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Clinical Seminar IV: “What Makes a Psychoanalyst?”

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7 sessions from March 18, 2023 – June 17, 2023

Fortnight Saturdays 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

SFU Harbour Centre. Hybrid format.

In this seminar, we will read central texts by Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan that pertain to the question of what makes a psychoanalyst and what inheres a psychoanalytic practice. We also will read contemporary texts to explore, within our present circumstances, what are the hurdles and opportunities to develop a Freudo-Lacanian practice of psychoanalysis in Vancouver, BC. This Seminar is directed to people who have lived experience with psychoanalysis, as analysands and as clinicians, and who are interested in making Freudo-Lacanian psychoanalysis possible as a practice in this region.

Detailed syllabus, readings and zoom link available after registration a week before the seminar starts. It is highly encouraged to attend the first meeting in person.


March 18, 2023: Formation of the analyst: between desire and end of analysis. (1530 Canadian Pacific Lecture Room)

April 8, 2023: End of analysis and the pass. (1500 Xerox Conference Room)

April 22, 2023: The function of the analyst. Style and semblance of object a. (1500 Xerox Conference Room)

May 6, 2023: How does an analyst listen to the sexual unconscious? The ethics of psychoanalysis. (1500 Xerox Conference Room)

May 20, 2023: Variations of psychoanalytic intervention. (1500 Xerox Conference Room)

June 3, 2023: School? Social link beyond the psychology of the masses. (1520 Barrick Gold Lecture Room)

June 17, 2023: Conclusions and the future. (1520 Barrick Gold Lecture Room)


Dr. Hilda Fernandez practices Lacanian psychoanalysis in Vancouver, Canada. She has extensive clinical experience with diverse populations in public health (hospital and outpatient) and private settings in Mexico and Canada. She has more than twenty years of independent formation in Lacanian psychoanalysis and has an MA in Clinical Psychology (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), an MA in Spanish Literature (University of British Columbia), and a PhD in Human Geography (Simon Fraser University). Her doctoral dissertation articulates a critique of how discourses of trauma and healing are used in public mental health institutions. She co-founded the Lacan Salon in 2007 and is an academic associate of the SFU Institute for the Humanities. To learn more check her website www.hildafernandez.com

Contact the facilitator: clinicdirectorlacansalon@gmail.com


We acknowledge that this Seminar will take place on unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We thank the kind support of the Lacan Salon and the SFU Institute for the Humanities.

*Image: M. C. Escher, Three Worlds (1955)