IARPP Conference 2017 – Sydney

May 25 - May 28 , 2017

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  • Thursday 25 May 2017

    8.30 – 10.30am: PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

    1. Embodying Relational Psychoanalysis Jon Sletvold PsyD, Norway; Marina Amore PhD, Italy
    2. “More than One Can Live”: Reconceiving Harm and Reparation in the Intersubjective World Jessica Benjamin PhD, USA
    3. Self-Disclosure in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Sharon Ziv Beiman PhD, Israel; Phil Ringstrom PhD PsyD, USA
    4. The Cultural Violence of Othering Steven Knoblauch PhD, USA; Katie Gentile PhD, USA

    10.30 – 11.00am: BREAK


    1.1 From the Margins to the Centre: Indigenous Experience Speakers: Cherry Pye Dip Psy, NZ; Alayne Hall PhD, NZ; Margaret Poutu Morice MHS, NZ

    1.2 Documentary Film “Once my Mother”: Meet the Filmmaker
    Speaker: Sophia Turkiewicz Dip Film Direction, AUS Moderator: Leo van Biene MBBS FRANZCP, AUS

    1.3 No Longer Beyond the Pale: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Asperger’s Patients
    Speakers: Shelley Doctors PhD, USA; Doris Brothers PhD, USA
    Moderator: Judy Smyth Mc.D, NZ

    1.4 Creative Expansion of the Clinical Encounter Speakers: Juliet Heeg LCSW-R, USA; Frances V. Dillon LMSW CSW, USA
    Moderator: Philip Wright AD Psych, AUS

    1.5 The Reality of Marginality and the Importance of Mattering
    Speakers: Soh Agatsuma MD PhD, Japan; Shyamsundar Kotagal PsyD, India; Ann Marie Maxwell PhD, Mexico Moderator: Cynthia Chalker LMSW, USA

    1.6 Alternative and Ethical Ways of Living in the Modern World Speakers: Miranda Thorpe BA NZ; Shiri Raz MA Israel; Ann Marie Sacramone MSEd, USA Moderator: Ashley Macpherson MA, AUS

    1.7 Connecting all the Bits: Putting the Puzzle Together
    Speakers: Jan Campbell Thompson MA, AUS; Sandra Toribio PsyD, Spain
    Discussant: Dianna Kenny PhD, AUS
    Moderator: Barbara Pizer PhD, USA

    1.8 Hegemony and Agency
    Speakers: Malin Fors MSc, Norway; Elana Leigh MSc, AUS; Alejandra Plaza Espinosa PhD, Mexico Moderator: Hazel Ipp PhD, Canada

    1.9 The Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Society and Self Speakers: Kathleen McPhillips PhD, AUS; Judith Pickering PhD, AUS; Li-at Perry Lerer MSW, Israel
    Moderator: Gerard Webster PsyD, AUS

    1.10 The Traumatic Relationality of Post-Colonialism
    Speakers: Sally Swartz PhD, South Africa; Simone Drichel PhD, NZ
    Discussant: Uri Hadar PhD, Israel
    Moderator: Cathy Hicks PhD, AUS

    12.30 – 2.00pm: LUNCH BREAK

    2.00 – 4.00pm: FIRST PLENARY
    Speakers: Donna Ingram, AUS; Marie Bashir MBBS AD CVO, AUS; Graham Toomey Dip AS, AUS; Craig San Roque PhD, AUS; Pamela Nathan MPsych, AUS; Brendan Kerin, AUS
    Moderator: Cathy Hicks PhD, AUS

    4.00 – 4.30pm: BREAK

    4.30 – 4.40: IARPP WELCOME: Chana Ullman PhD, Israel, IARPP President

    4.40 – 6.30pm: SECOND PLENARY
    Speakers: Hazel Ipp PhD, Canada; Juan Francisco Jordan-Moore MD, Chile; Paolo Stramba-Badiale PhD, Italy; Russell Meares MD, FRANZCP, AUS
    Interlocutor: Phil Ringstrom PhD, PsyD, USA

