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Jacques Lacan Theory

Short Course: 6 Sessions, Tuesdays, 6:30-8PM

Sept. 27, Oct.18, Nov. 1, 15, 29, Dec. 13, 2016

CE/CME Award

9 CE/CME credits

Norma Schwarz, MSW

This Seminar will focus on the teachings of Jacques Lacan.  We will aim to discuss the main ideas of Freud and Lacan and their application to broader clinical, social, and cultural issues.

The Lacan Seminar will closely review the main concepts in psychoanalysis, following Freud in both his clinical and theoretical work and discussing it in parallel with Lacan's contributions and reformulations. How does the Lacanian practice of psychoanalysis differ from other forms of analysis and psychotherapy that are so pervasive in our culture? 

Lacan is renowned as a theoretician of psychoanalysis who refashioned psychoanalysis in the name of philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, literature, art, queer theory, etc.  Advocating a "return to Freud," by which he meant a close reading in the original of Freud's works,  Lacan stressed the idea that the unconscious functions "like a language."

The reading of Lacan's work is often difficult because of his idiosyncratic developments of psychoanalysis.   The main task of the seminar will be to bring fresh and accessible perspectives to the work of this formidable and influential thinker.  It is our belief that an intellectual cultural exchange fosters a greater understanding of contemporary times and its impact on our work as clinicians.  Within the frame of the seminar  we will have the opportunity to discuss the place that psychoanalysis has in our contemporary discourse and to nourish curiosity, passion, and vitality about human life in its singularity.


Participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the main concepts of the Lacanian contribution to psychoanalysis.
  • Define the vocabulary with which each of Lacan's ideas are expressed in his teachings.
  • Identify the implications of Lacan's contributions to clinical practice.


Norma Schwarz, MSW completed her studies in psychology in Argentina in 1966 and started a practice as a psychoanalyst immediately thereafter. She emigrated to Spain in 1976 where she continued her practice until 1994 when she came to the USA.  Since the beginning of her clinical practice, she has incorporated Lacanian thinking about the way in which psychoanalysis must be practiced, studied, and transmitted.  The works and teachings of Jacques Lacan have been an ongoing passion of hers.

Norma Schwartz has led a Study Group on Lacan under the sponsorship of the Washington School of Psychiatry since 2002.


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 _ of 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.