The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan with Conor McCormack

WPF Therapy
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1.5 hours
25 GBP
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The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan with Conor McCormack

Course description

The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan with Conor McCormack

This lecture will not be recorded due to the confidentiality of the clinical material.

The Unconscious is the fundamental and foundational concept of psychoanalysis – but how are we to listen out for it today? Does it have meaning or utility for talking therapists beyond the imprecise metaphors often employed to describe it? This talk charts the genesis of the concept of the unconscious from Freud to Lacan – a theoretical leap that illuminates much of 20th century thought.

How does the therapist/analyst negotiate the difficult melding of theory and practice that is the reality of the clinic? What conceptual tools can help us to listen out for what is singular in a client’s speech while resisting the defensive compulsion to impose our own understanding onto what is said?

The talk will be an introduction to theory often viewed as ‘notoriously difficult’. No doubt there is some truth in this characterisation – however, it does not have to be like that. Lacanian structural diagnostics and the famous theory of the ‘unconscious structured like a language’ are ideas that can be made clear and accessible, and be of tremendous value to anyone with an interest in talking therapies.

The talk will make use of examples drawn from the speaker’s clinical practice, showing how classical psychoanalysis plays out in the present day.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential

Training Course Content

What can you expect at the end of the event:

  • An overview of Freud’s development of the concept of the Unconscious – with useful clinical examples from contemporary clinic.
  • A summary of the ‘linguistic turn’ – a look at how structural linguistics revolutionised continental philosophy and psychoanalytic metapsychology
  • An introduction to the Lacanian Unconscious – paying attention to the glitches and discontinuities in speech – with contemporary clinical examples.
  • Neurosis and Psychosis – a useful overview of the differential clinic.

This will be a talk that charts the development of the unconscious from Freud’s thought at the beginning of the 20th century through to Lacan’s ‘high structuralist’ phase of the 1950s, asking how can we use these startling intellectual innovations today. The speaker will use PowerPoint presentation, examples from clinical practice and create time and space for discussion and comment.

Course delivery details

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.


  • General Admission: £25

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WPF Therapy provides therapy services for more than 400 clients every week at our modern premises near London Bridge. We also provide training and professional courses in counselling and psychotherapy for over 1,000 people every year. We are a charity...

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Conor McCormack is one one the best speakers I would love to listen to again.
Conor McCormack offers important insight into the history of Psychotherapy's understanding of the Unconscious and shines a helpful light on the dynamic movement between theory and practice.
Conor McCormack makes difficult material accessible and able to be related to clinical experience.
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