    6.30 – 7.30 pm: DISCUSSION GROUPS
    1. Shlomo Beinart PhD, Israel & Michael Green MCP, AUS
    2. Valeria Pulcini PhD, Italy & Allan Shafer PhD, AUS
    3. Tessa Philips PhD, AUS & Dale Wiren NZRP, NZ
    4. Louise de Lambert Dip Psych, NZ & Ingrid Pedroni PhD, Italy
    5. Matias Fernandez Depetris PhD, Chile & Maria Jose Mezzera MA, Chile
    6. Sandra Toribio PsyD, Spain & Gideon Levin MA, Israel
    7. Marcia Steinberg PsyD, USA & Andrew Duncan PhD, NZ

    7.30 – 8.00pm: CANDIDATES RECEPTION

    8.00 – 9.00pm: WELCOME RECEPTION

  • Friday 26 May 2017


    A.1 Film Screening: “Chasing Asylum”
    Speakers: Uri Hadar PhD, Israel; Peter Young MBBS FRANZCP, AUS;
    Francesca Colzani PsyD, Chile
    Moderator: Katie Gentile PhD, USA

    A.2 Psychoanalysis, Politics and Democracy
    Speakers: Sally Swartz PhD, South Africa; Victor Donas PhD, Chile; Lynne Segal PhD, UK Interlocutor: Jill Gentile PhD, USA

    A.3 Child-Adolescent-Parent Panel: Margins, Borders and Meanings in the Family
    Speakers: Ann Marie Sacramone MSEd, USA; Marco Bernabei PhD, Italy;
    Lux Ratnamohan MBBS, AUS
    Moderator: Maria Jose Mezzera MA, Chile

    A.4 Working with Extreme States
    Speakers: Alioscia Boschiroli PsyD, Italy; Carol Mayhew PhD, PsyD, USA; Oliver Lyttelton PhD, Canada
    Moderator: Ann-Marie Swan MSEd. LP, AUS
    A.5. Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in New IARPP areas
    Speakers: Tahir Ozakkas MD PhD, Turkey; Alexandra Trencseni PhD, Germany; Denise Goldfajn PsyD, Brazil; Alberto Samperisi MD, Argentina
    Moderator: Margaret Black Mitchell LCSW, USA

    10.00 – 10.30am: BREAK

    10.30 – 12.30pm: THIRD PLENARY
    Speakers: Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot PhD, Israel; Lama Khouri LMSW, USA; Cynthia Chalker MSS LMSW, USA; Daud Saeed MBBS FRANZCP, AUS
    Interlocutor: Jessica Benjamin PhD, USA

    12.30 – 2.00pm: LUNCH BREAK


    2.1 Talking About Evil Speakers: Rina Lazar PhD, Israel; Eyal Rozmarin PhD, USA
    Moderator: Julian Zanelli, AUS

    2.2 Moving Narrative to the Center of Relational Psychoanalysis—A Cross-Cultural Perspective
    Speakers: Doris Brothers PhD, USA; Jon Sletvold PsyD, Norway; Koichi Togashi PhD, Japan
    Moderator: Eng-Kong Tan MBBS FRANZCP, AUS

    2.3 Destructive manifestations as obstacles to reach the ‘intimate edge’: When Melanie Klein met with Darlene Ehrenberg
    Speakers: Faidra Grammenas MSc, Greece; Matina Kaidantzi MA, Greece; Kostas Mathioudis MA, Greece
    Moderator: Stavros Charalambides MSc, Greece

    2.4 Familiarity and Loss: Shame and Hope in Experiences of Migration
    Speakers: Gavin Ivey PhD, AUS; Laura Miller LCSW, USA; Sarit Gideoni Cohen PhD, Israel; Ingo Lambrecht PhD, NZ
    Moderator: Mark Thorpe PhD, NZ

    2.5 The Tyranny of the Binary vs Phantasy of the Polymorphous
    Speakers: Roberto D’Angelo PsyD, AUS; Roy Aldor PhD, Israel; Paul Letendre MA LMHC, USA
    Moderator: Sue Austin PhD, AUS

