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Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy (4 CE Credits)

The vast scope of the topics addressed by Jacques Lacan has inspired many philosophers, psychoanalysts, and social commentators to question the orthodoxy of traditional authority. In this course, Dr. Michael Gerson explores some of Lacan’s most central themes toward an application for psychotherapy.

French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan, is regarded as one of the most influential theorists and clinicians since Freud. Hundreds of books and articles have been written about his ideas; yet, his work is largely unknown to many American psychotherapists. Those who are familiar with Lacan typically describe his contributions as intriguing, but esoteric and enigmatic. Dr. Michael Gerson explores Lacan’s key constructs as they may be helpful to the psychotherapist. The discussion includes comparisons with object relations and ego psychology, systems theory, psycholinguistics, and neuroscience, and ends with applications to two clinical cases. This course consists of a PowerPoint video presentation by Dr. Gerson (1 hr. 15 min.), with a written transcript of the presentation for review in multiple modalities. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 4 CE credits. May be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  Intermediate level. $49.


Course Objectives for Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy

The participant will accrue a working knowledge of several key concepts of Lacan, examine the value of the four discourses for understanding the therapeutic relationship, and reconsider the ethical imperative for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in general.

As a result of this learning activity, the participant will be able to:

  • describe several key concepts of Lacan, including the four discourses and the mental registers,
  • describe how the four discourses may be used for understanding the therapeutic relationship, and
  • describe the ethical imperative for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy from a Lacanian perspective.


Course and Product Details for Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy



Lacan - Inspired PsychotherapyLacan – Inspired Psychotherapy

This CE course on Lacan – inspired psychotherapy may be applied to our Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.

What is Lacan – inspired psychotherapy? Jacques Lacan’s theories and concepts are considered by many as the most significant contributions to psychoanalytic thinking and praxis since Freud. Yet, they are complex and many find them difficult to apply in practice. This course examines some of Lacan’s most original constructs and applies them to two case studies. The course, Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy, explores the centrality of language for understanding the human condition along with his four discourses: University, Master, Hysteric and Analyst. Additionally, the course examines the ethical directive of psychoanalysis as well as the mental registers of the Real, Imaginary, and the Symbolic. Interdisciplinary considerations from Neuroscience and Systems Theory are also discussed.


Instructor for Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy

Michael J. Gerson, PhDThe Instructor is Dr. Michael J. Gerson, an experienced Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, and Marriage and Family Therapist in California. He has been training clinicians for over 40 years in his private practice, in community counseling centers, as a professor of Psychology in graduate programs, and as a presenter at professional meetings for clinicians. He is renowned for his depth of understanding of the therapeutic process and for his keen ability to translate complex concepts into terms that are clear and that can be applied to the clinician’s own work. 


CE Credits for Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy

Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy earns 4 continuing education credits. The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Conflicts of Interest or Commercial Support

There is no commercial support or other potential conflicts of interest for this program, presentation, or instructor.


Commitment to Diversity and Accessibility

We are committed to respecting diversity in all of its forms, including age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, language, socioeconomic status, religion, and disability. We also strive to make all of our activities accessible to individuals with special needs or disabilities. Please contact the Director at if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding any of our programs.


Sources and Relevance

Our programs and teaching methods are supported by current, empirically-based scientific literature, and are designed to provide continuing education that is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or research, so that psychologists may maintain and expand their ability to serve the public and contribute to the profession.


Target Audience for Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy

All mental health professionals, educators, and researchers have a variety of educational backgrounds and needs—if you have any questions about whether this course could benefit you and/or would be appropriate for your level of training, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our courses are designed for postdoctoral-level psychologists; this course is an intermediate-level course. You may contact the Director directly at with any questions or concerns.


Course Schedule

This course will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you will be able pace yourself in a manner that is comfortable for you.


Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy

The cost of the course is noted below; there are no additional fees. Your satisfaction is important to us. If you are not satisfied with a course, please let us know immediately—we will cancel your order and gladly offer you a full refund.


Course Format Summary for Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy

The course consists of a PowerPoint video presentation and audio narrative (1 hour, 15 minutes) by Dr. Gerson. Written captions allow for review in multiple modalities. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow the course for 4 CE credits. Intermediate level.  $49.

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