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May 4, 2021  

Ruggero Levy - “The polyphony of contemporary psychoanalysis: the multiple languages of man”.

The work proposes that the contemporary analyst can and should listen to the varied languages of man and, with a specific technical stance, help the patient, through intermediary moments, to think what was unthinkable, to name what was unnameable. It departs from listening to the language of the non-symbolic, which depends on the analyst’s capacity for reverie and their capacity to metaphorise the patient’s reports, to propose instead the construction of symbolic forms through the use of scaffolding for thinking. This is what permits the historicising, the placing of the patient’s life in a narrative. If this does not take place, there is an eternal presentification of the traumatic emotional experience, resulting in the “murder of time” (Green).

Ruggero Levy is a Psychoanalyst, Full Member and Training Analyst of the Psychoanalytic Society from Porto Alegre (SPPA), Brasil; Former President of SPPA; Chair of the IPA Working Parties Committee; Keynote paper/Major Lecture at the 50th IPAC in Buenos Aires, 2017; Ex-IPA Board Member from 2011-2013 and from 2013-2015; Professor and supervisor of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in the Courses of Specialization on Children, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy; Author of many book chapters and scientific papers published in regional, national and international psychoanalytic reviews.

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Ruggero Levy (2019) The polyphony of contemporary psychoanalysis: the multiple languages of man, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 100:4, 656-673, DOI: 10.1080/00207578.2019.1636251


Pair of Transverse Flutes, mid-18th century, Johann Wilhelm Oberlender (the Elder) Courtesy Met Museum, New York.

April 27, 2021  

Sabin Aduriz - “Narcissism Today”.

In this text, the author states that in clinical work with patients, the narcissistic problem places the psychoanalyst's sensitivity in the foreground. He addresses a conceptualization of narcissism and the sexualization of the ego, following the postulations of André Green. Sabin Aduriz also develop how the narcissistic polarization of the instinctual drives affects the splitting of the currents of tenderness and sensuality, as well as in the role of the primal scene. Finally, he addresses the function of the ideal and the validity of narcissism in contemporary culture.

Sabin Aduriz is a Psychoanalyst. He is a training analyst of the Madrid Psychoanalytic Association (APM), taking charge of teaching and training at the institute of the APM. He graduated in Psychology and Pedagogy. At the outset of his career, he worked at the Mental Health Center in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) and for 10 years in a high school environment, working especially with adolescents within the FUHEM Schools network, a independent, non-profit association dedicated to promoting social justice, environmental sustainability and social action through education.

He has served as Director of the APM Institute and, therefore, of its Teaching Committee.

He has given lectures and courses on "Narcissism today" and on “Clinical treatment of narcissism in adolescence." He also has published several articles in the APM journal, including one titled Repetition and Creation: Narcissism and Drive Life.

Link to the paper


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"Julie Le Brun (1780–1819) Looking in a Mirror", by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. Courtesy Met Museum, New York.

April 20, 2021  

Inter-regional encyclopaedic dictionary of psychoanalysis: Migration and mutation of concepts.

Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae: Portraits of the Wives of Emperors. Courtesy Met Museum, New York

Focusing on the concepts of “SELF” and ‘INTERSUBJECTIVTY”, the panelists Stefano Bolognini (Chair of IRED), Arne Jemstedt (Co-Chair for Europe), Ines Bayona (Co-Chair for Latin America) and Eva Papiasvili (Co-Chair for North America) will elucidate how the concepts change (mutate) as they cross (migrate) among different psychoanalytic and socio-cultural geographies.

Stefano Bolognini, Italy

Eva Papiasvili, United States

Ines Bayona Villegas, Colombia
Arne Jemstedt, Sweden

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April 14, 2021  

Timothy Keogh - A commentary on “The Response Aroused by the Psychopath”, Commemorating its author, Neville Symington.

In today’s episode Maria Teresa Hooke (Past President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society and past Chair of the IPA Committee on New Groups) welcomes Timothy Keogh (Current President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society), who presents a modified version of a commentary (published in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Forensic Psychotherapy [2019]) on Neville Symington’s classic paper, The Response Aroused by the Psychopath (1980), to highlight Neville’s lesser known contribution to forensic psychoanalysis and to present a view on this concept from the perspective of a contemporary psychoanalyst.

Dr Timothy Keogh is a psychoanalyst, forensic psychologist and couple and family psychotherapist.  He has had thirty years’ experience working with offenders in a variety of clinical and executive roles in both Juvenile Justice and Corrective Services in Australia, including State-Wide Director of Inmate Services and Programs. A member of the Mental Health Tribunal (Civil and Forensic), he also recently led the establishment of the Australian Forensic Psychotherapy Association, of which he is the inaugural President.  

Dr Keogh also has a strong interest and commitment to indigenous issues and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of CASSE, a psychoanalytically-oriented charity that provides an Aboriginal program in Central Australia.  He also had a key role in establishing and is current President of a Psychoanalytic Charity Penthos, immediate past vice president (English) of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP), a member of the IPA Committee on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis and Vice President of the Australasian Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies.  He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Medical School (University of Sydney) and a visiting Professor to the Tonji Medical School (University of Wuhan) in China.  He authored Through a Glass Darkly (2012) and is senior editor of Psychoanalytic Approaches to Loss (2018) and Interpretation in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (2019).

Link to the paper

April 7, 2021  

Dominique Scarfone - The Time Before Us.


Freud and Winnicott have expressed the opinion that if their psychoanalytic ideas are correct, then poets and writers will have thought of them first. Dominique Scarfone, who has developed the concept of “actual time” on metapsychological grounds, concurs with their opinion by showing that variants of “actual time” can be found in the works of the American poet W. S. Merwin, the British writer Virginia Woolf, and the German philosopher Walter Benjamin. Their poetry, literary prose, and philosophy, respectively, are shown to resonate with the time dimension of the psychoanalytic process.

