01 December 2006

The World Association of Psychoanalysis: Clinical Study Days

Tom Svolos of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP) and Creighton University Medical Center asked me to post this announcement to the Lacan list (you can read more about him and his work here and here). I thought it might be productive to post the announcement here as well. In working with him through the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workshops (APW) where I served with him on the planning committee, I have known him to be a talented analyst and Lacanian theorist. In my view, the growth of the World Association of Psychoanalysis in the United States has been one of the most exciting things to take place in the American Lacanian scene for some time. Since Jacques-Alain Miller finally chose to extend psychoanalytic training in its Millerian formulation to the United States two or three years ago, it has been tremendously exciting to watch the growth of this organization. What this symbolizes is a move away from Lacan and psychoanalysis being confined to academia, ideology critique, and literary theory, to the world of clinical practice, offering a genuine alternative to the order of Creon or that form of therapy that would call us to give way on our desire in the name of capital, so as to become good workers and spouses. In short, the plague is once again being brought to the United States, and I have high hopes that organizations such as the WAP and the APW will produce generations of analysts that spread forth across the land, enhancing analytic theory and practice and creating new possibilities of thought and practice outside analysis where none were seen before. I encourage anyone seriously interested in Lacanian theory to participate in this organization and the APW (in the near future I should be making an announcement for our next conference on Love). So without further ado:

Dear colleagues,
If this list moderator will kindly consent for this posting, given the interest that I see on this listserve in psychoanalysis in the Lacanian orientation, I would like to extend an invitation to the members of the listserve to participate in the upcoming Clinical Study Days 2.
CSD2 is an initiative of the Members of the World Association of Psychoanalysis in the United States, and includes three programs focused on the Lacanian orientation, especially in clinical practice. The Programs will be held January 11-13, 2007, in Miami Beach, Florida.
On Saturday, January 13, we present our second Study Days on the theme of "Psychic Suffering and the Treatment Challenges in the Postmodern World." There will be five cases presented and discussed.
On Friday, January 12, we present a Workshop on "The Lacanian Orientation in Practice," featuring seven presentations on clinical topics such as the new forms of psychosis, transference, short term treatments.
Both programs feature the participation of Marie-Hélène Brousse, a psychoanalyst and Member of the École de la Cause freudienne and the World Association of Psychoanalysis. Marie-Hélène Brousse has spoken and written widely, especially on topics of feminine sexuation and the relationship of psychoanalysis to social phenomena. She will also give a public Lecture on Thursday evening, January 11, on "Psychoanalysis and Art."

For a description of the Programs and the Schedules, please visit here.

For Registration Information, please visit here.

For Hotel Information, please visit here.

Any questions may be addressed to clinicalstudydays@yahoo.com.
Further information on the World Association of Psychoanalysis can be found on the website http://www.wapol.org/en/index.html, which also includes all the online publications of the WAP in English, all of which contain clinical papers and case reports (Lacanian Praxis, International Lacanian Review [the most recent issue includes the papers from the first CSD], Lacanian Compass, and the former Mental Online).
On behalf of the Scientific Committee of the Clinical Study Days,
Please accept our kindest regards,
Tom Svolos

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