Reports from the Local Chapters

By Steven Kuchuck (USA) and Marianne Kennedy (Australia)
Co-chairs of the Local Chapters Committee

We are pleased to present reports from the local chapters in Australia, Spain, and the UK. We are also welcome the members of the new IARPP-Spain board as well as the newly formed committee steering a restructure of IARPP-UK.

We look forward to meeting many of you in Rome in June.

Warm regards,

Steven Kuchuck and Marianne Kennedy

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222 West 14th Street, Suite 5M
New York, NY 10011   USA
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Marianne Kennedy

Marianne Kennedy, MA, LCC Co-chair
Registered Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Level 1, 215 Darling St
Balmain, NSW 2041


News from IARPP-Spain

By Aleksandra Misiolek

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We are pleased to announce that the IARPP Spanish Chapter has a new board for the term beginning 2016 through 2020:

President (2016-2020): Rosa Velasco Fraile (Barcelona)
Vice-president: Juan José Martínez Ibáñez (Seville)
Secretary: Aleksandra Misiolek (Barcelona)
Treasurer: Luis Raimundo Guerra Cid (Valencia)

Former president (2005-2015): Alejandro Ávila Espada, conferred the title of honorary president.

IARPP-Spain will now be headquartered in Barcelona. Additionally, a new website for our chapter has been created. We invite to you take a look: 

The former website, having operated from 2005 through 2015, has been archived and can be found at this web address:

The new contact for the board is secretaria[at]

Our board is looking forward to this new adventure and challenge. We have started planning the next annual IARPP-Spain conference to be held in Barcelona on March 31 and April 1, 2017 with Paul Wachtel (USA) as the featured speaker.

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Calle Equador 95, 1, 4
08029 Barcelona




Estamos encantados de anunciar que IARPP España tiene una nueva junta directiva para el periodo 2016-2020.

Presidenta (2016-2020): Rosa Velasco Fraile (Barcelona)
Vicepresidente: Juan José Martínez Ibáñez (Sevilla)
Secretaria: Aleksandra Misiolek (Barcelona)
Tesorero: Luis Raimundo Guerra Cid (Valencia)

El presidente anterior (2005-2015): Alejandro Ávila Espada obtiene el título de presidente de honor.

El domicilio social se ha movido a Barcelona. La nueva web del capítulo español es La página anterior está en el proceso de cambio y pasará a ser la sección documental e histórica de IARPP e IARPP España (2005-2015) y se mantiene en la dirección:

El nuevo contacto de la junta es secretaria[at]

Tenemos mucha ilusión por esta nueva aventura y nuevo reto. Hemos empezado nuestra legislatura decidiendo sobre la próxima reunión de IARPP-E, que tendrá lugar en Barcelona el 31 de marzo y 1 de abril de 2017, con Paul Wachtel como ponente invitado.

Aleksandra Misiolek
Calle Equador 95, 1, 4
08029 Barcelona


Report from IARPP-UK

By Fiona Starr, Kate Brown, and Andrea Oskis

Following their panel presentation at the Toronto conference last year, Kate Brown, Andrea Oskis, and Fiona Starr are in the process of relaunching the UK chapter of IARPP. Having been inspired by the IARPP network of chapters around the world, they are keen to revitalize their local chapter. Fiona, Kate, and Andrea recently met with Aaron Balick (UK), the previous chair of IARPP-UK and current chair of The Relational School (TRS). With Aaron’s mentoring they are examining the IARPP-UK constitution and planning a relaunch event open to both IARPP members and non-members, with the goal of generating new interest for the UK chapter of our organization.

Fiona and Andrea are both academics at Middlesex University in North London in addition to working in independent practice. Andrea has just completed her Bowlby Centre psychotherapy training, while Fiona is a clinical psychologist and family therapist. Kate is currently undertaking a PhD at Middlesex University, works in the National Health Service, and is part of the Bowlby Centre teaching team. She is also on the editorial board of the journal Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with  Kate, Fiona, or Andrea if you would like to know more. Working closely as a team, they look forward to informing you of their flourishing progress with IARPP-UK.


starrphoto0216wwwFiona Starr, DClinPsy, CPsychol, AFBPs
Associate Professor in Psychology
Consultant Clinical Psychologist (BPS Chartered & HCPC Registered)
Department of Psychology
Middlesex University
The Burroughs
Hendon, London NW4 4BT UK
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brownphoto1115wKate Brown
UKCP registered
Attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist
Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
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oskisphoto0216wwwAndrea Oskis, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
School of Science and Technology
Middlesex University
Hendon NW4 4BT UK
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Report from IARPP-Australia

By Roberto D’Angelo, Chair

Greetings from Australia! The Australian chapter of IARPP has been busy preparing and running our 2016 seminar program, and has also been working closely with the 2017 IARPP Sydney Conference Committee. It’s an exciting time to be a part of IARPP in Australia, as our community is growing rapidly. We continue to attract people from all over Australia and New Zealand to our seminars, with online streaming making relational thinking available to even those who live on the other side of our vast continent. I think we are helping people connect with relational ideas in a very live way, establishing our organization as a vibrant community with its own unique perspectives. IARPP-Australia has become an established presence in the psychoanalytic scene here, alongside other, longer established organizations and institutes.

Our year began with a visit by Joyce Slochower, who presented her ideas on holding and sexual boundary violations. The post-paper discussion among the audience was moving and powerful, offering a rare opportunity to talk about violations in our own community in a very vulnerable and open way. I would like to thank Joyce for opening up this kind of conversation, which I hope will continue in our own study groups and within our institutes. One issue that emerged from this discussion was the complexity of distinguishing enactments from more egregious boundary violations, particularly for regulatory bodies who don’t always have the necessary level of psychoanalytic expertise in which to discern the difference.

We are now well into our 2016 videoconferenced seminar series. Everybody is still talking about Margaret Crastnopol’s seminar on micro-trauma a few weeks go. Next we will have Howard Bacal, then Mark Blechner, followed by Bill Coburn, Virginia Goldner, and Avgi Saketopoulou. A visit to Australia by Phil Ringstrom is also looking like a real possibility. We are very much looking forward to experiencing more of his current thinking, having had a taste of it during his incredibly successful Sydney seminar on couples treatment in 2014.

We are also working tirelessly to plan an amazing conference for IARPP members worldwide in 2017. If the enthusiasm of our chapter and conference committees is anything to go by, I am sure the conference will be a huge success. I encourage all of you to think about making Australia your 2017 holiday destination. Remember, May 25 through 28 are the dates for the IARPP Conference in Sydney. No matter whether you have always wanted to visit the outback and our beaches, or whether you want to experience the gourmet and cultural offerings of our capital cities, Sydney is at the center of it all and a great place to start or finish your journey.

dangelophoto1115wDr. Roberto D’Angelo
PsyD FRANZCP, MMed (Psychotherapy), MBBS
Suite 33, 8 Hill St.
Surry Hills, NSW 2010    Australia
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