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Annual Conference 2014

37th IAPSP Annual International Conference

Where Do We Feel At Home?: Self Psychological Perspectives on Belonging and Not Belonging

Tuesday, October 21 - Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jerusalem, ISRAEL

The Jerusalem International YMCA - Three Arches Hotel
26 King David Street
Jerusalem 91002

2014 Conference Brochure:
· Link to Conference Brochure (PDF)

Pre-Conference Workshops and Paper Session Descriptions:
· Plenary Sessions Descriptions (PDF)
· Wednesday, October 22nd Pre-Conference Workshops (PDF)
· Thursday, October 23rd Paper Session Descriptions (Session A) (PDF)
· Friday, October 24th Paper Session Descriptions (Session B) (PDF)

2014 Conference Information Documents:
· General Information (PDF)
· Travel and Transportation (PDF)
· Accommodation and Tours (PDF)

The 37th Annual IAPSP International Conference: "Where Do We Feel At Home?: Self Psychological Perspectives on Belonging and Not Belonging" will be held in Jerusalem, Israel, Tuesday through Saturday, October 21-25, 2014. We cordially invite you to join us for a conference that will consider the multiple and, at times, contradictory aspects of belonging and not belonging in an attempt to address the challenging question: " Where do we feel at home?"

The conference will examine sociopolitical, psychosocial, interpersonal and intra-psychic aspects of ethnicity, community, religion, gender, and sexual orientation - amongst a range of possible dimensions affecting subjective experiences of belonging and not belonging. In this sense then, the conference will be looking at individual and group experiences of acceptance and feeling welcome, and/or experiences of rejection and exclusion. The conference will consist of Panel Presentations, with Faculty, Audience, and Post Panel Group Discussions. There will also be Workshops, Master Classes, and parallel Original Paper Presentations. With an additional program the conference will acknowledge and attempt to address the complex and painful religious and cultural struggles in the region.


The YMCA- Three Arches Hotel is the Conference venue. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the Old City, the Center of Town, Mamilla Mall and the German Colony neighborhood.

Jerusalem, Israel's capital, and largest city both in population and size, is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a history going back 5000 years.

Holy to all three Monotheistic faiths - Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Jerusalem's beauty lies in it's juxtaposition of old and new. Modern buildings and landmarks in the new city, Jerusalem has something to offer everyone.

The Old City, with its quaint alleys and captivating heritage, is a must for every visitor to Jerusalem. Whether you seek religious sanctity or cultural enrichment, the Old City offers it all. The Western Wall, The Via Dolorosa and The Dome of the Rock, are just three of many historical and religious sites which attract visitors.

Once you leave the Old City walls, the new city offers many other sites of cultural, music, art, and gastronomical interest. There are many museums to visit, including the Israel Museum, which is one of the top ranking Museums in the world, parks to picnic in and quaint neighborhoods to stroll through, such as Yemin Moshe, the German Colony and Ein Kerem.

Participants can enjoy a walk through the Ben-Yehudah Pedestrian Mall in the Center of the city, eat falafel and absorb the Jerusalem vibe, and then for a true modern-day Jerusalem experience it is highly recommended to go to the Mahne Yehuda Market, or "the Shuk" as it is known to locals. There you will find everything from fresh produce and spices to house-ware and textiles.

Jerusalem is an exceptional location. The sheer diversity of this beautiful city makes a meeting here a unique experience for all participants.

Find out more about the destination by downloading our PDF guide:


For more on traveling to and from the conference, see this document:



Participants from most countries do not require a visa to enter Israel, but we suggest you confirm this with your travel agent.


The weather in Jerusalem in October is pleasant and mild with highs of 25°C during the day and lows of 15°C in the evening. We recommend a sweater and light jacket for the evenings. Since there is a chance of rain at this time of year, we also suggest bringing an umbrella.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Visit the recently renovated Israel Museum which houses the Model of the Holyland as it was during the period of the 2nd Temple. Tour includes a visit to the Shrine of the Book which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. On to the famous Machane Yehuda fresh produce market before returning to the YMCA.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Stalactite Cave, also called the Sorek Cave, has recently reopened to the public after undergoing special renovations in terms of lighting, electricity and infrastructure. The cave, located on the western slopes of the Judean mountains near Beit Shemesh, is 82 meters long and 60 meters wide. Some formations are at least 300,000 years old.

Drive on to Ein Karem, the picturesque village of John the Baptist.

Tour involves stair climbing and walking - and some on wet stone - please bring your comfortable, walking shoes!


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