IARPP Chapters

IARPP Chile Activities during 2012
by Juan Francisco Jordan

juan-Francisco-JordanDuring the last year we had the:

• January 2012: visit of Mauricio Cortina who gave a Conference on Psychotherapy and Attachment.

• May, June and August 2012 : A series, named Psychoanalytic Dialogues,  explored the main theme of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy. We had a Conference by philosopher, Vicente Serrano, in which the relevance of Spinoza was discussed in regards to the relation to death anxieties. In the other two dialogues,  the psychologists, Carlos Cornejo and Andre Sassenfeld presented the Phenomenological Tradition in Psychology and the Philosophical Underpinnings of Relational Psychotherapy.

• August 2012:  International Seminar with Donna Orange for IARPP members. Many IARPP members also had he opportunity to share with Donna Orange and Mary Lynne Ellis at the Psychotherapy Chilean Congress that is held every year at Reñaca, a summer place near Viña del Mar.

• October 2012:  Seminar on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy for IARPP Members and other professionals.

• November 2012:  International Seminar with Lew Aron.  Activities with IARPP members and mental health professionals from other institutions.

At  the New York IARPP Conference In February 2012 Santiago was chosen as the venue for the 2013 IARPP Conference. During the last year the Chapter has been working on the organization of the Conference. Many Members have been collaborating with the initiative efficiently and with enthusiasm and generosity for which the Co-Chairs, María Eugenia Boetsch and Juan Francisco Jordán are grateful. The great number of abstracts we received to be assessed arouses expectations of a high number of participants and quality of presentations.  The Chapter will continue with the organization of the Conference during the remainder of the year.    We will receive all IARPP Members who come to Santiago in November with open arms.

Juan Francisco Jordan


IARPP Portugal
by Members of the Chapter
(para a versão em português)


2012 was an important year for the future of psychoanalysis in Portugal. The creation of a local chapter of IARPP, made up of 18 experienced psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, finally brought together all of those interested in a relational approach. A new home for psychoanalysis is being built in our country.  It is an open and vibrant place with foundations based both on the ethics of responsibility towards one another and on the hermeneutics of trust — areas we intend to study, develop and investigate, in line with the immense psychoanalytic heritage we take as our own, from Freud until today, from the theories of repression and drives to intersubjective theories and contextual phenomenology.

portugal1First Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Course
In collaboration with a post-graduate school of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, APPSI, Portuguese Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, this first year of IARPP Portugal witnessed the creation of the first relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy course, lasting 4 years. In 2013, APPSI will have 38 trainees, both psychologists and doctors, taking part in this new relational program. The course program includes seminars on “The Work of Freud,” “Beyond Freud,” “Theory and Practice in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Relational Analysis,” “Psychoanalytic Psychopathology,”  “Relational Models in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy” among others, including a major focus on clinical seminars.  Each seminar carries on throughout the year totaling around 60 hours, reflecting the high level of requirements demanded for this training. Trainees must also undergo personal therapy (either psychoanalysis or psychotherapy) and supervision, together with the possibility of participation in working groups for the affirmation and development of psychoanalysis. The training ends with the presentation and validation of a clinical report, presented at an open meeting for members, an innovative practice in Portugal.

Open Scientifc and Clinical Sessions
In 2012/13, the partnership with APPSI will continue as well other activities. Namely there will be a cycle of scientific and clinical sessions with themes related to the relational perspective on psychotherapy. This cycle is open to college students and professionals, as well as members of other societies and psychoanalytic associations. The sessions are presented either by senior members, members in training or external guests.

New Low-Cost Psychotherapy Social Clinic
This philosophy of open and horizontal participation also characterizes the new social clinic, which has been created in order to promote our relationship with the community and provide low-cost psychotherapy to anyone who, due to the present economic crisis, has lost or diminished their financial resources. Members of all categories and different levels of experience have offered their time for this social activity, whether it is for administrative functions, clinical assessments, psychotherapy or supervision.

