I am writing to you because I would like to inform you of the intense work we have done with some members of the Board of Directors in this period, from the debut of my presidency until today.
Regrettably, in the last few months several people of great importance to our association have passed away:
Roberto Losso, dean of our association and founding member, was a great clinician who delved deeply into the topics of myth and couple work. Olga Correa, a brilliant and intelligent colleague with whom I had fruitful exchanges in the past, has also passed away. Sonia Kleiman, a courageous woman, former president of the IACFP, university professor, she has studied link theory in particular and was director of training at the Italian Hospital. We also lose Eduardo Grinspon, who leaves us his depth in clinical material, his great psychotherapeutic involvement, a great thinker from many referential schemes, among them Racamier and Roussillon. We also note the absence of David Maldavsky, a professional of great creativity who developed the David Liberman Algorithm (ADL) and psychoanalytic links psychopathology. Invaluable colleagues, masters and founders of the IACFP. We will try to remember them both on our website and in the conferences we organize.
The intense work we have carried out has concerned many key points of the IACFP. First of all, it is important to define the number and the name of the members of the IACFP.
Treasurer Rosa Jaitin and assistant treasurer Saïda Sid, together with other colleagues such as Irma Morosini and our secretary, are working hard on this point.
The difficult economic situation, determined by the COVID pandemic, has forced us to reduce our expenses. We have decided to renew our website and we have chosen a Portuguese webmaster, equally brilliant but more economical. We have high expectations of him, who has just started working.
The board appointed Cristina Calarasanu as scientific secretary of the IACFP and we have decided to have 3 sub-commissions, one in English, one in French and one Spanish-Portuguese. The commission and the board will work with me to organize regional conferences to increase participation in the IACFP and to make us more and more known.
Sara González de Pablos is the new General Secretary.
Two members of the Board of Directors have resigned and I invite you to send your applications to fill these two positions.
Maria Inês Assumpção Fernandes, former president of our association, will work with me as an advisor. This makes me very happy, as her presence will enrich me with her experience and knowledge.
I would like to thank Rosa Jaitin for her work in coordinating the Study Centres. Rosa jaitin and the entire editorial team of “Weavings” have given us an interesting and rich newsletter, which informs us about existing activities in our association .
We have decided to convene an EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY for next Sunday, December 17th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Italian schedule), to discuss a reduction of dues and costs to favor colleagues in your associations. We hope that all of you will help us to resume an ever richer scientific and associative life.
Although interest in family and couple psychoanalysis is growing in many associations around the world, the IACFP remains the oldest association that allows exchanges between psychotherapists of different nationalities and languages.
Anna Maria Nicolò
President of the IACFP
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Roberto Losso.
Roberto Losso was one of the founders of the AIPCF and one of the pioneers of family and couple psychoanalysis in the world.
We are all very saddened by this news.
We will publish a precise biography very soon.
On March 12, 2023, I was elected president of our Association. I wish to thank everyone for the trust placed in me and hope I will live up to it. Many years have passed since the year 2000 in Naples, on occasion of the international congress “Which psychoanalysis for the family and the couple?”. Together with many colleagues and between them: Alberto Eiguer, Evelyn Granjon, Rosa Jaitin, Roberto e Ana Losso, Daniela Lucarelli , Diana Norsa ,Claude Pigott, David and Jill Scharff, Gemma Trapanese, we launched the idea of founding an international association that would bring together all interested couple and family psychoanalysts as well as psychoanalytic psychotherapists, in order to create a network between us and the associations we represented. This initiative was followed by others. In 2004, in Paris, another international meeting took place, “Family Metamorphoses”, with the participation of colleagues from Argentina, France, Italy, David and Jill Scharff from the United States. These two events created the conditions for the Montreal Congress to be held. in 2006. In particular the Montreal Congress celebrated the official foundation of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (AIPCF), to which we enthusiastically participated. On that occasion, Eiguer has been the first president and I personally founded and began directing the journal of our Association, whose first issues are in the archive. I am therefore particularly attached to the AIPCF and its scientific and organizational development.
The AIPCF now represents a focal point of reference in the panorama of couple and family psychoanalysis, and relative world-wide associations. The objective I intend to work towards is the creation of a space for the growth, diffusion and study of psychoanalysis with couples and families, which I believe to be a useful tool in the treatment of a wide range of neurotic and psychotic pathologies, useful for educational issues and for prevention in child and adolescent growth.
The research produced by this approach also represents a stimulus for openness and development for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who work in the dyadic setting, highlighting the different levels of functioning of the mind-unconscious relationship.
A further important objective is the study and research in the field for growth on a technical and diagnostic level, and to improve the relationship with associations similar to ours in order to carry out common and in-depth projects.
This will only be possible if we all work together, collaborating at various levels and from various places in the world, where the AIPCF associations are located.
I am confident that we will continue this extraordinary experience together with passion and enthusiasm.
Anna Maria Nicolò
Président de l’AIPCF
The IACFP as an international scientific psychoanalytical association, committed to the universal ethical values of preservation of the Subject, of life, of the existence of human groups, of families and of social bonds, expresses its humanitarian solidarity with the traumatic situation of violence and suffering caused by wars.
From a historical point of view, the situation of war demands that we reflect on the return of state violence that the twentieth century has known, and on the impact of murderous ideologies, while the nuclear threat is resurfacing.
As Freud underlined, the civilizing process, capable of transmitting a symbolic order from one generation to the next, bears witness to the historical avatars of this transmission and shows its fragility.
How to guarantee the power of thought for the preservation of our capacity to fight and to find the resources that civilization employs, to thwart the destructive impulses of the death drive?
ITW René KAES
Interview of René Kaës realized by Fréderic Garcia, on the occasion of the 8th international congress of the International Association of Couple and the Family Psychoanalysis of in Lyon in 2018.
René KAËS, Professor Emeritus of Lyon 2 University, has created a new metapsychology of links, which opens to an extension of psychoanalysis in the intrapsychic, intersubjective and transubjective fields. His research on group and institutions and his contributions on unconscious alliances have deepened the understanding of transgenerational transmission.
ITW Janine PUGET 2018
Interview of Janine PUGET directed by Fréderic Garcia on the occasion of the 8th International Congress of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis of in Lyon in 2018.
Janine PUGET, of French-Argentinean nationality, member of many prestigious associations, is one of the great international figures, founder of a new current in psychoanalysis of links, in the field of group, couple and family psychoanalysis . She is a pioneer of the psychoanalysis of the XXI century.
ITW David and Jill Scharff
The Board suggest to create a Study Center to centralize all the scientific contributions of each member. This Study Center aims to the creation of working groups between its associates.
The working groups are constituted around a task that has be defined by their own members who have also to choose a speaker that will act as the group coordinator.
There are two types of working groups:
– Research Groups
– Reflection Groups