Presenters might be implicitly criticised by some at this point or defended by others, as though the analysts were extremely fragile.
Clearly, when threats are in the atmosphere, doors get closed as ways of thinking about them, their origin and the alternative ways they might be dealt with, all become hard.
Pain seems to be around a lot in current discourse.
Some psychoanalysts and their institutions are experiencing profound existential pain: at the institutional level, some think psychoanalysis is endangered because modern economic, social and emotional pressures are creating patients who do not fit classical descriptions so that practice and training needs to be much less “rigid”.
Some informal large-group presentations, describing the Association’s work over the last year, will also take place - this year focusing on the theme of pain in the analytic session and how its recognition can become an opportunity., originally developed as part of the European Psychoanalytic Federation's Ten Year Scientific Initiative involves structuring discussion in steps - ordinary clinical discussion focused on the presenter's work in the sessions, close focus on the function of each of the presenter's interventions (Step 1) and construction of the presenter's working model of psychoanalysis (Step 2).
Presenters have to be arranged well ahead for these workshops and so we wish to incentivise those registering early.
We found ourselves thinking about how our patient’s most difficult early experiences (and the ways they are held back by how they survived in response to them) get into the sessions.
Is there common ground about how they can become transformed or not in psychoanalysis, or if not, what are the lines of divergence?
Registration is normally restricted to members of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) and some invited guests and candidates.
If you are a candidate or not a member of the IPA please contact one of the moderators or email The meeting will mainly consist of moderated small group clinical workshops discussing a presenter's method of doing psychoanalysis in one case (usually through two sessions) in depth.