With the new year approaching, please allow me to extend my very best wishes to the entire IPA community. As the President of this vibrant scientific and professional association, I’d like to reflect for a moment on our progress, and reaffirm my commitment to strengthening the bonds we share as colleagues.
As IPA psychoanalysts, we represent not only a deep passion for our psychoanalytic work and an unparalleled historical heritage, but also a sense of belonging to an active and wide-ranging international association. IPA certifies and promotes training at the same time it supports research and a healthy theoretical-clinical debate across the continents. This mission wouldn’t be possible for any other organization in our field.
As an indication of IPA’s global stature, I’ll send this message out in the four official IPA languages, with a view to further translations into other languages. This is possible thanks to the generous collaboration of our colleagues from many societies.
As always, your feedback is welcomed and valued. We believe that the IPA should be meaningful for its Members and we are keen to shorten the distances and be closer to all of you. Our wish for transparency, to the extent allowed by our procedures, is reflected in our goal to foster a wider communication within the IPA.
Since August 2013, the New Administration has set in motion a series of initiatives. Briefly, these include:
- Plans for a new kind of IPA Congress based on the work of inter-regional groups. This model is already under development for Boston 2015
- The reorganization of the Communication Area, which involves several important Committees
- Plans for the IPA Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis
- Exploring with the Regions the possibility of developing a new International eJournal
- The relaunch of the Research Area, with its database to be made available to IPA members within a year
- The new IPA Website, with improved organization of content in various languages
- The formation of new Committees of extraordinary interest, such as the Committee on “Psychoanalysis and the Mental Health Field” and the proposed committee on “Psychoanalysis and Law”
- The development of new, accurate working methods in the International New Groups
- And finally, plans for an official periodic interchange between the Directors of the Training Institutes of all the Societies, and further reorganization within the core administrative structure of the Association.
We’re grateful to the Board of Representatives, the staff at Broomhills, and the Members of the Committees and Task Forces, who work with such enthusiasm to carry out all these demanding tasks and who dedicate time, energy and creativity to promoting the growth of our psychoanalytical community around the world.
Some of these restructuring plans by necessity require time. The organizational complexity of the IPA is justified, not only by its global dimension and need for structural coherence, but also by the accuracy and precision of standards and procedures aimed at ensuring all areas and all Members are heard. This can sometimes mean that our changes are less rapid, but the aim is to build an effective policy of distribution of resources and opportunities for a large number of colleagues.
These Seasons Greetings, from myself, Alexandra Billinghurst, Juan Carlos Weissmann and Paul Crake, also include a less formal note, dedicated to analysts as people who offer their patients their skills, their energy and their affects.
Even if not all of the IPA regions celebrate the end of the year on the same day, we can envision this time as a moment of rest, refreshment and reflection for many of our colleagues: a break, be it long or short, but necessary nevertheless given the demanding nature of our work.
Then, with the new year, we’ll resume our clinical work and our scientific and administrative meetings.
So, my heartfelt wishes to you all for a peaceful year end and a very happy new beginning: in your homes, in your offices and in your relationships with your loved ones.