    2.6 Trauma and Neglect: Consequences for Development and Sibling Relationships
    Speakers: Irit Felsen PhD, USA; Michelle Harwell LMFT, USA
    Discussant: Rochelle Hersch BSW Hons, AUS
    Moderator: Lesley Brokenshire MNZAP, NZ

    2.7 Ways of Working with Psychoanalysis’ Outsiders
    Speakers: Emma Gentle PhD Candidate, AUS; Christina Emanuel PsyD, USA; Amira Simha-Alpern PhD, USA
    Moderator: Holly Levenkron MSW, USA

    2.8 Mother and Daughters, Fathers and Sons: Working with a Parent/Child Couple
    Speakers: Valeria Pulcini PhD, Italy; Ricky Pelach-Galil PhD, Israel; Celia Conolly PhD Candidate, AUS
    Moderator: John Kearney BSW, AUS

    2.9 Mothers’ Groups for Aboriginal Women and their Babies
    Speakers: Cate Osborn BSW, AUS; Donna Jacobs MCP, AUS; Catherine Keyzer MA ATh, AUS
    Moderator: John O’Connor MHP, NZ

    2.10 New Research in New Areas of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
    Speakers: Leonard Bearne PsyD, USA; Joy Dryer PhD, USA; Nick Bendit MBBS FRANZCP, AUS
    Moderator: Elana Cohen MScMed, AUS

    3.30 – 4.00pm: BREAK

    4.00 – 6.00pm: FOURTH PLENARY
    Speakers: Gill Straker PhD, AUS; Gill Eagle PhD, South Africa; Donna Orange PhD PsyD, USA; Margarita Kahn PhD, Italy
    Moderator: Garth Stevens PhD, South Africa

    6.00 – 7.00: DISCUSSION GROUPS
    1. Shlomo Beinart PhD, Israel & Michael Green MCP, AUS
    2. Valeria Pulcini PhD, Italy & Allan Shafer PhD, AUS
    3. Tessa Philips PhD, AUS & Dale Wiren NZRP, NZ
    4. Louise de Lambert Dip Psych, NZ & Ingrid Pedroni PhD, Italy
    5. Matias Fernandez Depetris PhD, Chile & Maria Jose Mezzera MA, Chile
    6. Sandra Toribio PsyD, Spain & Gideon Levin MA, Israel
    7. Marcia Steinberg PsyD, USA & Andrew Duncan PhD, NZ

  • Saturday 27 May 2017


    B.1 The Need to Speak Out Against Injustice
    Speakers: Uri Hadar PhD, Israel; Peter Young MBBS FRANZCP, AUS; Francesca Colzani PsyD, Chile
    Moderator: Katie Gentile PhD, USA

    B.2 Culture and Psychoanalysis in Asia
    Speakers: Koichi Togashi PhD, Japan; Hsuan-Ying Huang MD PhD, Hong Kong; Shyamsundar Kotagal PsyD, India
    Moderator: Steven Knoblauch PhD, USA

    B.3 Candidates Panel: Navigating Complexity: Considering the Relationship between Theory and Practice
    Speakers: Afarin Hosseini MD, Canada; Paola Cesari PsyD, Italy; Gideon Levin MA, Israel; Adrian Jones PhD, AUS
    Discussant: Joyce Slochower PhD, USA
    Moderator: Margaret Black Mitchell LCSW, USA

    B.4 The Eroticized Transference-Countertransference
    Speakers: Steven Kuchuck LCSW, USA; George Lianos MBBS FRANZCP, AUS
    Interlocutor: Chana Ullman PhD, Israel

    B.5 Failure in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
    Speakers: Alejandro Avila Espada PhD, Spain; Joye Weisel-Barth PhD PsyD, USA; Stavros Charalambides MSc, Greece
    Moderator: Tessa Philips PhD, AUS

    10.00 – 10.30: BREAK


    3.1 Does Truth Matter in Psychoanalysis?
    Speaker: Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot PhD, Israel
    Discussants: Talia Morag PhD, AUS; Brendan McPhillips MBBS MMed, AUS
    Chair: Gill Straker PhD, AUS

    3.2 Pushed To The Limits: Two Analysts Talk About Their Work At The Margins
    Speakers: Michelle Shubin LCSW, USA; Marc Rehm PhD, USA
    Interlocutor: Joyce Slochower PhD, USA

