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March 31, 2021  

52° IPA Congress - Introduction to the Panel: The Infantile and its dimension in the finding of unconscious fantasy.


Figure of youthful Eros, Freud Museum London.


"The Infantile and its dimension in the finding of unconscious fantasy".
S. Bolognini, P. Ellman, D. Chavis, N. R. Goodman, A. Fainstein, D. Birksted-Breen.

52° IPA Congress
22 July 2021 20:00-21:30 GMT
English - Panel


The infantile is always present, in the child, the adult, dreams and in waking life.  The infantile appears in transference/countertransference and also is found when societal trauma is active.  This panel looks closely at the infantile in forces of the mind, in unconscious fantasy, in development and in the treatment relationship.

M.D. and Psychiatrist, Stefano Bolognini has been President of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and then President of the International Psychoanalytical Association (2013-2017). He lives and works in Bologna (Italy), and is supervisor of Public Psychiatric Services.
For 10 years (2002-2012) he was member of the European Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis; he is Honorary Member of the New York Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS), of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS); from 2013, member of the Advisory Board of the International Psychoanalytic University of Berlin (IPU);  founder (2014) and Chair (from 2016) of the IPA Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (IRED).
His main scientific interests regard Psychoanalytic Empathy, Interpsychic Dimension, Institutional Organizations and Issues, Educational Process, Theory of Technique.
Bolognini has published 250 psychoanalytic papers in international books and reviews.
Among his books, translated in several languages: Like Wind, Like Wave (Other Press, 2006)]; Psychoanalytic Empathy (Free Association, 2004); Secret Passages. Theory and Technique of the Interpsychic Relations, Routledge, 2010);  “Das Ereignis der Einfuehlung. Zwei Psychoanalytische Reflexionen” (Verlag Turia+Kant, Wien-Berlin, 2017).
His last book “Vital Flows between Self and Not-Self” is in publication by Routledge (London).

Doug Chavis is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Washington Baltimore Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is in the private practice of child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysis. He recently published The Construction of Sadomasochism: Vicissitudes of Attachment and Mentalization, IJP 2018.

Paula L. Ellman, Ph.D., ABPP. is a training and supervising analyst in the Contemporary Freudian Society, Washington DC and the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis.  She is Overall Chair of the IPA Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis and Chair of the IPA Intercommittee Work Group on Prejudice and Race.  She is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and is a Board Member of the North America Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC).  Recent publications include: Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma, and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (with N. Goodman, Routledge, 2017) and The Courage to Fight Violence against Women: Psychoanalytic and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (with N. Goodman, Karnac, 2017). She has a private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Nancy Goodman is a training and supervising analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington D.C. and the IPA. She publishes about trauma, witnessing, female development, sado-masochism, and enactment processes. Finding Unconscious Fantasy is a major theme in Nancy's work found in the book, Finding Unconscious Fantasy in narrative, trauma and body pain, edited with Paula Ellman.

Dana Birksted-Breen, Ph.D., is a training and supervising psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Former Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis books, she is currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Her latest book is The Work of Psychoanalysis, Sexuality, Time and the Psychoanalytic Mind  New Library of Psychoanalysis, Routledge 2016. Her most recent paper “Pathways of the Unconscious: When the Body is the Receiver/Instrument” was published in the Centenary issue of  the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (issue 6,  2019). She conceived and co-curated an exhibition at the Freud Museum, London, “The Enigma of the Hour, One Hundred Years of Psychoanalytic Thought”( June- August 2019) and a short film about it She is the editor of Translation/Transformation, 100 Years of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, New Library , Routledge 2021, nominated for the Gradiva Prize 2021.

Abel Fainstein MD. Psychiatrist. Mag. in Psychoanalysis. Full Member, Training Analyst and former President of the Argentine Psychoanalytical Association. Former President of FEPAL. Former member of the IPA  Board and Ex Com. Member of the Institutional Issue Committee and Advisor of the IRED. Konex Award in Psychoanalysis 2016. Private Practice. Supervisor. Professor at the Angel Garma Institute of APA and at the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires.

March 29, 2021  

José Alberto Zusman: Between the Axes of Dependency and Addiction.


The present paper suggests the existence of two axes of human development: the axis of dependence, associated with human connectedness and the axis of addiction, associated with using inanimate objects to fulfill one’s needs. A crucial role of the analyst who treats people with addictions is to promote movement towards the axis of dependence.

