May - June
Romanian Society of Psychoanalysis

Brief History of Psychoanalysis in Romania

  • Between 1913-1940 PhD theses on psychoanalytic topics are presented at the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest and psychoanalysis is well received
  • In 1952, due to ideological and political conditions, clinical practice of psychoanalysis becomes clandestine
  • At the end of 1989, following the collapse of communism, Romanian psychoanalytic practice ceases to be clandestine
  • The Romanian psychoanalytical group is established immediately afterwards, in February 1990
  • Psychoanalysis becomes a study discipline in universities
  • Contact is made with western psychoanalysts, as well as with highly experienced psychoanalytic societies
  • Long-term collaboration takes place with IPA training analysts before 2000
  • The first Romanian psychoanalysts are evaluated between 1994-1995 and become direct IPA members in 1997 (Veronica Sandor, Brindusa Orasanu, Eugen Papadima, Vasile Dem. Zamfirescu)
  • In 2000 the Romanian group is assessed and recognized as an IPA Study Group
  • In 2001 the Sponsoring Committee and the four Romanian training analysts initiate a training program in psychoanalysis which meets IPA standards
  • In 2007 the Romanian College of Psychologists recognizes the Romanian Society of Psychoanalysis as an education provider
  • In 2011 the Romanian College of Physicians recognizes the Romanian Society of Psychoanalysis as an education provider
  • Following the progress obtained in this respect, in August 2011 the RSP - IPA Study Group becomes a Provisional Society of the International Psychoanalytical Association
  • Round table discussions with founding members - RSP celebrates 25 years of existence
  • The Romanian Society of Psychoanalysis currently has 34 members and 35 candidates

The Romanian Society of Psychoanalysis website:


 Scientific Activities


1. Clinical and theoretical monthly meetings - members and senior candidates  

For 2 hours, in the second week of the month, on a Sunday, the scientific committee organizes a meeting containing clinical and theoretical material. At the meeting, senior candidates (who have completed their theoretical training, but have not yet become RSP members) are invited to participate. The material - articles or groups of articles on a topic / book chapter - is sent in advance to all participants. The meeting consists of an introduction to discussion on the topic and material chosen and an invitation to free association within the group and clinical vignettes.


2.  Summer School of Psychoanalysis

The Romanian Society of Psychoanalysis organizes every year a Summer School of Psychoanalysis. The scientific program of the school includes plenary sessions and discussions with the participants, case presentations and workshops and an area of film and psychoanalysis. From 2013 the Summer School of Psychoanalysis has received financial support for the School’s deficit from the EPF.  In 2015 the School has reached its ninth year and for the first time, thanks to EPF’s financial support, we’ve welcomed the presence of a large number of participants from the Republic of Moldova who had a substantial fee reduction.

Summer school participants have always shown great appreciation of papers, especially regarding the diversity of the approaches, the complexity of the contents, and the rich clinical illustrations included in them.

Topics of previous editions: 2011 – Process and Relationship in Psychoanalysis, 2012 - Desire. Conflict. Deficit, 2013 – Affect and defense, 2014 - Exploring and Thinking the Unconscious, 2015 – Interpretation. Body and Language.

Information regarding the editions of the Summer School is constantly updated on the School's website under the guidance of the Scientific Coordinator.

The website contains information regarding the scientific program, speakers, registration and a photo gallery of previous editions. School's Website:


3. International Conference of Psychoanalysis

The International Conference of Psychoanalysis was first organized in 2008 at Cotroceni National Museum, under the auspices of the President of Romania. The Conference has now reached its 7th year and over the years, people from various countries connected to the field of psychoanalysis, both from Europe and the US, have attended the event. The International Conference of Psychoanalysis represents part of the efforts of the members of the Romanian Society of Psychoanalysis - Provisional Society of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) – to align Romanian psychoanalysis to worldwide modern directions of study.

The organizers aim to achieve an event of a high scientific standard, guaranteed through the presence of notorious personalities in the field of psychoanalysis, as speakers and participants. The purpose of the event is to bring to attention, reflection and scientific communication current topics of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. It seeks to bring together national and international experts in the field of contemporary psychoanalysis, thus availing unique and extremely fruitful exchange of clinical experience, opinions and theoretic perspectives on various topics of psychoanalysis.

The event participants are a receptive and interactive audience who show professional interest in the field of psychoanalysis and raise questions that bring scientific value to the exchange of ideas. The Conference is now at its 7th edition.

