Children’s Minds in the Line of Fire Blog

Intra-psychic, yet societally induced trauma is relevant to the ‘Mind in the Line of Fire’ theme chosen for our 53rd Congress in Cartagena, in 2023. Our IPA leaders (President Harriet Wolfe and Vice-President Adriana Prengler) have recognized that the pandemic exaggerated societal inequities long with us; they urge us to develop psychoanalytic theory relevant to societal effects on psyches. Children and adolescents are often the group most affected by cultural changes and catastrophes. They are like the canaries sent into coal mines to signal the presence of gases, imbibing cultural, societal and economic changes in a rapid and powerful way. In advance of the congress, COCAP (IPA Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis) here initiates a blog entitled, ‘Children’s Minds in the Line of Fire.’

Dr. Mary T. Brady, COCAP Co-Chair
IPA Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis

Weaving and Unweaving Webs of Gender

Tuesday 21 February 2023

Kristin Fiorella examines the way gender exploration can focus and expose ontological anxieties.

Medically Assisted Procreation and Mothering Alone During the Pandemic

Wednesday 04 January 2023

Katy Bogliatto writes on medically assisted procreation and mothering alone during the pandemic.

Bringing Alpha Function to Children in the Storm of Family Violence

Tuesday 18 October 2022

Psychoanalyst Kimberly Leary enjoins us to reach out to communities we want to join; don’t wait to be asked.

About Adolescent Suicide

Monday 26 September 2022

María del Carmen Míguez asks "what changes are we witnessing regarding the physical and mental integrity of adolescents?"

Lies about Chernobyl in 1986 and about the war in Ukraine 2022

Tuesday 30 August 2022

Antònia Grimalt considers the emotional toxicity of ongoing lies and malignant manipulation of the truth.

Parents’ and Teachers’ Minds in the Line of Fire: Considerations of Intervention

Monday 15 August 2022

Donna Roth Smith explores how the minds of parents, teachers and analysts are all in the line of fire and have been for the past two years.

Born and Raised in the Pandemic

Tuesday 12 July 2022

Patricia Singer explores how in times of pandemic the processes of both parentality and early psychic structuring are affected.

Children in a World at War

Wednesday 15 June 2022

Mónica Cardenal invites you to imagine the emotional world of a child who has lost everything under the fire of violence and asks what our role is as analysts in the face of such an emotional catastrophe.


Wednesday 18 May 2022

The death drive in the lethal/legitimate adult games which superimpose death on life.


Thursday 14 April 2022

Dr Fernando M. Gómez writes: "The pandemic came and put baby, child and adolescent minds in the line of fire. New losses, deaths, traumas and mourning processes were imposed, in addition to the existing ones."