International New Groups  

After the conclusion of the excellent work of Maria Teresa Savio Hooke and her colleagues, we would like to welcome you to the International New Groups ( ING ) site.  Our aim is to inform IPA colleagues about ING work and to share with you our experiences of working in new areas, new countries and with new cultures. We would also like to introduce you to our ING community which includes IPA colleagues working as Sponsors, Liaison and Site Committees, new Study Groups and Provisional Societies in Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia (ING Committees), and more than 450 candidates in training. The task of the Sponsoring, Liaison and Site Visit Committees is to guide, support and facilitate the development of psychoanalysis in new areas.
The work of the ING is an important aspect of the IPA activities, we hope that a better awareness of the expansion and development of psychoanalysis in new areas could be a stimulus for reflection on contemporary psychoanalysis, on its challenges and difficulties but also on the interest and opportunities for the future in a changing world.  

If you have any questions or would like to give some feedback on the information on this page please write to: or
Claudio Laks Eizirik ING Chair

ING Roster

Claudio Laks Eizirik (Chair),  Porto Alegre
Marilia Aisenstein-Averoff  (Co-Chair Europe),  Paris
Silvia Flechner (Co-Chair Latin America), Montevideo
Harriet Basseches (Co-Chair North America), Washington
Louis Brunet (Co-Chair for Allied Centres) Montreal
Gábor Szönyi(EPI Liaison) Budapest (photo right)          
Maria Teresa Calabrese (ILAP Liaison) Buenos Aires
Joanne Beavis, Head of ING (staff)
Sebastián Montes, ING Assistant

Image above from left to right: Claudio Laks Eizirik, Joanne Beavis, Maria Teresa Calabrese, Sergio Nick (IPA Vice-President), Silvia Flechner, Marilia Aisenstein, Harriett Basseches.

For a full list of International New Groups Committees and their Members click here



The International New Groups Committee (ING) falls within the Development group of IPA Committees. The overall strategic objective of this Group of Committees is to: 'expand the profession both within current and new geographic areas whilst maintaining high professional standards.' The Committee has the following three areas of responsibility: Click here to read more

Lima 2018 (Latin American Meetings)

Silvia Flechner, Co-Chair for Latin America and Cláudio Laks Eizirik, ING Chair, met with the Latin American Site Visit, Sponsoring and Liaison Committees during the FEPAL meetings in Lima in September 2018. There was a meeting of all Site Visiting, Sponsoring and Liaison Committees on Wednesday September 26 just prior to the FEPAL conference followed by individual meetings with each Committee.  The meetings were extremely well attended. Minutes of the meeting on the Wednesday will appear here shortly.

Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering to work for the International New Groups Committee?

The International New Groups Committee is always looking for new and dynamic volunteer IPA Members to work with the IPA’s developing groups. 

There is no doubt that the work is time consuming and can be difficult – however being a key part of the development of a new IPA training group can be an enormously rewarding and exciting challenge.  Read More.

June 2018 IPA Board Study Group approvals

The International New Groups (ING) Committee are pleased to announce that, during its meeting in June 2018, the Board approved the following new Study Groups:


ING Activities and Announcements


During its meeting in Buenos Aires the IPA Board approved the IPA Statement on Democracy this is a key document for the development of strong and healthy new groups.         


Comparative Clinical Methods in Vienna - June 2017