Welcome to the new IPA website. We have been rolling out new features of the website over the past number of months. The scientific database has recently come on-line. We will continue to add new features over the near future. We now have the capability of hosting blogs.
We conceive of the IPA website as having dual purposes.
On the one hand, the website is a service to the membership of the IPA. You can access information about membership, look up contact information, and obtain information about Congresses and other events of interest to psychoanalysts. The website can be used to communication to and among the committees of the IPA. We plan to develop a database of scientific information about psychoanalysis. This could include not only Congress Papers but contributions from IPA members on a number of theoretical, clinical and cultural topics. We would welcome submissions of papers and analyses of cultural and political events. We can also link to documents of psychoanalytic interest on other websites.
On the other hand, we would like to develop a ‘public’ side to the website. This would constitute an outreach to the interested and informed public. When someone searches for a psychoanalytic topic, we would like to be an alternative to Wikipedia. We would also like to reach out to the non-psychoanalytic clinical community. To do this, we will need information about psychoanalytic topics written in clear, non-technical language. Our committee, in conjunction with the Public Information Committee, wants to develop a plan to implement this goal over the next year. We will need volunteers to write such articles and to write reviews of movies, books, plays, opera, etc. We would love to develop a list of psychoanalysts willing to contribute an occasional review or write a regular blog in a particular area. If you have any interest in this area, please contact the editor.