about the school
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Founded in 1990, the Lacan School of Psychoanalysis was created within the historical context of the psychoanalytic movement to conduct education, research, and treatment for the benefit of the local community. LSP has been created to transmit Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, offer a formation process to prelicensed and licensed clinicians, and provide clinical supervision of psychoanalysis from a Lacanian perspective, also known as control analysis.
BYLAWS OF LSP
Since 2019, the Lacan School has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) entity, organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes. These Bylaws must comply with California law but are subject to change by the Board to better reflect the needs, purpose, and functioning of the School. You can read through the most recent version of LSP's Bylaws here (PDF).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is composed of seven directors who oversee all fiduciary, legal, and mission driven decisions by consensus or the vote of a quorum of directors. The directors, elected by the membership, serve a two-year term, and must include at least three Analysts of the School. Elections are organized by the Board of Directors in place. An Executive Committee is formed by the Officers of the Board: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
The current Board members serving from January 2023 through December 2024 are as follows:
Christopher Meyer, President
Cecile Gouffrant McKenna, Vice President
Joseph Scalia III, Treasurer
Courtney Douds, Secretary
Marcelo Estrada, President
Annie Rogers, Vice President
The Lacan School has offered a yearly training in psychoanalysis since 1994, and both the position of the teacher and the student are fundamental in the formation of the analyst of the future and the transmission of psychoanalysis in Lacan’s return to Freud. In addition to taking courses as part of their analytic formation, the Lacan School encourages its pre-Candidates, Candidate Analysts, and Analysts to engage in the transmission of psychoanalysis in their own social link through teaching seminars, organizing conferences, special events, Cartels and reading groups.
The Program Committee is tasked on an annual basis to request and review proposals submitted by the School’s membership, to give feedback, and ultimately to format and schedule the curriculum for each academic year at LSP. The Program Committee reports to the Meeting of the Analysts in order to ensure that the Lacan School’s program promotes and reflects what the School requires as fundamental to the formation of the psychoanalyst in the aftermath of Lacan’s return to Freud. It thereby reviews each year’s program to ensure that certain key elements of that formation are reflected in the curriculum. In addition to reporting to the MOA, the Program Committee’s Board member(s) report monthly to the Lacan School’s Board of Directors.
In addition to creating the Program for each year, the Program Committee is responsible for organizing and supporting key events in the School such as the Work Day of the School, the Days of Assembly, and provides support to members of the School organizing special events in their communities as part of the School’s program. Members of the Program Committee also oversee the School’s continuing education accreditation with the California Board of Psychology and ensure that California BOP’s requirements are followed in the delivery and evaluation of courses proposed by the School’s Faculty.
Members of the Program Committee volunteer and are approved by the Board.
At present the Program Committee consists of the following members:
Diana Cuello, Program Committee Convener
Barbara Claire Freeman
If you are a current member of LSP and are interested in learning more about this Committee or would like to join to help with their work, or if you have a proposal to submit, please reach out to the Committee chair Diana Cuello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEETING OF ANALYSTS
The Meeting of Analysts is a monthly 90-minute meeting and is composed of all the Analysts of the School. The analysts oversee all aspects of psychoanalytic training and transmission. They review admissions materials, conduct interviews and make admission decisions. Two analysts oversee the process of referrals for personal analysis (a rotating responsibility). This meeting considers demands for palimpsests and passages.
The analysts formulate and revise requirements of formation in the three tracks: Clinical, Research, and Scholar. Working groups of analysts form for a particular purpose and dissolve as tasks are finished; any of these groups may consult or work with school members. If anyone cannot attend, that analyst agrees to read minutes of the meeting to be up to date with advising in the School. Reach out to the Meeting of Analysts by sending an email to email@example.com.
The Ethics Cartel is currently composed of three Analysts of the School, one Candidate Analyst, and a Plus-One. Members of the Cartel are appointed by the School’s President and Vice-President and serve the School for one year. They report their findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors.
The function and tasks of the Ethics Cartel are multidimensional; to provide a symbolic space for any member of the School to speak about concerns regarding mishandling or breaches of psychoanalytic ethics by members in the School; to receive testimonies from both complainants and the object of complaint regarding potential ethics violations; and after deliberating on the testimonies to arrive at a recommendation to the Board of Directors of the School, recommendation that would formulate potential actions to be taken by the Board.
The Cartel serves the School in a way that welcomes the speech and the singularity of what is said and heard in each testimony or experience that is brought to it. It serves the School and its members as a point of ethical orientation that is grounded in psychoanalytic ethics as Lacan envisioned them--an ethics of desire. The Cartel’s work therefore works to support the guarantee of the lack in the School and the transmission of analytic discourse and training as a social link welcoming the singularity of the Real that is at work in each speaking being.
If you have experienced an ethical violation within LSP and would like to reach out to the Ethics Cartel, or if you would like to contribute to their work in some way, please contact the Ethics Cartel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUARANTEE OF THE LACK OF THE SCHOOL
The President and Vice President are submitted to the bylaws in their functions as officers of the Board. But also, crucially, they serve an analytic function, a guarantee of the place of the lack in the School. In a growing and complex Psychoanalytic School with a long history, where the leaders may find themselves taking a master’s position, along with its power and its blindness, leadership itself requires the address to a lacking Other; to check the ego, superego, or emergent symptoms that may come to interfere with the functioning of the School as a psychoanalytic space.
The President and Vice President serve this function for one another as well as for the School and its members, and therefore both must be analysts. The symbolic structures of the School are grounded in speaking and in the impossibilities of the Symbolic, the beyond of speaking which touches the Real. These structures apply not only to the clinic and to formation, but also to all social links within the School.
Since the lack serves a productive space in the clinic by breaking down imaginary identifications, paranoia, and excessive anxiety, the lack also serves that function regarding unconscious processes at play in any working group in the School. The President and Vice President work together to create and sustain a savoir of the unconscious, welcoming and sustaining the Other of speech in every aspect of the School.