Jose Alberto Zusman, M.D, is Chair of the IPA Subcommittee on Addiction; Post- Doctor on Addiction mentored by Edward Khantzian (Harvard); Full Member and Professor at the Psychoanalitic Society of Rio de Janeiro (SPRJ); PhD on Psychoanalysis mentored by Eustachio Portella Nunus (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); Professor and Supervisor of Psychoanalysis at the Psychiatric Residency programme at the Institute of Psychiatry (UFRJ).

This episode is available also in Portuguese

March 22, 2021  

Moccia/Barnà/Sarno - Panel On The Psychoanalytic Method Today.

In this episode we present a Panel that took place recently in the Centro di Psicoanalisi Romano of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society. The participants are Giuseppe Moccia, chair of the Panel, Cono Aldo Barnà and Lucio Sarno. The theme that is developed concerns the variations of the psychoanalytic method in relation both to the new pathologies and to the extensions of the analytic treatment to new contexts, such as the family, couples and groups. The changes caused by the new conditions due to the Covid 19 pandemic are also considered.

Giuseppe  Moccia is a Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, and Training Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has long been a supervisor at the psychiatric services of Roma and Ancona, President and Scientific Secretary of the Centro di Psicoanalisi Romano and Coordinator of the Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience Committee of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society. He has written numerous articles in Italian and international journals on the issues of patients with severe pathology, the intersubjective approach as well as the relationship between psychoanalysis and neuroscience.
This text is read by Diego Francisco Andrade.

link to his paper


Cono Aldo Barnà is a physician, psychiatrist and Training Analyst for the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has worked in psychiatric centers of the Italian Health System and has been supervisor of many socio-health teams in various Italian cities. He was President of the Centro di Psicoanalisi Romano and Vice President of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society. He is co-author of the "Unconscious" entry in the Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of the International Psychoanalytic Association and books on psychoanalysis. Since the 1970’s he has produced many articles on psychiatry and psychoanalysis.
This text is read by Diego Francisco Andrade.

link to his paper


Lucio Sarno is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy. He was the Chief of the Service of Clinical and Health Psychology at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. He now directs the Counseling Service and the Centre for the Promotion of Psychological Wellbeing and Health Protection at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan.
He is a Training Analyst of Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) , a Full Member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and a “qualified expert” in the analysis of children and adolescents. He has held numerous institutional positions.
He founded and was President of the Italian Institute of Group Psychoanalysis.

This text is read by Adam Muri-Rosenthal.

link to his paper


Key Takeaways:
[0:34] Giuseppe Moccia
[6:38] Cono Aldo Barnà
[42:34] Lucio Sarno

This episode is available also in Italian

Chopin Etudes, Op. 25
Żołnowski Kwartet Japoński II -  Complete Performance. Maciej Żołnowski.

March 13, 2021  

Michael Parsons - Psychoanalysis and Art.

Michael Parsons is a Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a member of the French Psychoanalytic Association. After a degree in classical literature, ancient history and philosophy, he became a doctor and specialised in psychiatry. He trained as an analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London, and worked for thirty years in full-time private analytic practice. He has a particular interest in connections between psychoanalysis and other fields such as art, literature and religion.

He is the author of two books: The Dove that Returns, The Dove that Vanishes: Paradox and Creativity in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2000) and Living Psychoanalysis: From Theory to Experience (Routledge, 2014). He is also co-editor of the collected papers of Enid Balint under the title Before I was I: Psychoanalysis and the Imagination. (Free Association, 1993).

His podcast is about the relation between psychoanalysis and the visual arts, literature and music. It draws on his two books, quoting passages from them, and develops some further ideas relating to this theme.

Link to the paper




March 7, 2021  

Milagros Cid Sanz - Broken Mirrors. The transitional function of the narcissistic double.

In this episode, Milagros Cid Sanz reflects on the transitional role of the narcissistic double in the constitution of the subject, considering this transition from the integration of autoerotisms into a unified narcissism, to the full differentiated object relationship in its alterity, and its repercussions on the psychoanalytical cure.

Milagros Cid Sanz is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, Full Member and Training Analyst of  the Asociación psicoanalítica de Madrid (APM), were she has held various positions, among which we highlight:

-  President of the APM (2006-2009)

- Currently, Editor in chief of la revista de psicoanálisis de la Asociación psicoanalítica de Madrid.

At the EPF (European psychoanalytical federation):

  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the Congress of the FEP

At the IPA (International psychoanalytic association) :

  • Member of the IPA Outreach Committee as European Representative.
  • From 2020 Co-chair for Europe of the IPA Ethical Committee.

Conferences and clinical presentations in Spain,  Europe, and Latin-America. She is author of more than fifty published works. Psychoanalytical articles, books reviews and psychoanalytical collective books.


Link to the paper


This episode is available also in Spanish

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