Informations about the Section


Psychoanalysts fulfilling the standards of the IFPS are welcomed to join the Federation as individual members.


Background and ihe idea

From its foundation, the IFPS - as its name is marking - was a federation of societies. The members were institutions.

Since 2012 it is possible to join the IFPS on the basis of an individual Membership.

We are convinced that belonging to the IFPS is a great benefit for many colleagues, especially for those who are not members of a Full Member Society of the IFPS. They may use the IFPS as a scientific and personal international platform, which provides the possibility to scientific exchange and an international belonging.


Formal Aspects (From § 12.3 of the Statutes of the IFPS)

The following individuals may become members of the Section of Individual Members:

•  Members of Affiliated IFPS Societies

•  Members of former IFPS societies which have been dissolved or fused with another psychoanalytic society

•  Members of societies which have no wish to join the IFPS but have an educational standard fully compatible to the IFPS standard

•  Psychoanalysts who for the time being do not belong to a psychoanalytic society, but who are educated and approved by a training institute which fulfils the IFPS standards

Each member pays an annual fee of 50 US$ including free Access to online Version of Internatuional Forum of Psychoanalysis, the IFPS supported journal. One part goes to the central administrative objects of the IFPS, the other to the section for administrative expenses.

For the Journal access, please go the buttom "Members Section" .

Applicants to the membership in the section are invited to send their application to the chairperson of the section who makes a recommendation about the application to the Secretary General. The SG, together with the EC, will decide upon it.

Please contact us if your are interested in the individual membership mailing to : driansmiller@gmail.com

 For the application form please click here






Firenze, Convitto della Calza       October 17-20

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.