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Sponsored by Lacanian Forum of DC

From the Name-of-the-Father to the Necessary Symptom

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 9AM-5:15PM

Presenter: Luis Izcovich, MD

Fees and Continuing Education Credit Hours

  • Regular $180
  • Forum and WSP Members $120
  • Current Students $60


At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave #400 Washington DC 20016


The focus of this seminar will be Lacan’s crucial theory of the symptom, including the important turn he made with regard to understanding the symptom and its place in structure.

If, as Lacan believed, the symptom is the very “compass” of our clinic,  how are we to define and approach it in our work with patients? 

What is the function of the symptom for any subject who requests treatment?

What can we hope for, at the end of treatment, with regard to the symptom? 

These questions and more will be addressed by our presenter, Dr. Luis Izcovich.

Macario Giraldo, a member of the Lacanian Forum of Washington D.C. will offer case material to illustrate Dr. Izcovich’s presentation. 


Dr. Luis Izcovich is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Paris and a founding member of the School of Psychoanalysis of the Forums of the Lacanian Field.

Known for the depth of his knowledge and the clarity of his presentations, Dr. Izcovich has taught in the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII. 

He has also authored numerous books and articles. Among his most recent books is The Marks of a Psychoanalysis, available in English translation from Karnac (2017).


Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evolution of Lacan’s theory of the symptom.
  2. Discuss the ways in which Lacan’s approach to the symptom differs from the approach to the symptom in other forms of psychoanalysis/psychotherapy.
  3. Describe the concept of “the Necessary Symptom” and its clinical relevance.
  4. Discuss Lacan’s view of the analyst’s position in treatment and the position of the analyst in relation to the symptom.


9:00 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
9:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m.  Dr. Luis Izcovich: 
                “From the Name-of-the-Father to the Necessary        
                 Symptom”  (Part I)

10:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.—11:45 a.m. Dr. Luis Izcovich
“From the Name-of-the-Father to the Necessary
Symptom”  (Part II)   
11:45 a.m.—12:45 p.m.  Questions and Discussion

12:45 p.m.—2:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK     

2:00 p.m.—2:45 p.m 
Case Presentation by Dr. Macario Giraldo (psychoanalyst and founding member of the
Lacanian Forum)
2:45 p.m.—3:30 p.m.  Commentary by Dr. Izcovich

3:30 p.m.—3:45 p.m. Coffee break

3:45 p.m. —5:15 p.m. Questions and Discussion

5:15 p.m. Concluding Remarks    

Recommended Readings:

Luis Izcovich. (2017) The Marks of a Psychoanalysis (translated by Esther Faye and Susan Schwartz). London: Karnac Press.

Jacques Lacan. (1989)“The Geneva Lecture on the Symptom”  (translated by Russell Grigg).  In Analysis 1. Melbourne: Centre for Psychoanalytic Research.  

Jacques Lacan. (2016) The Sinthome (translated by Adrian R. Price). Cambridge: Polity Press.


Select Appropriate Level

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of 6_ AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.