Dominique Scarfone, M.D., is a training and supervising analyst in the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (Montreal French Branches) in the process of retiring from his practice of more than 40 years. A former full professor at the Université de Montréal, he was for many years an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He is presently chairing the Executive committee of the International Journal’s College. 

The author of  numerous journal articles and book chapters, he published  a number books, among which Laplanche: An introduction and The Unpast. The Actual Unconscious, both published in 2015 in New York by UIT-The Unconscious in Translation. He co-edited with Howard B. Levine and Gail Reed. Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning (Karnac, 2013). A new book is in preparation : The Reality of the Message. Seduction, trauma and transference. (provisional title) to be published by UIT.

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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).

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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

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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


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February 26, 2021  

Lena Theodorou Ehrlich - Psychoanalysis from the Inside Out.

Lena Theodorou Ehrlich is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, visiting faculty at the Denver Psychoanalytic Institute, and Clinical Supervisor at the University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry. She has maintained a lively practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and supervision in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 30 years. She is internationally recognized for her original contributions to the literature on beginning and deepening analysis and building and maintaining a psychoanalytic practice.  Her 2019 paper, Teleanalysis: Slippery slope or rich opportunity? won the 2019 Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association prize award for excellence in psychoanalytic scholarship and distinguished contributions to the journal. Her book, Psychoanalysis from the Inside Out: Developing and Sustaining an Analytic Identity and Practice is available on Amazon and the Routledge Press website.



Developing and Sustaining an Analytic Identity and Practice.

Published July 29, 2020 by Routledge
180 Pages


February 22, 2021  

Susana Kuras Mauer, Sara Moscona, Silvia Resnizky - Psychoanalytic Work with Families and Couples.

Over the last thirty years, there have been significant changes in the structure of families and couples. These include challenges to the traditional family structure, women’s empowerment, a rebellion against the patriarchy and the legitimization of same-sex couples. All of these have brought about a dramatic increase in the diversity of family configurations. In this book, the authors aim to take into account these new configurations and explore new ways of thinking about the links within families, couples and siblings. Their book describes clinical interventions which are based on the link approach, which enables the broadening of the range of classical psychoanalytic resources. The link approach is not content with proposing just one more application of psychoanalysis but seeks to account conceptually for the territorial expansion that has occurred in contemporary psychoanalysis.

The 3 authors are Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association Training Analysts and Professors at the Master´s Program in Family and Couple Studies in the University Institute of Mental Health of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association.


Susana Kuras Mauer,  has a Masters in Couples and Families and is an IPA Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis.

Sara Moscona, is a Couples and Families Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.

And  Silvia Resnizky was Director of the Master’s Program in Family and Couple Studies (2013 - 2017), an IPA Board member (2017-2021) and IPA Executive Committee member (2019-2021).


Psychoanalytic Work with Families and Couples:
Clinical Perspectives on Suffering

Published October 15, 2019 by Routledge
158 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations


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February 15, 2021  

Nathan Kravis - On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud.


Nathan Kravis is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute of Psychiatry: History, Policy and the Arts at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He is also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and author of On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud (MIT Press, 2017). He is in private practice in New York City.

In On the Couch, Dr Kravis explores the social history of recumbent posture and delves into its symbolism and representations from classical antiquity to the present. He then situates current analyst ambivalence about the couch within this complex history.

Since its publication in 2017, On the Couch has been translated into German, Turkish, and Russian, and received a Gradiva Award in 2018.

His other recent publications include “The analyst’s hatred of analysis” (Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2013) and “The Googled and Googling analyst” (Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2017).

February 8, 2021  

Teresa Olmos de Paz - A Reflection On Some Concepts In Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

In her work, Teresa Olmos de Paz reflects on some questions and concepts in contemporary psychoanalysis. She emphasizes that the aim of those reflections is to share some ideas among psychoanalysts, because nowadays, no analyst alone can give a global idea of what is considered problematic for contemporary psychoanalysis. Likewise, she highlights the importance of clarifying the concepts facing the diversity of enforced theoretical models in current psychoanalysis.


Teresa Olmos de Paz was born in Córdoba, Argentina. She carried out her psychoanalytic training in Buenos Aires in the 1970’s and has lived in Spain since 1980. She is a training analyst at the Asociación psicoanalítica de Madrid. She has been APM’s president from 2017 till 2019, is a professor at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and was its Director from 2001 to 2003. She is a member of the Forum of Psychoanalysis with adolescents of the European Federation of Psychoanalysis. Among her publications, it should be noted: Structures and / or border states in children, adolescents and adults, together with Carlos Paz and Maria Lucila Pelento. She has published in national and foreign journals, highlighting the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Together with Carlos A. Paz, she obtained the first prize “Annual Book of Psychoanalysis 1990” with the work: Adolescence and borderline pathology: Characteristics of the relevant psychoanalytic process (Int. J. Psycho-Anal.). She has edited and is co-author of “Los huéspedes del yo. Las identificaciones y desidentificaciones en la clínica psicoanalítica. She is also the Editor and co-author of the book: Los Encuentros de Psicoanalistas de Lengua Castellana.


This text will be read by Andy Cohen and you can listen to it also in the original Spanish,  by the voice of the author herself.


Link to the paper



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February 1, 2021  

Jacqueline Schaeffer - The riddle of the repudiation of femininity: the scandal of the feminine dimension

In today's episode Jacqueline Schaeffer presents us with a text: The riddle of the repudiation of femininity: the scandal of the feminine dimension, a theme that she deployed at length in her book Le refus du féminin (la sphinge et son âme en peine), published by Presses Universitaires de France in 1997, republished in 2013, with an afterword by René Roussillon, translated The Universal Refusal by Karnac Books in 2011.

Jacqueline Schaeffer is an honorary training analyst of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society. She was a counselor in the offices of Michel Fain, Augustin Jeanneau and André Green from 1982 to 1989. She was a member of the editorial board of the Revue Française de Psychanalyse and deputy director of the Débats de psychanalyse. She was awarded the Maurice Bouvet Prize for Psychoanalysis in 1987.
Jacqueline Schaeffer is the author of numerous collective works and numerous articles in French and foreign journals on the theme of gender and femininity. A filmed interview and her articles can be sent on request:

Link to the paper


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January 25, 2021  

Fred Busch - Dear Candidate: Analysts from around the World Offer Personal Reflections on Psychoanalytic Training, Education, and the Profession.

