Society of the Month
Every month we focus on the history, highlights and activities of an IPA Society. If you would like your society featured, please write to Maria Grazia Vassallo and Cristina Vascocellos
. In April we focus on: Asociación Psicoanalítica de Buenos Aires (APdeBA)
The Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association (APdeBA)
The Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association (APdeBA) was founded in 1977. It is a Component Society of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and it will be celebrating its 40th birthday in November 2017. Due to the distinguished career of its founding members, in 1977, during the XXX International Psychoanalytical Congress in Jerusalem, APdeBA was acknowledged by the IPA as Provisional Society. Two years later it became IPA´s Component Society. APdeBA is also a member of the Latin American Psychoanalytical Federation (FEPAL), as well as of the Forum of Mental Health Care Professional Institutions of Buenos Aires City (``Foro de Instituciones Profesionales de la Salud Mental de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires´´). It is also in close connection with the other institutions, Argentinean and from neighbouring countries, belonging to IPA, as well as with other institutions, psychoanalytical and of related disciplines of our milieu.
APdeBA is proud of having had, among its most distinguished members, the unforgetable Dr. Horacio Etchegoyen who, in addition to having been the first Latin-American President of the IPA, he was one of the founding members of APdeBA and its first president. Dr. Virginia Ungar, President elect of the IPA, is also part of APdeBA´s memebership. She will be assuming IPA´s presidency during the next International Psychoanalytical Congress, that will be held in Buenos Aires on next July. 2017 will be, for these reasons, a hard working year on the scientific field, as well as a moving year for all of us.
In 2006 APdeBA created the Mental Health University Institute (Instituto Universitario de Salud Mental - IUSAM), academic institution recognized at a national level by the ``Comisión Nacional de Evaluación y Acreditación Universitaria (CONEAU) and by the National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The IUSAM teaches since then post- graduate careers, specializations and master degrees, linking psychoanalysis with psychiatry and other mental health as well as cultural disciplines. Our psychoanalytic training is now one of IUSAM´s careers, the Specialization in Psychoanalysis, that follows all the analytical training standards in accordance with IPA criteria. In addition of having been trained in psychoanalysis and becoming members of APdeBA and, therefore, also members of IPA, the graduates receive a university degree and diploma that gets them accredited as psychoanalysts, which is a very new and important academic acknowledgement for them and for our discipline.
Both APdeBA and IUSAM develop their activities in our own facilities, a 1600 m2 building purchased and built through the effort of all the members. It´s deeply moving to remember the old ``galpón´´ (warehouse) where our founding members started to build what nowadays is our beautiful institution. Its contemporary, solid and dynamic structure allows being home of all the scientific, administrative and academic activities of our institution. It includes an auditorium for 300 people , fully equipped classrooms, an extensive library, meeting rooms, administrative offices, and an art space specially set up for exhibitions. Our building is located in Belgrano, one of Buenos Aires´ most emblematic neighborhoods with its green trees charm and its lively social life.
Our Association is composed of 320 members, most of them living in Buenos Aires City and its suburbs, whereas others live in some Argentinean provinces and abroad. About 90 of our colleagues, Argentineans as well as foreigners, mainly from Latin American countries, are being psychoanalytically trained in the Specialization in Psychoanalysis of IUSAM, and they are the future members of APdeBA, thus securing the long term running of our institution.
Our regular activities are many and they reach different areas and interests in the psychoanalytical field: its practice, transmission and its links with culture and the community.
As far as the scientific field, APdeBA is a pluralist institution where many different psychoanalytic schools and orientations live together, which offers very interesting and enriching exchanges of ideas. The scientific activities are multiple and regular, such as theoretical and clinical weekly athenaeums, as well as different activities for a permanent training of our members. In addition to this, the main event of our scientific activity, our yearly Symposium, , is a real party which combines intensive psychoanalytic work with a friendly meeting among colleagues. The different areas and departments in which our members and psychoanalysts -to- be gather according to their theoretical and clinical interests - childhood and adolescence, couple and family, adoption and assisted fertility, different psychoanalytic authors - have their own regular activities; for instance, clinical workshops and meetings to discuss the written production of our members and external guests. Some of these events are broadcast to other institutions and colleagues from abroad by videoconferences. The Scientific Secretary, which is part of APdeBA´s Management Committee centralizes all these activities. It´s through our scientific policy that we are able to build bridges from the south to the rest of the world in order to share and exchange not only different ways of thinking about psychoanalysis but also different ways of applying it nowadays.
There are also many outreach activities: face to face courses for young professionals and students; online courses for people living outside Buenos Aires City and for those living abroad; supervisions for colleagues that work in different hospital services; group activities for different community areas, such as vocational orientation for teenagers, elderly people issues, pregnant women, etc. Conferences devoted to Hospital and Health Care Institutions which gather colleagues working in different assistance institutions are organized to deal with the difficulties of the psychoanalytic thought to get into these areas. The Community-Psychoanalysis Secretary, also part of APdeBA´s Management Committee, centralizes all these activities.
The Scientific-Community and Psychoanalysis Secretaries join to organize interdisciplinary activities inviting psychoanalysts and distinguished guests from the cultural area and other disciplines to deal with different issues relevant for our contemporary society (gender violence, homoparenthood and equal marriage, psychiatric assistance, etc.).
Our institution has an assistance center, the David Liberman Center, founded in 1988, that offers to the community low cost consultation and psychoanalytic treatments delivered by some of our members and our psychoanalysts -to- be. Some of these treatments allow the psychoanalysts -to- be to undertake their training supervisions.
The cultural activities organized by our Association are also important: movies cycles, photography and painting exhibitions, drama and literature workshops. APdeBA also has a chamber choir that has been working since 2007 and usually goes to different events on behalf of the institution.
APdeBA´s publications have also to be highlighted. On one hand, the main printed publication is the ``Psicoanálisis´´ magazine, published since the institution was founded . It brings out three thematic issues per year and, according to our Association pluralist point of view, this magazine aims at spreading the ideas and the scientific activities developed there. It also hosts ideas coming from other authors dealing with psychoanalytic, socio cultural issues as well as clinical, psychopathology, and meta psychopathology issues. Besides that, ``Controversias en el análisis de niños y adolescentes´´ is a free access biannual online magazine created about 10 years ago which deals, as its name states, with child and adolescence psychoanalysis. And last but not least, the annual ``Devenir´´ magazine is edited by the faculty of members- to- be. It includes writing pieces from the members- to- be themselves, from guest writers and distinguished colleagues’ reports.
APdeBA´s library is open not only for the members of our institution, but it also offers free access to everyone. It has a very important collection of books, magazines and other printed publications which can be read in a wide, quiet, well lit room where well equipped technology can also be found to check different bibliographical data bases , digitalized publications and internet search tools.
As previously mentioned, APdeBA is about to celebrate its 40th birthday: this is a very important and auspicious event for all its members. We hope that this presentation shall grant at least a brief and surely incomplete overall description of APdeBA´s history and present activities.