June 2022
IPA in the Community and the World Steering Committee

This presentation aims to keep you informed about the work in progress of the IPA in the Community and the World committees.
Our presentation video:  https://youtu.be/Ua50OP64cDE
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Mira Erlich-Ginor, Chair

Members of the Steering Committee:

Mira Erlich-Ginor (Israel) Chair Steering Committee
Carine Minne (London) – Chair Violence Committee 
Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau (Swiss Society) –Chair, IPA in Culture Committee 
Harvey Schwartz (Philadelphia) – Co-Chair, IPA in Heath 
Yael Samuel (Raanana, Israel) – Co-Chair IPA in Health
Monica Cardenal (Buenos Aires) –Chair Psychoanalytic Assistance in Crises & Emergencies (PACE) Committee
Ronald Samuel Doctor (London) –Chair Psychoanalysis & Law Committee 
Sally Weintrobe (London) –Chair- Climate Committee
Talia Hatzor (CFS, New York) Education Committee 
Vivienne Elton (Melbourne) –overall Chair- IPA in the Humanitarian Field Com 
Paola Amendoeira (Brasilia) –Co-Chair United Nations sub-Committee 
Laura Ravaioli (Forlì, Italy) –Co-Chair United Nations sub-Committee
Gertraud Schlesinger-Kipp (Kassel) –Chair Migration & Refugees sub- Committee 
Harriet Wolfe, IPA President, ex officio
Adriana Prengler, IPA Vice President, ex officio
Paul Crake, IPA Executive Director, ex officio

The Steering Committee members are the chairs of the committees of the IPA in the Community and the World.

What is IPA in the Community and the World?
Psychoanalysis is best known for being a treatment method – on the couch, but psychoanalysis as a body of knowledge can and should use its tools in the service of society – off the couch. 

With this vision in mind, the IPA, under the leadership of Virginia Ungar and Sergio Nick, set the idea of "IPA in the Community" establishing several committees each dealing with an area in social life to which psychoanalysis can contribute. Harriet Wolf and Adriana Prengler widened the scope and ambition by further developing the idea of establishing "IPA in the Community and the World.” Where psychoanalysis can contribute to the societal problem – it should do with the encouragement of the IPA. 
The committees of IPA in the Community and the World are: 
  • Climate Committee
  • IPA in Culture
  • IPA in Education
  • IPA in Health 
  • IPA in the Humanitarian Field Committee, including IPA and the UN, Migration, and Refugees
  • Psychoanalysis and Law
  • Psychoanalytic Assistance in Crises & Emergencies- men made or nature made.
  • Violence Committee

These eight committees are composed of 75 active members from all three regions: Europe, North America, and Latin America. These committees serve as a hub for hundreds of psychoanalysts who apply psychoanalytic knowledge in their communities daily.

The Steering Committee is the materialisation of the vision that sees the importance of having an impact and reaching out to where psychoanalysis can contribute. 
It is to be available as an address for you and keep you informed on what we do to fulfil our goals.

To reach out, we need to develop networks of engaged psychoanalysts, to support them and have their voices heard and their actions known. 
If you are an analyst engaged in societal work – do contact us either at the address below or at the address of the committee that you are interested in.
email: [email protected]


Climate Committee

Sally Weintrobe, Chair (UK)

Members of committee
Sally Weintrobe, Chair (UK)
Maria Luiza Gastal (Brazil)
Pushpa Misra (India)
Delaram Habibi-Kohlen (Germany)
Lynne Zeavin (USA)
Karyn Todes (Australia)
Mary-Anne Smith (South Africa)
Davide Rosso (Italy) co-opted

The IPA Climate Committee works to bring psychoanalytic ideas to bear on understanding the climate emergency. We focus on the human climate and how it drives physical climate derangement and vice versa.  

Areas of our current work include:

1. Writing and giving talks on the relevance of psychoanalysis to understanding the climate emergency and how it affects our work with patients and society at large.
2. Focusing on climate anxiety and climate trauma in children. 
3. Working to embed the area of climate and the environment as an integral part of psychoanalytic training.
4. We have two research projects, one in the Himalayas in India and the other in Brazil. Both projects study the effects on local people of severe climate impacts. 