In this first-of-kind book, senior psychoanalysts from around the world offer personal reflections on their own training, what it was like to become a psychoanalyst, and what they would like most to convey to the candidate of today. With forty-two personal letters to candidates, this collection helps analysts in training and those recently entering the profession to reflect upon what it means to be a psychoanalytic candidate and enter the profession. Letters tackle the anxieties, ambiguities, complications, and pleasures faced in these tasks. From these reflections, the book serves as a guide through this highly personal, complex, and meaningful experience and helps readers consider the many different meanings of being a candidate in a psychoanalytic institute.

Fred Busch, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Busch has published over 70 articles in the psychoanalytic literature, and four books, primarily on the method and theory of treatment. He has been on numerous editorial boards. His work has been translated into 10 languages, and he has been invited to present over 160 papers and clinical workshops nationally and internationally. Dear Candidate was published by Routledge in 2020.


A pre-publication review from Charles Baekeland, I.P.S.O. President-elect:

"It is possible that you will be surprised and educated by what you find in this book. Determination, kinship, wisdom (and some heartbreak) walk hand in hand through its pages with a rousing breadth, unlikely to be available at a single institute. The writers of the letters have been generous with their experience. Agreements emerge: the profound value of personal analysis, free from artificial institutional requirements, and the necessity of steeping oneself in the literature. Another voice is also audible. Readers of Dante will hear: "Retain all hope, ye who enter here––much hardship awaits you, as do human splendors'."

January 18, 2021  

Ilany Kogan - Narcissistic Fantasies in Film and Fiction - Masters of the Universe.

In this episode, in collaboration with the IPA Publications Committee, chaired by Gabriela Legorreta, we hear from Ilany Kogan who will be speaking about her new book Narcissistic Fantasies in Film and Fiction - Masters of the Universe. Here she studies narcissistic fantasies from a psychoanalytic perspective through the analysis of various protagonists in literature and the performing arts. One of the author's main interests is the narcissistic desire to be "Master of the Universe", a god-like, omnipotent and immortal figure.  Although this wish is a universal propensity of early origin, it is also relevant to the identification with narcissistic leaders in the modern world.

Ilany Kogan is a Training and Supervisory Analyst in the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. She is one of the founders of The Psychotherapy Centre for the Child and Adolescent in Bucharest, Romania. She worked as supervisor for the IPA Study Group in Istanbul, Turkey and currently supervises in in Germany and Romania. For many years she also worked with the offspring of Holocaust survivors and published extensively on this topic. In 2003 she was awarded the Elise M. Hayman Award for her studies on the Holocaust and Genocide. She also received the Sigourney Award for lifetime achievement in her work, in 2016.


Narcissistic Fantasies in Film and Fiction - Masters of the Universe.
Published April 17, 2020 by Routledge, 178 Pages.

January 11, 2021  

Débora Regina Unikowski - The Baby On The Couch.

In this podcast we hear from Débora Regina Unikowski about “The baby on the couch”. Here she shares insights about her work with babies and parents, and how this helps us better understand ‘the baby’ within the mind of the adult. These findings provide an illuminating framework for working with patients during the Pandemic. “The baby on the couch” is also the title of her course offered at the Psychoanalytic Society of Rio de Janeiro in 2018, which was also presented at the XXVII Brazilian Congress of Psychoanalysis in 2019. 

Débora Regina Unikowski, born in Porto Alegre, is a Training, Supervising, Child and Adolescent psychoanalyst at the Psychoanalytical Society of Rio de Janeiro, and current Director of the Institute for Teaching Psychoanalysis. Her interest in babies and the beginnings of mental life goes back to her internship at the Unité des Petits at the Fondation Rothschild in Paris working with Myriam David, where she observed young at risk children, in the prevention of autism and childhood psychosis. She also worked with pregnant women in Venezuela and participated in the Action-Formation research conducted by Serge Lebovici, observing and treating mothers and babies in a Child Mental Protection Center. Now back in Brazil, in addition to working in private practice in Rio De Janeiro, Débora also disseminates psychoanalysis among health and education professionals.

Some published works:

UNIKOWSKI, Débora Regina. Alicerces da maternidade: função continente da observação psicanalítica e do pediatra. In: ZORNIG, Silvia Maria Abu-Jamra;       ARAGÃO, Regina Orth (Org.). Nascimento: antes e depois, cuidados em rede. Curitiba: Honoris Causa, 2011. p.239-245.

UNIKOWSKI, Débora Regina. The development of the maternal feeling in child analysis: Ana and Diana. In: LARTIGUE, Teresa; VARELA, Olga (Ed.). Gender and psychoanalysis: clinical contributions. Aguascalientes [México]: Architecthum Plus, 2013. p.45-50.

UNIKOWSKI, Débora Regina. Desenvolvimento da função simbólica e "analisabilidade". Psicanalítica, Rio de Janeiro, v.17, n.1, p.55-62, 2016.

UNIKOWSKI, Débora Regina. O bebê no divã: reflexões sobre a clínica psicanalítica na primeira infância. Primórdios, Rio de Janeiro, v.5, n.5, p.47-57, 2018.


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January 4, 2021  

Leopoldo Bleger - Some Remarks On The Formation Of Psychoanalysts.

Leopoldo Bleger left Argentina in 1976, where he trained as medical doctor and psychiatrist, and since then he lives in Paris. He is a «supervisor analyst» of the French Association (Association Psychanalytique de France). He has published several papers on the work of Melanie Klein, psychoanalysis in Río de la Plata (Argentina and Uruguay) and on problems of methodology in psychoanalysis. He is member of the EPF (European Psychoanalytic Federation) Working Party on Specificity of the psychoanalytic treatment today. He was General Secretary of the European Federation (2012-2016) and President of his society (2017-2019). 

