Latin American Representatives (2017-2019):
Abel Mario Fainstein
It is a great honor to have been nominated by my society, the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, to be a candidate for the IPA Board for Latin America for the 2017-2019 term. The task of supporting, developing and expanding psychoanalysis from the association created by Freud, is a stimulating challenge in the midst of the relevant cultural, scientific, and technological transformations that are currently taking place.
I am enthusiastic about taking advantage of the much needed and valuable experience that I have gained over the last two years as a member of the Board to continue:
- Encouraging and supporting all initiatives aimed at reinforcing scientific developments, research and publications in the IPA and its component societies, and exchange among the membership.
- Strengthening relationships among the regional associations and the IPA, with particular emphasis on the Latin American Psychoanalytic Federation.
- Supporting the ongoing discussion about current and possible new models of psychoanalytic training as programs of excellence, maintaining focus on the specificity of psychoanalysis, its clinical practice, and its singularities in different cultures.
- Supporting the development of different models of Working Parties as a new and reliable method of psychoanalytic training and evaluation, and the work of the new WP Task Force chaired by Ruggiero Levy.
- Promoting the development of new psychoanalytic groups in Latin America, particularly that of San Luis, Argentina, and ILAP (Latin American Institute of Psychoanalysis) activities.
- Stimulating member and candidate participation in all IPA activities.
- Fostering exchange between psychoanalysis, particularly in mental health field, as well as with other disciplines, such as medicine, psychology, education, the arts, film and culture in general, for the purpose of promoting ongoing training of excellence.
- Emphasizing the importance of IPA member presence and participation in:
- Undergraduate programs, where first transferences with psychoanalysis are established, to stimulate new generations participation in the IPA.
- Masters and Ph.D. programs, developed by societies and/or societies in conjunction with universities, for training in research methods and for offering official academic accreditation in psychoanalysis.
- Stimulating the development of scientific debates and training methods in child and adolescent psychoanalysis, emphasizing its therapeutic and preventative role in areas of health and education.
- Supporting the work of the Institutional Issues Task Force to improve the functioning of the IPA and its component organizations.
- Supporting the IPA´s leadership role as a democratic organization committed to scientific and ethical standards of excellence through close collaboration with the Ex Com, and active participation in Board discussions.
In the same way as I did with Stefano Bolognini and Alexandra Billinghurst, I look forward to collaborating closely with Virginia Ungar and Sergio Nick, future IPA President and Vice President respectively, who are also dear friends and colleagues from our region, and to give my support for the July 2017 IPA International Congress to be held in Buenos Aires.
List of positions:
Abel Mario Fainstein: IPA: Board Member ( 2015-2017) and of the House of Delegates; Latin American Co-chair of CAPSA, Latin American Co-chair of the Chicago IPA Congress PC 2009; Chair of the Rio de Janeiro IPA Congress PC 2005; Member of the Research Committee and the Institutional Issues Task Force. FEPAL: President 2012-2014. APA: President 2000-2002, 2002-2004; Director of the Clinical and Research Center Enrique Racker; Board Member of the the University Committee and of the “Revista de Psicoanálisis”.
I have actively participated in the psychoanalytic institution since my days as a candidate, when I joined the Board of OCAL (the Latin American Candidates’ Organization), and the Institute’s Curriculum Commission.
My first experience as a Board Member of the Peruvian Psychoanalytic Society (SPP) was as Treasurer, in 2000. We achieved settlement of the debt accumulated with the taxation office. We reformulated the fee system with measures taken to remedy members’ outstanding payments.
I was subsequently elected Director of the Institute in 2004. During my time in management the Institute Rules were further refined. Likewise, we achieved an agreement with the PUCP (the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru) officially including the Institute’s studies as part of a Masters Degree in Psychoanalytic Theoretical Studies.
Between 2006 and 2010 I held the post of Scientific Secretary. We promoted the connection between psychoanalysis and the social environment, beginning the Open Conferences on Fridays, the Annual Psychoanalysis and Film Exhibition and the Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. In addition, we resumed editorial production. Internally, we added to the activities of the post of Secretary, the Difficult Cases Meeting, Full Member’s Papers Revisited functions and the Sigmund Freud Prize.
