IAPSP Affiliate Groups

A column by   Annette Richard, M.Ps.

In another effort to connect more or less isolated groups of people interested in self psychology to the larger IAPSP community, I am very pleased to offer this eForum column featuring another IAPSP affiliate groups around the world, their particular history and culture.

In 2009, the IAPSP Advisory Council set up a committee, first chaired by Stephen Knoblauch, Ph.D., to reach out to groups active and interested in self-psychology education around the world who had indicated a sense of isolation and a desire for more contact with IAPSP resources. To be an affiliate, a group of any size simply needs to be organized around an educational or supervision project that employs a self-psychological approach to analytic treatment. Each group has a local contact person working with the Affiliates Committee, and is offered an opportunity to have an ongoing relationship with a mentor. The idea of a mentor, who is a major contributor to the self psychology community and who can help with organizational and educational initiatives, came out of the experiences a group in Turkey had with Yavuz Erten as the local contact person and Allen Siegel in Chicago as a mentor (see eForum interview of Allen Siegel on his mentoring experience in Turkey). The Committee on IAPSP Affiliates, now chaired by Scott Davis, MD, serves as a resource for ideas and strategies to develop the mentoring relationship and supporting the educational programs.

There are presently 10 such IAPSP Affiliate groups around the world, as far off as Japan, China/Hong Kong, Australia (Melbourne and Canberra), South Africa (Cape Town), Israel, Turkey, Brazil, and closer to home, Arizona, San Francisco and Montreal (Canada). I am pleased to present here the Brazilian Affiliate group which I had the pleasure of visiting last December. The warmth and enthusiasm of its members is truly contagious. To complement the following, I recommend reading the recent interview with Dr Renato Barauna from Rio de Janeiro in the eForum IAPSP Interview column.

Brazilian Association for the Study of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
(Associação Brasileira para o Estudo da Psicologia Psicanalítica do Self - ABEPPS)

It was in the beginning of the 80's that the winds of the Psychology of the Self started blowing southwards and reached the city of Rio de Janeiro. At that moment, Self Psychology was brought to the limelight when it was introduced into the curriculum of a new generation of psychoanalysts.

Because of the increasing interest around the ideas of Heinz Kohut and his followers, some Brazilian psychoanalysts who already belonged to the International Psychoanalytical Association decided to join together to promote on their own behalf and initiative the first Study Group. The movement was initially led by Dr. Inaura Carneiro Leão, whose Study Group was visited by Dr. Bernard Brandchaft, Dr. Robert Stolorow and Dr. Howard Bacal.

Over the years, Rio de Janeiro became the most important and active forum for the discussions around the challenging issues of Self Psychology, of course, in Portuguese. Dr. Paulo Sauberman and Dr. Renato Barauna were able to multiply the number of Study Groups to five, whose members consisted of psychologists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts.

In an attempt to gain closer contact with the ongoing trends and discussions held in the United States and Canada, some of us have been attending to the Annual International meetings since 1993. Back in Rio de Janeiro, a one-day conference on the Psychology of the Self open to the general public was organized and attracted a considerable audience at the time. As a follow-up, different institutions invited our members to introduce Self Psychology in many workshops, conferences, courses and clinical seminars.

In 2001, the members of different Study Groups, coordinated by Paul Sauberman and Renato Barauna, decided to merge and found ABEPPS - Brazilian Association for the Study of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, located in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It turned into a more lively and visible organization with 26 founding members formerly part of the Study Groups. Stephen Knoblauch is the IAPSP mentor of the group.

ABEPPS is an organization in search of new paths to strengthen its relationships at the domestic and international levels. Moreover, we find it essential to intensify our alliances and improve the cross-cultural exchange of experiences within Self Psychology. Aware of the need for empathic responses from the environment for human development in the course of life, we have opted for a non-hierarchical institutional structure, as open as possible, in which creative thinking and practice could flourish.


Arizona, Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, Japan, South Africa, Turkey, and San Francisco: it's your turn. Tell us about your Affiliate groups, about their growth, their needs, their unique culture. Send me your 5-6 paragraphs stories of your community and I will add it to this column. Thank you!

Annette Richard, Associate editor of eForum.

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