A first version of this paper was read in the Extraordinary Symposium of EPF (European Federation) in November 2017. This Symposium was organized to discuss the vote of the change of the number of sessions for training analysis, a decision voted by IPA in July 2017, a decision strongly resisted by many European societies. It was published afterwards in a book edited by Alberto Cabral and Abel Fainstein, On Training Analyses. Debates, in 2019.

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December 16, 2020  

Andrea Marzi - Some Basic Points on Psychoanalysis and the Internet.

In this episode we’ll listen to Andrea Marzi on Some basic points on Psychoanalysis and the Internet. Actually, it’s not only psychoanalysis which reads the multifaceted nature of virtual reality, but also the reverse, where cyberspace also affects and influences seminal reflections about psychoanalysis itself and the virtual space of the mind. Psychoanalysis needs to develop an enquiry into the nature of virtual reality and the world of informatics and the new media. Together with a profound reflection from cyberspace about psychoanalysis itself and the “virtual spaces” in the mind, their (possible) existence and meaning, their role within the setting, and the consequences in the analytic field.

Andrea Marzi MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a PhD in Medical Ethics. He is a full member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, Italian Psychoanalytical Society and an active member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, holding in these fields several national and international functions in groups and committees. He is an IPA Member of the Task Force on Remote Analysis in Training and visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK). He worked in the Department of Forensic Psychopathology and has been a former Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Siena. He is also Supervisor in institutions and the NHS, and has published several dozens of scientific articles in national and international journals, as well as many books.

Psychoanalysis, Identity, and the Internet,
Published September 19, 2016 by Routledge.


This episode is available also in Italian

December 8, 2020  

Gregorio Kohon - Monuments and Denials: Creating and Re-creating History.

In today’s episode, we’ll listen to Gregorio Kohon’s work on “Monuments and Denials: Creating and Re-creating History”, that follows on from his book on Reflections on the Aesthetic Experience - Psychoanalysis and the Uncanny.

It is argued that denials are daily events at all levels of human existence. Denials can also work in a negative way: memories, for example, can create events that might have never occurred; even if not true, mnemic inventions may still make sense and become meaningful. Historical and religious monuments are a case in point. They are political statements which work through denials, not always representing historical “truth”.

Gregorio Kohon is a Training Analyst from the British Psychoanalytical Society. He lived in Australia, where he co-founded (together with Valli Shaio Kohon) The Brisbane Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. He published No Lost Certainties to be Recovered; Reflections on the Aesthetic Experience - Psychoanalysis and the Uncanny, and Considering the Nature of Psychoanalysis. He edited The British School of Psychoanalysis - The Independent Tradition; The Dead Mother - The Work of André Green; and British Psychoanalysis - New Perspectives in the Independent Tradition. He edited, together with Rosine Perelberg, The Greening of Psychoanalysis, and co-authored with André Green, Love and its Vicissitudes. His works have been translated into many languages. He is also a poet and a novelist. 


Reflections on the Aesthetic Experience - Psychoanalysis and the Uncanny,
Routledge (2015).


This episode is available also in Spanish

December 2, 2020  

Maria Paz de la Puente - Who’s Afraid of the Impasse? Reflections about a Crossroads.

This episode, Who's Afraid of the Impasse? Reflections about a Crossroads, stems from a clinical concern that the author has seen become more and more important during her practice as a psychoanalyst, appearing often in the clinical material of her colleagues and those she supervises, as well as in her own clinical experience.

Many times, the Impasse tends to go unnoticed. It gets confused with other clinical phenomena, which makes it necessary to illuminate it in a special way. Its approach and complex technical implementation depends on it. In this episode she tries to look at the topics mentioned, emphasizing the necessary diagnosis and the vicissitudes of its approach.

Maria Paz de la Puente is a Peruvian psychoanalyst living in Lima, Peru. She is a Didactic member of the Peruvian Society of Psychoanalysis (SPP), FEPAL and the IPA. She was an IPA board member, as well as an SPP Vice President on two occasions. She also teaches and supervises at her institution, the SPP, and is currently working full time doing clinical work as well community activity and work.


Link to the paper

This episode is available also in Spanish

November 26, 2020  

Udo Hock: Distortion/Entstellung: a fundamental concept of psychoanalysis.

In this episode Udo Hock will present his paper on the notion of “distortion” in psychoanalysis. He has been working for many years on this notion that has been neglected by post-Freudian authors: the “Distortion” or “Disfigurement”, “Entstellung” in German. In his podcast he will show that the term has the status of a fundamental concept in Freud's work. It characterizes the method, the metapsychological concepts as well as the technique of psychoanalysis which is in the tradition of Freud. It is a guideline not only for our clinical work, but also for our thinking on the Unconscious.

After studies in Berlin and Paris, Udo Hock worked as a psychoanalyst in private practice in Berlin. He is member of the Publications Committee of the IPA; member of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation "Jean Laplanche“ in Paris; translator and editor of the work of Jean Laplanche into German; coeditor of the German psychoanalytical journal “Psyche” and lecturer at the International Psychoanalytical University of Berlin. He has written many articles about the classical themes of psychoanalysis, as the concepts of “Drive”, “Time”, “Infantile Sexuality”, “Transference”, “Repetition”, “Cover Memory”- and on the work of Jean Laplanche. He is the author of the book “Thinking the Unconscious: Repetition and Death Drive“ published in German in 2012.

Link to the paper

This episode is available also in German and French

November 19, 2020  

Luis Martin Cabré - Ferenczi’s Legacy in Winnicott’s Work.

In this episode Luis Martin Cabré will show the influence that Ferenczi's thinking about the feminine and the child mind (especially in some of his clinical experiences and theoretical intuitions) had on the development of many of the concepts that Winnicott established in psychoanalytic thought, and which have endured to the present day.

