Psychoanalysis Los Angeles California Extension

PLACE opens up a return to Freud through a critique of contemporary psychoanalysis and a construction in the topology first advanced by Lacan.

PLACE makes room for a practice of Lacanian analysis in the U.S. – it is about the production of analysis, not the production of doctors and patients, therapists and clients, the normal and abnormal.

PLACE is open-source: we support innovation that is not directed by centralized institutions and the commerce of mental health experts, but is based on a transparent network of sources open to anyone seeking to construct a practice of analysis.

Though the instruction of PLACE is certified by the state of California, there is no top-down educational program in the traditional sense of the term since the curriculum is established and taught by those participating in the clinic.

This unique organization permits a new foundation and use that could not have been achieved by the previous academic, therapeutic, and medical models of psychoanalysis.

Requests for consultation or information on the school, clinic, seminars, and work-groups should be addressed to the secretary at PLACE@topoi.net


Organizational History

PLACE began in January 1998 as a nonprofit 501c3 when one of its founders returned from France to set up its framework. It was founded in the U.S. on a double movement: to make room for a practice and theory of Lacanian analysis that would neither be held hostage in a humanities department of a university nor assimilated to a mental health profession. PLACE is supported by private contributions, grants, and endowments from those individuals and foundations concerned with promoting an authentic praxis of Lacanian analysis.

Important Informational Documents, Forms, and Site:

1) The current association guidelines are reviewed bi-annually (PDF): Association Regulations

2) The current PLACE School+Clinic Guidelines (PDF):Sclinic Catalog-Guidelines

3) All new participants please send the PLACE inscription form (PDF) to the secretary:INsCRIPTION  (only need to inscribe once)

4) The virtual interface of PLACE containing the seminars, courses, and cartels, at: Virtual School+Clinic


1) Open to Public: currently accepting registration for Winter 2015 Sclinic. For more info see above Important Informational Documents, Forms, and Site and/or contact the secretary. Deadline for registration: Jan. 11th.I.Vectorization for cartels begins Jan. 15th;First Course Jan.31: Constructing Oedipus Part III.  See Calendar for further announcements.

2) Open to Trustees and Adherents of PLACE: 2015  General Assembly – Jan. 17, 11:00am-2:00pm.


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