On May 6, 1980, Freud’s birthday, the Korean Association of Psychoanalysis (KAPA) was established under the name of "The Seoul Research Group for Psychoanalysis." Doo- young Cho, Seung-whan O, Eyoung Kim, Dong-Su Han, Hyun-Woo Kim, and Jin-Wook Sohn were the group's original participants. Ik-Keun Hwang and Heuy Rhee joined the group somewhat later.
Based on the historical fact that the first psychoanalytic meetings were held at Freud's home every Wednesday, back in 1902, we also held our meetings to study psychoanalysis every Wednesday. In retrospect, it was a feeble attempt to start psychoanalysis in Korea. However, with the dedicated efforts of all its members, the KAPA has grown continuously over the last 29 years, in terms of its quality and quantity.
Everyone goes through a strict screening process in order to become a member of the KAPA and are required to promise he/she will be psychoanalytically trained, if possible. All members participate in intensive educational seminars regularly. Also, internationally-outstanding training analysts are invited to give seminars for the members every year. These seminars have been held for two to seven times per year for more than twenty years.
Every year, the KAPA organizes open lectures for non-members who are interested in psychoanalysis, in order to compensate for the limitations of a closed group and to spread psychoanalysis extensively in Korea. One of the KAPA's main activities was supporting members who wished to receive psychoanalytic training at famous psychoanalytic institutes abroad. As a result, we have a number of members who have studied psychoanalysis in the United States or England.
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