What is the IPA Today?

Panellists: Virginia Ungar and Sergio Nick 
Moderator: Heribert Blass

Paper download: Webinar Presentation  

The main objective of the IPA is to promote psychoanalysis and the sense of participation and belonging of its members to an international psychoanalytic organisation and community.

With the slogan, "AN IPA FOR EVERYONE", the panellists of this virtual seminar: Virginia Ungar, President of the IPA, and Sergio Nick, Vice President, will talk about the project they have developed during their management which has highlighted the importance of promoting exchange between IPA members and candidates. Initiatives such as open and free webinars, listservs, podcasts, blogs and other online resources have helped to achieve this.

Always taking into account current problems, the IPA has focused on building spaces for conversation and reflection, with new committees created dedicated to issues such as prejudice and racism, violence and migration, amongst many others. It has reaffirmed the importance of working together and contributing to societies at an international level by providing loans to analysts in training, supporting the E-Journal, and delivering international conferences and awards.

In this webinar we will be able to see up close how an International Association of Psychoanalysis works, how it is organised and managed, what its main objectives are, what it offers today to its members and candidates, and what its plans for the future are.

Virginia Ungar M.D - Training Analyst at the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association (APdeBA). She lives and practises in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specialises in child and adolescent analysis, was the former Chair of the IPA’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Committee (COCAP) and of the Committee for Integrated Training. She is currently the President of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

Sergio Nick - Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst; Vice-President of the International Psychoanalytical Association- IPA; Psychoanalyst of Children and Adolescents - COCAP / IPA; Effective member of the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of Rio de Janeiro – SBPRJ.

Heribert Blass, MD, is a psychoanalyst for adults, children and adolescents, training analyst of the German Psychoanalytical Association (DPV). He is also a specialist in psychosomatic medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy. He works in private practice in Düsseldorf, Germany. He was Director of Training of the DPV from 2010-2016, he was Vice-President of the European Psychoanalytical Federation (EPF) from 2016-2020. Since 2020 he is now President of the EPF. 
He has published several articles, mainly on male identity and sexuality, the position of the father and on supervision, especially in psychoanalytic training.