Brunch Series - Forgetting Repression: Lacan and Parapraxis in Contemporary Clinical Practice

  • 08 Mar 2015
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Philadelphia
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  • Brunches are free for all active PSPP Members.

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Forgetting Repression: Lacan and Parapraxis in Contemporary Clinical Practice

  • Robin M. Ward, Psy.D.
  • Sunday, March 8, 2015
  • Location: Merion Station, PA
From its inception, psychoanalysis has been a verbal practice, a therapy through the medium of language, Freud’s talking cure. This was made abundantly clear in Freud’s early work on parapraxes. However, focus has shifted a great deal in more recent years towards the non-verbal elements of psychoanalytic work, many even proposing that the non-verbal communication is the fundamental ingredient. An unfortunate consequence of this shift is a decreased focus on the of the core insights Freud proposed in his early work. These insights, of the human subject as a divided subject and of language as a means of unconscious work, are maintained and developed in contemporary Lacanian practice. My talk will provide an overview of the history of attention to unintended speech acts in psychoanalytic work as well as a consideration of the place of this attention in contemporary clinical discourse.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Summarize the history of attention to parapraxes in psychoanalytic treatment as well as empirical research on the topic.

2. Explain the metapsychological model proposed by Lacan that places special importance on bungled speech acts as well as similarities and differences from other contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives.

Robin M. Ward, Psy.D. is a psychologist in private practice with offices in Philadelphia and Media. He is adjunct faculty at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University where he teaches various courses on psychoanalytic topics, is an active member of a local Lacanian clinically oriented study group, and is a Past President of PSPP. He has previously presented and published on contemporary applications of Lacanian psychoanalytic principles.


Merion Station, PA

Exact Location will be
e-mailed to registrants.

PSPP Brunch Series Registration

Seating is limited and reservations will take place on a first come, first served basis. 

Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend so that your space becomes available to another participant. To cancel a reservation, please contact Emily Loscalzo, PsyD at or 215-479-3555.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members.

Brunch Times and Locations

All Brunches will be held as follows:

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM  Brunch

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM   Presentation                       and                                 Discussion


Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered.


PSPP Members:        Free
Non-Members:         $40 per brunch

Registration fees cover attendance at the workshop, 2 CE’s, and brunch.  Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. For paying non-members, refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.

Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 2 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.  

SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.

Responsibility for Program Content

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.

If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content, or other complaints, please contact Valerie R. Wilson, Ph.D. at 267-634-1719 or e-mail There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.

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