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The Argentine Society of Psychoanalysis (SAP) started its journey within the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) as a Study Group in 1997. In 2001, it was recognized as a Provisional Society 
at the Nice Congress and at the New Orleans Congress in 2004 as Component Society.The Argentine Society of Psychoanalysis (SAP) started its journey within the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) as a Study Group in 1997. In 2001, it was recognized as a Provisional Society 
at the Nice Congress and at the New Orleans Congress in 2004 as Component Society.The Argentine Society of Psychoanalysis (SAP) started its journey within the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) as a Study Group in 1997. In 2001, it was recognized as a Provisional Society 
at the Nice Congress and at the New Orleans Congress in 2004 as Component Society.
SAP also integrates the Latin American Psychoanalytic Federation (FEPAL).

Its venue, a warm European style house, is located in the city of Buenos Aires, in the traditional neighborhood of Belgrano.

SAP has  49 Members and 16 Candidates.



A group of psychoanalysts from APA and APdeBA and other leading psychoanalysts not belonging to IPA institutions decided in 1996 to organize a new IPA Society in the city of Buenos Aires. They are joined by experiences shared in the psychoanalytic and fraternal sphere, in the field of Mental Health and in the commitments assumed through different moments of the Argentine reality.


Sustained in the traditions of Freudian thought, an institutional proposal that promotes the debate and the integration of various psychoanalytical frames of reference and incorporates and exchanges contributions from other disciplines it is part of SAP's ideology. Participation in social, cultural and scientific, local and international organizations is especially encouraged from this conception.


Consistent with the proposed principles and objectives, SAP opts for a collegial form of government constituted by a Coordinating Council, which is responsible for the  administration of the Institution. It is composed by the members who coordinate the following areas: Public Relations - President, Internal Organization - Secretary, Treasury, Institute of Training, Scientific Activities, Publications and Library, Extension, Communication, Culture, Institutional Management.

Board meetings are open to membership, reserving a monthly meeting exclusively for management and coordinators. Candidates can join every Committee, as well as the Sub-Committee on Children and Adolescents.

This collegial organizational model favors a horizontal participation of the population of the institution, making joint experience an effective practice.


It focuses on psychoanalytic theoretical and clinical topics contextualized from within a socio-historical, cultural and scientific framework. This perspective guides the following set of activities:

 Open to the public:

- Scientific Tuesdays

- An annual symposium

Internal Activities:

- Clinical seminars forcandidates and analysts.

- Permanent training: Research and Study Groups on psychoanalytic authors and theoretical, clinical and technical problems.

- Meetings of candidates with presentation of their papers product of their  training seminars.


The analyst’s education, the fundamental axis of all psychoanalytic societies, finds in SAP a privileged place of interest. Its conception of training is based on three fundamental premises:

1. Only in a framework of freedom of thought and clear ethical principles can analysts be formed. These are necessary conditions to avoid dogmatism and harbor productive uncertainties.

2. Education as value is based on the emotional involvement of psychoanalysts with clinical and theoretical practice. From this requirement arises the commitment with the people who suffer, the concern for the healing processes, the care and depth of the interventions.

3. The quality of personal psychoanalysis and institutional participation support the psychoanalytic function.

With these premises, and the concern to stimulate the personal and group development of the training analysts, the Institute implements the traditional tripod: training analysis, clinical supervision and theoretical seminars. Tutorial guides and colloquia are added as specific institutional features. All these activities are carried out simultaneously.

Faculty from SAP and other IPA associations, that respect SAP’s regulations are recognized as Training Psychoanalysts. This has been decided with the intention of safeguarding the institutional functioning and the training process itself, preserving its therapeutic function, its privacy and the non "filiation".

The Theoretical and Clinical Seminars have a curriculum that consists of 28 biannual seminars and focuses on the modality of “Referenced Clinic.”

The "Referenced Clinical" seminars promote talking about psychoanalytic work, thinking about the clinical practice and theorizing the experience.

The seminars on "Current Psychoanalytic Research" are crucial in the context of the transmission of research in psychoanalysis and in the global context of knowledge.

