Main areas of work
The main aim of the Board’s work is to keep abreast of the psychotherapeutic developments within the member organisations in the different countries, with a special emphasis on conditions for working with patients, facilities for training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and research.
Another main area of work is connected to the EFPP conferences. In the first few years each section had an annual conference and a three-section conference was arranged every third or fourth year. However, it gradually became clear that this was in excess of what was needed, and it was decided that each section should hold their own section conference in turn. Accordingly, a Group Section conference was held in Lisbon in 2004, an Adult section conference in Dresden in 2005, and a Child and Adolescent Section conference in Berlin in 2006. A three-section conference followed in Copenhagen in 2007, a Group Section conference in Prague in 2008, and Couple and Family conference in Florence in 2009. Since the inception of the fourth section our schedule has had to be revised to incorporate combined section conferences. The combined Adult and Child and Adolescent conference was held in Cracow in 2011, and the combined Group and Couple and Family conference in Athens in 2012. A combined four-section conference took place in Berlin 2015, and a conference organised by the sections for groups and couple & family was just held in Belgrade 2018. A local organising committee is appointed for each conference which works closely with the Board’s conference co-ordinator.
A special feature of the EFPP conferences are the discussion groups held after each plenary session. Much appreciated by attendees is the fact that the configuration of the groups remains the same throughout the conference, which contributes to deeper understanding of the papers presented and fosters greater sharing of ideas and emotions. The conferences also offer a number of ongoing workshops.
The EFPP also organises smaller workshops focusing on topics such as Infant Observation. Two research conferences on child and adolescent psychotherapy have also been held in Stockholm. Another example is the Syros workshop, which focuses on clinical presentations and has been organised every two years for more than a decade.