INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUPLE AND FAMILY PSYCHOANALYSIS
The idea of creating an international association began to develop during the International Congress in Naples “What kind of psychoanalysis for couple and family” organised on December 2000.
At the Congress of Psychoanalytic Family Therapy “Family in metamorphosis”, held in May 2004 in Paris, colleagues from Argentina, Italy and France (countries from which sprang Couples and Family Psychoanalytical Therapy) gathered to advance the idea of creating an international association. They represented different countries: Germany, Italy, Turkey, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Panama, Peru, United States.
For two years, we worked towards this goal with practitioners coming mainly from Europe, North America, Central and South America. Despite our linguistic difficulties, and other obstacles we managed to gather various therapists who worked psychoanalytically with families and couples. These therapists shared the view that families and couples are groups that function in a specific psychic manner.
At the Congress of Psychoanalytic Family Therapy “The contribution of ancestors…” held in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) in August 2006 was born the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP).
The association was officially created and registered at the Prefecture in Paris in November 2006 and published in the official journal on December 16, 2006.
We defined the basis of the shared theoretical foundations as:’ Couples and family psychoanalysis (CFP) is based on psychoanalytic theories. Given an appropriate frame, its goal is to facilitate the analysis of unconscious processes in both families and couples. To do so, it rests on the development and the amplification of transference and counter transference (Statutes article 2).
The association was primarily created to foster and to develop these practices and theories.
The proposed international exchanges promote communication between the various CFP therapists and their respective associations. Their goal is also to become more visible to potential patients and to interested therapists.
The association intends to promote vigorously theoretical research so as to renew and to elaborate concepts. Likewise, it proposes clinical/theoretical studies, publications and scientific activities.
A bi-annual International Congress also permits a broader visibility of all the activities and outputs. Congresses also provide a space to refine teaching contents and methods designed to prepare CFP therapists.
The Association emphasizes its focus on public health and prevention. It will assist in the development of CFP Associations in countries where these are lacking.
The Association subject to French law which governs non-profit organizations since July 1, 1901 and the Decree of August 16, 1901. The statutes allow the admission of ‘’member associations’’ as well as individual members. They define four key functions: executive committee, board of directors, representation from the various associations, and the scientific council.
Today, 35 associations and around 300 members in total are registered in IACFP association (2016).
Presidente: Meriem Mokdad Zmitri
Secretary: Sara Gonzales de Pablos
AR Argentina Argentine
• AAPFYPAsociacion argentina de psicoanalistas de familia y pareja, Buenos-Aires:
• Ezequiel Jaroslavsky, Buenos-Aires (titular) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Irma Morosini (suplente) email@example.com
• APPFG Asociación de Psicoanalisis de Pareja, Familia y Grupo, Mendoza:
• Lic. Sofia de Boccardo, Godoy Cruz (titular) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Lic Isabel Valla De Domenech, Mendoza, (suplente) email@example.com
• Universidad de Ciencias empresariales y Sociales, UCES, Instituto de Altos Estudios en Psicología y Ciensas Sociales, IAEPCIS, Laboratoria de docencia e investigación en terapia psicoanalítica de pareja y familia: Beatriz Burstein firstname.lastname@example.org
• New South Wales Institute of Family Psychotherapy (NSWIFP): Jenny Berg email@example.com
BE Belgium Belgique België
• APCA Association de psychothérapeutes de couple et de famille d’orientation psychanalytique groupale: Bruno Le Clef firstname.lastname@example.org
BR Brazil Brésil Brasil
• Puc/Rio Pontificia Universidade de Rio de Janeiro, Curso de especializacion en Terapia de Familia y pareja : Feres Carneiro Terezinha email@example.com
• SPCRJ Sociedade psicanalise Cidade de Rio de Janeiro. Núcleo de familias e casados: Levi Lidia firstname.lastname@example.org
• IPUSP University São Paulo. Laboratory of Couple and Family: clinic and psychosocial studies, Clinic Psychology Department of University (IPUSP):
• Isabel Cristina Gomes, São Paulo email@example.com
• USP Universidade São Paulo (Instituto psicologia, Laboratorio de estudio im psicanalise e psicologia sociale) Laboratòrio de Estudos em Psicanálise e Psicologia Socia. Departamento de Psicologia Social e do Trabalho da Universidade de São Paulo: Maria Ines Assumpçao Fernandes, São Paulo firstname.lastname@example.org
