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 new mode of practice 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 where people can come together to practice analysis both in individual sessions and a school-clinic.
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. This unique organization permits a new orientation and ethics that could not have been achieved by the previous academic, therapeutic, and medical models of psychoanalysis.
Common Question and Confusions
What is it to do a psychoanalysis? It is to practice and construct its discourse-theory. Today, to practice Lacanian analysis requires separating it from a marketplace of the ‘psych’ – psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, counseling, social working, coaching, etc. It is never a question of finding a psy-expert to treat you like a ‘patient’ or ‘client’. It is never a question of searching for an analyst like you would search for a garage mechanic to repair your car: where the mechanic knows and works on the theory and you do not. In fact, it is this ignorance of a consumerist approach that is part of the very symptom that analysis treats. To begin differently, it is a question of developing a practice of analysis with an other – not technicians applying analysis onto others like cars or attempting to interpret others’ dreams or symptoms. Closer to the work of Freud and Lacan, PLACE establishes a collaborative condition as a preliminary to any possible work in analysis: just as nobody can – or should –interpret your dreams in your place, nobody can make you into a clinical case. The problem and entry to analysis lie elsewhere. To make room for this other door, PLACE was set up differently. Just as we are not a school where people come just to learn a knowledge that they then attempt to apply onto others, we are not a clinic where people come to be sick or ‘mentally ill’. On the contrary, we have combined both the school and clinic such that our clinic is our school and vice-versa. Thus, creating a program that is at once practical, but immanently theoretical in not separating the two. The traditional terms invented by Freud to reflect this synthesis of theory/practice is analyst/analysand. Unfortunately, for those in a hurry this structure is trivialized into a mere doctor/patient or expert/client relation. We have devoted a page to explaining the importance of this psychoanalytic shift of paradigms at: School-Clinic
Anyone can apply to PLACE regardless of their degrees or previous university background. Requests for Lacanian analysis or information on the clinic and school should be addressed to the secretary at PLACE@topoi.net.
Intensive Private Sessions are open year round, while the Extensive School-Clinic instruction begins at the end of September and follows the habitual Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters, with an Immersive Summer session beginning in late June. The majority begin in September, but arrangements can be made to enter at other times. Auditors may follow a course or cartel for one semester free of tuition.
To apply, complete this INsCRIPTION form. Though it is advised to have an interview with a Trustee of PLACE to become oriented with its procedures, it is not necessary. You will be informed of the dates and times of the cartels, courses, and seminars on the completion of the inscription and reception of the tuition. On advanced notice, internet assisted attendance is possible for distance learners.
Our current project is supported by grants and foundations that allow for free-tuition for the homeless, recently unemployed, and disenfranchised youth (18-21 years old). Low-cost and sliding scale private intensive sessions are made available on a case by case basis, while first time auditors may attend one semester in the school-clinic for free.
The current tuition for the 2015 school year is $850. (full time) and $400. (part time) per semester. This low-cost tuition has been made possible by grants provided by individuals and foundations concerned with establishing a rigorous and open transmission of psychoanalysis. The typical case load of courses and cartels (work-groups) is one 3 hr. course per month with up to 12 hrs. of cartels per week. The typical session work is one to four hours per week.
The didactic project includes a variety of experiences whose goal is to instruct, not educate. By making this difference we mean our aim is not to tell people what or how to think (according to certain schools, models paradigms, nationalities, etc.) or what to be (analysts, patients, clients, therapists, etc.), but to provide the means and material for an effective work in psychoanalysis. If the instruction is rigorous enough, the participant may think or be what every he or she wants, as long the consequences of their work can be assumed and effectively transmitted.
Seminars are offered once or twice a month, while cartels are once or twice per week. Seminars have a fixed topic set by the instructor, while cartels form around topics decided upon beforehand by those participating in the cartels. You can find typical seminars and cartels on the virtual classroom site at: Virtual School+Clinic
PLACE does not have a set time period for the achievement of the title of analyst within its school-clinic. Indeed, not everyone working in the school-clinic has the goal to achieve such a title or to work as an analyst. In either case, people may attend full or part-time, and/or work in a private analysis according to their own schedule and desires. Full time individual sessions can range from 1 to 4 hours per week, while the extensive instruction in the school-clinic can be 12 hrs. (full time) or 4 hrs (part-time) per week. After a certain period of time, the consequences of the coursework, clinical instruction, and private analysis may be assumed and refined by submitting one’s work to the Pass. This procedure and its objectives are briefly described on this website below in the Sclinic-Catalog.
PLACE maintains a full lender library that the participant may use to establish a work of analysis. It includes the complete works of Freud (German and English) and Lacan (French and English) with other Psychoanalytic authors, works of Philosophy, Mathematics, Logic, Linguistics, and the Humanities. On enrollment the participant is provided with digital editions. A digital reference may be found at: Library
PLACE began in Los Angeles, California in January 1998 as a nonprofit 501c3 when one of its founders returned from France to set up its framework. It was founded on a double movement: to make room for a work of Lacanian analysis that would neither be held hostage in a humanities department 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 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 secretaryINsCRIPTION (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. 15. Late registration until the 20th. .I.Vectorization for cartels begins Jan. 21st;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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