Since, as in Winnicott's case, Ferenczi was practically excluded from readings and discussions among analysts for many years, the hypothesis is that psychoanalytic transmission is not only carried out from reflection and theoretical study but also on an unconscious level and transgenerational manner.

Luis Martin Cabré is past President and full member (with didactic functions) at the Asociación Psicoanalítica de Madrid (APM). He is full member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and an accredited member as a child and adolescent psychoanalyst. He is also a full member of the Spanish Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents, Founding member of the International Foundation "Sándor Ferenczi" and member of the European Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the American Journal of Psychonalysis. Further to this he is the European Representative on the IPA Board (between 2015-2019) and collaborating member of the Instituto Universitario de Salud Mental - IUSAM.

Link to the paper


This episode is available also in Spanish and Italian.


November 11, 2020  

Julia Kristeva - Not Only is There no such Thing as Perversion, moreover we are all Perverse by the Mother-version.

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In today’s episode Julia Kristeva will comment on Ilse and Robért Barande’s report, presented at the 42nd Congress of French Speaking Psychoanalysis in 1982 with the title “Antinomies in the concept of perversion and paradoxes in its application to psychoanalytic theory and practice”.  A new short version will be published in one of the next issues of the Revue Française de psychanalyse for which she has written the introduction. Indeed, she found this report to be “provocative, heavy-handed and of obvious interest in our contemporary times of pandemic and lock down”.


Madame Julia Kristeva is a prolific author, training psychoanalyst at the Psychoanalytic Society of Paris and emeritus professor at the University of Paris 7. Among many books we will only mention a few: Black Sun, A Trilogy; Female Genius: Hanna Arendt; Melanie Klein and Colette; Powers of Horror; Tales of Love; New Maladies of the Soul; Hatred and Forgiveness. Her last book, Dostoyevsky, came out in 2019.

This episode is available also in French

November 5, 2020  

Claudio Neri - Vitality, Vitalism and Shame.

In this episode, Claudio Neri presents his article on "Vitality, Vitalism and Shame". Through a rich narrative, ranging from the memory of his encounter with Bion, to ethnopsychological studies on expressions of anger or joy, to the Myth of Anteo that shows the importance of contact with a safe and revitalizing object, Claudio Neri raises two questions: how can we distinguish natural vitality from exasperated vitalism? And what role does shame play in this presenting itself to others without the armor of one's own defenses?

If enthusiasm is contagious, it is possible, however, to observe how sometimes some individuals may not tolerate being close to a vital subject.  The contagion effect, which emanates from the enthusiastic person, in fact puts them at risk of losing their balance. People who are depressed or very controlling, for example, may feel that the enthusiasm activates an aspect of themselves that they must strictly keep at bay.

What should the psychoanalyst finally do when the shame and the parade of embarrassment and fear are so intense as to prevent one of his patients from approaching vitalizing experiences?


Claudio Neri, MD, is Training and Supervising Analyst at the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, a founder member of the International Field Theory Association.

He is also a member of the the editorial board of the “European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling”;  “Revue de Psychothérapie Psychanalytique de Groupe”;  “Clínica y Análisis Grupal” and of the “Revista de Psicoànalisis de las Configuraciones Vinculares”.

He has published articles and books, primarily on the tecnique and theory of treatment. His work has been translated into six languages.

link to the paper



This episode is read by Brook Barbieri.


This episode is available also in Italian, Spanish, French.

October 29, 2020  

Kenichiro Okano - A Japanese psychoanalyst concerned with shame and dissociation.

In this episode Dr. Kenichiro Okano displays how shame and social phobia could manifest differently between the Eastern and the Western countries, and investigates them from a psychoanalytical point of view. With his personal history of becoming a bicultural psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in the United States and in Japan, he considers that while passivity and non-action induced by shame can be misunderstood in Western culture, it can potentially exert some paradoxical power and influence, at least in the Japanese society. In its conceptualizations, the dissociation construct plays a central role, consistent with its research and clinical experience. 

Dr Kenichiro Okano is a Japanese psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and professor of Clinical Psychology at Kyoto University Department of Education. He is a training and supervising analyst in the Japan Psychoanalytic Society. He is the author of 26 books on psychoanalysis, dissociative disorder, and neurobiology. In 2016 he won The Japanese Psychoanalytical Association’s Distinguished Publications Award.

This episode is available
also in Japanese

October 23, 2020  

Sophia Peer Group - To repair, or to repeat?

In this episode we’ll present the work of a psychoanalytical peer group. A “peer group” is made up of colleagues who choose to work together to explore a certain topic or to achieve a specific goal.

Sophia Group consists of five members from different republics that emerged after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. The goal of this group is to try to dream in the group and work all material out to be able to hold the group and use it as a container for various experiences that the members of the group have.

In this podcast, one of the members of the group introduces it with general remarks on goals and processes in the group. Next Dr. Giovanni Foresti talks about his experiences with the group as its organizational consultant. Last one to talk is Dr. Paolo Fonda who emphasizes his experiences with the dissolution of the Yugoslavia and war traumas that emerged from it. He also talks about how such groups can serve broader social purpose.

We hope in this way to show how group work can be used to help people overcome their differences and prevent bloody conflicts such as Yugoslavian one, and also trauma healing processes after such events.

October 13, 2020  

Carlos D. Nemirovsky - Winnicott and Kohut on Intersubjectivity and Complex Disorders.

In this episode, Carlos D. Nemirovsky presents an excerpt from his latest book: “Winnicott and Kohut on Intersubjectivity and Complex Disorders. New perspectives for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry”.

This book suggests that we need conceptualizations that encompass new clinical phenomena observed in present-day patients, considering that the traditional definitions of basic psychoanalytic notions are no longer comprehensive enough, due to the complexity of scientific developments within and beyond the psychoanalytic field. 
From this perspective, clinical practice with complex patients can particularly benefit from Winnicott and Kohut’s ideas, for these authors see each patient as unique, and are in direct contact with empirical facts.