• Institut Montréalais de psychothérapie :Carole Hamel, Montréal, email@example.com
CH Switzerland Confédération helvétique Suiza
• AGOG Arbeidsgemeinschaft Operative Gruppen – Zurich: Thomas Von Salis firstname.lastname@example.org
DE Deutschland Allemagne Alemaña
• Institut für Paartherapie in Krankfurt (IFP): Boettger : Boettger@online.de
ES España Spain Espagne
• Asociación catalana de psicoterapia psicoanalítica: Pere Jaume Serra email@example.com
• Asociación Española de Investigación en Psicoterapia y Psicología Social, Sección interna de terapia familiar, Madrid:Juan Gonzáles Rojas firstname.lastname@example.org
• Asociación de psicoterapia de Bilbao:Mascaro Masri email@example.com
• Instituto de Salud Mental Vidal i Barraquer de la Universidad Ramon Llull de Barcelona:
• Carles Pérez Testor firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
FR France Francia
• APSYFA, Bordeaux, France: Anne-Marie Guehria, firstname.lastname@example.org
• APSYLIEN Association de la psychanalyse des liens. Unité de thérapie psychanalytique du couple, Lyon email@example.com; Joubert: firstname.lastname@example.org
• IPSYC Institut de psychanalyse de couple, Kremlin- Bicêtre: Jean Maurice Blassel, St Nazaire (titulaire) email@example.com; Françoise Payen (suppléant) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Cercle de Thérapeutes Familiaux Psychanalytiques du-Grand Sud-Ouest: Anne Loncan email@example.com
• CPGF Collège de psychanalyse groupale et familiale- Paris: Gilles Catoire firstname.lastname@example.org
• IRPCF Institut de recherche en psychothérapie de couple et de famille, Hyères: Pierre Benghozi (titulaire) email@example.com; Joseph Charbit (suppléant) firstname.lastname@example.org
• PSYFA, Versailles: Marianne de Jesse Charleval (titulaire) email@example.com; Geneviève Djenati (suppléante) firstname.lastname@example.org
• SFTFP Société Française de thérapie familiale psychanalytique: Haydée Popper (titulaire) email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Maryvonne Barraband email@example.com
• STFPRNPC Société thérapie familiale psychanalytique de la Région Nord Pas de Calais: Roland Sefcick: firstname.lastname@example.org
GB Great Britain (United Kingdom) Grande Bretagne Gran Bretaña
• Society of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists of Great Britain, London : KAHR Brett (referent) email@example.com
IT Italian Italy Italie
• ARCIPELAGO. Centro Studi psicoanalitici per la coppia e la famiglia, Milano: Barbara Bianchini (referent) firstname.lastname@example.org
• CPFC Centro di Psicoanalisi Familiare e di Coppia, Roma: Gemma Trapanese email@example.com
• CRPCF Centro Ricerca Psicoanalitica Coppia Famiglia , Firenze: Giovanni Trapani (referent) firstname.lastname@example.org; Giacomo Tessari (substitute) email@example.com
• CERP Milano: Simona Taccani (referent) firstname.lastname@example.org; Clara Monari (substitute)
• GRIPO Gruppo di Ricerca in Psicoanalisi Operativa, Padoue: Fiorenza Milano (referent) email@example.com; Raffaele Fischetti (substitute) firstname.lastname@example.org
• ISPREF Dipartimento di psicoanalisi applicata alla Coppia e alla Famiglia, Napoli: Maximiliano Sommantico email@example.com
• SIPRE, AREA COPPIAMilano : Giancarlo Marenco: firstname.lastname@example.org
• SIPRE, PROGETTO COPPIAMilano :Romina Coin (referent) email@example.com
• TURIN’s group: Elena Bonassi (referent) firstname.lastname@example.org; Anna Rissone (substitute) email@example.com
• BOLOGNA’s group: Luigi Roccalbegni firstname.lastname@example.org
• STUDY GROUP on “Psychoanalytic psychotherapy of the couple and attachment” (Roma) : Guilio-Cesare Zavatinni email@example.com
LU Luxembourg Luxemburgo
• SPL Société de Psychanalyse Luxembourgoise: Themis Cornette-Borges firstname.lastname@example.org
MX México Mexique
• APM : Felix Velasco Alva email@example.com
• IPI Panama: Marianela de Altamirano firstname.lastname@example.org
PE Perù Pérou
• SPF Sociedad Peruana de psicoterapia psicoanalitica de pareja y familia: Alberto Pendola email@example.com
PO Polska Poland Pologne Polonia
• Institut de Psychanalyse et de Psychothérapie, Section Famille et couple: Katarzina Walewska firstname.lastname@example.org
• Poiesis : Manuela Porto (titulaire) email@example.com; Nuno Cotralha: firstname.lastname@example.org
TU Tunisia Tunisie Tùnez
• Meriem Mokdad, Tunis email@example.com ou firstname.lastname@example.org
US United States Etats Unis Estados Unidos
• IPI International Psychotherapy Institute : Scharff-Savage Jill, Maryland email@example.com (titular) Nicole Caruso
OF COUPLE AND FAMILY PSYCHOANALYSIS
ARTICLE 1. Name
Under French law of the 1st July 1901, the persons mentioned below, associations or individuals have founded an association, which will be called thus: “International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis – IACFP” and which will follow the objectives defined below in article 3, thereafter referred to “the Association”.