I was elected President during the period 2012-2014. We carried out major reforms to the Regulations, redefining access to Training Analyst status, eliminating the categories of full and associate member. Additionally, we modified the requirements for supervision cases and the procedure for admission of candidates was clarified. Albeit with some difficulty, I endeavoured to broaden the horizons of the SPP, both within the country as well as in the frequency of admissions to the Institute.
At international level, in 2013 I was invited to act as Latin American Representative to the IPA Prejudice Committee. The outcome of our work was acknowledged in the book Hostile and Malignant Prejudice. I am currently part of the Committee on Mental Health and Psychoanalysis.
Furthermore, I participated in the making of the film, “Crónicas del Psicoanálisis Peruano” (“Chronicles of Peruvian Psychoanalysis”), which premiered at FEPAL in 2012. This traced the beginnings of the SPP narrated by its protagonists.
Over the years, I have presented papers at national and international congresses, and written chapters in books and articles on various psychoanalytic themes. I am currently a PhD candidate in Psychoanalysis at the PUCP, writing a thesis on Matte Blanco.
If elected by you, I will further the consideration of the common elements in Latin American psychoanalysis, by investigating local theoretical trends, common perspectives on technique and exploring the question of our identity in comparison to other psychoanalytic regions.
Similarly, I am keen to foster the production of audiovisual material for teaching and dissemination, given its immense utility in gaining understanding of psychoanalysis.
In addition, I would like to bring a proposal for substantial change in the volume of participation via digital communication within the IPA, via live streaming, for example; in congresses, courses, workshops and conferences.
This election for IPA Board Representatives is especially significant for Latin America, since the Presidency will also rest with our region.
Consistent with my institutional vocation, and confident that I will appropriately represent our region in the IPA, I ask for your vote.
List of positions:
Jorge Kantor: Training Analyst. PhD Candidate, Studies in Psychoanalysis, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) (2016). Master of Education, Havard University (HGSE) (1985). Degree in Psychology with Clinical Studies (1983), and Bachelor of Humanities (1981) (PUCP). Peruvian Psychoanalytic Society (SPP): President, 2012-2014. Scientific Secretary, 2006-2010. Institute Director 2004-2006. Treasurer, 2000-2002. IPA: Member: Psychoanalysis and the Mental Health Field Committee, 2015-2017. Prejudice Committee (including anti-Semitism), 2013-2015. Nominating Committee - Latin American Region, 2015. Liaison: COWAP-SPP, 2000-2006.
Psychoanalysis has sparked great interest and shown marked growth in Latin America. However, it is striking that the IPA is still little known and is considered distant in our region. That distance has lessened over recent years and I think that this is owing to the exhaustive and creative work of our Latin American representatives, an endeavour which is well worth continuing, with the support, what is more, of a constant blending of former representatives with the new. In this respect, it is important for the Latin American Representative to be able to continue to build upon the work begun during the previous administration.
I believe that we are experiencing a time of growth and revitalization of our psychoanalytic institutions, both in regard to the Brazilian Federation (Federación Brasilera, FEBRAPSI) and the Latin American Federation (Federación Latinoamericana, FEPAL). This being the case, in my experience as FEPAL Scientific Coordinator, I was part of the movement, well underway over recent years, towards the integration of the regional institutions of psychoanalysis (European, North American and Latin American) with the IPA. I align myself completely with the notion of integration and strengthening of the psychoanalytic institutions and believe that this is one of the ways in which we can shore up our institutions, reach out to psychoanalysts and give prestige to psychoanalysis.
In addition to integration between regions, it is also vital that the Brazilian Representative, together with the Board, be integrated within FEBRAPSI, FEPAL and Latin American Societies, via the Latin American and Brazilian Administrative Boards, as well as within the candidate associations of our region.