Carlos D. Nemirovsky is a Training Analyst, Supervisor and President of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association. He is Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Institute of Mental Health, Full Member of the IPA and Member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is author of numerous articles and books and has published in the APdeBA journal Psychoanalysis, and online in and


Intersubjectivity and Complex Disorders.
New perspectives for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry.
Routledge, London, 2020.


This episode is available also in Spanish


October 7, 2020  

Marie-Thérèse Khair Badawi - Being, Thinking, Creating.

In this episode, Marie-Thérèse Khair Badawi presents her paper: “Being, Thinking, Creating: When War Attacks the Setting and the Transference Counter-Attacks”.

This text, published in 2011 concerning the attack of the psychoanalytical setting in war conditions, has revealed the interest of many psychoanalysts during the Covid-19 pandemic which attacks also the setting. The questioning trying to find an issue in a situation of war where the psychoanalysts and their patients are facing the same trauma against the unpredictable which attacks the invariance of the setting, seems to be a similar problematic in these two traumatic states and … even maybe to many others!

Marie-Thérèse Khair Badawi PHD, is Training Analyst of the International Psychoanalytical Association, member of the European Psychoanalytical Federation, of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, co-founder and first President of the Lebanese Association for the Development of Psychoanalysis, the first IPA study group in an Arab speaking country. She is Professor Researcher at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut. Author of numerous publications translated from French to several languages among which one german translation was selected and many published in the Revue Française de Psychanalyse and the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.  She has studied in depth themes on war, trauma, incest and sexuality, specially female sexuality and sexual identity. Her PHD thesis  "Le désir amputé”  published at L'Harmattan, Paris, 1986,  is considered by UNESCO as one of the first reliable studies on female sexuality in the Middle East. 


This text has been published in ten different languages and the version you can listen to in the podcast has been reduced for privacy reasons. For a complete reading of the paper please refer to:

Badawi, M.-T. (2011). Being, Thinking, Creating: When War Attacks the Setting and the Transference Counter-Attacks. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 92(2):401-409.

Badawi, M.-T. (2011). Être, penser, créer : quand la guerre attaque le cadre et que le transfert contre-attaque. Rev. Franç Psychanal, 75(4):1035-1043.


"Le désir amputé"
L'Harmattan, Paris, 1986.


This episode is available also in French and Italian

September 29, 2020  

Irene Ruggiero - Adolescent Dynamics in the Analysis of Adults.

In this episode Irene Ruggiero explores the developmentof the subjectivation process with the aim of demonstrating how adulthood analysis of adolescent problems that have not been worked through constitutes an essential condition for reopening an unfinished subjectivation process. The re-elaboration of suspended adolescent dynamics in adulthood analysis re-ignites a process of spiral temporality, opening up the possibility of reconsidering both adolescent and childhood experiences in the double temporality established by psychoanalytic listening.

Irene Ruggiero, is a Full Member and Training Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She is Secretary of the National Commission for the psychoanalysis of children and adolescents, former Scientific Secretary and President of the Psychoanalytic Center of Bologna. She has actively participated in the scientific life of SPI, IPA and EPF, and is the author of numerous publications in the most important Italian and foreign Journals, as well as in collective volumes. Among her main areas of interest: the adolescence, the body and the analytical relationship. On these topics, she has recently edited two volumes: with Anna Nicolò, "La mente adolescente e il corpo ripudiato"; and, with Nicolino Rossi, "La relazione analitica".

Episode read by Danielle Mitzman, broadcast journalist.

Link to the paper


Reference to the full paper

Ruggiero, I. (2015). Adolescent Dynamics in the Analysisof Adults and Reopening of the Process of Subjectivation. The Italian Psychoanalytic Annual, 9:7-24


La mente adolescente e il corpo ripudiato,
(2016) Franco Angeli

La relazione analitica,
(2016) Franco Angeli


This episode is available also in Italian

September 23, 2020  

Gohar Homayounpour - Tell Me A Story: Shahrzad “in analysis” in contemporary Persia.

In this episode we will dive with Gohar Homayounpour into the tales of One Thousand and One Nights to bring a new articulation to the female Oedipus complex in contemporary Persia, allowing for the emergence of new possibilities of loving. Through a psychoanalytic textual analysis of the Nights, the author uncovers various archetypes of women that have been extinct from a more mainstream discourse, not only in Iran. The archetypes of Persian women populating Shahrazad’s tales night after night have been lost as sources of female identifications. The paper sets out to tell a story, and within it wishes to re-find a whole and integrated Shahrazad as an object of female identifications.

Gohar Homayounpour is an author and psychoanalyst and member of  the International Psychoanalytic Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She is the Training and Supervising psychoanalyst of the Freudian Group of Tehran, where she is also founder and former director. She has published various psychoanalytic articles and her book, Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, published by MIT Press in August 2012, won the Gradiva award and has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Turkish.

Link to the paper

Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, MIT Press.

September 15, 2020  

Rosine Perelberg - Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex.

Pithiviers internment camp
Image from the Holocaust Museum, Pithiviers internment camp in 1941.
In 1942 all the inmates were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In this podcast Rosine Perelberg offers some reflections derived from her paper “Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex”, published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (in 2009), as well as from the last chapter of her book of the same title (in 2016). Rosine Perelberg suggests that in the Shoah one is confronted with the abolition of the law of the dead father. This refers to the murder of the dead father and the re-establishing of the tyranny of the narcissistic father. Based on her considerable knowledge of the literature on antisemitism, her background in history and social anthropology, as well as her own psychoanalytic writings, Rosine Perelberg advances her thoughts about antisemitism across the ages as well as in current times.

Rosine Jozef Perelberg is a Fellow, Training Analyst, and President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London, and Corresponding Member of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she completed her BSc in Humanities and undertook an MSc in Social Anthropology, before her PhD in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She has written and edited 12 books.  Psychic Bisexuality was awarded the 2019 American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize for Best Edited Book. In 1993 she was co-winner of the Cesare Sacerdoti Prize at the IPA Congress in Buenos Aires. In 2006 she was named one of the 10 Women of the Year by the Brazilian National Council of Women.

