A Hunger Artist: The Desire For Nothing | 03/16/2019


Class size is limited. Registration closes on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

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Valérie R. vonRaffay, Ph.D.

Saturday, March 16, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Course will be held in the LAISPS classroom
12011 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA  90049

This Course is Approved for 2 CE/CME’s

Elizabeth E. Berlese, Ph.D.
Extension Program Chair


This course will provide an experience of what literature can contribute to psychoanalysis.  Literature describes fascinating case studies that uniquely bring to life the complexity of human beings and interpersonal relationships. The unique short story A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka, will be used to illuminate how, when the psyche is dominated by a powerful parental figure, the result can be the experience of being reduced to a “no thing” and lead to the “desire for nothing”.  Concepts of psychic retreat, the refusal of desire and human needs and Lacan’s idea of “desire for nothing” (Zizek, S. (2007) will be emphasized, including how this dynamic relates to anorexia.


This program meets the needs of all mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.


Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between psychoanalysis and literature.
  • Discuss how when the psyche is dominated by a powerful parental figure it can result in the experience of being reduced to a “no thing”.
  • Explain what is meant by “refusal of desire” and human needs, in relationship to Lacan’s idea of “desire for nothing” in the context of anorexia.
  • Give a clinical example of the relationship between “refusal for desire” and the development of anorexia.

For those who are not already members of LAISPS, $5.00 of this registration fee qualifies you as a Community Member of LAISPS for the academic year (September 1 to August 31 of the following year).   Each LAISPS Community Member is entitled to access to the LAISPS library, the right to receive any announcements of LAISPS course offerings, lectures and other events.  Community Members have the right to enroll in educational courses for which they have the requisite qualifications and for which space is available.  Enrollment in certain courses and curricula, especially courses and curricula leading to the award of a degree or certificate, is restricted and only available to members on a competitive basis with enrollment not guaranteed.


Important Disclosure: None of the planners or presenters of this CME/CE program has any relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Accreditation Statement: LAISPS is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical
edu cation for physicians. LAISPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Physicians: LAISPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certificate in Continuing Medical
Psychologists: LAISPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAISPS
maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Board of Behavioral Sciences: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts courses approved by the APA for Continuing Education for LCSW, LMFT, LPCC and LEP licenses.

Please Note:

  • Participants must complete an online evaluation within 2 weeks of completing this CE/CME activity in order to receive credit.
  • According to APA guidelines, CE credit can only be awarded to psychologists for full attendance