School in UAB

Dear Colleague,

There is still possibility to participate in the 3d Annual Integration School organised by the Han Groen Prakken European Psychoanalytic Institute (EPI).

School will take place near Barcelona (Spain) from the 12th (arrival) till 18th (leaving) of November 2017 and is open for all IPA Members and Candidates.

Theme of the school is “Nonverbal-Verbal: Dealing with Primordial Modes of Experience and Communication in Psychoanalysis”, and it is organised together with the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society (SEP) in collaboration with the Madrid Psychoanalytic Association (APM).

The School will take place in Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), at the University Campus of the UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), 20km outside of Barcelona. This place is very easy to reach by regularly commuting suburb-trains from Plaça de Catalunya in the heart of Barcelona (from there the journey takes just 30 minutes).

Registration is open in the Web:

At the registration you can find the prices and one has to remember that price includes full board and accommodation for the time of school.

For the full week will participants live in the psychoanalysis – there will be 5 plenary sessions with discussion groups and afternoon clinical seminars and workshops. In the end there will be Gala evening.

Preliminary programme includes:

Monday, November the 13th

JOSE MARIA MATURANA: Psychiatrist and Training analyst, Madrid Psychoanalytical Association.



Abstract: Recovery of forgotten memories was the original aim of psychoanalysis. In this way, the recovery of early mental functioning has its own special difficulties since at this level, mental representation has not been properly developed in its usual form. The analyst must adapt to the problems derived from the accessibility to a mental functioning whose raw material are” memories in feelings”.

Tuesday, November, the 14th

GUILLERMO BODNER: Psychiatrist, Training Analyst Spanish Psychoanalytical Society.

Discussant: Ellen Sparer


Abstract: Pathological organizations have been studied by Kleinian analysts for many years. In this paper, the author intends to describe a type of internal object that supports and gives strength to the structure, making efforts to change it very difficult. In spite of this we can observe some movements when we better understand their function. In this paper, the “frozen object” is the manifestation of the emotional coldness and the resistance of such objects to modify their functions, in order to maintain the defensive structure because for the patients this means the only personality containment. Clinical material tries to show how the patient strives to maintain his internal objects unmodified.

Wednesday, November, the 15th

MARIA TERESA MIRÓ: Psychiatrist. Training Analyst Spanish Society

Discussant : Elisabeth Skale

Title: ‘Flying away. The enactment of the infantile past in the here and now’

Abstract: This paper tries to reflect how the patient’s traumatic past is enacted in different ways through the transference. And how the analyst coparticipates in what is taking place in the analytic scene.

Thursday, November the 16th

JAUME AGUILAR: Psychiatrist. Training Analyst Spanish Society

JORDI SALA: Training Analyst Spanish Society

Title: Difficulties in listening and interpreting when a primitive structure predominates

Abstract: In this paper we shall try to convey some of our reservations concerning the way in which communication from patients is approached, in particular primary, pre-verbal communication. We stress the importance of working with the patient, step by step, and of questioning the use of very elaborate interpretations. In one case, we explore the analyst’s difficulty in knowing when and how to intervene when the patient uses elaborate language which is disengaged from his or her emotions. In the other case, we consider one patient’s defensive strategies, someone who was successful in life, but who felt threatened by a phobia behind which there lurked an intense fear of destructuring. The analyst’s look, that is, the way he understands and treats her, more than the content of his interpretations, were what sustained her.

Friday, November the 17th

MILAGROS CID SANZ: Psychiatrist. Training analyst. Madrid Psychoanalytical Association.

Discussant: Ekaterina Kalmykova

Title: Early development in the constitution of narcissism

Abstract: The important Freud’s essay On Narcissism (1914) opened a wide field for the understanding of the relations between self- regard and libidinal investment of objects. The self-esteem, the exigencies of Ego-Ideal and the tolerance for the absence of the object will depend on the quality of the first exchanges between mother and child, allowing the progressive integration of the Self and the recognition of the object as different from subject. A clinical case will be presented.




Elena Fieschi: Psychoanalyst, full member Spanish Society

Title: Play in children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder): from sensorial repetition to shared enjoyment.

Abstract: How and when do autistic children play? Through the presentation of clinical cases we will discuss when we can talk about play and when we find sensorial exploration of the objects and repetition, that comforts and gives control. What can we do in therapy? How to allow fusional repetition and to introduce differentiation and surprise.


Ester Palerm: Psychoanalyst, full member Spanish Society

Title. Psychological abuse

Abstract: It will reflect the psychological abuse of a patient who is not aware of it and who has difficulties in her relationship. The selected clinical material includes the first interviews, vignettes of the first years of the analytic process and some dreams. It will emphasize the analysis of transference and countertransference as well as its relationship with the archaic aspects of development.


Alberto Carrión: Psychoanalyst, full member. Coordinator of children and Adolescent ‘s department APM

Trauma in early development

To begin with we will watch an extract of the James and Joyce Robertson film “Young Children In Brief Separation”. We will note the traumatic effect that produces in John, a seventeen months old child, the fact that he must go to live in a nursery when his brother is born. We will continue observing the effect that causes a traumatic separation and its elaboration through a case of a nineteen months old child.