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Plural Narcissism

Colette Soler, PhD

Saturday, June 30, 2018, 9AM-5PM

(Check-in, continental breakfast, 9-9:30. For your comfort during the conference,  remember to bring a sweater or to dress with layers.)

This program is jointly sponsored by the Washington School of Psychiatry and the Lacanian Forum of DC. Two additional events are sponsored by the Lacanian Forum, one the day before and one the day following Saturday's program. See details in the schedule below. Registration for these additional events will be handled by the Lacanian Form, please contact Devra Simiu if you wish to participate in these.

Continuing Education Credit Hours



Regular $180
WSP or Lacanian Forum Member $120
WSP current student $60

Other students please contact the administrative office

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


We know very well the narcissism of the image that Lacan inaugurated with his "Mirror Stage." But later he moved on to an enlarged, fuller conception of narcissism, more suited to the subjectivity of the time. It engages the body in all of its dimensions, which extend from scopic contemplation to affirmation of the self, not without mobilizing desires and drives.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the premise that narcissism cannot be reduced to one form (love of the own image) but has several forms.
  2. Describe the clinical relevance of rereading the Narcissus myth as illustrative of the subjective lack that affects every speaking being.
  3. Describe the identificatory function of the visual image for the human child.
  4. Discuss the clinically important distinction between the  “narcissism of contemplation” and the “narcissism of desire.”
  5. Discuss the Lacanian argument that narcissism, in contrast to psychosis, is “not outside the social link.”
  6. Distinguish between the common notion of self-esteem and Lacan’s unique concept of affirmation of self.


Preeminent spokesperson of the Lacanian field, analysand of Jacques Lacan, Dr. Colette Soler teaches and practices psychoanalysis in Paris. Agrégée of the University, she holds doctorates in Philosophy and Psychopathology and has taught both at the University level. She is the author of numerous articles and books. A number of her books are currently available in English translation: What Lacan Said about Women (The Other Press,2006); Lacan: The Unconscious Reinvented (Karnac Books, 2014); and The Lacanian Affects (Routledge, 2016).


Day one: Friday June 29, 2018

2:00—4:30PM. Fee $30 payable to the Lacanian Forum,
Contact Devra Simiu to attend.
At Outpatient Clinic of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the address is 35 K St. N.E.

Colette Soler: Live clinical interview with an outpatient
Followed by discussion

Day two: Saturday June 30, 2018

Plural Narcissism

Register for this jointly sponsored event via the button on this page.

At The Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Schedule for June 30, 2018 at the Washington School
9:00—9:30AM Registration and Coffee
9:30—10:45AM Colette Soler: Plural Narcissism
10:45—11:00AM break
11:00AM—12:15PM Questions and Discussion
1:30—3:00PM theoretical presentation, followed by
discussion, presenter TBA
3:00—3:30PM break
3:30—5:15PM Concluding discussion

Contact Devra Simiu for details

Day three: Sunday July 1, 2018
For Clinicians/Forum Members 10:00AM.—2:30PM
At the Home of Wilfried Ver Eecke, 4100 Nebraska Avenue N.W. 20016

Fee $30 payable to the Lacanian Forum,
Contact Devra Simiu to attend.

10:00—10:15AM Registration and Coffee
10:15—11:00AM Case presentation
11:00AM—12:00PM Comments and Discussion
1:00—2:30PM Forums of the United States, discussion of issues and



online registration is closed. There are spaces available for at the door registration.

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

The Washington School of Psychiatry 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.