ARTICLE 2. Definitions-terminology
“Couple and family psychoanalysis (CFP) refers to psychoanalytic theories. It aims, with an appropriate framework, to facilitate the analysis of unconscious processes of the couple or the family. In this aim, it rests on the display and working through of transference and counter-transference.”
ARTICLE 3. Objectives
The main aim of the Association is to promote the CFP throughout the world.
To achieve this, it intends to:
enhance communication between CFP practitioners (and their organizations),
promote research, studies, publishing, conferences, and appropriate scientific activities at national and international levels,
stimulate the set up and review of CFP concepts and practices,
support training and teaching within the field of the Association,
spread awareness of CFP amongst the public at large and to the mental health professionals and social workers,
establish relationships in accordance with these aims with governmental and non-governmental associations with prevention, health and social care in mind,
help develop associations for CFP in countries where there are none,
organize international conferences.
ARTICLE 4. Timescale
There is no provision for the termination of the Association.
ARTICLE 5. Administrative offices
The Association’s administrative offices shall be located to the president’s country of residence. With this proviso, it can be moved upon a simple decision of the Board.
The address is as follows: 24 rue Auguste Comte, 69002 Lyon (France).
ARTICLE 6. Membership
Founder individuals or associations make up the Association, as well as those who will be admitted in the Association at a later date.
6.1. Members of founder organizations who signed these statutes are ipso facto members of the Association.
These organisations are:
6.1.1. PFT or PCT or PCFT associations.
6.1.2. Distinct sections or department of PCFT within psychoanalytic or psychoanalytic therapy associations.
The list is to be placed here or at the end of the document.
6.2. Persons who signed the statutes as individuals are members of the Association.
The list is to be placed here or at the end of the document.
6.3. Membership can be acquired by any member of an association which would have been admitted according to the clauses and provisos defined in the articles 8 and 9 of these statutes.
6.4. Membership can be acquired as an individual by any person who can fulfil the clauses and provisos defined in the articles 8 and 9 of these statutes.
ARTICLE 7. Different categories of members
The Association consists of two categories of members:
7.1. Members are founder members or members later admitted. They pay an annual subscription (dues) and are voting members.
7.2. Honorary Members are persons who have especially helped the Association. They are non-voting members and cannot be elected.
ARTICLE 8. Admission requirements
The persons or entities who wish to become Members of the Association will have to fulfil the following criteria (direct admissions), or to guarantee that their members will fulfil them (admission of an association or section of association):
Personal psychoanalysis or individual psychoanalytical psychotherapy; group psychoanalysis is advised.
Being trained in psychoanalytic couple therapy (or couple psychoanalysis) and/or in psychoanalytic family therapy (or family psychoanalysis), and possibly being trained in group psychoanalytic therapy (or group psychoanalysis).
ARTICLE 9. Methods of admission
The applications sent to the President are entrusted to the examination of a commission of admission made up of three members of the Board of Directors and chaired by a member of the Executive Committee (Bureau). The Board listens to the report of this commission and takes a decision with sovereign power by simple majority. Any refusal does not have to be justified. Any application can be renewed. The individual candidates have to show two letters of members who recommend them.
ARTICLE 10. Loss of the membership
The membership is lost by
removal pronounced with sovereign power by the Board of Directors for non-payment of the subscription within the times prescribed by the Rules of procedure, or on serious grounds. The concerned member being beforehand convened by registered letter with acknowledgement of delivery to present him or herself to the Executive Committee. This expulsion cannot be called into question by the society he/she belongs to.
The resignation or the removal of an association as a Member involves the loss of membership for all the members of the struck off association. In this case, they can apply on a purely individual basis.