Previous years:

International Conference of Psychoanalysis 2008 – Thinking hate and violence

International Conference of Psychoanalysis 2010 - Change in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis Changing

International Conference of Psychoanalysis 2011 - Countertransference In Contemporary Psychoanalysis

International Conference of Psychoanalysis 2012 – Pluralism in psychoanalysis

International Conference of Psychoanalysis 2013 -  The Dream in Psychoanalysis

International Conference of Psychoanalysis 2014 -  Impasse, Crisis and Working-through

International Conference of Psychoanalysis 2015 – Psychoanalysis of Limits, Limits of Psychoanalysis

For the last two years the Conference included a Workshop on Film and Psychoanalysis which included discussions moderated by Andrea Sabbadini and a Romanian film director.

In 2014 the Conference benefited from the extraordinary participation of IPA’s President, Stefano Bolognini.

The topic for last year's conference was The Psychoanalysis of Limits, The Limits of Psychoanalysis. The event was supported by the International Psychoanalytical Association and it benefited from the extraordinary participation of EPF’s President, dr. Serge Frisch.

The conference has its own website which contains information regarding the scientific program, speakers, location, registration, papers and the scientific committee. This information is constantly verified and updated.

Conference Website:


Guests: Michael Brearley (2011), Leda Herrmann (2014), Nancy McWilliams (2018)


5. Psychoanalysts invited for work meetings

Every year we hold work weekends with 2 or 3 guests from abroad, from different schools of psychoanalysis. The meetings, interspaced, generally involve one day of work with junior candidates and one with members and senior candidates; the organizational structure consists of a theoretical presentation of the guest, followed by a discussion of the material and a clinical presentation with group supervision. Latest visits: Dominique Suchet (Paris, APF); Prof. Horst Kächele (Berlin, UPI), Michael Buchholz (Berlin).

6.  Work Groups

6.1 The RSP’s work group for the Congress of French-Speaking Psychoanalysts (CPLF)

Since 2010 within the RSP there is a working group which functions based on CPLF annual congress materials; the group is closed, it consists of 6 members; the meetings are held monthly and are moderated by one of the members, based on the material under discussion. The functioning of this group catalyzed the inclusion of RSP among CPLF component societies, since May 2013.

6.2 Reflection group

The group is open to members; thematic material studied and discussed: psychoanalytic institutions with focus on conflict and resolution. The group, formed about an year ago and having a monthly meeting, was created with the intention of getting to know the experiences of as many psychoanalytic societies with respect to administrative, training, relational approaches in order to potentiate reflections on institutional dynamics in general and internal one, in particular.

6.3 Working group: A chronological reading of Freud’s writings

7. Collaborations / partnerships (film festival, universities)

7.1. International Festival of Psychoanalysis and Film In the last four years we have been invited at the Psychoanalysis and Film Festival held in Bucharest by a team of filmmakers passionate about psychoanalysis. 2013 -2015 editions benefited from the extraordinary participation of Andrea Sabbadini. Starting with 2015, RSP became a partner of the event.


7.2. Cultural Project – Romania on the couch

The project obtained 94 points/100 in a contest for cultural projects and received 11000 euros funding from the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

It included 16 workshops, held in Bucharest and in six other towns around the country. Each workshop had a different topic which blended psychoanalysis with different cultural, academic and scientific fields (literature, anthropology, architecture, philosophy, medicine etc.).

Romanian psychoanalysts invited personalities from the fields mentioned above to a free dialogue, encouraging participants to engage in discussions. The project benefited from a large audience showing interest and openness for the meetings.  

8. Romanian Journal of Psychoanalysis

It is a bilingual (English / French) journal, with abstracts and keywords in both languages. RJP is now at its thirteenth issue. Since 2011 it has been included in international databases such as Scipio, CSS, EBSCO, Ulrich and, since 2014, PEP Web. We are currently working on indexing the journal in more databases.   The journal is published at a prestigious medical university publishing house in Romania. The journal aims to present original scientific contributions of Romanian and foreign psychoanalysts in order to reach simultaneously a national and an international audience. It is relevant for colleagues working professionally in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, as well as psychology and related fields, but also for the general public. The Journal is open to different schools of thought aiming to encourage multidisciplinary exchanges. The Scientific Board of the journal consists of notorious psychoanalysts coming from Romania, many teaching in Universities, and from various other countries, including France, Germany and Italy. Our last issue of the Journal obtained 85.33 points/100 in a contest for editorial projects and received 4000 euros funding from the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The journal has its own website and upon request the articles published in the Journal can be provided in Romanian. The Journal's Website: