The "Red Book" contains the basic information about the EPF, its structure and activities. It is called and known to member as the "Red Book" just because it was originally produced in a red folder. The basic information provided is:

  • the general scientific schedule of events of the EPF
  • the general scientific schedule of National European Societies
  • the EPF's constitution and Bye-Laws
  • the EPF's basic financial regulations
  • information about the EPF's activities:
    • Council Meetings
    • Main Conference
    • Seminar for Associated Members
    • East European Seminar
    • East European Summer School

A general outline for each scientific activity is provided together with a summary of the S.O.P. (Standard Operational Procedure) for the organization of the event.

The EPF Secretary is responsible for updating the "Red Book".

The Treasurer is responsible for information on financial issues.

The Liaison Member of the Executive provides any update on the event, which is his/her responsibility.

Constitution and Bylaws

a) Constitution of the European Psychoanalytical Federation

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b) Committees of the EPF

Ad Hoc Committees have to announce their wish for nomination to the EPF Executive and will be officially nominated by the Executive after having heard the Council. Committee mandates, terms of office and membership will be decided by the Executive. It is advised that membership should not exceed seven. If the Committee Chair does not belong to the Executive a Liaison Member out of the EPF Executive will be appointed.



c) Liaison member of the EPF executive: Mandate & Functions.

The actual organization of EPF scientific events is the outcome of the cooperation between a Local Organizer and a member of the Executive or Liaison Member (preferably not a member of the same society as the LO).


The responsibilities of the Liaison Member are twofold, towards the Executive, in representation of Council, and towards the Local Organizer(s), in representation of the Society hosting the event .


The Liaison Member:


Establishes and maintains contact with the Local Organizer throughout the various steps of the organizational process, providing all necessary information concerning procedures and any clarifications which may from time to time be necessary, according to the informative outlines to be found in the Red Book.


Informs the Executive regularly and reports briefly at each Executive and Council meeting. Any communication or request reaching other members of the Executive is returned to the attention of the LM; the same applies wherever major decisions become necessary. Is required to attend the event and write a brief report for the Council. Where this is impossible the Executive must be informed and a representative named (where appropriate and agreed the President may represent the Liaison Member).


Extends the invitations to the presenters and chairs of all EPF events (with the exception of the main speakers of the two Conferences who are invited by the President of the EPF) and communicates the deadline for the presentation of texts for publication. The Editor of the Bulletin ensures that the translations are effected.


As concerns the Main Conference, the Liaison Member's principal interlocutor is the Scientific Committee. The latter is appointed by the Executive as a preliminary organizational step.



For many years there has been a conference in Europe biannually that has brought together North American and Japanese senior analysts with their colleagues in Europe.

It is usually held in the third weekend of July for up to 60 participants.

We are expanding this model to include colleagues from Latin America from 2012.

The different training and theoretical backgrounds provide us with the opportunity to share clinical knowledge and experience, as well as the similarities and differences of psychoanalytic practice and our different ways of being with our clinical experience, within a confidential setting.

The Conference consists of every participant bringing clinical material from an analysis, that is discussed in turn in small groups. The conference language is English. The intensity of the psychoanalytic work of conference is conducted in a comfortable and friendly setting, with all participants staying in the same hotel. There is an expectation that the relaxed atmosphere of summer enables everyone to learn different analytic styles and clinical techniques in an enjoyable atmosphere close, for many to the holidays. There is a programme for non-participating partners as well as a gala dinner on the Saturday night.

In 2008 the conference was held in Amsterdam and 2010 in Cascais, Portugal. The next conference will take place on the 19-22 July 2012.

Any EPF colleague wishing to attend will need to contact one of the EPF Vice Presidents.


This seminar meets annually during the second weekend of June.

It used to be known as the Associate Members Seminar until it was recognised that in many societies this category of membership no longer existed. For a short while the seminar was titled the Recently Qualified Members Seminar but this has now evolved to a description for whom it is for---namely New Analysts in Europe.

Each analyst brings clinical analytic work to present to a group of colleagues from other societies as well as to a training analyst during a weekend. The process is less about supervision and more about listening to how colleagues from different trainings, analytic models and cultures, understand and discuss psychoanalysis. This can allow the possibility of a radical moment of realization – that one’s taught model is but one of many which suggests a much more labyrinthine process of outflow from the unconscious. This EPF tradition has enabled many cohorts of colleagues to meet together from all over Europe, and establish friendships some of which can last throughout their careers.

The Seminar takes place in various locations across the region and usually has a local analyst as organizer. It begins on a Thursday evening and ends on Sunday late morning.

The work consists of hearing the work of one analyst, in each session, beginning with a brief history and followed by detailed description of two sessions of analysis of a patient.

The group with a training analyst discuss the material together. Everyone attending presents their clinical work and the language of the conference is in English. Even if one feels that one’s knowledge of English is less than others, the atmosphere is such that there are plenty of ready translators with one’s colleagues.

There is some financial support available for colleagues who work in societies and cultures that require charging low fees . In recent years the seminar has met in Turin (2009), Warsaw(2010) and Mainz(2011).