IPA in the Community and the World


IPA in the Community is a new structure of committees created  with the purpose of increasing IPA psychoanalysis’ presence in the community.
As the world is facing a myriad of troubles (e.g. violence, migrations, intolerance to differences) with serious impacts on the mental health field, we firmly believe in the importance of making use of analytic tools not only in our private practice, but also in a diverse array of other settings.
The IPA in the Community Committee sub-areas that are already actively working are: Health (both general medicine and mental health), Education (across all age groups), Culture, Violence, Law , Climate and Humanitarian Organisations.  
Virginia Ungar
IPA President

IPA in the Community Awards Winners 2021

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s IPA in the Community Awards. The IPA in the Community Awards were established in 2019 to provide a vehicle to recognise and reward the valuable work of psychoanalysts outside of the consulting room. 
We received a huge number of applications for this year’s awards and we were genuinely humbled by the scale of innovative projects providing life-changing support to communities around the world. Winning projects were selected in each of the IPA in the Community macro areas; IPA in Climate, IPA in Culture, IPA and Humanitarian Organisations, IPA in Health, IPA in Education, Psychoanalysis and Law, and IPA in Violence, as well as an extraordinary award for projects related to Covid-19. A full list of the winners is available here.

Additionally, we had the very difficult task of selecting an overall winner to receive the President’s Award. The recipients of this prestigious award for 2021 are Katharine Frost, Tony Hamburger and Sue Levy of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, for their work on the Ububele Baby Mat Project. The Ububele Baby Mat Project is a psychoanalytically informed parent-infant mental health community intervention in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, which offers a space to think about baby and parenting concerns. 

All of this year’s winners will be recognised during a special virtual awards ceremony during the IPA’s Online Congress later this year, alongside the IPA’s other awards. We will also be discussing some of these projects through a series of special IPA in the Community webinars, the first of which, ‘Creative Projects in Psychoanalysis’, will take place on Friday 26th February.  


IPA in the Community Awards

These awards are presented by the Officers

IPA in the Community Congress

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Creative projects

Each webinar will showcase a range of different community projects and demonstrate the valuable contribution that psychoanalysis makes to society outside of the consulting room.

Watch webinars