A short video by the Climate Committee made at the beginning of Covid:

IPA in Culture Committee


Cordelia Schmidt- Hellerau, Chair

Members of committee
Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, Chair (USA)
Claudia Antonelli (Brazil)
Valeria Ricchieri (Argentina)
Barbara Stimmel (USA)
Julie Jaffee Nagel (USA)
Andreas Mittermayr (Austria)
Lisa Marchiori (Italy)
Johanna Velt, IPSO Representative (France)

The Culture Committee engages with all aspects of culture. The aim is to learn about, experience, and stimulate creativity by drawing from the works of internationally renowned artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and performers. 
In 2020 we sent out a short film every month to be seen here: 
In 2021 we started our series of monthly “Little Gifts,” which we continue in 2022 with little musical gifts, to be seen here:
These little gifts want to surprise, amuse or inspire and send a cultural spark into your day. 
In 2019 we launched a short story competition, and – out of 250 submissions from 40 countries – we selected 30 stories. They are published and available since 2021 in a multi-lingual book, THE ANALYST AS STORYTELLER, EL ANALISTA COMO NARRADOR:

On our billboard, we will announce your institutes' cultural events, which are accessible online, so that colleagues from all over the world can join in and participate: https://www.ipa.world/IPA/en/Culture___Books/Culture-Events/culture_committee.aspx 
And we invite you to send us movie, book, art and music reviews or short essays. They will be posted on the culture page of the IPA website:
With these and other activities, we want to inspire creativity to find new answers to the challenges of our times

Listen to: Off the Couch interview with Cordelia Schmidt- Hellerau

Mail: [email protected]

IPA in Education Committee


Talia Hatzor, Chair

Committee Members:
Talia Hatzor (USA) – Chair
Maria Cecilia Pereira da Silva (Brazil)
Haydee Zac (Argentina)
Antònia Llairó (Spain-Catalunya)
Shirley Hiscock (UK)
Carla Rentrop (USA)
Kathryn McCormick (USA)
Alice Becker-Lewkowicz (Brazil) – Consultant

Since its beginning, psychoanalysis has been a significant influence in the education of children and young adults. Thus it is well-placed to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with specialists, teachers, educational workers, and more as they face the difficulties and challenges that children’s development and their overall growth present in different settings.  We are part of a psychoanalytic tradition of engagement with families and children, especially in times of crisis.  We place great importance on issues of diversity, poverty and deprivation, social injustice and bias, conflict and war, and their impact on families.  

We have been working on enhancing and increasing links with educational communities around the world and with the psychoanalysts who are on the front lines. Our approach is embedded in a bi-directional engagement with educational communities in diverse settings.  The work with families and children in this area has become especially urgent during the COVID crisis and the traumatic impact it has had not only children’s learning, but on the overall family functioning and capacity to cope, on children’s development, and the many societal containing envelopes that have been torn.  Our committee’s members have been engaged in their different communities collaborating with colleagues, educators, and parents in settings that focus on children’s needs as they face the impact and wrenching consequences of Covid times.     

Currently, we are in the process of establishing a collaboration and support network with colleagues all over the world, especially in countries that have not been as involved with the IPA: Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Russia.  We have created a platform for clinicians, psychotherapists, and psychoanalysts working in schools, nurseries, in academia. These colleagues come to present their current challenges, and it has been an opportunity for us to learn about their reality, and learn from each other, so that shared learning from experience and support system can be established.   We are planning to create a protocol for this kind of international outreach and collaboration of psychoanalysts and others in the field of education.  We plan to create a conference that will share this work, especially with the many crises the world is facing.   

