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1 October- December
    “The Paternal Function in Psychoanalytic Technique”

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the start of the third  IPA debate, Paternal function in psychoanalytic technique. Rosine Perelberg (UK) has kindly agreed to chair this round of debate. The three invited contributors are Louis Brunet (Canada), Leticia Glocer Fiorini (Argentina) and Kai Klitzing (Germany).

When we start to think about the paternal function in the analytic technique it becomes clear that we first have to define what we mean when we say: paternal function. It has been descried amongst others as introducing the child to the symbolic world, or as the transitional space in the analytic dyad or as the function of the preoedipal/oedipal father in triangulation. However, in fact, each theoretical school have approached the idea of paternal function in psychoanalytic technique from a different angle.  

This debate promises to be a lively and interesting exchange of ideas as each of the participating analysts brings their perspective to this important topic.


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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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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