Working Parties



A number of small-group Working Parties, running for two days or one and a half days unless indicated, will take place – mostly at the Hilton – on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 July, with the Wednesday sessions concluding in time for the Opening Ceremony. Working Parties will be offered on the following topics; all are offered in English, some in Spanish, some in German, some in French. You can register for a Working Party when you buy your other Congress tickets. Please note that it is a condition of registering for a Working Party that you agree to attend the session or sessions in their entirety.

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Places at the Working Parties are limited and, as demand is expected to be high, you are recommended to register for one as soon as possible.

It is not possible to attend one day of one Working Party, and a second day of another.

Comparative Clinical Methods

(English, Spanish and French) 30 July (09:00 – 18:30) continues on 31 July (09:00 – 13:00)

This Working Party has been designed to allow analysts to talk across theoretical, linguistic and cultural boundaries. The presenter in each group is a psychoanalyst who presents an analysis. The members of the groups have a task: to understand how the presenting analyst works. The group attempts to discover both the explicit and implicit analytic theory and method of the presenting analyst. The presenter gives the background to the case and analytic sessions that represent their way of working with this patient. For Members and Candidates.

Initiating Psychoanalysis

(English, German and French) 31 July (09:00 – 13:00)

The aim of this Working Party is to understand how analysts create a specific psychoanalytic opportunity in preliminary interviews. We have been studying how analysts begin psychoanalytic treatment, and how they convey to an unprepared patient the opportunity offered by psychoanalysis. In each WP there will be a presentation of an initial consultation or series of consultations, followed by an exploration of their dynamics and what the group thinks the likely outcome will be. For Members and Candidates.

Specificity of Psychoanalytic Treatment Today

(English, Spanish and French) 30 July (09:00 – 18:30) continues on 31 July (09:00 – 13:00)

This Working Party has two parts: a clinical part and a research part. The aim is to clarify the specificity of the treatment by analysts of the clinical material they listen to, and after which they associate freely. The methodology of the clinical groups relies on the fundamental rule of the psychoanalytic cure: free association and floating listening. The clinical material is the text of three or four consecutive sessions, and the associations of the group, and the moderators’ interventions and interpretations. For Members and Candidates.

Listening to Listening (Faimberg method)

Members: (English and Spanish) 30 July (0930 - 1800) continues on 31 July (Spanish: 09:30 – 12:30 English: 14:30 – 16:00)
Candidates: (English – under the auspices of IPSO) 31 July (09:00 – 12:30)
Candidates (Spanish) 30 July (09:30 – 18:00) continues on 31 July (09:30 – 12:30)

This Working Party utilizes a method of working termed “Listening to Listening” created by Haydée Faimberg from her clinical concept, which uncovers how analysts listen to clinical material from an implicit basic assumption. This method permits each of the participants to begin to recognize their own basic assumptions and those of the other participants to understand how the presenting analyst works. For Members and Candidates.

End of Training Evaluation

(English, French and Spanish) 30 July (09:00 – 18:30) continues on 31 July (09:00 – 13:00)

The aim of this Working Party is to explore how a supervisor evaluates the analytic competence of his supervised candidate. The WP tries to gain insight into how the conceptual background of a training analyst influences his evaluation of a supervised candidate. These concepts are often implicit and have to be deduced from the supervisory work. Surveying and discussing these issues leads to more thorough thinking about the questions why and how theoretical concepts matter for training.  For experienced Members only.

Family and Couple Psychoanalysis

(English) 30 July (09:00 – 18:30) and 31 July (09:00 – 13:00)

This Working Party aims to delineate the analytic processes that underlie the application of psychoanalysis to conjoint family and couple therapy. We will present a number of cases and discuss them together. Three cases will be presented and distributed in advance to aid through study and discussion. For Members and Candidates.

Psychoanalytic Interpretation and the Analyst's Unconscious

(English) 30 July (09:00 – 18:30) continues on 31 July (09:00 – 13:00)

The aim of the WP is to detect and identify the presence of contributions of the dynamic unconscious of the analyst in interpretations made, through a study of the patient´s discourse and the analyst´s interpretations. This WP explores the presence of contributions of the analyst´s dynamic unconscious to his conscious work, with a method of its own, specially devised to this end. The practical benefit that can be expected of this investigation is to enhance dramatically the analyst´s awareness of what is actually going on in his/her work with patients. For Members and Candidates.


Working on the Transformations of the Patient in Analysis (Clinical Observation Groups)

(English and Spanish) 30 July (09:00 – 18:30) continues on 31 July (09:00 – 13:00)

This Working Party works with the Three-Level Model for Observing Patient Transformations, a model designed by the Committee on Clinical Observation to observe patient changes in different stages of the analysis. The model will be introduced. Clinical material will be presented by an analyst who will take different moments of analysis. The two WPs (one in English, one in Spanish) will focus on change in the patient observing three levels: 1) Phenomenological description of transformations, 2) Main dimensions of change, 3) Theoretical explanatory hypotheses of change. This model has been tested in several cities in the three IPA regions. For Members and Candidates.