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Plato for Clinicians: Knowing Thyself and Proto-Psychoanalysis is a Course

Plato for Clinicians: Knowing Thyself and Proto-Psychoanalysis

Started Jul 30, 2021

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Full course description

Friday, July 30th, 2021 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm ET -- Fully Online Workshop

Eligible for 3 CEs for LMHCs and Psychologists.


Plato has often been described as the father of western thought. But if this is true, he is certainly an oedipal father, one whose progeny remain ambivalent toward him, whose influence is both feared and revered. Because of this, some of his most prescient insights—particularly his reflections on the nature of the human psyche and the import of sexuality on the development of psychological life—have been largely overlooked. And yet, there is no denying the influence the Dialogues have had on psychoanalytic theory (think, for instance, of Freud’s return to the Symposium at the end of Beyond the Pleasure Principle or Lacan’s assertion in Seminar VIII that the psychoanalyst finds a historical antecedent in the character of Socrates).

In this Psychological Humanities and Ethics workshop, Manoussakis and Clemente will introduce clinicians to the ideas of one of history’s earliest and most formative psychologists. Reading Plato neither as a metaphysician nor a moral/political philosopher but as a proto-psychoanalyst, a doctor of the human soul, they will attempt to establish a new method of reading the Dialogues, one which is open to specialists and non-specialists alike, and which helps to shine a light on the most hidden and obscured aspects of the human psyche—the soul beneath the mask of construct and social life.  

Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this presentation the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe Plato’s understanding of erotic life, its philosophical underpinnings, and how it shapes the psychological aspects of the human experience
  2. Identify connections between Ancient psychological reflections on the human psyche, with developments in the psychotherapeutic practice of Freud, Lacan, and others 
  3. Compare and contrast the ancient literature and modern therapies that frame our understanding of sexuality and psychological life

Timeline and Requirements:

This workshop will take place on Friday, July 30th, 2021.  This workshop is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom. 

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content." Participants will be eligible to receive 3 CEs units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 3 CEs unit. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

Participants must attend the workshop in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

This workshop does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes July 29th at 5pm. Refunds will be granted only up until registration closes at 5pm on July 29th. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website


John Manoussakis

John P. Manoussakis, Ph.D.

John Panteleimon Manoussakis is an associate professor of philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, and chief co-editor of the Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion. His publications focus on philosophy of religion, phenomenology, Plato and the Neo-Platonic tradition, Patristics, and psychoanalysis. He is the editor of six volumes and he has published over thirty articles in English, Greek, Italian, French, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Ukrainian.


Matt Clemente

Matthew Clemente, Ph.D.

Matthew Clemente is a lecturer in the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College specializing in existentialism, philosophy of religion, and contemporary Continental thought. He is the author of Eros Crucified: Death, Desire, and the Divine in Psychoanalysis and Philosophy of Religion (Routledge, 2019) and the coeditor of The Art of Anatheism (with eds. Richard Kearney and Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), misReading Nietzsche (with Bryan Cocchiara and Wipf and Stock, 2018), Richard Kearney’s Anatheistic Wager: Philosophy, Theology, Poetics (with C.H. Doude van Troostwijk and Indiana University Press, 2018), misReading Plato (with Bryan Cocchiara and William Hendel, forthcoming, 2021), and The Routledge International Handbook of Psychoanalysis, Technology, and Subjectivity (with David M. Goodman and Routledge, expected publication in 2022). He also serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Continental Philosophy and Religion (Brill).