The Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) is an association that aims at scientific-professional development and application of psychoanalytic theory and method in the treatment of mental disorders of adults, children and adolescents.
The Society was founded, nominally, by Marco Levi Bianchini in 1925 but was actually composed by Edward Weiss and some of his students in 1932. In 1936 it was recognised by the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), founded in 1910 by Sigmund Freud. This association is present in many countries across Europe, North America, South America, Oceania and some Asian countries.
Because of anti-Semitic persecution, the SPI disappeared from the cultural scene in 1938 before being officially rebuilt in 1947 under the chairmanship of Nicholas Perrotti. Currently, the SPI is present in almost all the national territory through eleven centers that bring together psychoanalysts who are active in major cities. The SPI provides access to an in depth cultural and vocational training, the average duration of 6-8 years. This is open to physicians and psychologists, and can be accessed after a careful selection. This training takes place at the National Institute of Training.
For further information please visit the Society's own website shown above.