The infantile in Training as a Possible Creative Space 

Vancouver, Canada, 20-24 July 2021

General information and Overview

While the IPSO Congress is open to all candidates who train at IPA institutes, only IPSO members have the opportunity to present papers and clinical cases for supervision, and can apply for several awards. The registration for the IPA Congress includes registration for the IPSO Congress.

IPSO Day – 20 July 2021: Our IPSO Congress program in Vancouver will start with the IPSO DAY: One day before the official opening of the IPA Congress we will have a program which includes presentations of award winning papers from each of IPSO’s regions: North America, Latin America and Europe; the IPSO lunch (sponsored by IPSO) for all IPSO members, and the traditional IPSO Forum for a deeper exchange between candidates regarding IPA psychoanalytical training. 

IPSO Congress Program: In the following days (21–24 July 2021) the IPSO activities will continue throughout the Congress: We will have supervisions with senior analysts, paper presentations, Meet-The-Analyst sessions and much more (Program under construction).

IPSO Business Meeting: We invite every IPSO member to come to the IPSO Business Meeting where business matters of IPSO will be discussed and voted upon. 

IPSO Party: We invite everyone (not only IPSO members) to come to our famous IPSO party to dance, meet colleagues and enjoy the local culture (time and location will be announced).

All these activities are intended to provide a scientific, respectful, plural and social environment where candidates can share their experiences enhancing their theoretical, clinical and cultural knowledge. 

CALL FOR PAPERS and PROPOSALS – Submission Guidelines and Deadlines


FOR SUPERVISIONS: NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE: 31 December 2020 (for this please write to Gerard Sobnosky: I[email protected] or [email protected])
Paper Submission Guidelines: We welcome papers/proposals on any psychoanalytic topic of interest. The paper must be an original work that has not been previously published. 

Who can submit a paper? Only IPSO members can submit papers to the 26th IPSO Congress in Vancouver, 2021. If you are not a member yet, you can become one by getting in contact with the Vice-President of your region (see at the end of the document the email addresses) and by paying the IPSO dues (USD/EUR 40 a year). 

How to submit a paper: Papers may only be submitted electronically on the IPSO submission system HERE.  

Language of the paper: Papers can be submitted in any of the 4 IPA/IPSO official languages: Spanish, English, German and French. Papers should be submitted in the language in which they are intended to be presented. However, we strongly encourage all candidates to present in English, and in the cases in which the paper is not originally in English, please bring an English version to be projected so that all attendees may be able to follow your presentation. 

Paper requirements: Submissions should include a paper or proposal title (no more than 10 words, 100 characters), a summary (no more than 50 words), an abstract (no more than 500 words), and the full paper (no more than 5,000 words, not including bibliography/references). If the submission doesn’t follow these rules, the paper will not be reviewed.  

Reviewing process: The reviewing process follows the same of a scientific journal one. The reviewing process is blind, which means that the reviewer doesn’t have access to the author’s name. The author will receive an email informing about the acceptance or not of the paper. 

Presentation: A paper that is accepted will be presented during the 26th IPSO Congress, Vancouver 2021. It can be allocated to any of the days of the event. The applicant will be notified about the day, hour and room of the presentation, in advance. The presentation should not take longer than 20 minutes, that’s the reason we strongly encourage authors to resume the paper into a maximum of 1500 words (4-5 pages), for the presentation.
IPSO Writing Award

All papers submitted to the 26th IPSO Congress will automatically run for the IPSO Writing Award. 

We will have the 7th IPSO Writing Award during our Congress in Vancouver, 2021. The two most outstanding papers after evaluation from North America, Europe and Latin America will win the award. There will be three first places (one for each region) and three second places (runners-up) one for each region.

The first winners of the IPSO Writing Award will present their papers during the plenary of the IPSO Day (Tuesday 20 July), the runners-up (second winners) will present their papers during the following days of the IPSO Congress. The winners will be awarded a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of $400 (four hundred US dollars) for the first places and a cash prize of $200 (two hundred US dollars) for the second places. The papers of the six winners will be published in the 2021 IPSO e-Journal. 