We invite colleagues to reach out to us wherever they are so that we can expand on our mission.  We are eager to hear from you.
Please contact us: 
Talia Hatzor – [email protected] 

IPA in Health Committee


Yael Samuel, Co-Chair           Harvey Schwartz Co-Chair

Committee Members: 
Harvey Schwartz – US, Co-Chair
Yael Samuels – Israel, Co-Chair
Norm Straker (US)
Joachim Kuechenoff  (Switzerland)
Karen Proner  (US)
Claudia Spadazzi  (Italy)
Jeffrey Guss  (US)
Jorge Ulnik (Argentina)
Jose Zusman  (Brazil)
Humberto Persano (Argentina)
Jennifer Davids (UK)

The IPA in Health Committee consists of psychoanalysts from across the IPA world who have deep experience working at the mind/body interface. They have contributed their clinical wisdom to our recently published text, Psychoanalytic Applications in Medical Care. We have, in addition established the IPA in Health Facebook page, initiated the Covid Crises IPA Listserv and organized webinars on the dynamic approach to health care. We are planning on a new webinar series entitled HealthCare Throughout the Lifespan beginning with Before Birth and Beyond: The First 1000 Days of Life. We will be continuing to interview psychoanalysts who apply their skills to venues 'off the couch' on the podcast Psychoanalysis On and Off the Couch.

IPA in Health - Facebook
IPA in Health has 7,085 members. The IPA in Health Facebook page is a meeting place for all IPA psychoanalysts who are involved with and interested in the interface between the dynamic understanding...

Podcast Psychoanalysis On and Off the Couch

Applying Psychoanalysis in Medical Care - 1st Edition - Harvey Schwartz
Applying Psychoanalysis in Medical Care describes the many ways that analysts interact with the medical world and make meaningful contributions to the care of a variety of patients. Clinicians with a deep psychoanalytic understanding of our vulnerabilities, fears and hopes are well suited to participate in the care of our body. 

Mail: [email protected]
[email protected]

IPA in the Humanitarian Field Committee

Vivienne Elton, Chair

Dr Vivienne Elton (Chair): Australia
Dr Johanna Mendoza Talledo: Peru
Ms Debra Gill: New York
Professor Honey Oberoi Vahali: India
Professor Andrea Escobar Altare: Colombia
A/Professor Kai Ogimoto: Japan
Professor Vivian Pender: New York

Work of the committee: 
The IPA and Humanitarian Organization committee includes the Migrants and Refugees and the IPA at the United Nations sub-committees. The committees were established in 2018 through the vision of the IPA President Virginia Ungar. 
An important aim of our committee is to foster relationships and develop networks between psychoanalysts working in the humanitarian field and with humanitarian organizations. We hope to encourage the interchange of experiences within and outside the IPA.
Our colleagues are making a difference in the world using their intuition, empathy, experience and understanding of psychoanalytic ideas with communities in need and with organizations that care of vulnerable people.
We have developed a database of members and candidates who are working creatively and developing interesting programs. Our database is now on the IPA website 

We hope to create a global community that honors those who are doing this important work. To this end the IPA established the President’s Prize at the 2019 IPA conference in London for the best IPA applicant working in the community. The 2019 winning project of the President’s Prize was “Psicólogos Contigo” or “Psychologists with you”, from Peru, a brilliant and inspiring project. In 2021 the winner of our section, also won the President’s prize; the Ububele Baby Mat Project from South Africa. We presented a pre-conference seminar in which the “Psicólogos contigo” project was discussed and more recently a webinar discussing the “Ububele Baby Mat project”.

Webinar: Creative projects In Psychoanalysis https://www.ipa.world/IPA/en/IPA1/Webinars/Creative_projects_webinars.aspx

To maximize and further disseminate the inspiring work being carried out by our members and candidates across the globe, we have established the website, “An Open-Door Review of the Humanitarian Field.” We would like to encourage interested members and candidates to send their written work, of their experiences, thoughts or ideas that we could feature on the website.

Here is our website: https://www.psychoanalysisinthefield.com/about-us

Our committee has developed pre-conference seminars, panels, webinars and discussion groups at many conferences. 
In addition, we have a book of papers soon to be published by Routledge called “Migration, Trauma and Flight – Psychoanalytic Perspectives.”
We encourage all colleagues to contribute to this fascinating and expanding area of endeavor. We hope that you will contact us and join us in developing creative projects together.