Link to the paper


Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex
(The New Library of Psychoanalysis).


This episode is available also in French and Portuguese

September 6, 2020  

Anna Ferruta - The Analytic Setting and Space for the other.


Link to the paper

In today's episode Anna Ferruta presents an excerpt from her article published in 2014 in The Italian Psychoanalytic Annual entitled: “The Analytic Setting and Space for the other”.

Anna Ferruta is Psychologist, Full Member and Training Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She works as a psychoanalyst in Milan, Italy, specialising in the treatment of sever psychic pathologies and the psychodynamics of institutional working groups. She is a founding member of Mito&Realtà: Association for Therapeutic Communities. Other appointments have included Vice-Director of Psiche, Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Pavia, and consultant in the Neurological Institute C. Besta, in Milan. She is the author of several Italian and international publications.

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This episode is available also in Italian

August 31, 2020  

Fakhry Davids and Virginia De Micco - Racism and Violence in Pandemic Times.


William Kentridge, North Pole Map, 2003


Racism and violence in pandemic times: a psychoanalytical point of view.
A conversation between Fakhry Davids and Virginia De Micco

In this episode Fakhry Davids and Virginia De Micco begin with a reflection on the “Black Lives Matter” movement, suggesting a continuity between the inequalities of the past and those involved in societal racism today. They consider how such inequalities are internalized, suggesting that it results in one’s in-group identity being structured as an us-them link with an out-group, in which projective processes are heavily involved. Does the increased sense of vulnerability during times of pandemic produce greater pressure to project fear, danger, or ‘evil’ into the racial others – just at a time when their greater vulnerability is more evident?

Fakhry Davids, is a Training and Supervising Analyst of British Society, a member of the International Research Group Geographies of Psychoanalysis, a Board Member of PCCA (Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities, and Member of the Holmes Commission for Racial Equality, American Psychoanalytic Association.

Virginia De Micco, is a Full Member of Italian Society, a member of the International Research Group Geographies of Psychoanalysis, and a Board Member of the group PER (Psicoanalisti Europei per i Rifugiati) of the Italian Society.

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August 24, 2020  

Denys Ribas - Death Drive and Destructiveness.


Link to the paper

Denys Ribas is a psychiatrist, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He directed for 8 years the «Revue Française de Psychanalyse» and was for 4 years the President of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. He has collected a long experience as psychoanalyst in a day hospital for young children, some of whom was autistic. His interest in the death drive comes to him both from the experience of the psychic conflictuality and from his deepening of the specifically autistic problematic, in line with the contributions of Tustin and of Meltzer. He has also worked with Benno Rosenberg, conceiving drive fusion and defusion in their movements in neurosis, in borderline states as well as in psychosomatic states where the somato-psychic balance is disturbed.

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This episode is available also in French

August 17, 2020  

Roosevelt Cassorla - Fanaticism: Reflections based on phenomena in the analytic field.


In today’s episode Roosevelt Cassorla will present his paper: “Fanaticism: Reflections based on phenomena in the analytic field”, recently published in the International Journal of Psychoanalyisis.

Roosevelt Cassorla is a Training Analyst for the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Societies of São Paulo and Campinas as well as a Full Professor of Medical Psychology at the State University of Campinas. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalyisis and of other journals. He is a contributor to the IPA Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis. He has published six books. His latest are The Psychoanalyst, The Theater of Dreams and The Clinic of Enactment and Suicide: Unconscious Factors and Socio-Cultural Aspects: An Introduction (in Portuguese). Cassorla also coordinates the Working Party "Microscopy of the Analytic Session" of the Brazilian and Latin America Psychoanalytic Federations. He received the 2017 Sigourney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychoanalysis.

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August 10, 2020  

Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau - Driven to Preserve Self and Object.


In today’s episode Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau will present her talk titled “Driven to preserve self and object” where she eloquently investigates the structuring function of the object in tension with the subject and its drives; the role of the aggression as an intensified expression of a need; and her original term “Lethe”, describing the energy of these preservative drives.

Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, (PHD) is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society. She has published numerous papers and 3 books on metapsychology, clinical issues, and applied Psychoanalysis. Since 2017 she has been the Chair of the IPA in Culture Committee

Link to Paper

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This podcast is also available in French and German

August 4, 2020  

Marilia Aisenstein - Desire, Pain and Thought.


In today's episode we welcome Marilia Aisenstein who will talk about her upcoming book which will be published at the end of September 2020, titled Désir, douleur, pensée.

Marilia Aisenstein is a training analyst from the Hellenic Psychoanalytical Society and the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, of which she was also President. In 1992 she received the Bouvet Prize. She has been a representative on the Board of the IPA and also on its Executive Committee. She is currently European President of the New Groups Committee of the IPA and Deputy Secretary of the Congress of French Language Psychoanalysts.

Link to paper

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This podcast is also available in French

July 28, 2020  

Mira Erlich-Ginor - “Social Closeness at a Time of Social Distancing”.

In this episode, Kerry Sulkowicz interviews Mira Erlich-Ginor about a unique experience realized during the time of COVID-19: a WhatsApp group of Israel Psychanalytic Society members that became a lively meeting place, evidence of the well-timed response to an existing need, and a series of Zoom meetings dedicated to working intensively on dreams, in the model of the Social Dreaming Matrix.

Link to paper Social Closeness at a Time of Social Distancing

Link to the Orphaned Chairs and Couches PDF

Kerry Sulkowicz is President-elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and Managing Principal, Boswell Group LLC.

Mira Erlich-Ginor is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society; European Representative on the IPA Board (2015-2019); as well as Co-Founder and Secretary of PCCA: Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities, the 2019 recipient of the Sigourney Award.



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July 20, 2020  

Kunihiro Matsuki - “A clinical appreciation of gleichschwebende Aufmerksamkeit in relation to the methods of psychoanalysis”.