The inclusion of seminars on "Epistemological Issues" and "Psychoanalysis and Neurosciences" are connected with the way psychic processes and phenomena can be understood and explained. They expand understanding and allow the development of new methods of testing psychoanalytic theories and clinical practice.

The two Clinical Supervisions of psychoanalytic treatments performed with a minimum frequency of three hours per week, are conducted with SAP training analysts.

The Colloquiums are the recognition of the analytical condition of the candidates: their participation in the analytical field as an instrument of their own practice, their instruments of diagnosis and evaluation of processes, their theoretical-clinical model, etc.

They are implemented as evaluation moments in the training process. It is also a methodology used for upgrading the status of the members: from Assistant to Holder and from Holder to Holder with didactic function.

In this pedagogical model the Tutorials have in the figure of the tutor the function of consulting. The importance of the personal project of each candidate is emphasized.

The candidates do every year a WP: Three Level Model for Observing Patients Transformation.


SAP’s journal, Revista de la Sociedad Argentina de Psicoanálisis, was first published in 1997 and the 20th issue is in the process of being edited. After being evaluated by BIREME, the journal was included in LILACS database. Being accepted in this index implies recognition of scientific status and increases its access and visibility.

Some of its Dossiers are examples of the topics of institutional interest, which are reflected in the article production by local authors and guests.


SAP’s Library, with a librarian in charge, has a collection composed by approximately 3000 books and 200 serial titles and is developed through acquisitions, inter-institutional exchanges and gifts.


Its aim is to expand and extend psychoanalytic thinking to sectors of the population interested in this discipline and who are not part of the IPA Institutions, whose practice is developed in both public and private spheres: Hospitals, Foundations, Prepaid Health Plans, etc.

Some of the activities in progress are:

- The Freud  Course proposes the Chronological study of his work, recovering the historical value from his writings and the fidelity of his own letter. The course is organized in four biannual modules. It is conducted at our headquarters in Belgrano and also in the North Area of the Province of Buenos Aires.

- Courses that take place under the framework of Academic Cooperation Agreement with other institutions, such as the University of Buenos Aires School of Psychology of the and the Garrahan Hospital Foundation. These courses are performed in their respective headquarters.

- Short on-site courses covering various topics.

- Group Supervisions.

- SAP awards the Prof. Dr. Mauricio Goldenberg Prize for the best paper in Mental Health that includes psychoanalytic perspectives.


It offers to the community, psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic treatments with low fees. At the same time it facilitates to our training analysts the referral of possible patients for their didactic supervision.


Organizes activities open to the community with guests from the cultural realm. We invite you to get to know SAP on your next visit to Buenos Aires on the occasion of the 50th International Psychoanalytic Congress, in which our colleague Dr. Virginia Ungar takes office as IPA president.


Lic. Liliana Perla Fudin de Winograd: President (Coordinator of the External Relations Area)

Dr. Julia Braun: Secretary (Coordinator of the Area of ​​Internal Organization)

Dr. Silvia Koziol: Treasurer (Treasurer Area Coordinator)


Dr. Francisco Kadic (Acting Coordinator of the Institute of Formation 2017)

Dr. Norberto Szwarc: (Coordinator of the Scientific Area)

Lic. María Alejandra Rey: )Coordinator of the Culture Area)

Lic. Luisa Irene Acrich: (Coordinator of the Publications and Library Area)

Alternate Vocals

Lic. Elena Irma Monis: (coordinator of the Press and Communication Area)

Lic. Eleonora Umansky: (Coordinator of the Extension and Research Area)

Coordinators of the Analysis and Institutional Management Area

Lic Diana Valenti (Holder)
Dr. Vicente Galli (alternate)


SAP's members in IPA and FEPAL Committte:

Dra. Adela Leibovich de Duarte: Cochair for Latineamerica, Committee Psychoanalysis and University

Dr. Daniel Biebel, Editor of Psychoanallysis Today

Lic. María Alejandra Rey, Director of Communication, FEPAL

Chair of the Wiki Committe of the IPA

Lic. Luisa Acrich: Director Alternate of Communication, FEPAL



Our Headquarters: Arcos 1521, Buenos Aires - Argentina

Phones: (5411) 4781 3236 / (5411) 4784 7584

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