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).
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.