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Psychoanalytic Training in the School of Lacan - Part 4

What does it take to train as a Lacanian psychoanalyst? Lacan’s famous return to the truth of Freud is a major critique of what has gone terribly wrong with Psychoanalysis. Freud’s students have deviated from the radical core of Freud’s work and regressed to what Lacan had characterized many a time as a return to General Psychology. Lacan’s return to Freud is nothing short of a proposal for an analytic training true to the spirit of the Unconscious, and ethics indicated by desire and later by the drive.

At the heart of this training, from one’s personal analysis, control analysis, attending seminars, organizing and participating in cartels, teaching, la passe, and being involved in the activities of the School, is the question of whether or not one gets to finally assume the analytic position, the discourse of the analyst, and continuing to be involved in the many aspects of the transmission of the truth of Lacan and Freud.


It has been said, and Lacan said so himself, that most of his seminars, and his writing, are about training analysis.


This project involves not just the usual reading and familiarizing with Lacanian concepts—for example, the Imaginary, Symbolic and Real—but reading these categories to analyze how they guide and inform the training, technique, and practice of analysis. Therefore, we will go through the reading of Lacan’s writing and seminars, from the early to the late Lacan.


This year-round seminar is designed to help candidates and precandidates as they traverse their singular journey in becoming a Lacanian-Freudian psychoanalyst.


Readings will be announced a month before the start of the seminar.

Faculty: Marcelo Estrada and Ali Chavosian, PhD

Dates & Times: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PST, two Thursdays each month (dates TBA), Sept. 2022 to June 2023; no classes in December 2022.

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: $500.00 or School Tuition

Contact: Marcelo Estrada

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. 

Ali Chavoshian, Ph.D. Dr. Chavoshian is a member and faculty of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, clinical psychologist, private practice in Berkeley, California, professor at the City College of San Francisco, supervising and clinical faculty at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, visiting professor a the Guilan School of Medicine, Rasht, Iran, former Dean and Professor at the Graduate School of Psychology, New College of California in San Francisco. 

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