Clinical Workshops

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Note: for reasons of confidentiality, clinical workshops are for PhD psychology students, trainee clinicians, practicing psychotherapists/psychoanalysts, and clinical supervisors only. Workshop attendance is limited to 30 persons per session. Conference delegates may attend only 1 of the conference workshops. When you have registered for the conference, you will be sent a Qualtrics survey where you can register for the workshop of your choice.

A case of paranoia and persecution - obsessionality or melancholic psychosis?
This workshop will be a live supervision session in which a trainee clinician speaks about a current case and receives input from a Lacanian analyst. The analyst will also offer comments on what is most distinctive about supervision from a Lacanian standpoint.

The Clinical Study of Breathing
In this time of global health crisis, of poor individual and environmental health, can we ask ourselves if there is something that psychoanalytic thought can contribute to the urgent issue of breathing. Breathing has always been tied in psychoanalysis to symptoms related to anxiety, to the literal form of panic-attacks as hyper-ventilation, or, with one of the most common psycho-somatic symptoms, namely asthma, where the problem isn't the excessive intake of air, but a kind of constriction that becomes a failure to exhale. In psychoanalytic history, breathing is, of course, linked to the notion of birth trauma-the first breath being the somatic sign of separation from the mother. Here, one must return to the important arguments that took place between Freud, Ferenczi, and Rank, about the origins of anxiety. In "The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious" Lacan mentions breathing in passing, just after introducing the notion of the status of the object in psychoanalysis as an object that commemorates loss. He mentions "respiratory erogeneity," commenting that it "has been little studied, but it is obviously through spasms that it comes into play." (Lacan 2006, p. 692). The spasm relates to another uncontrolled muscle movement-the orgasm. Lacan also points out that in order to listen, one often holds one's breath. We will discuss the breathing and cases related to issues around breathing of Freud, Ferenczi, Rhodes, Tustin, Vanier, and Winnicott.

Diagnostic Challenges in a Case of (possible) Obsessional Neurosis
This workshop will be a live supervision session in which a trainee clinician speaks about a current case and receives input from a Lacanian analyst.

Dialectization of Signs in the Clinic of Autism
Abnormalities in language and speech development are a defining feature of autism. Several Lacanian scholars have hypothesized that these abnormalities originate in a unique mode of access to language that exclusively relies on signs rather than signifiers. Compared to the flexibility and dynamism of a language made of signifiers, a language made of signs is rigid, cumbersome, and poor in its capacity to encode complex concepts. In this workshop we will
investigate the supplementary methods that autistic subjects adopt to compensate for this conceptual poverty, methods that enable them to encode general, ambiguous, and abstract concepts into their vocabulary using iconic signs. These methods focus on the manipulation of signs in the creation of pseudo-signifiers.

Ordinary Psychosis
This workshop will feature a discussion of a series of texts (see below) which should be read prior to the presentation. This will be followed by a clinical discussion of two cases. The focus will be on the theorization of ordinary psychosis in the Lacanian Orientation and the direction of treatment in such cases.

  • Jacques Alain-Miller, "Ordinary Psychosis Revisited" in Psychoanalytical Notebooks, No. 19
  • Gil Caroz, "Some Remarks on the Direction of the Treatment in Ordinary Psychosis" in Psychoanalytical Notebooks, No. 19
  • Jean-Pierre Deffieux, "Not so Rare a Case" in Psychoanalytical Notebooks, No. 26.
  • Hervé Castanet, "A Subject in the Fog" in Psychoanalytical Notebooks, No. 26.
  • Clinical discussion on "The Cases of Deffieux and Castanet," in Psychoanalytical Notebooks, No. 26.

Supervision Come Alive: A Case Presentation and Live Supervision
This workshop will involve live supervision on a case of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In addition to discussing specificities of the case, we will also demonstrate certain general principles of psychoanalytic supervision. These will include: questions of differential diagnosis (and clinical implications), the direction of treatment, and the supervisory encounter. The supervisor will not have prior knowledge of the case, so this workshop is intended to illustrate clinical supervision "on one's feet."
Working with Obsessional Neurosis: Transference, Interventions, & Live Case Supervision This clinical workshop will highlight some of the main facets of obsessional neurotics (e.g., their relation to the object a, the transference), corresponding common difficulties in analytic work, and ways to think about various types of intervention from a Lacanian standpoint. A case will be presented of a female obsessional, and clinical input will be offered from a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst. Comments from the audience will be encouraged after the presentation of the case.

Working through Childhood Trauma: The Confluence of Fantasy and Event
This workshop will be a live supervision session in which a trainee clinician speaks about a current case and receives input from a Lacanian analyst.

Working with Dreams in a Case of Paranoia
This workshop will be a live supervision session in which a trainee clinician speaks about a current case and receives input from a Lacanian analyst.

Confidentiality statement:
Respecting the confidentiality of clinical material is of utmost ethical importance.
Accordingly, attendance at any clinical workshop is subject to agreement on the following principles:

  • Clinical material introduced in the clinical workshops may not be discussed outside of those sessions. This material, furthermore, must not be recorded, written down, or in any way documented by participants, and it must likewise not be conveyed to others outside of the session.
  • Presenters of clinical material must take carefully considered measures so as to adequately anonymize the material and safeguard the confidentiality of the case.
  • If workshop participants suspect that they may recognize the identity of someone presented in a case they must leave the session immediately.