Madrid Psychoanalytical Association
The APM also has two regional psychoanalytic centres: one in the North of Spain (CPN-APM) and another inValencia (CPV-APM) that, in turn, also carry out their own scientific and dissemination activities.
The website collects all the information regarding the discipline of psychoanalysis as well as our institution.
In addition, the website reports all the scientific and socio-cultural activities that are carried out, both internally and externally, as well as its own publications that are included in the APM’s Revista de Psicoanálisis (Psychoanalysis Journal) or in books published by the association.
It is an active and interactive page where significant figures collaborate in all the different formats enabled for it. From the APM website we publish a range of news, articles, interviews and videos of the various events that we organize, as well as information from other IPA societies.
Full Members (Training analysts): 53
Full Members: 16
Associate Members: 53
Candidates with completed training: 67
Candidates in training: 112
Psychoanalysis arrived in Spain thanks to the early translation of the works of Sigmund Freud in our country, and the scientific relationship of Spanish psychiatrists with German and French psychiatry at the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1917 Ruiz Castillo, director of Biblioteca Nueva, at the suggestion of J. Ortega y Gasset, acquired the rights for the publication in Spanish of all the written and unwritten works of Sigmund Freud, and commissioned their translation from Luis López Ballesteros, who was endorsed by Freud himself “for the very correct interpretation of his thought”. In fact, the translation of the works of Sigmund Freud into Spanish was the first foreign language translation of his work, constituting the greatest contribution of the Spanish language to the dissemination of psychoanalysis.
Psychoanalysis in Spain owes a debt to Ángel Garma, considered the first Spanish psychoanalyst. He trained at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute, being admitted as a member of the German Psychoanalytic Society in 1931. That same year he returned to Madrid and began his activity as a psychoanalyst. He was unsuccessful in establishing a Spanish psychoanalytic group, since the Spanish civil war cut short this plan. After 10 years, Margarita Steinbach, a German psychoanalyst, came to Madrid with the task of organising a study group in Madrid, starting the negotiations for its recognition by the IPA. At that time, there were two groups of professionals interested in training as psychoanalysts, one in Madrid and the other in Barcelona. In 1954, the competent authority of the Spanish government officially recognised the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society. The Madrid group continued its training with other psychoanalytic societies, such as Paris, Geneva, and Argentina.
In 1956, psychoanalysts from Madrid, Barcelona, and Portugal formed the Sociedad Luso-Española de Psicoanálisis (Luso-Spanish Society of Psychoanalysis), which was accepted as a component society of the IPA in 1959. After the departure of the Portuguese in 1966, it was renamed the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society. Starting in the 1970s, the incorporation of psychoanalysts from other societies that had established their residence in Spain led to a considerable increase in its members and the possibilities of training for new candidates. Starting in 1973, the Madrid group became independent and formed a study group that led to the founding of the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association, recognised as a component society of the IPA at the 32nd Congress of the IPA in Helsinki in 1981.
From the origins of the APM we can highlight its openness and plurality as one of its main values, since psychoanalysts of different models and referential schemes coexist within it, freely expressing their thoughts, both in the scientific meetings and in the assemblies or institutional meetings.
To achieve its objectives, the APM has the following organizational structure: The Executive Board, The Scientific and Administrative Council, The General Secretariat for training and the Regional Psychoanalytic Centers.
IPA Study Group since 1973
IPA Provisional Society since 1979
IPA Component Society since 1981
The APM Institute is the body of the APM responsible for imparting training according to the IPA’s criteria.
Training model: Our society follows the French Model including aspects of the Eitingon and the Uruguayan Model
Contact: Director of the Institute: Beatriz Rolan, Tfno.: 91 431 05 33
It is based on the three basic pillars: personal analysis, theoretical-clinical seminars, and supervision experience. This objective is carried out by the Teaching Commission, which is made up of a Director and training activity coordinators until the candidates’ training process has been completed. The seminar program includes a compulsory four-year basic cycle on the work of Sigmund Freud, a seminar on the Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique, and another on Psychopathology, together with three optional seminars. Analysts in training must undergo two supervisions of their clinical cases with a full member who has a didactic role at the APM. Each supervision lasts a minimum of two years.
The Department of Psychoanalysis with Children and Adolescents organises the training program to obtain accreditation for specialisation in Psychoanalysis with Children and Adolescents. The program consists of a total of four seminars, two for children and two for adolescents (These seminars may also be validated in adult training but on an elective basis), as well as two supervisions, one with a child and the other with an adolescent.
The APM continues to work to be increasingly present in public institutions, both in the field of health and education as well as in the community in general, through the implementation of dissemination and training programs aimed at both professionals and the general public. Another of the projects that has been under way for some time now is contact and exchange with other academic disciplines through the organisation of interdisciplinary dialogues.
The APM, together with the CPN and CPV, prepares its scientific activities, dissemination, and training programs each year.
Other structures within the Society
The APM has a series of Departments and Sections to fulfill its objectives: teaching, research, dissemination, and training.
Department of Psychoanalysis with Children and Adolescents, created in 1994. It carries out specific training in this area, as well as an intense scientific program that includes symposiums, research workshops, conferences, and colloquiums in which both the society’s psychoanalysts, as well as psychoanalysts from other societies, have participated.
Valencian Psychoanalytic Centre and Northern Psychoanalytic Centre. In 1997, due to the number of psychoanalysts and the development of psychoanalysis in Valencia and in the north of our country, the APM created two new regional centres within the APM: The Valencian Psychoanalytic Centre (CPV) and the Northern Psychoanalytic Centre (CPN). They are building a life that is intensely scientific, institutional, and one of dissemination.