Cinema and Psychoanalysis Cycle
Also, a cinema and psychoanalysis cycle on the theme of “Good Feelings” is taking place, inspired by the book “Good Feelings – Psychoanalytic Reflections on Positive Emotions and Attitudes” (Salman Akhtar, ed. 2009). It begins with Enthusiasm (“La Strada”, Fellini) and continues with Friendship, Humor, Altruism, and will end with Courage and Resilience (back to Fellini with “Le Notti di Cabiria”). This program follows the first cinema cycle on “The Feminine” that was held in 2012. Approaching the “Other,” the person and the community, driven by “good feelings” are definite marks of the spirit of IARPP Portugal.

New Web Platform & Upcoming Conferences
A new web platform will be created for IARPP-P in 2013 that will allow sharing of the Newsletter with APPSI. Also a conference is being organized with the Municipality of Tavira (Algarve), where, together with local mental health, education and social service professionals, the theme of “Mental Health, Development and Education” will be discussed in a relational perspective. We are also preparing the 1st Conference on Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, which we hope will take place later on this year.

International Participation in IARPP Events
Portuguese delegations will be present both at the IARPP International Conference in Santiago, Chile, in November, as well as in the Fourth Annual Meeting of IARPP Spain, in Barcelona, in May. We were present, in 2012, at the New York IARPP Conference. In Spain we participated, both in Seville, with our Spanish colleagues Coderch, Riera, Ávila-Espada, Jimenez, Sutíl, Velasco and many others (gracias, amigos, for your warm welcome!) and Jessica Benjamin, and Madrid, with Donna Orange and, on another occasion, with Robert Stolorow. Together with our Spanish colleagues we carried out an interview with Robert Stolorow and published a chronicle of the Portuguese encounter with intersubjective psychoanalysis in the journal Clinica y Investigación Relacional.

It should be noted that there have been several requests for IARPP Portugal to promote a training course for psychoanalysts, which shows the interest and hope placed in this new institution.

Relational Psychoanalysis, the fertile dynamics of its model, ideas – and people – are our inspiration. We will always be open to learning about the experience of our partners and friends in IARPP and try to contribute to the affirmation of our core values, namely responsibility, freedom, openness to the Other, together with progress and friendship, both in the analytical field and society.


IARPP Portugal
by Members of the Chapter
(click here for version in English)


O ano de 2012 foi um bom ano para o futuro da Psicanálise em Portugal. A criação de um chapter português da IARPP, constituído por 18 psicanalistas e psicoterapeutas com experiência, veio agregar e dar corpo a uma sensibilidade e prática relacional. Estamos a construir a casa da nova psicanálise no nosso país, uma casa que fazemos em equipa, aberta e luminosa, e assente na Ética da responsabilidade face ao outro e na hermenêutica da confiança, que nos propomos estudar, desenvolver e aprofundar, sobre o enorme património psicanalítico que assumimos como nosso, de Freud ao presente, das teorias do recalcamento e das pulsões à relação intersubjectiva, à fenomenologia contextualista.

portugal1Neste primeiro ano da IARPP Portugal, criámos, em articulação com uma escola pós-graduada de psicoterapia psicanalítica (a APPSI – Associação Portuguesa de Psicoterapia Psicanalítica), o primeiro curso, em Portugal, de psicoterapia psicanalítica relacional, com a duração de 4 anos. Em 2013, a APPSI terá em formação 38 pessoas, Psicólogos e Médicos, no novo programa relacional. O programa do curso inclui seminários sobre “A Obra de Freud”, “Para Além de Freud”, “Teoria e Prática da Psicoterapia Psicanalítica e Análise Relacional”, “Psicopatologia Psicanalítica”, “Modelos Relacionais em Psicanálise e Psicoterapia”, entre outros, incluindo um importante foco em seminários clínicos. Cada um dos seminários citados desenvolve-se ao longo do ano, com cerca de 60h cada, o que reflecte a exigência e o aprofundamento visados. A formação articula-se com exigências de percursos analíticos pessoais (em psicanálise ou psicoterapia) e de supervisão, e com a possibilidade de participação em grupos de trabalho para a afirmação e o desenvolvimento da psicanálise. Os cursos terminam com a apresentação e validação de memórias clínicas em Assembleia Geral, uma prática inovadora em Portugal.

