N.37 - Research and clinical application of group therapy within mental health services

Inscription into the community. A footnote on a Lacanian approach to the group treatment of psychosis

Abstract

Situating psychoanalysis as the foundation of the therapeutic community and as a spiritual exercise, the author argues that contemporary approaches articulate a form of akēdia – a desire to be elsewhere – both in its focus on expectation and its misunderstanding of the nature ‘place’. This amounts to an avoidance of being-with the subject of psychosis. This leads to a discussion of the formation necessary for therapeutic community practitioners which is in opposition to the notion of training. Such a formation amounts to an inscription into the discourse of the therapeutic community with specific reference to the Law (Oedipus).

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