    3.3 Ferenczi’s Relational Unconscious Down Under
    Event Cancelled

    3.4 Notes from Non-European Cultures
    Speakers: Daniel Goldin MFT, USA; John O’Connor MHP, NZ; Koichi Yokoi MD, Japan
    Moderator: Jen Fox MA, AUS

    3.5 Shame, Dignity and Feeling Valued: Can the Experience of Marginality Be Transformed by Psychoanalysis?
    Speakers: Alessandro Riva PhD, Italy; Judi Kobrick PhD, Canada; Alessia D’Alterio PsyD, Italy
    Moderator: Leena Chaugule FRANZCP, AUS

    3.6 Convergences and Collisions between Patient and Therapist
    Speakers: Ida Roldan PhD, USA; Charles Levin PhD, Canada; Linda Sherby PhD, USA
    Moderator: Michael Honnery MBBS FRANZCP, AUS

    3.7 Margin and Centre Tensions in Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration
    Speakers: Kate Shirley BA, USA; Celeste Birkhofer PhD PsyD, USA; Mark Thorpe PhD, NZ
    Moderator: Sharon Ziv Beiman PhD, Israel

    3.8 The Analyst’s Clinical Avoidance of Societal and Environmental Crises
    Speakers: Ilene Philipson PhD, USA; Elizabeth Allured PsyD, USA
    Discussant: Peter Cox B.Psych Hons, AUS
    Moderator: Leo van Biene MBBS FRANZCP, AUS

    3.9 Psychoanalysis and the Socio-Political: Prejudice, Othering and Cumulative Trauma
    Speakers: Andrew Ntsowe MMPsy, MBMSc, AUS; Michelle Scott MA, South Africa
    Discussant: Lama Khouri LMSW, USA
    Moderator: Gavin Ivey PhD, AUS

    3.10 Shame, Guilt and Self-Disclosure
    Speakers: Maria Eugenia Boetsch PsyD, Chile; Adriano Bugliani PhD, Italy
    Interlocutor: Steven Kuchuck LCSW, USA

    12.00 – 1.00pm: LUNCH BREAK

    1.00 – 3.00pm: FIFTH PLENARY
    Speakers: Gerard Webster PsyD, AUS; Eyal Rozmarin PhD, USA; Rosario Castano MA, Spain; Ginna Clark MA, USA
    Interlocutor: Holly Levenkron MSW, USA

    3.00 – 4.00pm: DISCUSSION GROUPS
    1. Shlomo Beinart PhD, Israel & Michael Green MCP, AUS
    2. Valeria Pulcini PhD, Italy & Allan Shafer PhD, AUS
    3. Tessa Philips PhD, AUS & Dale Wiren NZRP, NZ
    4. Louise de Lambert Dip Psych, NZ & Ingrid Pedroni PhD, Italy
    5. Matias Fernandez Depetris PhD, Chile & Maria Jose Mezzera MA, Chile
    6. Sandra Toribio PsyD, Spain & Gideon Levin MA, Israel
    7. Marcia Steinberg PsyD, USA & Andrew Duncan PhD, NZ

    4.00 – 4.30: BREAK


    4.1 Deconstructing the Center and Making the Margins Visible: Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Narcissism of Compulsory Able-bodiedness, Neurodiversity, Autism, and Intellectual Disability
    Speakers: Christina Emanuel PsyD, USA; Malin Fors MSc, Norway; Emese Ilyes MA, USA
    Moderator: Simone Drichel PhD, NZ

    4.2 Couple psychoanalysis and loss: Working from the margins to the center
    Speakers: Timothy Keogh PhD, AUS; Judith Pickering PhD, AUS; Ken Israelstam MD, AUS
    Moderator: Margie Chodos MFCT, AUS

    4.3 Oἶδα – I have seen and so I know
    Speakers: Pietro James Pastonesi MA, Italy; Ilaria Merici MA, Italy
    Discussants: Marina Amore PhD, Italy; Paolo Stramba-Badiale PhD, Italy
    Moderator: Hazel Ipp PhD, Canada

