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         Issue 13: Psychoanalysis in the Community


25 March 2021

With a world caught in the cross-currents of bigotry, dissonance and a raging pandemic, this issue takes a look at the role of psychoanalysis in the community at large. More

Is psychoanalysis stupid? Psychoanalysis is essential, but how? Today, online and in the community, beyond the office’s comfort zone and the theory.
A new book edited by Max Belkin PhD and Cleonie White PhD.
A psychoanalytically oriented therapeutic centre for children in Jerusalem shows that an integrated treatment enables an exploration of the child's inner world and mental processes.
Dr. Oswaldo Ferreira Leite Netto
Borders? Let us cross them!
Psychoanalysis as a tool for the emancipation of people and a form of crossing borders between human groups. Institutional restrictions impede psychoanalysis’s adaptation to contemporary demands.
Community psychoanalysis focuses on problems derived from social exclusion that affect the constitution of subjectivity and intersubjectivity. Changes in the psychoanalytic frame are needed.
Perhaps the ‘village’ atmosphere of a dialysis unit, with its unique connection of patients and staff established over years, was able to function as a group container.
The anthropological illusion of adaptable humans contradicts the Freudian vision. What do new therapies offer for destructiveness and repetition? Only psychoanalysis reveals the tragedy of the human.
Dr. phil. Gertraud Schlesinger-Kipp
Psychosocial work with refugees
Work with refugees involves potentially overwhelming, painful affects. In the presented case, a psychoanalyst avoids becoming overwhelmed as she invests herself, assisted by language mediators.
Interview April 2021: Brazilian doctors and Covid-19

The situation regarding Covid-19 in Brazil is a disaster, with a new death taking place every 30 seconds. Health professionals are bearing the brunt of this. Here, Psychoanalysis.today editor Marina Kon Bilenky, finds out about the experience of Isabela de Paula, an intensive care physician working in Covid intensive care units since the start of the pandemic. (Portuguese with English subtitles)
Issue 13: Adrienne E. Harris & Sverre Varvin interview

For our issue on Psychoanalysis and the Community, which looks at the ways in which psychoanalysis enters the world, Psychoanalysis.today editor Dr Adrienne E. Harris interviews Dr Sverre Varvin, private analyst, professor at the Oslo Metropolitan University and chair of the European Psychoanalytic Federation’s Working Group on Trauma. They discuss the very particular trauma experienced by migrants and refugees, its long-term impact on body and mind, and ways in which healing can start to take place.
Interview February 2021: Maria Cristina Garcia Vasconcellos & Patrícia Alkolombre

In this new interview, Psychoanalysis.today editor Maria Cristina Garcia Vasconcellos interviews Patrícia Alkolombre, who is a full member of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, currently Co-Chair for Latin America of the Women and Psychoanalysis Committee of the API (COWAP-API) about the approval last December by the Argentine Senate of the Bill for the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, which legalises abortion up to the 14th week of gestation. They discuss the history of this landmark decision and the social, emotional and health impact of it. (Spanish with English subtitles)
 Call for Contributions
1. Psychoanalytic Reflections
Psychoanalysis.today is concerned with problems in many fields of human experience:  politics, society, culture, human relationships, environment, the intrapsychic world, intimate experience and so on, and we believe that psychoanalysts should contribute to the discussion of contemporary problems. 
 2. Psychoanalysis in the Community
Our work, projects and relationships to the communities we live and work in have been identified as important projects for the IPA during the presidency of Virginia Ungar. We want to hear about the various local projects that institutes or individuals are participating in that bring our psychoanalytic ideas and practices into local community work.
We invite you to submit a contribution to either of these discussions. You may choose from a variety of formats: texts (up to 1000 words), films (up to 5 minutes), pictures, cartoons or interviews that are connected to the topic you wish to share. 
Please submit your contributions in 2 of the journal's languages (English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish). We will then translate into the other 3 languages).The responsibility for the quality/accuracy etc. of any translations are solely on the contributor. Please submit your contributions to info@psychoanalysis.today

Contributions will be peer reviewed on the basis of content, interest, clarity and creativity. The Editorial Board will decide on publication.

Please feel invited to share with us your ideas, experiences and interests.
  Responses to Covid-19
  Community Projects
  Psychoanalytic Reflections