I continue to believe in the strengthening of the presence of Latin American psychoanalysis on the international stage, both in the active participation of the Latin American Representatives in the administration of the IPA Board, as well as – perhaps most importantly – in the participation of Latin American psychoanalysts in the various committees, in congresses and in publications. In my experience as an IPA Representative I was able to visit some of the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Societies, in which I act as liaison with the IPA, in addition to several Latin American Societies, and can attest to the quality of the scientific papers produced in Latin America, in which I observed a particular way of articulating psychoanalytic concepts, different proposals for psychoanalytic training, as well as approaches to clinical practice.
It is important to emphasize that, for the third time, the IPA administration will be carried out by Latin American colleagues, and it is essential that this is a joint endeavour between us.
Therefore, to the IPA Board I intend to continue to bring the experiences of Latin America, with its unique characteristics both in scientific as well as in administrative terms, my experiences in the administration of institutions and in the training of analysts, scientific production and social insertion programmes for psychoanalysis, as indeed its relationship with culture, as well as making the case for, and presenting the requests of, our region.
It is with this proposal that I present my candidacy to continue to strive for our interests as Latin American Representative to the Board of the IPA.
List of positions:
Sergio Lewkowicz: International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA): Programme Committee of the 43rd Congress in New Orleans (2004), plenary session discussant of the Keynote Papers of the New Orleans Congress (2004), Publications Committee (2001-2009), Website task force (2012-2014). Board of Representatives (2014-2016). Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society (SPPA): training and supervising psychoanalyst, president, chair of the Institute, scientific director and publications director. Latin American Federation of Psychoanalysis (FEPAL): Treasurer (1998-2000), Scientific Director (2012-2014). International Journal of Psychoanalysis (IJPA): Latin American Deputy Editor (2010-2013).
Dr. Alvaro Nin
We are addressing the Latin American membership of the IPA in order to present ourselves for re-election as Members of the Board for the upcoming period 2017-2019.
We shall set out the broad political and institutional outlines that will guide us in our representation on the IPA Board. In the first instance, the idea is to strengthen our institutional framework, which will help us significantly in achieving continuous training in our work as psychoanalysts. The process of acquiring our analytic identity is slow, fragile and subject to multiple pitfalls and resistances, both internal and external. In this respect, our psychoanalytic societies can and should work together.
The experience of exchange and plural debate of opinions between us is of vital importance; both at congresses at national and regional level (FEPAL) as well as internationally. To that effect, we should support this new modality that has been structured around the working parties, providing fruitful participation to our membership.
The experience of what the other may bring to us, from the perspective of diversity, fertilizes and fosters personal and group creativity. Similarly, the experience of presenting one’s views and being considered by another analyst, who furthermore may be from another country, is metaphorically evocative of that which is said from a place which is the symbolic correlate of the unconscious.
From another perspective, taking on the plural dimensions of our contemporary psychoanalysis, we will insist upon the different modes of reading, listening and interpretation which constitute Latin American psychoanalysis, with its own unique traits and features.
The Uruguayan model of analyst training, in this respect makes an interesting contribution. We shall only take one point to underscore its rich history in referring to the formation of working and discussion groups for all the roles and problems, granting members the opportunity to explore the questions that interest them in more depth in a group (not mass) setting, which lean towards more personal definitions. Thus we would say that the group and the mass (assemblies) are two distinct and complementary instruments that are not mutually exclusive.
Lines of action:
- Promotion of all forms of national, regional, interregional and international scientific and didactic exchange.
- Promotion of international publications with translation into the main IPA languages and other languages where psychoanalysis is expanding.
- Promotion of new IPA groups in the different regions.
- Forefront the use of new technologies enabling us to connect with live debates during congresses and scientific conferences. Along the same lines, continue with the work already done on the e-Journal and the IJP in Spanish online.
- Forefront our work in the Training Institutes, with particular rigour in the aspects of analytic specificity, while respecting the ethical standards that define us.
- Creatively continue our outreach towards the social-cultural environment in its most diverse expressions, in the areas of both culture and health, with the creation of professional networks with the universities.
- Review and continue to consider lines of investigation that the IPA is developing in a plural way.
- The reasonable and efficient use of our human and economic resources.
