each month), starting September 2019 to June 2020; no classes in December 2019.
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $500.00 for the whole series or School tuition. Interest should be sent to