    4.4 Stretching the Frame: Psychotherapy Away from the Clinic
    Speakers: Sasha Scholz DipSW, NZ; Erika Czerwinski PsyD, USA; Naama Hochberg MA, Israel; Or Hareven MA, Israel.
    Moderator: Linde Rosenberg MHSc Hons, NZ

    4.5 Masculine Intimacy, Feminine Law
    Speakers: Jill Gentile PhD, USA; Karla Rodriguez MA, Mexico; Nick Davies PhD, South Africa
    Moderator: Annette Conradi MCFT, AUS

    4.6 The Enigmatics of Identification and Otherness
    Speakers: Robert Benedetti PhD, USA; Veronica Csillag LCSW, USA; Adam Becker DPsych, AUS
    Moderator: Sean Manning MSc, NZ

    4.7 Reformulating Memory and Desire: Perspectives on Post-Modern Psychoanalysis
    Speakers: Gad Ben Sheffer PhD, Israel; Duncan Cartwright PhD, South Africa; Margaret Allan PsyD, USA
    Moderator: Stuart Pizer PhD, USA

    4.8 Twenty-first Century Psychoanalysis and Aggression, Rage and Violence
    Speakers: Geoffrey Borlase MSc Med, AUS; Konstantine Pinteris LCSW, USA
    Moderator: Dale Wiren NZRP, NZ

    4.9 Poetry, Reverie and the Imaginary: Spaces for Creativity and New Meaning
    Speakers: Colette Rayment PhD, AUS; Denise Goldfajn PsyD, Brazil; Sérgio Silva MA, Portugal
    Moderator: Juan Francisco Jordan-Moore MD, Chile

    4.10 Integration of Relational with Somatic and Jungian Frameworks
    Speakers: Roshanak Vahdani MA, AUS; Marianne Kennedy MA, AUS; Emanuele Viaggio PhD, Italy
    Moderator: Mary Bayles MSW, AUS

    6.00 – 7.00pm: MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    7.30 – 11.00pm: CONFERENCE PARTY

  • Sunday 28 May 2017


    5.1 Right Brain Communication in Psychotherapy
    Speakers: Anthony Korner PhD, AUS; Joan Haliburn MBBS MMed, AUS; Janine Stevenson PhD, AUS
    Moderator: Marianne Kennedy MA, AUS

    5.2 Lived Contextualism: The Intersubjective and the Ethical
    Speakers: Donna Orange PhD, PsyD, USA; Peter Maduro J.D, PsyD, USA
    Interlocutor: Leonard Bearne PsyD, USA

    5.3 Finding the Words: Healing Trauma in Aboriginal Children
    Speakers: Julia Sideris MA ATh, AUS; Norma Tracey DipSS, AUS; Sharini Samarakoon MA ATh, AUS
    Moderator: Ingo Lambrecht PhD, NZ

    5.4 Impasse and Imagination: The Relational Psychosomatics
    Speakers: Gonçalo Neves MCP, Portugal; Filipa Canêlo Neves MCP, Portugal
    Interlocutor: Veronica Csillag LCSW, USA

    5.5 Practice, Profession and the Process of Change
    Speakers: Richard Inglis MBBS FRANZCP, AUS; Jo Frasca BSocSc, AUS; Elisabeth Hanscombe PhD, AUS
    Moderator: Sarah Calvert PhD, NZ

    5.6 Group Dreaming and Dynamics
    Speakers: Allan Shafer PhD, AUS; George Bermudez PhD PsyD, USA; Zvi Steve Yadin PhD, USA
    Moderator: Margot Solomon MAHons, NZ

    5.7 Vitality, Ambiguity and the Creation of Meaning: Pragmatic Uses of the Third
    Speakers: Brigitte Puls MA, NZ; Rachel Guterman PhD, Israel; Peter Cox BPsych Hons, AUS
    Moderator: Andrew Leon MBBS MPsy, AUS

    5.8 Radical Honesty, Self-Hatred and Self-Other Alienation
    Speakers: Erik Fagerberg MA, Sweden; Sue Austin PhD, AUS; Eli Kotler MBBS FRANZCP, AUS
    Moderator: Colette Rayment PhD, AUS

