Recent institutional events have taught that, in addtion to ethical issues, there are important legal quesitons that arise for psychoanalysts in many situations (both professionally and within Societies). These issues arise not only in relationships with patients, but also in organizational activities and in consultations provided outside the usual frame of psychoanalytic treatment. These legal issues present both opportunities and risks in relation to the work of psychoanalysts.
In its first year of operation, the Psychoanalysis & Law Committee will:
This Committee has been formed by the IPA Board of Representatives on the understanding that the members of the Committee will carry out their work at no cost to the IPA, and that no budget is available to them and no expenses will be reimbursed. They will have access to the web and email support services offered by Broomhills.
The members of the Committee will be appointed in the usual way, by the President of the IPA and with the consent of the Board of Representatives.
By mid-December each year, the Committee will send to the Board of Representatives, for their approval, an annual report on the Committee's achievements in that year and their plans for the following year. Approval of the Board of Representatives must be given before work can commence.
Given its intention to work at Congresses, the attention of the Committee is specifically drawn to the IPA's Policy on Conferences.
The overall aims of the Committee are:
Stategies and Methodology
The Committee will consist of a Chair and two Members from each region (seven people in all), along with as many Consultants as seem desirable (although appropriate attention should be paid to achieving a reasonable balance between the regions).
Approved by the Board January 2014