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.
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:
Jacques Lacan’s theories and concepts are considered by many as the most significant contributions to psychoanalytic thinking and praxis since Freud. This course examines some of Lacan’s most original constructs and applies them to two case studies. The course 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.
The 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.
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The course consists of a PowerPoint video presentation and audio narrative (1 hour, 15 minutes) by Dr. Gerson. A full written transcript of the presentation is included for review in multiple modalities. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow the course for 4 CE credits. Intermediate level. $49.