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Lacan on Transference

Winter/Spring Cycle for 2019 — 10 session short course

Tuesdays, 6:30-8PM

Jan. 15, Feb. 5, 12, 26, Mar. 12, 26, Apr. 9, 23, May 7, 21, 2019

CE/CME Award:

15 CE/CME credits




Norma Schwarz, MSW

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

When at the beginning of his teaching Lacan made the statement “the unconscious is structured like a language” he placed psychoanalysis among contemporary sciences, together with modern linguistics, topology, structural anthropology, quantum physics, etc. Sciences to which he always referred.

Lacan reformulates in his “re-turn to Freud” each one of Freud’s psychoanalytical concepts through this unique frame, where transference will occupy a central stage in these conceptualizations.

In this seminar we will go through Lacan’s different stages covering his 30 years of teachings and construction of a theoretical model. A model where transference implies a type of social tie, a singular encounter in time and place, an enigma to unveil, and where money intervenes in a fundamental manner, between an interchange of words - love and desire.

Our work will discuss transference in Lacan’s seminars, Ecrits, and also in some of the post-freudian literature related to counter transference.  We will study Kierkegaard’s Repetition, Lacan Seminar 8 on Transference, with the comments on Plato’s Symposium (400 BC) about love, and also Marsilio Fiscino’s interpretation of it (S XV), and comments of American contemporary philosopher, A. Davidson. We will explain the use of the matema and topological model used in transference and clarify some of Lacan’s vocabulary.



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.


  1. Identify the historical origins of the concept of transference in psychoanalysis.
  2. Demonstrate in the clinical setting, how transference became both an obstacle and an alliance to the cure process.
  3. Discuss the importance that Freud's countertransference played in Dora's case and Lacan's observations and contribution to the understanding of the case.
  4. Explain Lacan's use of language and define signifier, signifying, the Other, Borromean Knot, intermixion of otherness in Lacan's theory.
  5. Identify the different moments where the concept of transference was constructed in the almost 30 years of Lacan's teaching.
  6. Demonstrate four Lacanian paradoxes of ethics in psychoanalysis.
  7. Discuss Lacan's position on ethics: The moral law and the relation to transgression.




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 15_ 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.