The provisional programme is subject to change and available by clicking on the link below.



The theme  of the IPA Asia Pacific conference “Asian Oedipus” will be explored in its psycho-analytical, cultural, social and anthropological aspects. 
The philosophy of the conference is to foster dialogue between the different IPA Societies and Groups in the Asia-Pacific Region and between the Asian and Western colleagues. The Programme committee is working to create sessions that encourage dialogue in keynote sessions, panels, clinical workshops and experiential groups in order to promote new growth in thinking and thereby assist the exciting development of psychoanalysis in the Region.  

The Conference will start in the morning with a Main Lecture:  exchange of ideas which will focus on two main papers on the Conference theme; this presentation will be followed by a discussion paper. Two  Main lectures are planned for each day and will be given by colleagues representing the six Societies, Study Groups and IPA training of the Asia-Pacific region. The discussants will represent each IPA Region. 


The afternoon Conference activities will include Panels with two/three presenters and a discussant, again with the emphasis on two/three voices dialogues between East and West.  In late afternoon, experiential groups  Being Together in Taipei   will offer a space for mutual exchange of impressions, observations and thoughts on the daily congress experiences, thus enabling a more personal acquaintance between the members of different Asian-Pacific psychoanalytic groups and IPA members from other regions. 



We will also offer a number of small clinical discussion groups following the spirit of this Congress: bringing together colleagues form different countries and cultures to exchange ideas about what we do with our patients, in other words, allowing discussion about how we work in different cultural contexts, sharing similarities and understanding differences to enrich our psychoanalytic understanding.

These groups are not supervisions but an opportunity to share our perspectives and learn from each other. We are very grateful to our colleagues who will present their cases or clinical material which will enable us to start sharing thoughts.

To take part in the clinical groups please send an email to including your full name and confirm your wish to participate in one of these groups. Groups will last an hour and a half.

All applications will be allocated to a group prior to the start date of the conference and you will be notified with an email confirmation.


The best way to understand the relevance of a Balint group to your clinical work is to experience one. The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the Balint model. This will be followed by an opportunity for the group to work with a case or narrative offered by a member of the group. There will be an experience of the group working with dilemma presented. Of particular note, no special preparation is required for the case presentation and participants will be asked to present the case briefly, informally and without notes. Slips of memory and the tongue are seen as part of the work of the group in understanding the material.

This is a two-hour experiential workshop for a maximum of 30 participants. It is suitable for clinicians whether or not they have previous Balint experience. The workshop will be conducted in English and Mandarin. Participants are required to commit to attending the entire workshop, thus providing a continuity of experience for each other. All participants should be in clinical contact with patients and be willing to present a case. 

Leonie Sullivan. 
Training & Supervising Psychoanalyst Sydney. Australia. Infant Observation and Psychotic Processes Observation 
Seminar Leader. Private Psychoanalytic Practice, including mother infant work & Balint Group Consultant, Royal North Shore Hospital. Sydney. Australia.
Peking Union Hospital, Beijing, China. Balint Leader and Educator, Invited Academic Exchange, May 2011-2017.

Visiting Lecturer & Balint Leader & Educator First and Second Chinese – American Training Project for Senior Psychodynamic Psychotherapists. Wuhan Hospital for Psychotherapy and Wuhan Mental Health Center affiliated with Tongji Medical School, (Huazhong University of Science and Technology). 2012 - 2017

Juan Zhou M.D. Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist,  IPA Candidate, Wuhan Mental Health Center, affiliated Medical College, Huazhong University of Science, Member of Psychoanalytic Committee of Chinese Association for Mental Health

Programme Committee  

Ming-Min Yang (Chair)  Secretary of the Taiwan Centre for the Development of Psychoanalysis
Kunihiro Matsuki Secretary of the Japan Psychoanalytical Society
Sun Ju Chung APsaA, IPA member Korean Study Group
Yang Yunping IPA Direct Member Beijing, China Allied Centre
Minnie Dastur Mumbai Chapter of the Indian Psychoanalytical Society
Timothy Keogh Australian Psychoanalytical Society
Randi Wirth APsaA, Member of the Sponsoring Committee for the Korean Study Group
Clara Nemas Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association, member of the China Committee
Myoung Hwan Choi DM Korea Allied Centre
Jen-yu Chou President of the Taiwan Study Group
Liling Lin APsaA, Member of the Taiwan Study Group
Alexandra Billinghurst IPA Vice-President
Maria Teresa Hooke ING Chair
Karina Gutierrez Events Manager (Ex-officio)

Advisory Committee

Claudio Eizirik Porto Alegre Psychoanalytic Society
Paolo Fonda Italian Psychoanalytic Society
Do-Un Jeong President, Korean Study Group
Osamu Kitayama former President, Japan Psychoanalytical Society
Peter Loewenberg New Centre for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles
Arlene K. Richards Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
Sverre Varvin Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society
Jhuma Basak Kolkata Chapter of the Indian Psychoanalytical Society 
Vivienne Elton Australian Psychoanalytic Society