This area is for stimulating the exchange of ideas on topics of psychoanalytic interest. The themes we
propose will range from strictly scientific issues to more general ones. Debates will be open to either
IPA Members only or to the General Public also, depending on the topic presented.
Three papers from
colleagues and a comment from the Chair will introduce the discussion.  

February - May


NEW FAMILIES: what psychoanalysis has to say about them. THIS DEBATE IS NOW CLOSED.

Dear Contributors and Participants in the New Families Debate,
I would like to thank Mali Mann, Janine Puget and Anna Nicolo for contributing their papers, reading the posts of
others and continuing a discussion about the way we are thinking about families today.  I would also like to thank
everyone who braved contributing their thoughts to the first online debate on this website.  You all have set up a
thoughtful and intellectually stimulating tone that will help establish this site as a safe place to exchange ideas. 
I also would like to acknowledge the frustration experienced by all due to the numerous technical difficulties
that occurred as a result of the overall redesign of the IPA.org site.  
Kimberly Kleinman

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15 June- 30 September


I am pleased to announce the launch of the second debate, “the Social Responsibility of the Analyst”.
Mirta Goldstein (Argentina) will be chairing the debate.  The invited contributing analysts are
Clara Nemas (Argentina), Rachael Peltz (USA) and Mario Perini (Italy).  Psychoanalysts live in and are
affected by the environment around us. The analyst and the patient are impacted equally, although
perhaps differently, offering challenges to the analyst. Echoing Mirta Goldstein, Debate Chair, it
presents the analyst with predicaments.  Each of contributing analysts present stimulating and thought
generating responses to the question of the analyst’s social responsibility.  All IPA members, candidates,
and interested others are welcomed and encouraged to join these 4 analysts in discussing this important
and intriguing topic.  
We look forward to your participation in this evocative topic.
Robin Deutsch

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September- December
    “The Paternal Function in Psychoanalytic Technique”