Toward the General Theory of Seduction: An Introduction to the Work of Jean Laplanche

Using a seminar format, this nine-session course offers an introduction to the work of the French psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche (1924-2012). In his written work, Laplanche engages with Freud’s texts to challenge and reframe some of the foundational concepts of psychoanalytic theory and practice.

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9 Sessions: Tuesdays, Feb. 15, 22; Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Apr. 5, 12, 2022
Make-up Dates: Apr. 26; May 3, 2022
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Schedule: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Group Discussion

All courses will take place online. 
Seminar sessions are not recorded.

Registrants are expected to be able to attend all sessions in their entirety. Should your availability change, please contact the BPSI office (office@bpsi.org) to remove your course registration and allow other interested participants to attend. 

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 9, 2022

 

Toward the General Theory of Seduction: An Introduction to the Work of Jean Laplanche

Using a seminar format, this nine-session course offers an introduction to the work of the French psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche (1924-2012). In his written work, Laplanche engages with Freud’s texts to challenge and reframe some of the foundational concepts of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Returning to Freud’s early seduction theory, Laplanche generalizes a process of seduction for every infant/parent dyad. He sees this seduction as constitutional for the human psyche and re-foundational for the psychoanalytic field. Laplanche writes, “I am … using the term primal seduction to describe a fundamental situation in which an adult proffers to a child verbal, non-verbal and even behavioral signifiers which are pregnant with unconscious sexual significations.” For Laplanche, these significations, or “compromised messages,” persist in the unconscious and push for “translation” or “retranslation” – what he sees as the task of psychoanalysis. We will begin this course with a brief overview of Laplanche’s work before reading a few of his seminal papers (including Transference: Its Provocation by the Analyst; Drive and Instinct; and Three Meanings of the Term Unconscious). We will then look at Freud’s Three Essays before spending the remaining classes reading from Laplanche’s (1987) book New Foundations for Psychoanalysis, which builds towards his General Theory of Seduction. Throughout the course we will consider the clinical applications and implications of Laplanche’s ideas. Participants will learn to conceptualize the clinical encounter from a Laplanchian perspective.


Instructors

Alistair McKnight, PsyaD, LMHC
Psychoanalyst Member, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program Faculty, and Explorations in Mind Program Faculty, BPSI. Faculty, Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Institute of New England (PCFINE). Associate Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Private practice in Cambridge, MA.

This course is open to licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the three areas of major contribution Laplanche made to psychoanalysis.
  2. Define the difference between the concept of “drive” and “instinct”.
  3. Define what Laplanche describes to be “the fundamental anthropological situation.”
  4. Describe one difference between origin, model, and foundation as related to Freud’s use of “the biological.”
  5. Define the distinction between innate primal fantasy and acquired primal fantasy.
  6. Describe Laplanche’s critiques of Balint’s and Klein’s conflation of sexuality and self-preservation.
  7. Define what Laplanche calls “the Primal Situation” and delineate two ways in which it differs from Freud’s original hypothesis.
  8. Describe what Laplanche means by the term “translation of the unconscious.”
  9. Describe Laplanche’s conception of the “the practical task” of psychoanalysis.
Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.

FEE:
$375 Course Fee

$300 Early Bird (available until 02/01/2022) Use Code at Checkout: EB2022WJL
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.

 

Explorations in Mind: Community Education at BPSI is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan (cnathan@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 x101),
go to www.bpsi.org, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.
 
 
Program Administrator
Stephanie Cavanaugh: scavanaugh@bpsi.org

Program Co-Chairs
Holly Friedman Housman, LICSW: holly@housman.org
Chris Lovett, PhD: cglovett44@gmail.com
 

Continuing Education 

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.
-Updated July 2021-
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Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 13.5 hours of CE credits for psychologists.
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of the social work CE accreditation.
Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.
Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.

Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Stephanie Cavanaugh at scavanaugh@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair(s), via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

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