What is psychosis, and how can we work with it?

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Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy

18 February 2023

Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Price: £15 - £30 (+ booking fee)

Location: online


What can we learn from the fundamental concepts of Lacanian theory? What does Lacan have to tell us about the Big Other? How can this abstraction be of help in clinical work with psychotic patients?

Conor McCormack‘s talk will focus on clinical work with people with a psychotic structure. This will include an overview of the Lacanian theory of psychosis; an exposition of how a clinician makes a diagnosis of psychosis and how this informs the direction of the treatment. Conor will explore the development of approaches to working psychoanalytically with psychosis. He will use a visual presentation and clinical examples to elaborate the Lacanian approach.

The event will be of interest to anyone interested in the topic, including social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, and the general public.

This event is taking place mainly online; for reasons of space there are a limited number of in person places for members of Severnside Institute.

Conor McCormack is a Bristol-based Lacanian psychoanalyst in private practice. He is a member of The College of Psychoanalysts and The Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. Conor has extensive experience in working as a psychotherapist in the NHS and is a frequent lecturer in a number of psychoanalytic and psychotherapy training organisations.

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