Winter Programme

The Psychoanalytic Act in Five Acts Part II

10 January - 7 February, 2024, Parrhesia, Berlin

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When: 10 Jan - 7 Feb 2024

Where:  TBA

How: The course will be taught in hybrid format (in person and on Zoom). Video recordings are made available for those unable to attend. Course readings can be accessed online before the school begins. Links to the Zoom classroom are sent out prior to the course starting. All payment must be made via credit card or Paypal account during enrolment. Also it's worth noting that Berlin (CMT+1) is 10 hours behind Melbourne time and 6 hours ahead of New York.

Enrolment Fees

Courses Waged Unwaged/Student
1 x 10-hour course €89 €50
Add access to the recordings of Part 1 €115 €70


2 hours per week for 5 weeks

5 Wednesdays, 7- 9 pm

January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7

The Psychoanalytic Act in Five Acts (Part II): The Direction of Treatment for Lacan

Lecturer: Leon S. Brenner

Venue: Vierte Welt, Adalbertstr. 96 | Galerie 1.OG | 10999 Berlin Kreuzberg.


About Part I
Those who missed but are interested in Part 1, please select the "add access" option during registration for access to the recordings and readings. Note, however, that participation in Part I is not a requirement for understanding and participating in Part II. 
Topics covered in Part I: 
Session 1 – Who is the analyst?The training of psychoanalysts and the object of psychoanalysis.Session 2 – The Reality PrinciplePsychic reality vs. objective reality and the function of fantasy.Session 3 – Rectification of the Subject’s Reality in AnalysisMoving from the reality of the beautiful soul to reality as an obstacle to enjoyment.Session 4 – The Dialectics of TransferenceExploring the case of Dora and the development of the theory of transference in Freud.Session 5 – Handling the Transference in FreudThe coordinates and practicalities of transference in Freudian psychoanalysis.


The Psychoanalytic Act in Five Acts (Part II): The Direction of Treatment for Lacan

5 Wednesdays - 7-9pm, Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7
Leon S. Brenner


Jacques Lacan, a luminary in the realm of psychoanalysis, has notably shifted the conception of the psychoanalytic act within psychoanalytic thought. Attempting to provide an alternative to the conventional authoritarian and pedagogical trajectory in psychoanalysis, in his seminal paper, "The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power," Lacan sheds light on his triad of the psychoanalytic act, namely its tactics, which concerns interpretations; its strategy of transference; and its politics as it pertains to the analyst's desire. The triad was incorporated in his further teaching and today forms what is known as the Lacanian psychoanalytic orientation.

This seminar is a journey through the intricacies of Lacan's elucidation of the psychoanalytic act, designed in two installments of five meticulous sessions. Each session offers a unique vantage point for dissecting contemporary Lacanian approaches to psychoanalysis. The seminar is an opportunity to delve into Lacan’s theory but also to engage with more “clinical” features in the work of Lacanian analysts today.

In the first installment of our lecture series, we asked “who is the analyst?”, “what is reality?” and “how to handle the transference?”

In our second installment, we will delve into the following topics:

  1. First Session: Transference for Lacan
  2. Second Session: Diagnosis
  3. Third Session: Interpretations
  4. Fourth Session: The Desire of the Analyst
  5. Fifth Session: Supervision - Building a clinical case study

Participants are encouraged to immerse themselves in this rigorous exploration to gain a nuanced understanding of Lacan's revolutionary approach to psychoanalytic praxis. No prior knowledge about Lacan’s teaching is required.


Cauwe, J., & Vanheule, S. (2018). “On beginning the treatment: Lacanian perspectives.” The Psychoanalytic Quarterly87(4), 695-727.

Freud, S. (1905). “Fragments of an analysis of a case of hysteria.” In J. Strachey (Ed. & Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 7, pp. 1-122). Hogarth Press.

Freud, S. (1958). “The dynamics of transference.” In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XII (1911-1913): The Case of Schreber, Papers on Technique and Other Works (pp. 97-108).

Freud, S. (1958). “Observations on transference-love.” In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XII (1911-1913): The Case of Schreber, Papers on Technique and Other Works (pp. 157-171).

Freud, S. (1996). The interpretation of dreams. Gramercy Books.

Kris, E. (1951). “Ego psychology and interpretation in psychoanalytic therapy.” The Psychoanalytic Quarterly20(1), 15-30.

Lacan, J. (1943). “The mirror stage as formative of the function of the I as revealed in psychoanalytic experience.” In Ecrits (2006), pp. 146-178. Norton & Company.

Lacan, J. (1958). “The direction of the treatment and the principles of its power.” In Écrits (2006) pp. 489–542. Norton & Company.

Further Reading:

Brenner, L.S. (2020). The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language. Springer.

Fink, B. (1999). A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique. Harvard University Press.

Fink, B. (2013). Against understanding, volume 2: Cases and commentary in a Lacanian key. Routledge.

Fink, B. (2017). A Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice. Norton & Company.

Vanheule, S. (2011). The Subject of Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective. Springer.