EPF Groups ...

We are presently waiting for further presentation papers of all EPF Working Parties, Fora and Ad hoc Groups in order to complete the the following list.

Ad hoc Group on Exploring Training Process and Practice (ETPP)

Chair : Françoise Labbé, Belgian Psychoanalytical Society (SBP), drfrlabbe@gmail.com, address : Dwersbos, 14, B-1630 Linkebeek (Belgium), phone : +32 2 380 53 41
Co-chair : Katya Kalmykowa (Moscow Psychoanalytical Society)
Members Heribert Blass (DPV)Franceso Conrotto (SPI), Mira Erlich-Ginor (Israel Psa. Society), Paola Golinelli (SPI), Paola Marion (SPI), Teresa Miró (Spanish Psa. Society), Talat Parman (Istanbul Psa. Society), Joan Schachter (British Psa Society), Ursula von Goldacker (DPV)
Consultants : Eike Hinze (DPV), Shmuel Erlich (Israel Psa. Society), David Tuckett (British Psa. Society)

Maria Teresa Hooke supports our project and some colleagues like Anna Danielson Berglund (Swedish Psa Association) and Leena Klockars (Finnish Psa Society) will cooperate too.

Aims of the group

Interested training and supervising analysts of all European psychoanalytic societies are invited to look at candidates in training and especially in supervision. In the presentation and discussion we want to follow the course of the whole training and want to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of the presented candidates at different stages of their training, also dependent of the institutional strengths and weaknesses. 

This follows from a crucial result of the former ETEP-project: We have seen that all psychoanalytic supervision is embedded in an institution. The question then arises as to whether and how the progress of candidates, their strengths and weaknesses, are linked to specific institutional influences. One might say, supervision is an interface between a private relationship and an institutional process. 

Therefore the ETPP-Ad hoc Group places emphasis on the meaning of the structure and the culture of an institute in which supervision takes place. Both structure and culture are essentially influenced by the specific training model of each institute, and therefore the presentation of supervisory material will be combined with the question: How do different training models interact with supervision and how does the institution further or hinder the progress of candidates?

The group is open to accept new participants.



Ad hoc Group on Institutional Matters (IMG)

Chair: Jasminka Šuljagić (Psychoanalytical Society of Serbia)
Members of the core group: Christine Diercks (Vienna Psychoanalytic Society),  Franziska Ylander (Swedish Psychoanalytical Association), Gábor Szőnyi (Hungarian Psychoanalytical Society), Bernard Chervet (Paris Psychoanalytical Society), Maggiorino Genta (Swiss Psychoanalytical Society), Philip Stokoe (British Psychoanalytic Society).

The EPF Ad Hoc Group on Institutional Matters, approved at the Council Meeting in October 2015, deals with issues concerning the structure, culture and organisation of a variety of psychoanalytical organisations, and their unique characteristics, providing in this way the space and tools for reflection. This can potentially contribute to a greater understanding of the ways in which past historical processes influence current controversies in institutional life, and hopefully help us to deal with them.

For now, the group is closed for new participants, but with an existing waiting list.



Ad hoc Group on the Specifity of psychoanalytic Treatment through interanalytic Group Work

Chair: Jan Abram (British)

Secretary: Fabienne Fillion (France)

Members: Irina Adomnicai (France & Romania), Leopoldo Bleger (France), Catherine Desvignes (France), Marie-France Dispaux (Belgium),Yvette Dorey (France), Bien Filet (Holland), Serge Frisch (Luxembourg), Nicolas Gougoulis (France), Lila Hoijman (France), Erika Kittler (Germany), Diana Messina (Belgium), Luc Michel (Switzerland), Martine Sandor (France), Andrea Scardovi (Italy), Philippe Valon (France) and Ronnie Shaw (U.S.A.) as associate member

Aims of the group

This new Ad Hoc group originates from the Working Party on the Specificity of Psychoanalytic Treatment Today (known as the Paris Group); one of the Working Parties of the E.P.F’s Research Programme for the past 10 years.

The main research aims to uncover the specificities of psychoanalytic treatment through working in small clinical groups of international analysts. The methodology aims to demonstrate that through inter-analytic group work the specifics of clinical psychoanalysis can be identified.

