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Working Day of the School

The Logic and Experience of the Well-Said in Psychoanalysis: Analytic Ethics in the Lacanian School

This year’s training builds upon the work of 2020’s “Analytic Act and its Evidence” weekend seminar that lead us to work on the ways in which speech and writing about what arises from the analytic act calls for an ethics of the well spoken in the psychoanalytic School that follows in the wake of Lacan’s return to Freud.  In Television and The Triumph of Religion, Lacan explicitly defines the speaking being as the unconscious.  Psychoanalysis is an experience of speech whose advent and future resides in the capacity of its practitioners to maintain a position that welcomes what Lacan defined in his early years as “full speech,” but which in the later Lacan concerns speech that holds onto the Real.  What hold can speech have on this Real, that takes us beyond the border of what can be said, and that delivers us over to the work of that which is unsayable, or the censored unconscious?   


While Lacan’s Seminar VII introduces an ethics of desire in all of its excess and impossibility as regards das Ding at work in the human, or speaking being, the later Lacan re-orients this ethic in terms of the well-spoken as truth holds on to the Real of the body.  From its very beginnings in Freud’s work with hysterics psychoanalysis creates a frame for speech and listening to bodies that are speaking yet lack any guarantee that they will be heard.  How does Lacan’s ethics of the Well-spoken support the capacity of psychoanalysis to welcome and work with the unconscious in clinical presentations once deemed unfit for analytic treatment, for example, in the clinic of “severity”—in addiction, psychosis, and the borderline?  


Finally, this weekend training grapples with the question of how a Lacanian School, envisioned, proposed, and implemented by Lacan yet none-the-less dissolved by him is linked to an ethics of speech at the level of analytic discourse in a social bond that ex-sists beyond the individual cure in the acts, work, and contributions that stand as the basis of the School’s construction.   

Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD, Beatrice Patsalides-Hofman, PhD, Marcelo Estrada, Ben Davidson, PhD, and Bret Fimiani, PsyD

Date & Time: Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm PST & Sunday, March 6, 2022 - 10:00 am-2:00 pm PST  

Location: Online

Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD (323) 930-9662,

Fee: $150.00 /students $80.00 or School Tuition 

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.

Benjamin Davidson, Ph.D. Dr. Davidson is a faculty member and Research Analyst of the Lacanian School, and an Associate Dean of Students at Stanford University, where he has led seminars on Lacanian and Freudian analysis since 2010.  He maintains a private practice in Palo Alto and San Francisco, and is a co-editor and frequent contributor to the European Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Email: Tel: 650. 704. 8226 

Marcelo Estrada, M.A. Analyst of the School, Supervising Analyst, Designated Scholar of the School

Psychoanalyst, Current President and Chairman of the Board of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, Founding Member and Faculty of the School. Has been teaching Lacan and Freud for more than twenty years. Private practice and also provides consultation and supervision.

Bret Fimiani, Psy.D. An analyst of the SF Bay Area Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis and a clinical psychologist. He works with people experiencing psychosis and extreme states in his private practice and at the Haight-Ashbury Integrated Care Center in SF. He is the chairperson for the Northern California Chapter of the International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis and he is a board member for the Bay Area Hearing Voices Network.  His research interests include the ethics of psychosis and the integration of clinical and peer models. His recently completed book titled Psychosis and Extreme States: An Ethic for Treatment (2021, Palgrave-Macmillan) is now available. 


Beatrice Patsalides-Hofmann Analyst Member of the School, Clinical Psychologist at the Primo Levi Center in Paris, private practice in psychoanalysis in Paris. Teaching, publications, consultation and training internationally in the field of psychoanalysis and political violence.


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 Los Angeles, CA.

Email: Tel: 323. 930. 9662