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The Italian Psychoanalytical Association (AIPsi) is a Component Society of the International Psycho-Analytical Association. The venue of the Society and the Institute is in Rome, via di Priscilla 128, and its membership is distributed throughout Italy (Milan, Genova, Turin, Bologna, Florence, Caserta, Sardinia, Sicily).

The Italian Psychoanalytical Association was founded in 1992 mainly by senior analysts of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) including Emilio Servadio, a pioneer of psychoanalysis in Italy. Its foundation was the result of a split within the SPI for essentially ethical and only subsequently institutional reasons. AIPsi's history is therefore a short one since before 1992, these two IPA Societies shared a common background;in fact many of the AIPsi founding members had been active participants in the SPI's institutional life and had held office in a variety of positions.

The Italian Association of psychoanalysis was founded under the auspicies of the late prof. Joseph Sandler, at the time the President of the IPA, and the activities of the new Association began under the auspices of an IPA Sponsoring Committee composed of Adam Limentani (Chairman), Yolanda Gampel and Gemma Jappe, three distinguished and internationally known analysts. The first President of the AIPsi was Adriano Giannotti who unfortunately died prematurely in 1994. After his death Jacqueline Amati Mehler was elected President followed by Andreas Giannakoulas, Carlo Vittorio Todesco and Jorge Canestri. At the present moment Adolfo Pazzagli is the President of the AIPsi.

Prospective aspects and basic criteria

The main purpose of the AIPsi has been to construct a Training Institute that would offer to candidates a broad, theoretically and clinically integrated training and learning programme, to which all the training analysts as well as Full Members contribute according to their specific energies and competences.

An essential point has been that of limiting the training function by statute, so that it is regulated according to criteria that will prevent the risks of distorsion in the direction of personal power;for example, age limits, limited number of candidates for training analyst, continuous monitoring of students by the whole Training Committee which meets regularly every month. Regular meetings of the Director of the Institute are held with the candidates.

The AIPsi follows a tripartite training model. Candidates are first selected before starting their analysis with a training analyst who they may chose among those available. The candidate's analysis remains totally private and there is no contact at all with the Institute until the candidate is admitted to a second selection after a minimum of two years of analysis. When candidates are admitted, they start the Seminars organized in classes lasting four years in which an intense basic study of Freudian texts is integrated with post-Freudian authors. Among AIPsi members there are classic Freudians, Kleinians and Winnicottians, which makes scientific meetings quite lively.

An important point of AIPsi policies has been to establish the principle of permanent training aimed not only at offering continuing opportunities for theroetical-clinical learning to younger members, but to constitute for the older members also an area of reciprocal guarantee, of open discussion and of integration of scientific and institutional themes.

The AIPsi attributes great value to scientific activities as a permanent opportunity for meetings, when possible hosting guests of other IPA Societies and organizing interdisciplinary meetings as an exercise ground for communication and discussion both in contents and in methodology, and as the best premise for linking everyday clinical practice to a common theoretic field in all its articulations and diversifications. This is an attempt to encourage a rich and intense societal life as an essential premise for pursuing another of our basic objectives: that of a constant open and international exchange with other IPA Societies.

Scientific meetings are held once a month and are usually open to guests, both speakers and public.

As a way of serving the community, AIPsi offers a free consultation service to the public. Anybody who is interested should call the Association to request an appointment.

The Association has benefitted from three very important book donations by Stefano Fajrajzen, Bernie Pacella, Past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and Servadio's remarkable collection of books and an invaluable historical archive for which AIPsi has been granted funds from the Beni Culturali in order to catalogue them. At the moment the library, which is open to the public by appointment, has over 10,000 books, journals and reviews.

Since 1997 a Journal called "Psicoanalisi" was founded - a six-monthly publication of specifically psychoanalytical works open to all Italian and foreign colleagues. The Board of readers is composed of distinguished members from other Societies to guarantee a fair peer review.

Emilio Servadio

Emilio Servadio

Associazione Italiana di Psicoanalisi, Via di Priscilla 128, 00199 Roma