List of positions:
1996-1998 APU Publications Editor; 1998 – 2000 APU Science Editor; 2000 – 2002 Member of FEPAL Science Committee. Co-coordinator, 2002 FEPAL Montevideo Congress; 2002-2004 Member of FEPAL Executive Committee. Central Office Director; 2004 Scientific Co-coordinator, FEPAL Guadalajara Congress; 2006-2008 APU President; 2012-2016 Associate Director of Admissions and Training, Instituto Latinoamericano de Psicoanálisis (FEPAL- API); 2013 Member of the IPA Psychoanalysis and Law Committee; 2015-2017 Latin American Representative to the IPA Board; 2015-2017 Latin American Representative on the IPA Budget and Finance Committee; 2016 Associate Director of ILAP.
Lic. Silvia Resnizky
I feel honoured to have been nominated as a candidate for the position of Latin American Representative of the IPA Board for the next election. I am well aware of the magnitude of this task, which has my full commitment and enthusiasm. I wish to set out certain central issues that I would like to address:
- Support the incoming administration in strengthening the current spirit of democracy. I consider this not only a necessary condition for effective administration but also a way of fostering a spirit of solidarity. This will deepen and broaden the theoretical and clinical exchange of ideas among the three regions.
- Promote the interests of the Latin American region by supporting the Latin American Psychoanalytical Federation (FEPAL), and ensure the fair representation of the region in the decision-making process and in the participation in different IPA committees.
- Contribute to the setting up of new psychoanalytical groups in Latin America and provide support to those already in existence.
- Continue to support the personalized assistance to institutions that request help for example in emergency situations, which could be social, economic or political, institutional crises etc. I witnessed the positive results of these interventions when I was a member of the Outreach Committee from 2009 to 2013.
- Increase the participation in Universities to have a greater presence in degree and postgraduate courses given that having an academic qualification has become increasingly important. My work as a teacher and co-director of the Masters course in Couples and Family Therapy at the University Mental Health Institute of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association has enabled me to gain a greater insight into the relationship between Psychoanalysis and the University as an institution.
- Continue promoting congresses that allow space to debate the challenges which arise in current clinical practice in small discussion groups. These SDGs provide the opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the ways in which the conflicts of contemporary subjectivity are expressed.
- Promote the translation of scientific papers so that analysts have access to clinical work and theoretical ideas of colleagues from different regions. This will foster interaction and will promote the dissemination and development of psychoanalytical ideas.
- Support the development, training and research into the psychoanalysis of children and adolescents, together with the psychoanalytic study of families and couples. The family is one of the institutions which has changed greatly over the past hundred years. We need to acquire the tools to deal with the challenges that arise from the new ways in which family and couple bonds are constructed in the twenty-first century.
- Continue promoting the integration of analysts-in-training in the different IPA committees in order to enhance their active participation during training. Given my experience in the IPA/IPSO Relation Committee, I am fully aware that this active participation strengthens the sense of belonging and the transference to the IPA community. Analysts-in-training are our present, our future, and a valued resource for outreach.
List of positions:
Resnizky Silvia: IPA/IPSO Relation Committee 2009-date. Administrative Affairs Committee 2013-2015. Outreach Committee 2009-2013.Liaison between IPA/IPSO Relation Committee and IPA Outreach Committee 2009-2013. Liaison between Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association and COWAP 2005-2007. IPSO Executive Committee as Editor of IPSO Journal 1991-1993. President of 11th IPSO Congress Buenos Aires 1991. Positions in Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association: Outreach Secretary 2013. Vice President 2007-2008. Board Secretary 2003-2004. Member of the Publishing Committee 2000-2003.
Having been general secretary of Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of São Paulo (SBPSP) and president of the Brazilian Federation of Psychoanalysis (FEBRAPSI), after a carrier in many other positions in these institutions, I had the opportunity to meet many colleagues, to participate in numerous scientific and administrative meetings, to make several friendships and productive contacts. I was able to learn about the scientific production of my region as well as the wishes, the difficulties, the conflicts and the distress related to psychoanalytic profession in our environment. I had the opportunity to observe the peculiarities, the best virtues and defects of our organizations. Such experience resulted in expansion of my vision regarding the institutional work and changed even my clinical practice. I interacted with Fepal and the IPA in the exercise of these positions and participated in committees in both organizations. I realized the value and complexity of international coordination and its importance for the development and enrichment of psychoanalysis. I was enriched by cultural diversity, by the multiplicity of views and the varied and important scientific production. I am currently serving as a Latin American representative on the Board of Representatives and I have learned a lot about the complex operation of IPA. I have used what I learned in the exercise of my previous and current positions, to give my contributions and to represent my region in the best possible way.