    5.9 Metaphors and Truth: Whose Inner World Is This Anyway?
    Speakers: Bruce Lachter MBBS FRANZCP, AUS; Brendan McPhillips MBBS MMed, AUS Moderator: Gad Ben Sheffer PhD, Israel

    5.10 Faith, Spirituality and Forgiveness
    Speakers: Helen Florence PhD, NZ; Lewis Barth PsyD, USA; Terry Mathis PhD, USA
    Moderator: Cecile Barral, AUS

    10.30 – 11.00am; BREAK

    11.00 – 1.00pm: SIXTH PLENARY
    Speakers: Lynne Segal PhD, UK; Joyce Slochower PhD, USA; Barbara Pizer PhD, USA; Stuart Pizer PhD, USA
    Moderator: Estelle Shane PhD, USA

    1.00 – 1.30pm: CONFERENCE CLOSE
    Speakers: Chana Ullman PhD, Israel; Sarah Calvert PhD, NZ

  • Educational Objectives

    This conference is intended for psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, marriage and family counsellors, and clinical professional counsellors, academics, and educators. The conference is organized to facilitate maximum opportunity for questions, comments and dialogue between the audience and the presenters, allowing clinicians to engage in an extensive variety of topics relevant to the field.

    At the conclusion of the conference, participants will be able to:

    • Identify new directions, emerging in different cultural and social contexts, in psychoanalytic thinking, practice and research
    • Evaluate current clinical practice in contemporary relational psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
    • Explain how indigenous and white therapists work with first nation communities and individuals to educate and protect themselves in culturally sensitive ways
    • Discuss current clinical practice in working with trauma in differing contexts and communities such as refugee communities and survivors of abuse within a religious context
    • Describe different modalities to work with individuals at the margins or in conflict
    • Discuss relational thinking and clinical work occurring in areas such as disability, working with sexual offenders, the environ- ment, spirituality, aging and in the interface with technology.This program is sponsored by the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP).


    Continuing Education Credits

    For psychologists:
    IARPP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IARPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    For social workers:
    Approval by the National Association of Social Workers is pend- ing. IARPP, SW CPE #0195 has received preliminary approval from the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work to offer continuing education to licensed social work- ers, effective 6/23/2015.

    For California mental health professionals:
    You may be able to obtain credits for this program. Check with your licensing board to confirm that they accept APA or NASW credits.

    For information about learning objectives for this program, or if you have any questions about Continuing Education Credits, please contact Lucia Lezama at LLezama@iarpp.net.

    Continuing Education Hours will be awarded as follows:

    Thursday Optional Workshops = 2 Hours
    Main Conference Program (Thursday – Sunday) = Hours 25.5 Total Conference = 27.5 Hours

  • Download the Call for Papers HERE:




    We are pleased to open the call for papers for the 14th annual IARPP conference, to be held in Sydney Australia in 2017. The conference will be held at the SMC Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney, and will run from Thursday 25th May to Sunday 28th May 2017.


    When the term ‘relational psychoanalysis’ was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell in 1983, it represented an alternate proposition to the prevailing drive-based view of psychic structure. As such, we might say that the development of relational psychoanalysis itself was situated within the notion of a message from the margins to the centre.

    As Jessica Benjamin wrote in the first edition of the E-news in 2002, one of the reasons for founding the IARPP was to “provide opportunities for people in many different settings in North America and around the world to interact … there are centres of relational thought that would tend toward becoming insular or self-satisfied without the challenge of people who come from different environments where these ideas are not taken for granted.”

    In this conference, in acknowledgement of the fact that Australia and New Zealand are on the margins of the world map, we expect to explore challenges to the centres of relational thought, while also seeking the interplay of ideas flowing from the centre, from the mainstream, in many directions. The conference seeks to examine dialectical tensions between the edge and the centre, between mainstream and innovative ideas from within many different contexts. The vision of the IARPP is to be open to multiple dialogues and dialectics centered in the world of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy but extending into the contemporary world.

