The IFPS is committed to the concept of pluralism in psychoanalysis as well as to the interdisciplinary exchange in matters of micro- and macro-social interest. Complete organizational and scientific autonomy as well as equal standing of all Member Societies are essential preconditions to the federation.
The International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS) was founded in Amsterdam on July 30, 1962.
The Founding Societies were
Deutsche Psychoanalytische Gesellschaft (German Psychoanalytical Society)
Wiener Arbeitskreis für Tiefenpsychologie (Vienna Working Circle for Depth Psychology; now: Austrian Arbeitskreise for Psychoanalysis)
The William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, New York
The promoter was Erich Fromm, the founder of the Mexican Psychoanalytic Society, who had strong connections to New York and to Germany. As a consequence of his many disappointments in regard to psychoanalytic organisations, in 1956 he began to reflect on an independent international non-bureaucratic psychoanalytic association. He found a sympathetic listener in Werner Schwidder from Göttingen, who wished to overcome the post-World War II isolation of the German Psychoanalytic Society (DPG).
After the war the DPG, which had been founded in 1910 and which later was involved into the political system of Nazi Germany, was reconstituted anew. In 1950, however, its application to rejoin the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) was rejected: The DPG was accused of having sold out Freudian ideas and ideals to the Nazi ideology.
When Schwidder became president of the DPG, he tried to establish new international contact. Fromm encouraged him to contact the William Alanson White Society in New York, and Schwidder, hoping for an alliance supportive of analytic "freedom of speech", promoted a first open international psychoanalytic meeting. It took place in Amsterdam in the summer of 1960, and in 1962 the First International Forum of Psychoanalysis was held also in Amsterdam.
A number of prominent analysts had agreed to participate in the first Forum, among them Franz Alexander, Herbert Binswanger, Médard Boss, Igor Caruso, Fromm, Martin Grotjahn, René Laforgue, Jack Millet, Sándor Rádo, Raoul Schindler, Schwidder, René Spitz, Edith Weigert, and many others. On this occasion a new "Arbeitsgemeinschaft" for promoting a free discussion of psychoanalytic theory and practice, later named IFPS, was founded at a meeting between Igor Caruso from Austria, Erich Fromm, Werner Schwidder, and Gerard Chrzanowski from the U.S. - Sándor Rádo, representing the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and its exclusive medical psychoanalysts' policy, withdrew from participation in the organization of the Federation.
According to the Statutes, "the IFPS is committed to the concept of pluralism in psychoanalytic interdisciplinary exchange in matters of micro- and macro- social interest."
Since 1962, the Forum has been held every four years. In nearly four decades, the IFPS organized 18 international Fora and 8 Scientific Conferences. The number of member societies has risen to more than 20, all from Europe and America, representing amore than 2,500 psychoanalysts.
In 1992, the quaterly journal International Forum of Psychoanalysis, promoted and supported by the IFPS, began to be published, and in 1996 the IFPS Archives for the history of psychoanalysis were established.
In 2012 the Assembly of Delegates of the IFPS decided to open the Federation for psychoanalysts on the basis of an individual membership.
IFPS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (2016-2020)
SECRETARY GENERAL : JUAN FLORES (CHILE)
DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL : REBECA ARAMONI (MEXICO)
The International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies is not new in Florence. In fact, its IXth FORUM was held here in 1994. After 24 years, Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is ready to host a IFPS Forum again.
The Istituto di Psicoterapia Analitica di Firenze is pleased to invite you to the XX IFPS FORUM which promises to be a memorable scientific and cultural experience in this wonderful destination! The Forum venue is the historic "Convitto della Calza", a 14th century hospital dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, fully restored and located downtown, a few steps away from many hotels and all the city attractions (museums, theatres, monuments...).
As in all the previous editions, the XX IFPS FORUM will try to investigate some important aspects of human life nowadays. In particular, it will try to explore the new faces of fear in the ongoing transformations in our society and in psychoanalytic practice. The conference is organized with panels, plenary sessions, parallel panels, the Benedetti-Conci Award and a social program (including a welcome cocktail, a social gala dinner in an exclusive venue, optional tours and a program for accompanying persons. All of them will be defined shortly).
The XX IFPS FORUM 2018 will be a useful occasion to enjoy scientific discussions, network and meet old friends or new colleagues, to get new ideas for our job, to establish new collaborations and start new projects... in the unique charm, amazing history and culture of Florence!
The city does not need a lot of presentation: it is an open sky museum with a unique historical heritage. A green, small, clean and safe city with a Mediterranean climate. Florence can be easily reached from all over Europe, through the city airport or those in Pisa and Bologna. Florence has a University, founded in 1321, and many industries, among them the most important Italian fashion and leather goods brands. You will find very friendly and open people and, last but nor least, many occasions to taste delicious and healthy food accompanied by the very famous Tuscan and Supertuscan wines! You will have the opportunity to discuss the latest developments, wide applications and future goals in our field while enjoying one of the world's most beautiful cities.
We thank all those who are responsible for the planning and execution of the conference and all the participants who will share their point of view, their latest achievements and creative ideas with our community.
Please come and give your important contribution to make the XX IFPS FORUM a successful, amazing and unforgettable conference!! See you in Firenze!
Anna Maria Loiacono (Chair of the XX IFPS FORUM 2018) and the Scientific Committee
February 2017 : A successful meeting took place in Havana Cuba.
We have worked on the theme "The new faces of fear", in line with the next Forum of Florence. It was hard work, but it was very nurturing in terms of strengthening ties with colleagues and liaison with our Federation. Attended by US colleagues (1 by Alanson White and several by NPAP), from Mexico,. Brazil and Chile, as well as Cuban colleagues. In a climate of fraternity and joint reflection, very interesting and profound psychoanalytic developments were generated.The fears and threats facing our society, as symptoms of social conflict, were deeply analyzed. Topics such as social violence, racism, insanity and economic inequality were discussed at our meeting.