IPSO Grant for Transcontinental Exchange

The IPSO Grant for Transcontinental Exchange aims to encourage candidates to present their papers during IPSO events that take place in different regions from their own.

The IPSO Grant for Transcontinental Exchange will be given to the winners of the IPSO Writing Award (the three first winners of the three regions). The winners can choose an IPSO event in a different region of their own to present their paper. For example: If the winner is from North America, she or he can choose to present their paper in an event in Latin America or Europe. The winners can choose an IPSO event to present their paper from October 2021 until July 2023. 

The IPSO Grant for Transcontinental Exchange includes:

1. $500 (five hundred US dollars) grant
2. Accommodation organized by IPSO in a candidate’s house.
Important: The winner can only use the $500 (five hundred US dollars) grant when she/he registers in for the IPSO event where she/he will present the paper. 

Please be in touch with the IPSO President and with the IPSO Editor for this matter: 

[email protected]
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IPSO Supervisions

We welcome IPSO members to present clinical cases for supervisions with senior analysts during our next IPSO Congress. If you are interested in presenting an adult or child-adolescent case, please contact the IPSO Vice President-Elect for North America, Gerard Sobnosky (Emails: [email protected] or [email protected]), including:

- Candidate’s name: 

- Candidate’s institution and location:

- Adult, adolescent, or child case?

- Duration (how long) and frequency (# times/week) of case:

- Brief description of case (approximately 1 page), please include your theoretical understanding of the case

- A brief statement (1-2 paragraphs) about specific aspects of the case you’re unsure of, wondering about, find interesting, or find difficult and would like to gain perspective on.

- A brief, current CV

- And the statement: I/we declare to have treated the clinical material reported in this work in line with the recommendations provided by the International Psychoanalytical Association Confidentiality Committee (IPA confidentiality committee report).



Psychoanalysis was born through Freud's discovery and description of infantile sexuality. Meanwhile, Freud addressed the maternal and the feminine, as the black continent, the unknown. After exploring the feminine in the past IPA Congress in London 2019, we are now about to explore a topic of dialogue with the feminine, within us all: the infantile. 

We invite papers that focus this aspect not only exploring the metaphor of the baby-mother, patient-analyst, candidate-supervisor dyads etc., or the archaic aspects of mental functioning, but also considering the infantile as a creative space, the potential place where the mind develops and the personalization process can start. 

As a developmental process, psychoanalytic training can be considered as a creative-growth process of the candidates' professional identity. Moreover, especially models that require personal analysis during training, tend to plunge candidates into their own infantile and this refracts myriad transferences onto their peers, their teachers, their institute and the profession itself. Although all training and educative experiences involve some degree of necessary regression to the infantile, none do so as powerfully as psychoanalysis. Is it at the service of the development of the candidates professional Self? Do individuals who wish to become analysts share specific characteristics in their infantile (sexuality)? What are the effects, beneficial or detrimental, of this regression to the infantile on training? Is it a regression to dependence?

How do Institute policies encourage or offset the infantile and the creativity in their candidates? Does the awakening of the infantile in candidates make them more receptive? More flexible? More complacent? Less critical?

How does IPSO take care of this vital aspects of the analytic training offering occasions of pleasant and rich/enriching exchanges among candidates from all over the world? 

A special sub-session of this call is addressed in the theme “Training today” and papers focused on the exchange experiences that IPSO enables (through the Meetings, Social programs, the work in peer-groups, the VCPs, the CRSGs) facilitating the possible development of a “true” professional self will be welcome.

Please contact us in case of questions or remarks.  We very much look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

IPSO Executive-Committee

Kathryn McCormick 
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Charles E. Baekeland
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Kristin Whiteside
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Gerard Sobnosky 
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Silvia R. Acosta
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Florencia Biotti 
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Monica Bomba
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Jeremy Freeman
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Cláudia Antonelli 
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Thomas Marcacci 
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Karoline Parth 
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Joe Behrmann
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