Developing New Psychoanalytic Groups - the Work of ING

Sunday 22nd March 2020


This webinar will describe and reflect on the many dimensions of the work of the IPA’s International New Groups Committee (ING). The task of developing new psychoanalytic groups throughout the world has many challenges. Among them are the selection of appropriate sponsors, cultural realities of different regions, internal and external conflicts in each new group, the effects of splits in psychoanalytic societies, the development of a culture of confidentiality, the role of a personal and continuous relation between ING, sponsors and liaisons, and their relations with the groups they are working with. Each one of these aspects, as well as many others, will be discussed by the presenters during this webinar.  Download presentation slides  

Cláudio Laks Eizirik – is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytic Society, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, former President of the IPA and FEPAL, recipient of the Sigourney Award in 2011 and current Chair of the IPA’s International New Groups Committee. He has written and presented in the areas of analytic training, countertransference, the analytic field, neutrality, the human lifecycle, the process of aging, and the relation between psychoanalysis and culture. His most recently published book, with Giovanni Foresti, was ‘Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: Partners and Competitors in the Mental Health Field’, IPA/Routledge, 2019.  

Marilia Aisenstein – is a Training Analyst of the Hellenic and Paris Psychoanalytical Societies. She has been president of the Paris Society and of the Paris Psychosomatic Institute, a member of the editorial board of the ‘Revue Française de Psychanalyse’, co-founder and editor of the ‘Revue Française de Psychosomatique’. She has been chair of the IPA’s International New Groups Committee and was a European Representative to the IPA’s Executive Committee. She is presently the European co-chair of the IPA’s International New Groups Committee.   
Marilia currently works in private practice and gives seminars in both the Hellenic and the Paris Societies, and was president of the Executive Board of the Paris Society’s Psychoanalytical Clinic from 2007 – 2017. She has written chapters and books on psychosomatics, hypochondria, transference, pain, and masochism, and numerous (160) papers in international reviews. She received the Maurice Bouvet Prize in 1992. Download Paper PDF

Harriet Basseches – is a Training and Supervising Analyst in the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS), formerly the New York Freudian Society, member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and a member of the CFS Permanent Faculty. She is a diplomate in psychoanalysis certified by the American Board of Psychoanalysis in Psychology (ABPsaP) and has held the following positions: president of the New York Freudian Society; president of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS); and trustee of the IPA. She is currently the North American co-chair of the IPA’s International New Groups Committee. She has written and presented in the areas of femininity and female psychology, listening, enactment, terror, and sadomasochism. She has a private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Washington DC.  Download Paper PDF

Silvia Flechner – is a Training Analyst and Supervising Analyst, a medical doctor, master in psychoanalysis, full member and past president of the Uruguayan Psychoanalytic Association. She is a member of FEPAL and the IPA. She has published papers in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay. She is a past member of COCAP and is currently the Latin American co-chair of the IPA’s International New Groups Committee. Download Paper PDF

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