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psychoanalytic formation

Mark Rothko, No. 1 (ROYAL RED AND BLUE)

The Lacan School of Psychoanalysis provides formation for licensed and pre-licensed psychotherapists and research analysts in Freudian Lacanian theory, psychoanalytic formation, and clinical supervision of psychoanalysis from a Lacanian perspective. If you are interested in pursuing formation through LSP, there are several pathways to formation you may consider.

LSP offers three different tracks of formation through the School. While each track requires symbolic milestones throughout one’s formation, your pathway through any particular track is left open to your desire. Each track begins with submitting your resume and a letter of intent to the School along with interviews with Analysts of the School, after which you will be notified if you have been approved for admission. Other milestones of formation can include but are not limited to a palimpsest, a certain number of years of study with the School, a passage, a personal analysis, and control analysis. More detailed information about each specific track can be found below.

Throughout and after formation, members of LSP are encouraged to teach or facilitate courses through the School. Read through LSP's Statement on Teaching for more information on the importance of teaching in one's formation.  Any pre-candidate, candidate, or Analyst of the School can submit a seminar or event proposal to the Program Committee for consideration for the following year's program. 

Interested in an analysis with a member of LSP? Fill out the survey on the Find an Analyst page and LSP's referral coordinator will be in touch with you soon.  

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Louise Bourgeois, The Tapestry of my Childhood

Working groups comprised of Analysts of the School are currently revamping the guidelines of each formation track; their work is ongoing. When the new guidelines have been finalized, you will be able to access the new processes and documents regarding formation on this page. Until then, you can read through the former documents and processes previously used by LSP for each track below. If you would like additional information or to reach out to the working groups for more information, please contact LSP at, and an Analyst of the School will get back to you. 



This track is meant for individuals who hold or are working towards an advanced degree in psychology, psychiatry, counseling, or social work, and are licensed, working towards licensure, or are training in a mental health profession and desire to become a Lacanian analyst. Click through for a more detailed description of the guidelines currently and previously used to complete a clinical track. 
Clinical Track Formation Guidelines Used Prior to 8.9.2021 (PDF)

Current Clinical Track Formation Guidelines (PDF)



This track is meant for individuals who have a terminal graduate degree and desire to divide their professional career between research and the private practice of Lacanian psychoanalysis. A research analyst is not currently required to hold a license as a mental health professional in California, but their practice is limited to California residents. Residents of other countries may enter this track, provided that they can practice legally in their jurisdiction under the name of "psychoanalyst" without a previous clinical degree. Click for a more detailed description of the guidelines previously used to complete a research track.   
Read more (PDF)



This track is meant for individuals who do not plan on becoming a clinician or practicing psychoanalysis, but desire to study and contribute to Lacanian thought in a systematic and committed manner by undertaking a formation in psychoanalysis. Individuals on this track are not required to be a mental health professional or student, nor do they need to hold a PhD in a field applicable to psychoanalysis. Click through for a more detailed description of the guidelines previously used to complete a scholar track.   Read more (PDF)

Credits: All paintings by Jackson Pollock
Number 28, Number 18, Number 1