THE LATE LACAN, NARCISSISM AND POSTMODERNISM (CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOANALYSIS)

Over the last 50 years there have been enormous social changes in culture, politics, economics, sexual and family life, and, going along with all of this, the uses of language, emotion and attitudes in the public and private spheres. As therapists of individuals who are suffering, we are in the front lines of the effects of these changes; and, as Lacan said, as quoted by Colette Soler in a paper on the changing subjectivity of the times, “Psychoanalysis excludes those who cannot meet the subjectivity of their times.” And, implied by Lacan, “A psychoanalyst who finds nothing else to do than denounce his times would do best to resign his job.”

In the context of Lacanian psychoanalysis, some of the changes that have been noted are the lack of efficiency of the Symbolic, the privileging of narcissism and emotions, the changes in most frequently presenting symptoms, the increased emphasis on actual trauma, the demands or goals of treatment of patients/clients, and the desire and activities of the psychoanalyst. These can be discussed in the context of the cultural evolution from modernism to post-modernism, the political evolution from 20th century ideologies to 21st century ideologies, from feminism to post-feminism and transgenderism, and most especially, for us, from the earlier to the late Lacan, who seemed to have a premonition of what was to come and how to structure its results. In this presentation, these topics will be illustrated using clinical examples of “contemporary” patients, their presentations and the treatment strategies considered, hoping that this will lead to sharing of observations and discussion.

Faculty: Judith Hamilton
Date and Time: Friday, November 22, 2019, 1:00-4:00pm
Location: CIIS, 1453 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Room: Namaste
Fee: $100 with CEU, $40.00 for students

Judith Hamilton is a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, trained and working in private practice in Toronto, Canada. After twenty years of study and practice in the “Three Schools” of mainstream American and British psychoanalysis, she began her study of Lacan in 2000, and has concentrated in this area ever since. She has attended many international conferences, is a member of the Stockbridge Lacanian Clinical Forum, has presented and taught extensively a variety of Lacanian topics in Toronto settings, and is a co-founder (since 2012) and Co-ordinator of Lacan Toronto.

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.