Dream, Symptom, Fantasy: a Clinical Cases Seminar in the Aftermath of Lacan’s Return to Freud
What is a case presentation? How does it differ from the presentation of a session? What is a note, taken in or after a session? What is it to speak to a Control or Supervising analyst about what was said, and what happened in a session? What is it to present the speech of the analysand session by session, and to take responsibility for one’s act as an analyst in each session insofar as the analytic act of the Candidate-Analyst or Analyst welcomes the response of the unconscious within the constraints of the transference? What is the effect of the analytic act, and how do we create and sustain the session as a space and time for the work of the unconscious? These questions will inform our work in seminar on the question of the psychoanalytic clinic in the aftermath of Lacan’s return to Freud.
As we work on ongoing clinical cases presented by the participants, the seminar will refer to the following readings: Chapter VII, “The Psychology of the Dream Processes” from Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, “Notes upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis,”and the “Original Record of the Case, and Lacan’s essay “The Direction of the Treatment and the Principle of its Power,” and Willy Apollon’s “What’s At Stake in the Freudian Clinic” as we work on ongoing clinical cases.
The logic and experience of this seminar proposes and assumes a methodology and a praxis: our reading of Freud focuses on the ways in which Lacan’s writing in the Écrits transmits a savoir that orients clinical practice insofar as it welcomes the dream, symptom and unconscious formations as they break through and from a censored unconscious. In addition, we will consider how advances made by recent approaches to working with dreams in the clinic of psychosis, addiction, and other disorders and discontents of the speaking being shifts our understanding and conceptualization of the transference as regards a real at work within the body and psyche of the subject in contemporary clinical practice.
Apollon, “What’s At Stake in the Freudian Clinic,” Newsletter of the Freudian Field, Volume 2, No. 1. (PDF, online)
Freud, S. “Creative Writers and Day Dreaming”
Freud, S. The Interpretations of Dreams, Volume, Volume V, The Standard Edition of
the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
Freud, S. “Notes upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis,” Volume X, The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, (1909).
Freud, S. “The Original Record of the Case,” Volume X, The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.
Lacan, Jacques. “The Direction of the Treatment and the Principle of its Power,” Écrits.
(2006). Trans. Bruce Fink. New York: Norton.
Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD
Dates and Times: Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month, 6:30-7:50 PM Pacific Time, October 11, 2022 through June 20, 2023, with a break from December 28-January 24 (classes resume January 24), and March 14-28 (classes resume April 11).
Location: Online via Zoom
Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD, (323) 930-9662, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Meyer, Ph.D. Analyst of the School and Faculty of LSP, a member of the Freudian School of Quebec, a member of GIFRIC and member of the California Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Quebec. He has a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy located in Beverly Hills, CA and he is the Doctoral Program Director in the Individual Adult Psychotherapy Program at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, CA.