In this episode we explore the core psychoanalytic method and the differences between psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Our presenter Dr Kunihiro Matsuki presents two methods relating to perceiving a patient’s unconscious, one linked to the idea of ‘evenly suspended attention’, the other in relation to “free-floating attention’.

Dr Kunihiro Matsuki is President of The Japanese Psychoanalytic Society, Member of the IPA Asia-Pacific Planning Committee and Chair of the IPA Asia-Pacific Sydney 2020 Conference Committee. He is the author of 12 monographs, many psychoanalytic papers and is responsible for the Japanese translations of fundamental authors like Bion and Meltzer. In 2016 he also won The Japanese Psychoanalytical Association’s Distinguished Publications Award.

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This episode is available also in Japanese

July 13, 2020  

Antonio Pérez-Sánchez - “Misunderstandings in Bion’s Work: Intuition”


In this podcast for “Talks on Psychoanalysis” Antonio Pérez-Sánchez presents his paper MISUNDERSTANDINGS IN BION'S WORK: INTUITION where he explores misconceptions around intuition and how these dramatically impact the making of meaning, in the patient-analyst relationship.

Antonio Pérez-Sánchez is a psychiatrist, training and supervising analyst, and past president of the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society. He has written extensively on technical issues in psychoanalysis such as envy, psychic truth, forgiveness, and time. He is the author of five books. His last two books are The Psychotic Organization of the Personality (2018) and Interview and Indicators in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is chair of the Sponsoring Committee of the IPA for the Portuguese Study Group, Nucleo Portuguese de Psicoanalisi, and member of the European team of the IPA-Interregional Encyclopaedic Dictionary.

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Last published books and papers:

Interview and Indicator in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (2012),

Psychotic Organization of the Personality (2018),


The body and the 'here and now' (2019), EPF
Also published in the Italian Journal Psicanalisi  (2019)Vol.23. nº 1.


Link to this paper


This Episode is also available in Spanish


July 7, 2020  

Cláudio Eizirik - “Once again, The Serpent’s Egg?”

In today’s episode we have the opportunity to hear -from the voice of Cláudio Eizirik- his essay on the social, cultural, and political events in Brazil and the world. “Once again, The Serpent’s Egg?”, asks the author, recalling the Bergman's film that portrayed the period previous to Nazism in Germany.

Cláudio Eizirik is a full member, training and supervising analyst at the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society, professor emeritus of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Dr Eizirik is a former President of the International Psychoanalytical Association and of the Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies of Latin America. He received the Sigourney Award in 2011. He has published several books and his main areas of interest are on theory and practice of psychoanalysis, the process of ageing, and the relationship of psychoanalysis with culture. 

Introduction recorded by Frank Andrade
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This Episode is also available in Portuguese

June 29, 2020  

Interview with William Glover, President of the American Psychoanalytic Association

In this episode, Talks On Psychoanalysis hosts an interview with William Glover, President of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He will talk with Anna Christopoulos, member of the IPA website Editorial Board, just a few days after the end of the 109TH Annual APsaA Meeting. This interview will offer us the opportunity to have an in-depth view on the current social and political situation in the United States, from the perspective of the psychoanalytical frame.

William C. Glover is President of the American Psychoanalytic Association and served as North American member of the IPA Board of Representatives, 2009-2011, and 2015-2019. He is Training & Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and lives and practices in Berkeley, California.

Anna L. Christopoulos is a member and the General Secretary of the Hellenic Psychoanalytic Society in Athens, Greece. She is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,  Greece.

Introduction recorded by Frank Andrade
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June 17, 2020  

Fred Busch - “Self-Criticism as a Lifeline”


In today’s episode Fred Bush will speak about his new paper: Self-Criticism as a Lifeline.  Thanks to his clinical vignettes and to his sharp description of the mechanisms that rule the need for self criticism, he will lead us to discover a kind of patient that is different from the one that generally manifest a sense of guilt and melancholia. We’ll see that if they’re not experiencing criticism, these patients encounter the fear of a terrifying void. Because here self criticism is a way to hold on to the primary object.

Fred Busch, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Busch has published over 70 articles in the psychoanalytic literature, and four books, primarily on the method and theory of treatment. He has been on numerous editorial boards. His work has been translated into ten languages, and he has been invited to present over 160 papers and clinical workshops nationally and internationally. His last two books were Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind: A Method and Theory of Psychoanalysis, published in 20014, and in in March, 2019, The Analyst’s Reveries: Explorations in Bion’s Enigmatic Concept. He is currently editing a new book: Dear Candidate: Analysts from around the world write personal letters to candidates.

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June 9, 2020  

Hilit Brodsky - “The Eternal Recurrence Of The Same”

In this new episode we’ll explore, by the voice of Hilit Brodsky, the "Eternal recurrence of the same” and the chasm between memory and forgetfulness.

Hilit Brodsky (PhD) is a clinical social worker and a training psychoanalyst at the Israel Psychoanalytical Society. She is an award winner of the Psychoanalytic Training Today Award of the IPA and a researcher of Psychoanalysis and Culture, focusing on music and musical reverie associated to Trauma. She is a faculty member on the school of Social Work in BIU, a lecturer on the psychotherapy program, Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University and on Bar Ilan Psychotherapy program. Her edited book "criss-cross" on Art, Culture and Psychoanalysis will be published shortly.

Introduction recorded by Frank Andrade

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June 9, 2020  

Merav Roth - “Transference In The Days Of Corona”

Merav Roth (PhD) is a clinical psychologist and a training psychoanalyst at the Israel Psychoanalytical Society. She is a researcher of Hermeneutics and Culture, focusing on the link between psychoanalysis and literature. She is the chair of the psychotherapy program, Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, and the former chair of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in psychoanalysis and the former founder and chair of the post graduate Melanie Klein studies. Roth published various chapters in books and papers on psychoanalysis, literature and trauma.
Among her recent publications, this year her book Reading the Reader – A psychoanalytic perspective on literature - was published by Routledge, 2020.

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Introduction recorded by Frank Andrade.

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May 17, 2020  
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