Member of Global Associations

Member of Global Associations

The Emergence and Development of the International Psychoanalytical Association

Belgrade Psychoanalytical Society is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). Members of BPS respect ethical and professional standards of psychoanalytical practice prescribed by the IPA. As an association, the BPS is qualified to independently conduct the selection and training of candidates for the clinical practice of psychoanalysis in accordance with the prescribed requirements of the IPA.

The first organized meetings of psychoanalysts were led by Freud himself who introduced Wednesday meetings in 1902 called Wednesday Psychological Society. Initially, there were five participants (Freud, Stekel, Adler, Kahane, Reitler). Since 1908, they were called Vienna Psychoanalytical Society and counted 14 members. That same year, the first International Psychoanalytical Congress was held in Salzburg, during which they discussed the establishment of an international association of psychoanalysts. The International Psychoanalytical Association was founded at the next congress, held in March 1910 in Nuremberg.

The first President of the IPA was Jung, and the seat of the association was in Zurich. At the third IPA congress in 1911, the association already had 106 members. A significant date is year 1920, when the first issue of the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, started by Jones in London, was published.

One of the important functions of the IPA is to determine the standards of education for psychoanalysts. The idea was conceived in 1925, at the Congress in Bad Homburg. It was suggested that anyone wishing to become a member of the IPA must complete education consisting of personal psychoanalysis and the psychoanalysis of patients under supervision. Education should be implemented by training institutes according to the regulations issued by the IPA.

The first Congress in North America was held in 1979 in New York, while the first Congress in South America was held in 1991 in Buenos Aires.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the IPA, in cooperation with the EPF, supported the development of new associations in countries that had a socialist governance which led to the foundation of the Psychoanalytical Institute for Eastern Europe. Belgrade Psychoanalytical Society emerged as a result of these efforts.

The Foundation and Development of the European Psychoanalytical Federation

Belgrade Psychoanalytical Society is a member of the European Psychoanalytical Federation-EPF). The EPF is a regional organisation within the IPA that coordinates the psychoanalytical associations of the European region.

The EPF was founded in 1966 in Paris. Since 1975, the main body of the federation is the Council which consists of the presidents of all associations within the EPF. A conference with a main topic and a series of related activities is organized every year. The major activities include Working Groups on different topics of relevance to psychoanalysis.