ARTICLE 11. Resources of the Association
The resources of the Association include:
subscriptions and other contributions of the Members (The amount of the subscription is fixed by the General Assembly, on a proposal from the Board of Directors and differs depending on whether the Member is a person or entity. In the second case, the amount of the subscription is fixed pro-rata to the number of its members.),
various products coming from the activity of the Association,
and any other resource or subsidy it can legally benefit from, and which may be created in exceptional circumstances with the approval, if necessary, of the proper authorities.
ARTICLE 12. Expenditure
The accountancy is under the control of the Treasurer, according to the European chart of accounts. The President orders the expenditure. The President or the Treasurer carries out their payment.
ARTICLE 13. Control of accounts
For the accounts audit, the General Assembly can appoint one or two auditors, who will submit a report of the accounts of the past financial year. The Board of Directors appoints the first accountants.
ARTICLE 14. Organization- Management
The organization of the Association include:
– the General Assembly
– the Board of Directors
– the Executive Committee (Bureau)
– the College of Representatives
– the Scientific Council
The constitutive Assembly elects, with the simple majority, a Board of Executives made up of at least three Members.
ARTICLE 15. The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is composed of at the most 24 Executives elected by the General Assembly, with a simple ballot once (postal or protected electronic votes are allowed). The elected candidates are those who collected the most votes.
They are divided into three distinct geographical units as follows:
3- Africa, Asia, South Seas Islands.
An equivalent number of Executives is allotted to each one of them.
In each geographic unit, two members are directly elected. The four six others are elected by taking into account a proportional representation, according to the number of members of the component associations.
If a geographical unit is not able to provide the full amount of seats, these will remain vacant until the following elections.
The President of the Association is appointed by the Board of Directors with absolute majority in the first and second round, with simple majority in the third round where only the two candidates having obtained the most votes in the 2nd round will remain. The Board of Directors elects amongst itself, on a proposal from the President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and provides, according to needs, any other seat.
The members of Board can be re-elected only once for the same seat.
15-2. Term of the mandate
The term of the mandate of the members of the Board of Directors is fixed at 4 years, as from the day of their election by the General Assembly. No one can belong to the Board if he/she has not attained his/her majority.
The Board of Directors will be renewed, one half at a time, every two years. Exceptionally, in the first election taking place straight after the modifications of the statutes, half the Board of Directors members shall be elected for four years and the other half for two years. Any Board of Directors member currently serving a mandate shall be considered as being included in the half elected for two years.
The Board of Directors will meet as often as the interest of the Association requires it. The number of meetings cannot be lower than two per annum. The meetings will be convened by convocation from the President, who can, if he considers it necessary, or at the request of a quarter of the Executives, call together the Board of Directors for an extraordinary session. It will be possible to hold these meetings on the Internet and once every two years a traditional meeting can be held. This will not exclude however the possibility of postal or protected electronic votes. The Board of Directors can invite any person whose presence will be considered useful for its work.
The meetings are chaired by the President who directs the discussions, ensures the observance of the Statutes and the Rules of Procedure and attends to the follow-up of the agenda. The President can be represented by the Vice-president or the General Secretary who then exerts his powers. Each Executive can be represented by another one. The powers are written. No one can hold more than one power. The decisions are made with the simple majority of the Members, present or represented. The proposals about any modification of the Statutes can only be made if a quorum of half of the Board of Directors is gathered. The deliberations will result in an official report which must be approved.
The powers of administration are entrusted to the Board of Directors which makes all the decisions and measures relating to the Association, others that those expressly reserved by the law and these statutes for the competence of the General Assembly. On any draft amendment of the Statutes or any other decision to be submitted to the Extraordinary General Assembly, the Board of Directors will decide with a majority of the 2/3 of the members present or represented.
Board of member shall be considered as having handed in their resignation if they have not been present to two consecutive Board of Directors meetings without any prior notice.
ARTICLE 16. The Executive Committee
16-1. The Executive Committee is formed by the President, the General Secretary, the Treasurer, the Vice-president and other Executive Members.
16-2. The Executive Committee is in charge of the management of the businesses of the Association, within the framework of the orientations fixed by the Board of Directors.
16-3. The Executive Committee sets the frequency and the agenda of its meetings. These can be held as often as needed on videoconference or by any other mean of communication collectively shareable.
ARTICLE 17. The President
17-1. The President leads the Association and has the widest powers to ensure his representation in all the relevant countries, as regard to local authorities and third parties. He directs the discussions of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the General Assembly, which he chairs. He supervises and ensures the observance of the Statutes and the Rules of Procedure. He signs all acts, measures or extracts of deliberations concerning the Association, opens bank accounts. He can delegate whole or part of his powers in case of impediment.