Please contact us at [email protected]

IPA Subcommittee for the United Nations  


Paola Amendoeira, Co-Chair        Laura Ravailoli, Co-Chair   

Committee Members: 
Paola Amendoeira, Brazil, Co-Chair
 Laura Ravaioli, Italy, Co-Chair
 Mona Sargam Jain, USA 
Alexander Kalogerakis, USA 
Vivian Pender, USA (Consultant)

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA), attentive to its roots, created a set of values for its members.

IPA ethical code has a section about Human Rights, which states that "A psychoanalyst must not participate in or facilitate the violation of any individual’s basic human rights, as defined by the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the IPA’s own Policy on Non-Discrimination."

The IPA has been recognized by the United Nations as an NGO with special consultative status since 1998, which means that it is allowed to UN specific events and debates. By having our voice heard as psychoanalysts at the UN System is possible to sensitize the international scenario to the importance of the emotional impact and its psychic consequences on the mental health of those who have their human rights threatened or violated.

The subcommittee for the United Nations, that works under the umbrella of the Humanitarian Organizations committee, has these specific tasks:
-  advocating Psychoanalysis in the UN system - making IPA and Psychoanalysis visible, heard and helpful to larger section of individuals and society
-  promoting human rights, social awareness and international issues in the psychoanalytic community - such as conflict prevention and resolution, effects of prejudice, violence and discrimination, concerns about environment, pandemics, migrations and wars and international welfare in general.
- creating links with other non-governmental organizations and institutions that share its commitment to mental health and psychological wellbeing.

The IPA subcommittee for the U.N. has attended several UN events about Civic Space, Migrations and Refugees, Human Trafficking, Women' rights and the yearly Geneva Peace Weeks.

A  free live webinar was held as a virtual parallel event at the NGO Commission on the Status of Women 66 Forum, on March 22nd, 2022, with the title: "Invisible Women: A psycho-economic exploration of domestic and reproductive labor. 

Paola Amendoiera, Laura Ravaioli
Co-chairs IPA subcommittee for the U.N.


Migration and Refugee Sub Committee

Gertraud Schlesinger-Kipp, Chair

Committee Members:
Gertraud Schlesinger-Kipp (Germany), Chair
Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Germany 
Sverre Varvin , Norway
Vladimir Jovic , Serbia 
Fabio Castriota , Italy
Liz Haworth, Peru 
Martha Bragin, USA 


Dealing with refugees and migrants has become one of the most pressing topics of our world today, especially because it is linked to the global threat of the climate catastrophe, unfair distribution of resources, prosperity and peaceful conditions.
In the countries where the refugees come from, there are often dehumanizing states and experiences, not only in war, poverty and dictatorial regimes, but also on the escape route and at our border fences. We believe that psychoanalysis and we as persons can approach the question and try to understand how these dehumanizing processes affect the individual, now and in the long term. This means also not to dehumanize ourselves. Meanwhile we know from Trauma research that the manner how the refugees are welcomed or not is essential for the further psychic and social development. We believe that we can contribute to inhibit radicalisation, criminalisation and foster integration. For refugees we are strangers, as well as they are strangers for us. Many have given up everything they owned. In Syria, for example, they had a completely normal family life in their culture, work, training, school, studies, and possessions. The refugees from Afghanistan, on the other hand, have known nothing but war for generations, which destroys family ties and makes society unsympathetic and cruel to weaker people and children. Often, families have fled back and forth between Iran and Afghanistan for years.  On the other hand, for refugees the encounter with someone who exposes him-or herself, like we therapists, to their foreignness therefore already a small piece of healing.

The refugees who have lost everything make us inwardly touch our own fear of being lost in the world, of loss of identity, of never being at home again.  Working with them, professionally or voluntarily, or both, requires the willingness to face this shock and to be drawn into this helplessness, hopelessness and homelessness. 

We are grateful of all colleagues who are willing to join this work or already are working with migrants and refugees all over the world.

