2011 PSPP Annual Fall Program | The Relevance of Lacanian Theory & Technique to Clinical Work Today with Bruce Fink, Ph.D.

  • 13 Nov 2011
  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Margaret Kuo's Restaurant in Wayne

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The Relevance of Lacanian Theory and Technique to Clinical Work Today

Bruce Fink, Ph.D.


Program Description

Clinical work based on Lacanian principles is rarely compared in the psychoanalytic literature with that based on other principles. The presenter will attempt to highlight a few important theoretical differences regarding understanding, meaning, language, desire, affect, and time between a Lacanian approach and certain others that lead to differences in focus and technique, related, for example, to interpretation, punctuation, and scansion. Lacanian techniques will be illustrated with brief clinical vignettes.

Learning Objectives

After attending this intermediate level program in full, participants will be able to:

1.  Describe a Lacanian approach to listening, involving “free-floating” instead of “me-centered” attention

2.  Articulate through clinical examples, what it means to follow and punctuate a patient’s speech “to the letter”

3.  Identify and articulate the specific goals of Lacanian interpretation 


Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst, analytic supervisor, and Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause Freudienne in Paris, and is also an affiliated member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

He is the author of four books on Lacan, a translator of Lacan's work into English (including Seminar XX: Encore, and Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English), and has written a novel whose main character is loosely based on Lacan: The Psychoanalytic Adventures of Inspector Canal (London: Karnac, 2010).

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that a clinical case presentation (as part of Dr. Fink’s program) will be given by:


Dr. Katherine Restuccia, who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Widener University in 1998.  She has worked as the associate director of college counseling at Moravian College and has taught as adjunct faculty at Lehigh University.  Currently, she maintains a full time general private practice in Bethlehem, PA where she has a strong interest in working with the full spectrum of eating disorders and body image issues as well as providing clinical supervision. 

The recipient of the 2011 PSPP Award for Achievement will be presented to:


Dr. Deborah Anna Luepnitz, who has been on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for over 20 years.  She is the author of 3 books, including CHILD CUSTODY (1982) and THE FAMILY INTERPRETED: PSYCHOANALYSIS, FEMINISM, AND FAMILY THERAPY (1988), which is still taught in family therapy courses in many countries.  Her most recent book, SCHOPENHAUER'S PORCUPINES, has been translated into 6 languages. Dr. Luepnitz is also a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan.  For many years, she has worked to foster a dialogue between Anglo-American and French psychoanalysis, and her article "Thinking in the Space Between Winnicott and Lacan" was published as the lead article in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in 2009.  In 2005, Dr. Luepnitz launched I.F.A. (Insight For All), a project that connects analysts willing to work pro bono with homeless women, men and families now living at Philadelphia’s Project H.O.M.E.  Her books to date have raised over $100,000 for Project H.O.M.E.  Dr. Luepnitz maintains a private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Philadelphia.


Time and Place

Sunday, November 13, 2001

1:00 – 6:00

Margaret Kuo’s Restaurant

Wisteria Room

175 E. Lancaster Ave.

Wayne, PA  19087

Registration Fees and Policies

Registration online or postmarked before November 10, 2011 (thereafter, a $10 late fee will be added)

PSPP members $65

Non-members $75

Early career professionals* $35

Retired members $25

Graduate students (free of charge)

*Early career professionals are those within three years

of receiving their professional degree.

Fees are listed per person.  Refunds in full, less a $10

administrative fee, will be made with written request

up to 24 hours before the program. Division 39 and

PSPP are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination

in their continuing education activities.

Online registration is available at the PSPP website

http://www.pspp.org/ through November 10, 2011. 

Following this date, participants can register for the program at the door.


Registration 12:30 – 1:00

PSPP Annual Business Report and presentation of the PSPP Achievement Award to Deborah Luepnitz, Ph.D.  1:00 – 1:45

Program introduction 1:45 – 2:00

Listening in the imaginary register vs. the symbolic register 2:00 - 3:15

Break 3:15 - 3:30

Case presentation  3:30 - 4:00

Lacanian case formulation and discussion 4:00 - 5:00

Our day will conclude with a cocktail hour featuring wonderful Chinese cuisine from Margaret Kuo’s award-winning chefs.


This program is intended for mental health professionals

with an intermediate level of knowledge and experience. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a predominately psychoanalytic mode.

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to conducting

all activities in strict conformity with the American

Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists.

If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this 

presentation, of if you have concerns about such issues as 

handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program 

content or other complaints, please contact Dr. Patricia Rice at 

(267) 259-6816 or email ricepg@gmail.com. Participants with

special needs will be  accommodated if possible. For any

questions or other concerns regarding access, confidentiality, 

privacy or other issues, please contact Jay Moses, Ph.D. at (267) 254-0791 or email mjaymoses@gmail.com.  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.

Continuing Education

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program is offered for 3 continuing education

credits (3.0 CE). 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. Psychologists

will have their participation registered through

Division 39. Division 39 is approved by the American

Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education

for Psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for the 

program and its content.


Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive continuing education from continuing education providers approved by the APA.  Since PSPP is approved by APA to sponsor continuing education, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirement by attending PPA continuing education programs.

Location and Parking

Margaret Kuo’s Wayne is located at 175 E. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne, PA.  

Plenty of street parking and a municipal parking lot are readily accessible.

Parking meters are free on Sundays.

The R5 train makes a stop in Wayne, within easy walking distance from the restaurant.

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