History


The Committee was created in January 2017 to  review “the ways in which confidentiality pertains to and impacts on the work of IPA psychoanalysts”, to draft documents on best practices for the IPA Board to review and approve, and to advise the Board on related issues for the 2019 Congress. In November 2018 it completed the Report of the IPA Confidentiality Committee. This was approved by the IPA Board in January 2019, and is available in five languages on the Resources page. In July 2019 the Committee was made a permanent committee of the IPA.

With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the Committee's original Mandate was replaced by a temporary one which prioritises the need for analysts to have contact with their analysands through remote working methods. The temporary Mandate replaces the permanent one "until such time as the Executive Committee considers the current emergency is at an end and it is timely to revert to the original one."  In April 2020 the Committee  published brief advice on Confidentiality and remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In  May 2021 a revised version was published as Confidentiality and Remote Psychoanalytic Work , together with a document on Confidentiality in the Administration of Psychoanalytic Practices Using the Internet.

Other activities of the Committee between 2017 and 2021 include: a webinar on 'Confidentiality' (June 2019); two Panels at the IPA London Congress (July 2019); presentations by Committee Members to the Uruguayan and Canadian Psychoanalytic Societies; presentation by the Committee Chair in panel at the 2021 APsaA winter meeting; advising the Programme Committee for the IPA 2021 Congress regarding confidentiality of its proceedings, and preparation of a panel for the Congress  jointly with the IPA Ethics Committee. Further details and links are on the Resources page.

Current members of the Committee are: Sarah Ackerman (Chair); Mauro Gus (Member for Latin America); Jonathan Lear (Member for North America); Martin Teising (Member for Europe); Altamirando Matos de Andrade (Ex-Officio: Chair, Ethics Committee); Adriana Prengler (Ex-Officio: Vice-President); John Churcher (Consultant); Paul Crake (Ex-Officio: Chief Executive).
 

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