    The Sydney conference takes as its theme the enrichment of mainstream ideas and concepts by the addition of thoughts ‘from the margins’. It is our vision that progress and creativity thrive when familiar concepts and ideas are seen from new angles. Those who live, work and think at the margins, at the edges, away from the centre, necessarily have perspectives that differ from those who look from the centre, or from the mainstream. We hope that our conference will offer the opportunity to bridge differences and accordingly, we would like to extend a warm invitation to our colleagues in Asia and the Pacific to join us in developing these contemporary relational perspectives.

    We would like to encourage presentations that offer new and creative ways of looking at, thinking about, and practising psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. This represents a very broad umbrella of possibility in terms of engaging with the conference theme, for there are many different kinds of margins. Some examples might include geographic, racial, cultural, socio-political or economic margins; or populations and cultures at the margins of our society. Then there are the ways of thinking about psychoanalysis and psychotherapy that are situated at the boundaries of current theory, and new settings in which psychoanalysis is applied. These are just some examples of how thoughts from the margins might emerge: in this conference, we invite submissions from all interpretations of the term.

    If you have any queries, you’re welcome to contact us on iarppsydney2017@gmail.com

    NOTE: This Introduction may also be found on the conference website at http://iarppsydney2017.com/call-for-papers On this webpage are also translations of the Introduction in Spanish and Italian.

    Conference Co-Chairs: Cathy Hicks PhD; Sarah Calvert PhD

    International Steering Committee:  Alejandro Avila Espada PhD, Sharon Beiman PhD, Susi Federici-Nebbiosi PhD, Juan Francisco Jordan MD, Hazel Ipp PhD, Rina Lazar PhD, Gianni Nebbiosi PhD, Chana Ullman PhD.

    Local Committee:   Mary Bayles MSW, Lesley Brokenshire, Margie Chodos MCFT, Annette Conradi MCFT, Roberto D’Angelo PsyD MBBS, Margaret Pearl, Daud Saeed MBBS FRANZCP, Claire Virtue MSW, Dale Wiren NZRP.



    (This information and the link to the Abstract Submission Portal can also be found on our conference website http://iarppsydney2017.com/call-for-papers/abstract-submission-process)

    SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT: https://dcconferences.eventsair.com/iarpp2017/absub


    We invite proposals for individual papers and/or panels pertaining broadly to the conference theme “From the Margins to the Centre: Contemporary Relational Perspectives”

    Individual papers: Abstract limit of 600 words PLUS a maximum 120 word statement of THREE Educational Objectives each paper. (These statements must clearly describe what the learner will know or be able to do as a result of having attended your presentation. Learning objectives must be observable and measurable. e.g., list, describe, apply, analyze, assess, utilize, critique, etc.) These items (abstract & three educational objectives) should be on the same page as the abstract.

    Panel presentations: Abstract limit of 1200 words per TOTAL abstract (no more than 3 papers per panel presentation) PLUS a maximum 120 word statement of THREE Educational Objectives each paper. (These statements must clearly describe what the learner will know or be able to do as a result of having attended your presentation. Learning objectives must be observable and measurable. e.g., list, describe, apply, analyze, assess, utilize, critique, etc.) These items (abstract & three educational objectives) should be on the same page as the abstract.

    NOTE: No names should appear on your proposal submission as reviews are anonymous.

    You will also be asked to provide a full Curriculum Vitae and Bio Sketch for each author. The Bio Sketch is not to exceed 200 words per author and will be submitted in a text box in the online form. The Curriculum Vitae/s should be prepared as a separate Word document and will need to be uploaded during the submission process.

    IARPP ‘s policy permits the inclusion of only one presentation per person in the program and encourages the submission of original papers that were not previously presented in large meetings.

    The Conference Committee may group individual papers that are accepted for presentation with other papers in any session.

    FINAL PAPERS will only be requested upon the acceptance of your proposal for the conference. Final papers should be between 2000 and 3000 words and will be due by no later than 1 March 2017. All papers are to be submitted in English.

    The deadline for receipt of proposal submissions is Sunday 2 October 2016.


    To submit your abstract we require you to complete the online abstract submission form. You can access this form using the link at the end of this page. A confirmation email indicating a successful submission will be instantly sent to the email address you have specified.