The present aims of the group are to:

  • Refine the methodology of listening to clinical work in the group
  • Extend the inter-analytic group work at international pre-congresses
  • Extend the methodology to other contexts i.e. training organisations

Is the group accepting new participants?

In the summer of 2016 we invited two new members and so there are no immediate plans to accept new members.



Ad hoc Group on Psychoanalysis and the Muslim Background

Chair : Saskia von Overbeck Ottino (Swiss Soc)
Members : Fakhry Davids (British Soc), Virginia De Micco (Italian Soc), Levas Kovarskis (Finnish Soc), Sevil Kural (Psyke Turkey), Aydan Özdaglar (German Assoc), Geneviève Welsh (Paris Psychoanalytical Soc)

Aims of the group
The group aims to explore the impact of a cultural/religious difference between analyst and patient on the transference and countertransference, working in the first instance on the Muslim-European/Western interface.
The psychoanalytic encounter with a culturally-different patient stirs up familiar and unfamiliar feelings. On the one hand, as a human being the patient functions, consciously and unconsciously, in a way similar to the analyst, and hence is recognisable. On the other hand, differences between them linked to their respective cultural backgrounds might bring in the Uncanny, which can complicate or enrich our analytic work in specific ways.
This clinical work involving Muslim analysts or patients is examined in detail, together with the theoretical implications that flow from this. Among the issues examined to date are: should the question of Islam be addressed in psychoanalytic work? Does the western psychoanalyst need particular knowledge about Islam or Muslims to work successfully with these patients? How can their feeling of otherness, which links with their experience in society at large, be addressed in analysis? Do prejudices play a role and, if so, how does one distinguish the analyst’s from patient’s prejudice in the clinical encounter? Is psychoanalysis as a discipline unwittingly ethnocentric, with an unconscious resistance to welcoming “foreigners” in? If so, how does this play out? Does reaching out to others from different cultural backgrounds require modifications in theory and/or technique?
The group meets regularly through Skype meetings, during the EPF conferences, and is currently planning further panels or workshops.



Forum on Psychoanalytic Ethics

Members : Claire-Marine François Poncet, Gabriele Junkers, Christine Miqueu-Baz, Theresa Olmos, Anne Patterson (chair), Kate Pugh

Aims of the group

Our divergences and convergences in Europe rest on different conceptions of psychoanalytic ethics, that is to say the principles and values that guide our practice.

What are the ethical foundations of these practices within our analytic cultures and their historical context?

How can our debate interrogate the development of contemporary psychoanalysis facing the current crisis?

Is it relevant to insist upon a specifically psychoanalytic ethics, distinct from the ethics of care within the psychotherapeutic field?

Our reflections will start from concrete situations and conflicts in our practice that raise questions as to the conception and goals of our work.



Forum on Psychoanalysis and Language

In 2008, during the EPF-Conference in Vienna, I started to invite our colleagues to a Forum on Psychoanalysis and Language in order to pay special attention to the original German texts of Freud.

Together with my Viennese colleague Prim. Dr. Rainer Gross we also offered a test-lesson "German for Analysts" with everyday-German, based on a letter Freud's to his fiancée Martha. Among the small group of about 8 participants were Friedrich Eickhoff and his wife (Germany) and the well-known translator Andrew Weller and his wife.

In 2009 we continued with the study of Freud's FORMULATIONS ON THE TWO PRINCIPLES OF MENTAL FUNCTIONING.

In 2010 we read two of Freud’s love letters to Martha, dated April 28th 1885 and February 2nd 1886, referring to Freud's shifting identification from the Sphinx to Oedipus (Topic to a Panel of the Conference).

In 2011 we studied 'WILD' PSYCHO-ANALYSIS, connecting it again with the conference-topic "Anxieties and Methods".

In 2012 Freud's ON BEGINNING THE TREATMENT was combined with the conference- topic.

In 2013 we discussed in Basel the paper ‘Considerations on Freud’s Original Text: Die Verneinung’. This very short paper Freud’s contains relevant material regarding our theme of the EPF-Conference ‘Formlessness: Deformation, Transformation’.

In 2014 in Turin we studied Freud’s paper ‘A disturbance of memory on the Acropolis, an open letter to Romain Rolland on the occasion of his seventieth birthday’ also in regard to the conference theme ‘Ruptures’.