In addition to the work in internal activities of the Board, I consider necessary that the representatives lead to the members of their region all significant information about the decisions and issues presented and assist in implementation and local discussion of them. For this purpose my political institutional path that has earned many contacts and friendships is being useful.
I understand that the representatives must have information about the problems and needs of the local societies and groups. They should function as interlocutors bridging the directors of the societies and the direction of the IPA through the Board. IPA is at the same time a society of members and a federation of societies and study groups, both aspects should be considered in their work.
From my point of view, the most important capacity that a representative should have is to really represent its region, leaving behind the personal desires and individual political positions. Nevertheless, it is necessary for me to present briefly my tendencies in this field. I am fundamentally democratic and I trust that the diversity is enriching. I believe that the biggest treasure of IPA is the diversity of points of view, theories, scientific postures and ways of doing the clinic. I see it as an orchestra, being impossible to state which of the instruments is most important. For this reason, all administrative effort should be towards promoting, being supportive, and stimulating each member to develop its activities in accordance to its abilities, skills and peculiarities. I also believe that the psychoanalytic movement has a duty to actively participate in the development of humanity, disseminating their findings, offering their services and collaborating on everything possible.
List of positions:
Claudio Rossi: Latin America Representative in the IPA Board of Representatives. Treasurer, Administrative Director and Secretary-General of SBPSP. Treasurer, Scientific Director, Secretary and President of the ABP/FEBRAPSI. Treasurer, Secretary and President of the Association of Candidates of the Institute of Psychoanalysis of SBPSP. Member of the Board of Auditors and Delegate of FEPAL. Member of the Working Group on Professional Practice of IPA (Chair: Robert Pyles). Chair of the Committee for Cultural Support of the IPA Congress in Rio de Janeiro.
My candidacy for membership of the IPA Board is related to my desire to provide the perspective of a small association but one with a rich tradition, such as that of the Chilean Psychoanalytic Association (APCh). I am a full member, teacher and supervisor within my association; I am nevertheless a young member. In my years as a psychoanalyst it has fallen to me to hold various positions internally and I believe that this has given me an important perspective on the requirements of societies and local modalities of functioning. I founded the social phenomena studies committee, learning from the immense contribution psychoanalysis can make to the society in which we are immersed. I have been able to learn about social and group dynamics in the widest sense.
I carry out my professional practice in my personal office, but I continue to work at university level, taking an interest in disseminating psychoanalytic practice in this area. Within my society I have taken an interest in the link between psychoanalysis and literature, holding meetings and outreach activities on these themes. The themes of social contingency have also formed part of the professional development I have been involved in, and as such I have published articles in psychoanalytic and political science journals on a national and international level. I recently published a book on the Chilean process of transition from dictatorship to democracy through the lens of psychoanalysis. Art is another area that I think can bring another perspective to psychoanalysis, for which reason I have taught extension courses, and recently one of my articles, on a painting by Diego Velasquez, was published in the Madrid Psychoanalytic Journal.
Psychoanalysis is a theory, a practice and a model of the mind that creates passion and enables significant growth; my interest is to collaborate actively to encourage this growth, by fostering discussion and mutual contribution, which is so vital.
List of positions:
Santander. Pablo: APCh: Vice President, 2014-2016. Secretary, 2012-2014. Scientific Committee, 2010-2012. Founder of the Social Phenomena Studies Committee, 2013. Chilean Institute of Psychoanalysis: Teacher, Coordinator, Selection Committee, 2016-2018. Supervisor. Board Secretary, 2014-2016. Currently Member of the Institute Board. FEPAL: ‘Psychoanalysis for Peace’ Committee. 2010-2012.