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We invite you to register for this one-day workshop:
Presented by Professor Gill Straker

Saturday 26 October 2019
9.30am - 4.00pm
(registration from 9.00 - 9.30am)
123a Mitchell Street, Glebe

The best-known analyst since Freud is Lacan. Yet Lacan is often better known in the academy and the world of literature and art than in the world of psychotherapy. Lacan himself was a problematic person and his writings are opaque, yet his original and insightful approach to the human condition is of great value. His ideas not only embrace the unconscious, but also integrate the concerns of the great existentialists of his time and locate the human person in the social order.

This workshop serves both to introduce Lacan the man and to explore his key concepts. These include the notions of the Real, the Imaginary and the Symbolic, as well as the Name of the Father and the concepts of desire, jouissance and misrecognition. Following an exploration of these concepts, the workshop will focus on how they may orient us to our patients. Lacan did not work within a psychiatric diagnostic frame, but he did believe in the idea of intra-psychic structure and thought that each individual was either neurotically, perversely or psychotically structured.

The workshop will explore Lacanís ideas concerning these three structures and their clinical implications, bearing in mind that whatever generalisations may be made, Lacan stressed idiosyncrasy. Indeed, a successful outcome of a Lacanian analysis is the capacity to embrace our singularity of being.

Workshop leader: Gill Straker is a clinical professor in the department of psychology at the University of Sydney. She is a distinguished Mellon Foundation Scholar, a visiting research professor at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a practicing Lacanian analyst, psychotherapist and supervisor. She is a member of the Australian Center for Psychoanalysis, the International Association of Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the NSW Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is also a member of the United Kingdom Association for Psychotherapy Integration. She has a long-standing interest in how personal and social histories influence therapeutic practice and is widely published in the area of psychotherapy. She is the co-author of The Talking Cure (Pan Macmillan, 2019).

Morning tea and a light lunch will be served.


Workshop fee: $290 plus GST (total = $319).
A reduction of $50 will be offered to full time students on request.

Please RSVP to Jacqui Winship:
jwinship@bigpond.com Mobile: 0423 760162

Online Payment can be made by EFT to:
Account name: CASPC
BSB: 032-053
ACC: 246959

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