In 2015 we were inspired in Stockholm by the conference theme “Too much – not enough” and discussed S. Freud’s paper ‘The Dynamics of Transference’.

In 2016 we discussed in Berlin the important paper ‘Civilization and its Discontents’.  Several references to the conference’s issues ‘Authority’ appear.

In 2017 in Den Haag ‘we will pick up and discuss the paper ‘The Uncanny’ also in regard to the next conference theme.


The group is functioning as a closed group, but offers regularly an open event during the annual EPF Congress.

Christoph E. Walker (chair) and Sylvia Zwettler-Otte

Mail-Adresses: christoph.walker@t-online.de ; sylvia@zwettler-otte.at



Forum for the Psychoanalysis of Children

Members: Katy Bogliatto, Elena Fieschi-Viscardi, Jean-Louis Fouassier, Danielle Goldstein, Antoniá Grimalt, Noa Haas (co-chair), Sandra Maestro, Marco Mastella, Beate Schumacher (chair), Angelika Staehle, Carmen Wenk-Reich, Majlis Winberg-Salomonsson


The aim of this forum is to promote psychoanalysis within the EPF. To this end, it organises a series of workshops during each EPF conference, open to all participants, as well as a clinical pre-conference on the Thursday prior to the main event which requires registration.

In our workshops, we are currently exploring the theme of ‘Modern Families’, while the ‘Weaving Thoughts’ method [Norman J & Salomonsson B (2005)] is employed for in-depth case discussions during the pre-conference.  



Forum for "Free Clinical Groups" (FCG) 2018

We organized the Free Clinical Groups at the EPF Annual Conferences in London (2010), Copenhagen (2011), Paris (2012), Basel (2013), Turin (2014), Stockholm (2015), Berlin (2016), and most recently The Hague (2017). We will offer this specific method to discuss clinical material also for Warsaw (2018) and for the second time there will be a panel on the method.  

The method of examining clinical material was developed by Wolfgang Loch in Tübingen. He has characterized the discussion of clinical material in groups by comparing it to the model of the prism effect: Like the light beam that, when funnelled through a prism, will reveal heretofore invisible parts and make them transparent. The group discussions will reveal thus far unmentioned and unconscious components of the patient and make him appear in his various parts and different nuances, thus enabling a deeper understanding of the psychoanalytic work.

This psychoanalytic method as a discourse oriented method, which aims at the mutual understanding between subjects, is therefore particularly well suited to facilitate a clinical understanding between different psychoanalytic schools and traditions. The group is not only interested in a psychoanalytic process but mainly in arriving at possible interpretations.

The initial presentation of the material ends at a point just before the first intervention or interpretation has been made. Only when the group itself has arrived at one or more possible interpretations, the presenter will show the rest of the session. Information about diagnosis, patient biography, the process, number of previous treatment hours and frequency of treatment will not be provided until the presented session has been discussed in its entirety and only before the final discussion.

Eligible to participate are all IPA-members as well as candidates. We offer groups in German, French and English (depending on the number of registrations). The clinical material can be chosen from psychoanalytic treatments in a variety of settings. The participants ought to come from different European societies.

See the papers from a panel on the FCG (EPF, annual conference, Den Haag, 2017) at the EPF-Website: Unfamiliar talking on clinical material? The method of the »Free Clinical Groups«.

Chair: Milagros Cid Sanz (Madrid Assoc).

The Method of the Free Clinical Groups. Peter Wegner (German Assoc)

A Clinical Example of the Work. One Berlin Session. Jonathan Sklar (British Soc)

Who talks to whom? The role of the moderators. Claudia Thußbas (German Assoc)

Chairs: Denny Panitz (Hellenic Soc), Claudia Thußbass (German Assoc) and Peter Wegner (German Assoc).

Members: Milagros Cid Sanz (Madrid Assoc), Patrick Miller (Paris Soc), Manuela Utrilla Robles (Madrid Assoc), Jonathan Sklar (British Soc), Claudia Thußbas (German Assoc), Dorothee von Tippelskirch-Eissing (German Assoc), Christine Wegner (German Assoc), Peter Wegner (German Assoc) and Marja Wille-Buurman (Dutch Soc).

Working Party on Psychosomatics