APM Psychoanalysis Journal.
The APM Psychoanalysis Journal Commission is in charge of selecting articles that, since 1985, have made up the APM Psychoanalysis Journal, which is published three times a year. The Editorial Board is in charge of coordinating its editing and distribution.
The APM journal is the expression of the plural theoretical-clinical thought of its members. Psychoanalysts from different associations and with different psychoanalytic models participate with the articles.
The APM journal is also the first Spanish language journal that, since January 2014, is available in the database «Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP)» and it is included in the Spanish Bibliographic Index in Health Sciences (IBECS).
Art, Culture, and Society Section:
The APM maintains an active commitment to society by organising work groups and supporting the community. Together with other prestigious institutions, it organises interdisciplinary dialogues with relevant figures from science and culture.
Free clinic / Councelling
The Centre for Attention, Consultation and Research (CACI) offers psychoanalytic treatments to people with limited financial resources and organises dissemination and training courses.
The CACI is responsible for enabling and facilitating the performance of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapies to people who, being able to benefit from this type of treatment, can not access them at the current average fee. Along with its social function, this centre aims to provide analysts in training with patients in analysis who, in turn, allow them to carry out their official supervision. The CACI receives an average of 150 requests for treatment per year. At the same time, the CACI contributes, along with other levels of the APM, to the dissemination of psychoanalysis through seminars, theoretical courses, conferences,clinical work supervision,etc.For the APM, the link with the outside world has also been a reason for our concern and work. From this place, we began by favouring the creation of the Covid-19 Crisis Commission, which offered free and voluntary assistance to all those who were closely suffering the effects of the pandemic, and which was awarded the second of the Community Awards of the IPA. Currently we are working together with the IPA Committees: PACE and COFAP to carry out a social collaboration to help the victims of the war in Ukraine.
Special scientific / clinical / outreach activites
The APM’s activities are intensely scientific; it organises an annual Symposium and various conferences, and clinical theoretical meetings with other component societies of the IPA.
From the APM we give a vital importance to the scientific activities that are carried out on Thursdays and among which are, in the first place, those organized by our scientific secretariat and, subsequently, by the different Departments and sections such as: the Department of Children and Adolescents, the Family and Couple section, the Psychosis and Limit Pathologies section and other study groups. Within our society the most important scientific activity is our annual symposium, that has been held since 1991, in order to allow exchange between the different analysts belonging to the APM, the members of the Training Institutes, and the invited analysts from our country and beyond.
We also have been carrying out otheractivities and scientific meetings with other societies such as: the Paris Psychoanalytical Society (SPP), the French Psychoanalytical Association (APF) and the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society. We also hold the British Hispanic Meeting which is an annual meeting of Spanish-speaking psychoanalysts,
members and candidates of the the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPS), the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA), the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society (SEP) and the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association (APM). And we also carry out an Iberian meeting that brings together the four societies of the Iberian peninsula: the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association (APM), the Portuguese Psychoanalytical Society, the Portuguese Nucleus of Psychoanalysis (NPP) and the Spanish Psychonalytical Society (SEP).
Besides, since 2010 the APM celebrate every year the Mental Health Conference in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Islas Canarias)
Among our scientific encounters, one of them deserves a special mention: the Spanish Language Psychoanalysts Encounters that our society has been organizing every two years since 2010, where we discuss in depth a topic of special relevance in contemporary psychoanalysis.
Also from its beginnings the APM has taken into account the importance of the dissemination of psychoanalysis in society and has been developing courses in collaboration with different universities and different conferences and lectures on dissemination of psychoanalysis in different emblematic cultural centers of international renown such as: The Ateneo de Madrid, the Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Student Residence. We also count with a section related to Art, Culture and Society which has been developing a series of dialogues between culture and psychoanalysis, many of them taking place in the Student Residence. The Student Residence has been a cultural reference for the creation and scientific and artistic exchange of interwar Europe and a reception center for the international avant-gardes. Among its residents were the poet Federico Garcia Lorca, the painter Salvador Dalí, the filmmaker Luis Buñuel; and among the personalities invited to give lectures was Freud himself, whose arrival was impeded by his illness. However, in October 1928 Sandor Ferenzci accepted the invitation, delivering an Introductury Lecture on Psychoanalysis. At the same time, at the APM we also are developing Research Groups among which are at the moment:
-One group on Psychoanalysis and Education
- Another group on New Parenting
-A group on Family and Coupl
President: Sabin Aduriz
Secretary: Francisco Javier Lara
Vocal: Ricardo Puchades
Suplente: José Antonio Lorén
Tfno.: 91 431 05 33
The Publications and Library Commission is in charge of archiving the library's collections and editing and publishing books of interest. It contains the APM’s collection (editing four books a year written by prominent psychoanalysts from our Institution).
We also have been publishing three newsletters every year with all the news and events of the APM, both internally and externally.
We have also organized a Commission for Communication and Media Relations that is deepening relations with the media and responding to the different types of attacks that are targeted at psychoanalysis.
Cooperations with other Institutions, Universities, etc.
The APM collaborates with other public institutions. Currently, it has two collaboration framework agreements with the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and the Psychology Association of Madrid.
The APM collaborates with various public institutions within the fields of health (different hospitals), culture (Athenaeum of Madrid, Student Residence of the Institución Libre de Enseñanza), and both compulsory and university education, as well as with other collegiate bodies (Physicians’ Association of Madrid and Biscay, Psychology Association of Madrid and Biscay), etc