    You will be required to submit the presenting author’s contact details and details of your abstract (Abstract Title, Presenting Author, Preferred Presentation Type, etc). At the end of the form you should upload your abstract from your computer, including your 3 learning objectives, which should be based on the examples at the end of this page.

    Please ensure that ALL requested information is completed as requested. If you experience any problems during the online submission process, please contact the Conference Secretariat by phone on + 61 2 9954 4400 or iarpp2017@dcconferences.com.au to email the Conference Secretariat.

    All proposal submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Authors will be notified of the Committee’s decision by 2 November 2016. Acceptance is limited by space availability.

    Dates and Deadlines

    25 July 2016: Call for Abstracts opens

    2 October 2016: Call for Abstracts closes at midnight AEST

    8 October 2016: Review period commences

    2 November 2016: Authors notified of results

    1 March 2017: Full papers due

    SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT: https://dcconferences.eventsair.com/iarpp2017/absub

    EXAMPLES OF LEARNING OBJECTIVES may be found on the conference website at


    For those who might need assistance with visa applications, please contact the Conference Secretariat on +61 2 9954 4400 or email iarpp2017@dcconferences.com.au.

  • Apply for Stipend HERE


    (This information, and a link to the application form, is also available on the conference website at http://iarppsydney2017.com/call-for-papers/stipends )

    IARPP is awarding a total of $25,000 in travel support.
    Individual awards will range between $500 and $2000.  


    Recipients must be members of IARPP and meet one of the criteria listed below:

    a) Preference will be given to applicants whose papers were accepted and who are planning to present in the conference. At this stage we need to know if you intend to submit or already have submitted a proposal for presentation in the conference. Our final decision will be taken by Nov. 15, after we know which papers were accepted.

    b) Preference will be given to applicants who are active in a local Chapter and/or in Webinars and/or in other IARPP activities.

    c) Preference will be given to applicants who are candidate or advanced graduate students wishing to attend an IARPP conference for the first time.


    d) Applicants who come from countries or communities with small numbers of IARPP members and can contribute to IARPP activities in their communities.

    In general, priority will be given to applicants who did not receive a stipend for the Rome 2016 conference.

    In making individual award decisions, the cost of attending the conference for each applicant–i.e., the cost of plane travel to the conference location–will be considered along with the applicant’s financial need.  In general, larger awards will be made to those traveling from other continents and smaller awards to those with less significant travel costs or need.

    Stipend Application Deadline: October 15, 2016

    Stipend decisions will be announced on November 15, 2016

    (Note that October 2, 2016 is the deadline for submitting proposals. Acceptances will be announced November 2, 2016).

    The link below leads to the online application form which includes the following questions:

    • Name
    • Email
    • Country
    • Current Membership Status
    • Member since
    • Have you submitted a proposal to the 2017 Conference?  
    • Please describe any IARPP activities (committees, webinars, conferences) you have participated in:
    • Please describe your financial need
    • Did you receive a Stipend to the 2016 IARPP Conference in Rome?
    • Will you be able to attend the Sydney Conference if you do not receive a stipend?
    • Please attach a CV/Bio/Resume
    • Please provide any additional information relevant to your application: limit this information to one page

    Please click on the link below to be taken to the online Stipends Application page: https://iarpp.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_222706
    We thank you for applying for an IARPP stipend for the Sydney conference in May 2017.

    IARPP Stipends Committee
    Phil Ringstrom, Joyce Slochower, Sharon Ziv-Beiman (Chair)

    Note: The information on this application will remain confidential. Only the 3 members of the IARPP stipends committee (Sharon Ziv-Beiman, Phil Ringstrom, and Joyce Slochower), IARPP’s Executive Director, Valerie Ghent and IARPP’s Administrator, Elisa Zazzera, will have access to it.

Download the IARPP 2017 Conference Brochure (pdf)
Download the IARPP 2017 Conference Schedule (pdf)
Download the IARPP 2017 Flier (pdf)

Abstracts available on Conference Website HERE.

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To contact Conference Co-Chairs, click here