Please write to us!
Mail: [email protected]

Psychoanalysis & Law Committee

Ronald Samuel Doctor , Chair

Committee Members
Ronald Samuel Doctor (London) –Chair
Andrea Marzi (Siena, Italy) 
Clio van Velsen (London) 
Rosa María Corzo González (Mexico City) 
Maria Eliana Mello (Rio de Janeiro) 
Louis Brunet (Montreal) 
Jonathan Weiss (New York) 
Adrienne Harris (New York) – as consultant
Plinio Montagna (São Paulo) – as Consultant
Rakesh Shukla (New Delhi) – as Consultant

The IPA Psychoanalysis and Law committee consists of psychoanalysts from across the IPA world who have profound knowledge and understanding of Law and Psychoanalysis at the interface of many of the issues facing the world. 
They have contributed their clinical wisdom to our recently published book: Psychoanalysis, Law, and Society, edited by Plinio Montagna and Adrienne Harris.  

We are now in the process of publishing another book, edited by Ronald Doctor, Plinio Montagna and Adrienne Harris, on Anxiety, and Society during the Pandemic. We are involved in liaising with other organizations, such as the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy and together with the IPA Violence Committee, we worked together to put on a conference on Violence as a Global Emergency on 13th/14th May in London. (See below)

We are supporting organized webinars and podcasts on many of the issues that we face in these turbulent times. 

PACE, Committee on Psychoanalytic Assistance in Crises and Emergencies

Mónica Cardenal, Chair

Committee Members

Mónica Cardenal, (Buenos Aires) Chair 
Carlos Francisco Vásquez Contreras (Perú) IPSO Representative
Simona Nissim (Pisa) Co-Chair for Europe
Ricardo Readi (Santiago) Co-Chair for Latin America 
Susan D. Siegeltuch (New Jersey) Co- Chair for NA
Carlos Tamm Lessa De Sa (London) EU member
Eva Maria Yakubov (Tel Aviv) EU member
Silvia Maria De Egea Garabano (Asuncion) LA member
Wania Maria Coelho Ferreira Cidade (Rio de Janeiro) LA member
Marianna Adler (Austin, Texas) NA member
Darren Thompson (Vancouver) NA member
Banu Ismail (Mumbai) member for Asia-Pacific
Gianna Williams (London) Consultant
Rómulo  Muthemba, Mozambique,  guest member 

Our interest is to work with groups in global emergency situations, which include children, young people, families and workers/professionals in a helping role. 
We carry out coordinated and cooperative work with international institutions and organizations dealing with emergencies and crises: the Red Cross, UNESCO, Caritas, Doctors Without Borders, among others. 
Our central project in emergency interventions will be the setting in motion of Work Discussion-style groups. For example, forming groups with first line helpers: teachers, nurses, and doctors, thus providing tools that psychoanalysis can offer. 
It is crucial for our committee to make links with colleagues from IPA Societies of each region, to whom we will resort according to their proximity to the areas of emergency.  
An action protocol is being written for psychoanalytic intervention in emergency situations and compiling a bibliography for members and the general public. We plan to organize conferences on natural and man-made disasters and interview renowned personalities from both academic and cultural environments so that they can share ideas about such a changing world. 

See our past event: 

Contact us if you would like to be our "outpost"
Mail: [email protected]

Violence Committee

Carine Minne, Chair

Committee members:
Dr Carine Minne – UK, Chair
Professor Timothy Keogh - Australia
Dr Veronika Grüneisen - Germany
Dr Suzana Fortes - Brazil
Dr Maria Pia Conte – Italy

This committee is focused on examining individual, group, and mass violence as it presents in the external world and understanding these different manifestations psychoanalytically. One entry point we value is to carry out our investigations by looking at the potential for violence in us all. The aim is to collaborate with the other IPA Committees in the Community & World and to contribute with proposals for prevention, improved interventions, and treatments, whether these are for individual mentally disordered offenders or directed at whole communities via psycho-socio-economic recommendations, all underpinned psychoanalytically. 

We will continue to provide webinars, podcasts, and publications, as well as present at conferences. We are developing our ability to respond swiftly via IPA website and/or a blog to world events relevant to our committee in order to embed psychoanalytic statements regarding these in society.

See our past congress: 


Mail: [email protected]