17-2. The President represents the Association in court, either as an applicant, or a defendant, or civil party.
ARTICLE 18. General Assembly
18-1. Composition – Meeting
The General Assembly is composed of all the Members who are up to date with their Association’s subscription. It meets for an ordinary session at least every two years according to the structure laid down by the Rules of Procedure, on the day and with the agenda set by the Executive Committee, and by convocation of the President. Additional General Assemblies can be held, when the interests of the Association require it, either on the initiative of the Board of Directors, or on signed request of a quarter of the Members of the Association. In this case, the convocation is rightful.
The convocations are made in writing and transmitted by mail or e-mail, at least two months in advance, except when urgent, and hold precise information of the items on the agenda.
The General Assembly can deliberate only on the items mentioned in the agenda set by the Executive Committee in the meeting which precedes the General Assembly. Any Member can ask for any item he/she wishes to discuss to be put on the agenda. To do this, mail or electronic mail with acknowledgement of delivery has to be sent to the President before the meeting of the Executive Committee which precedes the General Assembly.
The Members are allowed to the General Assembly only on presentation of a supporting document of their quality (paper document or access code, according to the form of the meeting). He or she signs their entry in the register or provides his or her identification.
At the traditional meetings, any Member is entitled to be represented by another member by giving to the latter a written mandate. No one can hold more than three powers as a Direct member, no one can hold more than three mandates from other Direct Members. As a Member of an Association Member, no one can hold more than ten mandates from members of his own association.
The General Assembly is the sovereign organization of the Association concerning the management and management reports. The reports present the work of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors during the past year, the financial situation and assessment.
18-7. Majority – Quorum
The decisions of the ordinary General Assembly are made with the simple majority of the Members, present or represented, after seeking a consensual decision, if needed.
The Extraordinary General Assembly only meets to make decisions relating to the modification of the Statutes, dissolution and liquidation. These decisions are made with a majority of two thirds of the Members, present or represented. The Extraordinary General Assembly can deliberate only if two thirds of the Members of the Association are present or represented, on first convocation, and one half on the following ones.
The General Assembly votes by a show of hands, except special request for a vote with nominal secret ballot paper of the members, present or represented. Each member has a vote. The postal or e-mail votes are entered.
18-9. Modification of the Statutes
No request for modification of the Statutes can come under discussion at the Extraordinary General Assembly if it is not proposed by the Board of Directors deliberating with a majority of two thirds of the members, present or represented, who will have to present report to justify the proposal.
ARTICLE 19. The College of Representatives
It includes a Representative of each association Member, and a Representative of the group of the Members on a purely individual basis (Direct Members). Its function is to make proposals aiming on the one hand at making the Association known in their various countries of practice and on the other hand to collect any local experiences likely to interest the Members as a whole. The Board of Directors will put it in charge of studies of general interest and collective interest.
The Coordinator of the College of Representatives is elected by his peers, themselves appointed by their associations of membership. The College of Representatives meets on convocation of its coordinator, according to a frequency and structure laid down by the latter, of its own initiative or on request of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE 20. The Scientific Council
The Association will set up a Scientific Council.
The coordinator and the members of the Scientific Council will be appointed by the Board of Directors.
The Scientific Council will suggest to the Board of Directors the research orientations of the Association. It will organize its workload totally independently. It can call on, under its responsibility, any external competent agency considered useful. It will guarantee scientific rigour of the studies produced and diffused by the Association.
The Scientific Council is convened by its coordinator, acting on his own initiative or at the request of the Board of Directors. It can function in sub-groups and organize its exchanges by e-mails or forums on the Internet.
ARTICLE 21. Rules of procedure
The Association can establish Internal Rules of Procedure elaborated by the Executive Committee and duly approved by the Board of Directors. They will be communicated at the General Assembly. They can be modified according to the needs of the Association by the same method. They will be used to set various points not included by the Statutes, in particular those concerning the internal management of the Association.
ARTICLE 22. Dissolution – modifications OF THE STATUTES
The Association can be dissolved, on a proposal from the Board of Directors, by vote of the Extraordinary General Assembly, in accordance with article 18-7. The Statutes can be amended according to the same procedure.
ARTICLE 23. Liquidation
In case of voluntary liquidation, the Extraordinary General Assembly dealing with the liquidation will name one or more liquidators. There are no circumstances in which the goods can be distributed between the Members of the Association. They will be kept for another association sharing a similar goal.