Para 2012/2013, no âmbito da parceria com a APPSI, foram ainda desenvolvidas outras actividades, tendo sido organizado um ciclo de sessões científicas e clínicas com temáticas ligadas à perspectiva relacional. O ciclo é aberto a estudantes universitários e profissionais, assim como a membros de outras sociedades e associações psicanalíticas, As sessões podem ser apresentadas quer por membros seniores, quer por membros em formação, ou por convidados externos. Esta lógica de participação horizontal e aberta preside, também, à nova clínica social, que é destinada a promover a relação com a comunidade e a proporcionar psicoterapia a baixos custos a quem não tem ou perdeu, com a crise, os recursos para o efeito. Membros de todas as categorias e níveis de experiência disponibilizam o seu tempo para esta actividade social, seja participando em actividades administrativas, de triagem, em acompanhamentos ou supervisões. Paralelamente, foi organizado um ciclo de cinema e debate psicanalítico sobre “Good Feelings”, inspirado no livro “Good Feelings – Psychoanalytic Reflections on Positive Emotions and Attitudes” (Salman Akhtar, Ed., 2009), que se inicia com o Entusiamo (com “La Strada” de Fellini) e prossegue pela Amizade, o Humor, o Altruísmo, a Coragem e fecha com a Resiliência (de volta a Fellini, com “Le Notti di Cabiria”), que vem suceder ao primeiro ciclo, sobre “O Feminino”, realizado em 2012. A aproximação ao Outro, à pessoa e à comunidade, movida por “good feelings” é uma marca do espírito da IARPP Portugal.

Também em 2013, será lançada uma nova Página na Internet da IARPP-P e uma nova Newsletter, em articulação com a APPSI. Estamos a organizar um Encontro em parceria com a Câmara Municipal de Tavira, no Algarve, onde procuraremos construir uma perspectiva relacional sobre o tema Desenvolvimento, Educação e Psicanálise, reunindo profissionais da psicoterapia, da psicologia, da educação e do serviço social desta importante região de Portugal. Prevemos também organizar, em 2013, a 1ª Conferência em Psicoterapia e Psicanálise Relacional.
Participaremos, ainda, com delegações portuguesas, quer na IARPP International Conference, em Santiago do Chile, quer na IV Reunião Anual da IARPP Espanha em Barcelona. Estivemos já, em 2012, na Conferência IARPP de Nova Iorque e, em Espanha, em Sevilha, com os nossos colegas espanhóis Coderch, Riera, Avila-Espada, Jimenez, Sutil, Velasco e tantos outros (gracias, amigos, pelo vosso acolhimento) e com Jessica Benjamin e, em Madrid, com Donna Orange e, noutra ocasião, com Robert Stolorow. Fizemos, em conjunto, uma entrevista de fundo com Robert Stolorow e publicámos uma crónica portuguesa desse encontro com a psicanálise intersubjectiva na revista electrónica Clinica y Investigacion Relacional.
É de referir que têm havido vários pedidos para que a IARPP Portugal promova a formação de Psicanalistas, o que revela o interesse e a esperança nesta nova instituição.

A psicanálise relacional, a dinâmica fértil dos seus modelos e ideias – e as pessoas – são a nossa inspiração. Recolheremos sempre com gosto a experiência dos nossos parceiros e amigos da IARPP e procuraremos contribuir para a afirmação dos seus e nossos valores fundamentais, da exigência e da responsabilidade, da liberdade e da abertura ao Outro, e do progresso e da amizade, no contexto analítico e na sociedade.